Too many things are broken in our world, our country, our Commonwealth. It is my nature to try to fix things that are broken, and sometimes that involves pointing out what is broken so that it can be fixed. But sometimes we all need to take a look at what it would mean for all this brokenness to be fixed.
Although Robert Kennedy famously appropriated the quote for a campaign speech, it was George Bernard Shaw who first said, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”
Today, let’s dream.
I dream of a country that once again honors the Judeo-Christian faith of its founders, a country that honors God by holding to a consistent moral standard based on the written Word of God.
I dream of a country in which our schools teach our children God’s principles for living as they once were taught before the Earl Warren Supreme Court kicked God out. I dream of schools where students learn the truth of the greatness of America rather than be brainwashed by socialistic curriculums and textbooks.
I dream of a Commonwealth where the citizens take upon themselves their rightful responsibility to insure voter integrity rather than complain that someone else didn’t do their job.
I dream of a Commonwealth that returns to the economic prosperity provided by capitalism, where everyone, by the exercise of their own effort, intelligence, and creativity, has the opportunity to make an honest living and support their families.
I dream of a country in which family is the backbone of our strength, where married couples stay married to each other, where women are honored, loved, and protected by those who love them, and where men know how to wisely lead and provide for their families.
I dream of a country where every boy has a father to admire and who will teach him how to be a man.
I dream of a Republican Party where people can have spirited debate and then reach a decision about a plan of action – and once that decision is made everyone immediately gets on board to make the decision work.
I dream of a nation of churches that worship the omnipotent God rather than a series of rules or societal constructs. I dream of a Church that recognizes how extremely important the Christian faith was in the founding of this country and in the codifying of the freedoms that God Himself gave us. I dream of a Church that wakes up to its current responsibilities before God to “rule over the land” rather than ignore God’s direction in favor of their own private goals and plans.
I dream of a country where everyone takes seriously the responsibility of maintaining what we were given 245 years ago and are quickly losing because of apathy and petty squabbles.
Those are the dreams. The “why not” is simple. We don’t see the big picture. We don’t “keep the main thing the main thing.” We don’t realize that by focusing solely on the things that our freedoms allow us to do rather than on the freedoms that allow us to do those things, we stand an excellent chance of losing those freedoms to power hungry individuals who think of us as subjects not citizens. We don’t realize that we live in an evil world and that without our citizens turning to God and pleading with him to have mercy on our sinful country, evil will prevail.
The “why not’s” are powerful, but I also dream that our citizens can overcome those “not’s” and achieve their dreams.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.