“Things are going to get much, much worse”
River Tam, Serenity 2005
“Cheer up, Saints, It’s gonna get worse”
Dr Gene Scott…[greatest teacher ever!]
Doc made it clear to me that it is not my responsibility to change the world. It is my responsibility to do all I can, to fight the battle as if the entire war depended on my efforts alone, and God can do whatever else needs to be done. The problem is not that the American people need to wake up. The problem is that the few of us that are awake are scared.
“By the 300 will I save” [Gods promise to Gideon]
“Molon Labe” [come and get them]
Leonidis at Thermopylae…. The 300 Spartans  or 300 
Faith is Action, based on a Belief, sustained by Confidence (ABC)
By this definition, any action requires faith, getting out of bed requires a faith in gravity, in your own memory, etc. Driving requires a faith not only in your own abilities, but in the abilities of others. As you drive more and more, your faith in your abilities strengthens because of the confidence you have with all those accident free miles behind you.
Christian faith is Action, based on a belief in one of Gods promises, sustained by the Confidence one gets from His ability to keep those promises.
If I say I have faith in a friend, I will take his word.
If he keeps his word, I am more willing to trust him further next time.
If he never lets me down, I would probably take his word in spite of the circumstances.
At the end of the day, faith is 90% courage, 9% tenacity, and 1% all that other stuff.
I would get along a lot better with most Christians if they were courageous. Protesting a movie because you don’t like its content is not courageous. Complaining about illegal immigration is not courageous. Whining about abortion is not courageous. Condemning homosexuals is not courageous. Silencing messages you don’t agree with is not courageous.
Standing up to the IRS like Joe Banister, Sherry Jackson and Ed and Elaine Brown have done is courageous. Being the only congresscritter to say "NO" to more of the same is courageous. Being an honest cop in the drug war is courageous. Using lies to tell the truth like Joss Wheadon, Andy and Larry Wachowski and Patrick McGoohan, especially in dollar-driven hollywoodland, is courageous. Taking the Red Pill is courageous. Standing up for others, even when you don’t agree with them is courageous.
Most people I have met have their minds made up for them. They got beat up in the church, like I did, but instead of making up their own mind about Jesus, they let the morons do it for them. How many people do you know spent even 8 hours studying the Resurrection? Have you? But everyone already has their mind made up, no matter which side of the fence they’re on.
Every subject I can think of is the same; individuals let others make up their mind for them, usually because they don’t give any thought to the subject, or worse, only enough thought to feel justified. Ford vs. Chevy. L.A. or N.Y.C. Paper or plastic? U.F.O.s or Nephilim? With few exceptions, I don’t care what you believe. As long as you know why you believe it. We live in an age when research is easier than ever, but surfing is not research. Research is what CSI’s do…follow evidence though to a conclusion. Why do you think you are liable for the income tax? What research did you do that led you to that conclusion? Or did the biggest bully in the yard simply demand your milk (and rent, and insurance, and food) money?
My faith is strong because I studied the Resurrection.
Lotus Sevens are my favorite car because I researched everything about them. Then built a few from the ground up and drive one around [when the weather allows!]
I stopped filing income tax confession forms because IT IS THE AMERICAN THING TO DO! I will gladly start paying again when I am shown what law requires me to do it, how to do it without voiding my God given rights to privacy and against self-incrimination, and when the last nine words in the First Amendment mean what they say.