On This Memorial Day

May 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I am grateful today for our armed forces, past and present, who have given their lives to protect America and the great freedoms she has enjoyed.  Today we memorialize their sacrifice for the cause of liberty. Memorials are good, but just remembering is not sufficient. Gratitude is good, although gratitude is still not enough. So, then, what is it that fulfills our responsibility as grateful citizens? It is the  personal and individual expression of our citizenship in dedication to those same principles and protected freedoms for which our servicemen have given their lives. As citizens of the freest nation on earth, as we memorialize our heroes, we must also dedicate ourselves to the preservation and continuation of our American ideals–ideals that reach back into time immemorial, past God’s finger applied to stone tablets, on to the earliest  of days as God created man in His own image. Liberty in law was given birth even as Adam’s nostrils were filled with the Breath of Life. Freedom is not just to be appreciated, freedom is to be lived. All mankind yearns to breathe free.

Nearly 150 years ago, Lincoln’s immortal and inspired words rang across the bloody battlefield  and burial grounds of Gettysburg during his brief dedicatory address. He began with what have become familiar words to us recalling the birth of a nation “conceived in liberty” and dedicated to individual equality. He moved quickly to make an extremely personal application of the purpose for which they had gathered.  Lincoln’s memorial address concluded as he resolutely commissioned his audience to dedicate themselves by taking up freedom’s battle cry:

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

On this Memorial Day, America once again needs our dedication and devotion. There is great resolve and dedication to fundamentally change our way of life.  We are all soldiers on that battlefield. We fight for truth, but it is a truth that is greater than our own; it is God’s truth. And with God’s strength and direction, freedom can ring once again from sea to shining sea. This is my Memorial Day prayer and resolution, and I hope and pray it is yours also.

Sincerely in Christ,
Daniel Hite
President

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America is an idea

May 10, 2010 Leave a comment

America is an idea.  To be American is more than an espousal of citizenship, but it is the embrace and espousal of the ideals that form America’s fabric.  America is an idea…an idea that is founded on bedrock principles that lay at her foundation, just like the rebar in concrete highways.  Without the rebar (short for reinforcement bar), the concrete will crumble and disconnect. The highway will not stand the test of time without the reinforced steel strengthening and connecting  its span.  America must return to her rebar–her founding principles.  We hold these truths! They must be held, protected, defended.  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

MO Legislators Seek to Strengthen Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is an excellent recap of DWI enforcement efforts in Missouri from Joe Ortwerth, Exec. Dir. of Missouri Family Policy Council

http://www.missourifamily.org/weekly/2010/04_12_10.htm

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Christian Civic Responsibility: A Biblical Imperative

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Christians have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the civil arena.  Jesus teaches us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As citizens of heaven and America as well, we carry a “dual citizenship,” as it were.  We play a unique role in our government as “We the People.” One question that needs asking and answering, as we try to understand Jesus’ teaching on rendering to Caesar, is this:  Who is Caesar? “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people” (in Lincoln’s words) informs our answer to the Caesar question.  Whatever the nature of the institution, we are admonished in Scripture to submit to it. In America, we also have the responsibility to shape it into a reflection of Biblical justice, freedom, and order. Christian self-government is at the foundation of our Republic. To be individually self-governed is the only way to “keep” the Republic going, as B. Franklin put it. This sort of self-governance is exactly what the Apostle Peter had in mind when he penned the inspired words:

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against your soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond-slaves of God.
Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
1 Peter 2:11-17 (NASB)

Prayer in the MO Capitol Rotunda

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

A GREAT SUCCESS!

Hundreds Pray in the Capitol
Standing Room Only 3 Rotunda Levels

Monday, March 29, 12 noon

Launching Forty Days of Prayer & Fasting.

Calling on the Lord to show Missouri His glory
as we demonstrate our dependence upon Him.

Beginning with a special prayer program with guest speaker Ann Graham Lotz

Monday, March 29, 2010 at 12 noon
Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol.

Casino coming to YOUR neighborhood?

March 20, 2010 Leave a comment

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)

The big casino industry lion is prowling Missouri’s Mississippi and Missouri River banks once again.  Why? Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment has announced the closing of the St. Louis President Casino and the relinquishing of Missouri’s thirteenth license. You know what that means–a new Missouri slot for slots, an open spot at the table for table games–yes, one new shiny license available.  Be on the alert…a new casino may be coming to YOUR neighborhood.

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Unresponsive Government

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning, “Save the Confluence” coalition casino opponents will not be allowed time on the agenda of the Missouri Gaming Commission meeting at St. Louis County Council chambers at 9:00 AM. The coalition is made up of a broad range of organizations and individuals representing moral, religious, environmental, and economic concerns regarding the building of a new casino in the Columbia Bottoms area in North St. Louis County, just south of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The St. Louis County Council has not listened to the people and has proceeded with the preliminaries for the new casino development, and now the MO Gaming Commission closes its ears to the concerns of the people. Government is not only unresponsive to public concerns, but is totally bent on a course counter to their wishes. This is very apparent from local to state to national levels. Enough is enough. They may be silenced in public meetings, but voters can speak in coming primaries and elections! It is time for citizens to reclaim all levels of government and for deaf, uninformed public servants to be retired from public life. To use Lincoln’s words, government of the people, by the people, and for the people needs a new birth of freedom in America. This is my prayer for America in 2010.

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