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May
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Hello May

It’s May already. I can’t believe it is May already. And guess what? Today is the National Prayer Day – a day to pray for our leaders.

I feel weird even mentioning something religious in nature. Long gone are my Bible Thumping days. For that matter, long gone are the days that I had “prayer time.” A lot seems to have happened to me in the last few years religiously. I’ve had [Christian] friends boogy on out to become Atheists. I’ve had multiple religious debates that went  “beyond debates” (unfortunately). I’ve doubted my faith. I’ve doubted God. I’ve doubted Jesus. I’ve questioned my sanity. I think I’ve even questioned my existence. But that is all personal stuff.

Prayer Day. I won’t be praying today for any political leader. Actually, I think it is kind of… wrong. Jesus never wanted us to pray for leaders to “make the right decisions.” In fact, he seemed to want nothing to do with politics. His mission was with people. So, why are we so interested in politics as Christians? (Don’t get this confused with being Christian and being interested in politics).

I don’t really care if this nation was founded by “Christians” or not. Personally, I think that this country was founded on religious tolerance – a place where the State couldn’t and didn’t mandate religion into people’s lives. Today though, we can’t even talk to a political candidate without raking their religious beliefs over hot coals. Why do we need to know their beliefs anyways? I know many conservatives may disagree with me on this whole issue, but really, I don’t even want to know what religion you are if you are running for political office. Your religion, to me, has nothing to do with how good of a political leader you will be and how well you will listen to the people that elected you.

Anyways, just a few random thoughts as we enter into May.

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Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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