Election Day…It’s Time to be Heard

Election Day…It’s Time to be Heard…

Tomorrow, November 4, 2014, will be an important day in the lives of Americans. It is mid-term election day. Oh, how I wish that ALL Americans would take part in their civic duty to vote the convictions of their heart. It is a privilege as well as duty. But, sadly, too many people will neglect this most valued trust and allow “others” to be their voice. But, “It’s Time to be Heard.”

If you are like me you are probably wondering which “voice” will be heard? Will it be the super liberal voice that chooses to uphold every whim and wham that comes along with little to no restrictions or restraints whatsoever? Or, will it be the more conservative voice that upholds logical boundaries and standards to protect everyone within our society as a whole? If you are a follower of my blog, you already know where I stand…I am a conservative who upholds traditional family values and Christian principles. So, my voice will be heard as a conservative.

It’s not against the law to stand on one side or the other. I have the same right to vote as the super liberal; and the super liberal has the same right to vote as me. That’s the privilege of voting one’s own conscience and convictions. The problem lies within those who seek “not” to vote either way, but live with the choices of others.

As an American I have the right to speak out against abortion. I have the right to speak out against non-traditional marriages. However; I am for the protection of innocent life, and I am for the protection of traditional marriage. I am against Hollywood’s attempts to magnify sin and make fun of righteousness. I am for the promotion of righteousness and against the magnification of sin. I liked it better when the good guys won and the bad guys lost. Life was much simpler then.

I am for protecting our nation’s borders and protecting our citizens against wide-spread diseases such as Ebola. I am for the support of Israel and against the wide-spread terror of radical Islam. I am for a strong military and support of military families all across the globe. I am for the protection of our elderly and care for our poor who truly cannot fend for themselves. But, I am against the redistribution of wealth to give to those who do not seek to work, but rather seek to receive the benefits of someone else’s hard work. I support and uphold education; both public and private. And, I am persuaded in the belief that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to God. I believe that there is a Heaven to gain and a hell to shun for the Christian Believer.

This is who I am…And, currently within the borders of my nation, I have the right to stand on these principles whether they are currently popular or not. And, that my friend is what election day is all about. “It’s a Time to be Heard.” VOTE!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

A Measure of Greater Faith

A Measure of Greater Faith…

I believe the time is nearing when all Christians, including those living right here in America, will be challenged worldwide to grow, to develop, and to demonstrate a Greater Faith in Christ Jesus. Are we prepared? From its humble beginnings in a manger in Bethlehem Christianity has been tested and tried down throughout the centuries. Christianity itself was born of martyrdom and many a souls have given their lives for the furtherance of the Gospel; the Good News of Jesus Christ (God Saves).

For the past two hundred plus years, Christians born and living in America have experienced a sanctuary of peace and safety to openly practice our religious beliefs. But, if things continue to progress along the same lines that we are currently watching unfold our peace and safety may soon be in jeopardy. Are we prepared? What will it take for our voices to continue being heard within our own nation’s boundaries proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Messiah; God incarnated in the flesh (John 1:14), Savior of the world? What will it take to proclaim Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, as being greater than any prophet? (John 3:16-17). Are we prepared?

So far in America, our faith in Jesus Christ has not been challenged, tested, and threatened with imprisonment, open persecution, or possible death. Yes, as individuals we may have suffered loss of friendships, relationships, jobs, or other opportunities because of our personal Faith and stand on Christian principles, but as a nation we have been blessed to openly declare our religious beliefs without fear. But, that may not always be the case. Are we prepared?

I believe now is the time to start praying asking God to grant us, as a once thriving Protestant nation, a “measure of Greater Faith” that we may be able to withstand and resist the persecutions that may very well be heading our way in the very near future. I believe now is the time to openly discuss these future possibilities with our children and grandchildren. I believe we can no longer keep our heads buried in the sand as the winds of political opposition howl around us. It is time for a Greater Faith to emerge within our hearts and lives; a time to grow, to develop, and to demonstrate a “Greater Faith” in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the faithful words of the Great Apostle Paul:
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:20-21 KJV)

May we, too, rise to the “Measure of Greater Faith.”

Remember, God Loves You!

Written By
Lin T Rollins, Author

Blessed is the Nation…

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

(Psalm 33:12)

Remember, when not too long ago we as a nation felt empowered and indivisible? We were the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth? Oh, how far we have fallen in such a short time. Our continued mounting ceiling debt renders us not feeling very wealthy even though most of our citizens live far above the standards of most others on planet Earth. And, our once powerful abilities to lead the world towards peace and democracy have been shattered by our current presidential administration seeking advice from another country’s president on how to get us out of a mess!…Oh, my friends these things should not be…And, the only way to turn them around is for America to once again bind together in our Faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

But, sadly, we are living under an administration that promotes evil and discredits our Christian heritage…Without God, our nation will not be able to resolve its current problems and we will continue to witness its downfall. Yet, the Bible has many promises to those who hold steadfast in such times. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them ALL.” (Psalm 34:19. ) As grim and dim as it is, we, as Christians and followers of Christ, still have HOPE. If we think about it, what better time than this to lead the lost and dying within our own nation to Christ? What better time to tell others about Jesus’ Resurrected Power to rule Supreme? Instead of focusing on all the bad, we need to start focusing on the added opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We need to tell others about our Faith. We need to explain why Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) and the only NAME that will save us from our sins and reconcile us back to God. “At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD!”

No longer can we just assume that people know and understand who Jesus really is…He is God…He is Redeemer…He is Savior…Yes, he was a babe born in Bethlehem over two-thousand years ago, but He is the Presence of God dwelling among us…There is NO other way to have life after death than through Faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

So, this next week, instead of focusing upon all the ills and issues of our land why not take the opportunity to share your Faith in Christ? If every Christian shared his and her faith to win one soul to Christ then our nation would be returned to God’s favor as it once benefitted.

To our God be the Glory in the name of Jesus! Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

A Nation Divided…

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25 KJV)

Whether it be a household or a nation, it cannot stand when it is divided. I fear and pray for America everyday as she continues to divide herself over political issues, values, morals, and direction. I believe it is safe to say that America has not been so deeply divided since the Civil War. True, we have always had two ruling political parties but even they found common ground in order to rule and run our nation effectively. Such is not the case now. Both political sides are in a stand-off with the American people held hostage.

I am a conservative with conservative values that I hold near and dear to my heart. I am a follower and believer in Christ Jesus and these days that makes me a target within my own nation. We, the people, are now considered either far right or far left…The once common ground of our Christian heritage no longer binds and holds us together…We are now knee-deep in a society that “does what is right in their own eyes.” Without God, a nation cannot rule without anarchy.

It is sad how conservatives are being blamed for our nation’s troubles and woes…And, the left-wing is being uplifted and praised as it boasts that man should be able to marry man and woman should be able to marry woman…Not to mention the thousands of babies who go murdered everyday without representation. We live in a land where a man or woman can be tried for cruelty to an animal, but we have no regard for human life…We are truly a nation that has gone array from far away from the teachings and principles of the Bible.

Our land was once recognized and respected by the world, but now the world pokes fun at us and laughs at our inabilities to govern effectively. Oh, how we have fallen in such a short time span…But, actually it hasn’t been so short…It’s been 51 years since our nation voted to adhere to “Separation of Church and State” which lead to “Separation of God and State.” The catalyst for our current demise.

Oh, that our nation would seek God who would then send His messenger to lead our people back to Him and to unity. How far we have fallen no ones truly knows…And, how long it will continue to fall is to be seen…But, it is my prayer that we will “fall to our knees” in repentance and restitution between God and man and God and our nation…lest we perish.

Remember, God Loves You…May we return to Him in all our ways and reunite our land…

Lin T Rollins, Author

Prayers That Availeth Much!

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

On May 2nd, 2013, National Day of Prayer, I joined a group of citizens and several pastors from surrounding churches to pray for our great nation. As we stood up to sing our National Anthem something pretty amazing happened. The winds started picking up speed and for a brief moment I wondered if the tent that we were gathered under would be able to withstand the surging gusts. However, at the same time, the stately USA red, white, and blue Flag decided to take center stage and take our minds off the possible collapse of the tent to notice its majestic waving beauty. When we first started to sing the flag hang limp around the pole, but suddenly with each word proceeding forth from our lips the flag came alive as it mounted up stronger and stronger until it stood perpendicular to the ground. It seemed as if it had taken on a life of its own and was showing those of us singing how truly proud it was to be an American Flag. Then, as we sang the final words to the stanza, “O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” it seemingly turned to face the crowd and started waving up and down! At first, I thought I was the only one who had noticed this powerful reminder of God’s grace shed upon our country, but when the host Pastor stood to speak he too was taken in awe of the flag’s dramatic performance. It was as if God, the wind, and the flag were making their presence known unto us. After that, what a wonderful time of Prayer we had!

But, as the program continued, I was suddenly reminded of a particular prayer request that I have failed to be faithful. Oh, yes, I have called this need before the Lord on many occasions, but I question both my motives and sincerity. I became acutely aware that if I truly want to see my nation turn around for God then I must sincerely and faithfully start praying for our nation’s current leaders and President. So, I began to pray for genuine salvation to come to our President, his wife, and their daughters. Instead of praying as I have been praying for the past five years, “Lord, do something!” I realized that our President needs to first know God through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus if he is to ever understand the “hearts” and “minds” of the godly citizens who live within our country, as well as how to successfully govern our land. I also realized that for him to call our nation a “Christian” nation that he, himself, will need to fully understand what it means to be a Christian! So, I have committed myself to praying daily for our President’s Salvation through a personal, born-again experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells of a man who once disregarded Christians and even hunted them down for bounty. But, on the Road to Damascus the Lord shone a Great Light all around him and called him by name. That same man later went on to write more books than any other disciple in the New Testament, and we know him today as the great Apostle Paul. What a major witness would our President become should he, too, come to the Light of Christ!

So, this week, I invite you to join me (if you are not already doing so) in praying for Salvation to come to the White House first through the President, then his wife and daughters, and then to those who surround and advise him. May each one of our nation’s leaders see the Eternal Greatness and Light of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You! And, yes, we are a Christian Nation!

Lin T Rollins, Author

My Country Tis of Thee

My Country Tis of Thee…Sweet Land of Liberty…Of THEE I Sing!

Oh, how the world is watching America and all the changes and issues that we are currently experiencing…I have found it uneasy to even watch the news any longer. One person says this and another person says that…Who are we to believe? I currently stand behind and support my political party based upon its core values and standards; but even they are now changing…Will a new “party” evolve that will lead us farther into the 21st century? Will we see the demise of what has always been referred to as, “America, the Land of the Free?” Will my grandchildren and great-grandchildren ever know what it feels like to live in the greatest nation on planet Earth? Or, have our continued decline in morals and godly beliefs lead us to the altars of sacrifice? (It is better to obey than to sacrifice I Samuel 15:22 KJV)

Only GOD in Heaven knows the course of man, mankind, and a nation. Even America is NOT too big to feel the effects of God’s chastening hands upon our land. (The wicked return to the grave, and all the nations that forget God Psalms 9:17 KJV). Before 1962 our nation was strong and had never lost a physical battle or war. Since 1962, when our courts determined that it was no longer politically correct to use the BIBLE as our guide, our nation has fallen into murk and mire at the cost of man’s religious liberties and lives. This is what happens to any nation outside of the realms of God’s favor and protection…

Let me be the first to say that there are NO liberties outside of GOD’S Grace and Mercies…Mankind and man are doomed when we turn our backs on God…God died to deliver us from “sins,” not to allow us to openly enjoy them at the approval of our own government…Sin is still SIN…It is sin to murder an unborn baby. It is sin to have sex outside of marriage with one or more multiple partners. It is sin to steal. It is sin to lie and cheat and bring about false witness. It is a reprobate sin to lust and have sex with the same sex-partner; an abomination unto God…These are God’s laws…not man’s…I think it would do everyone good to reread and to memorize God’s Ten Commandments….God sent His ONLY begotten SON to die for our transgressions of the LAWS of GOD! ALL of them! I don’t think some people even know what those laws are!

Do Americans actually believe they have “educated” themselves above God? Do we, as Americans, feel we have reached a plateau where we know how to govern our lives more than our Creator? Sadly, I fear that is exactly where we have arrived…Our U.S. Constitution was written by some of the most brilliant men who ever lived. But, they honored and glorified Creator GOD for their abilities and strengths…And, now in 2013 we hear rumors that the current administration deems necessary for the continued peace and prosperity of our land to make our foundational constitution “more liquid” and easier to amend, change, or completely do away with…And, when a nation’s constitution collapses so does the nation. God, help us…

Oh, my friend, for the sake of all American citizens pray, pray, and pray that our leaders will be lead of non other than the principles of God our Creator. For in HIM and in HIM alone will we find rest for our souls and answers for our problems. We can’t afford to keep going on a path that ignores God’s laws that protect the innocent unborn to the nucleus of the Biblical, traditional family…My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of THEE I sing… Amen.

Remember, God LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, Author

What is Our Message?

What is Our Message?

The Words of Thomas Jefferson: 

“No man shall suffer on account of his religious opinions orbelief, but all men shall be free to profess and byargument to maintain their opinion in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively…”   As copied from page 329…America’s God and Country by William J. Federer @ 1996 FAME Publishing.

Thank God for our Founding Fathers who stood upon the Word of God and were not afraid to teach and preach its Message….

After last night’s election results in America, let me ask you this question:  What is the message resonating within your heart and mind this morning?  What do you truly want others to know about who you are and what you feel, and what you believe? What difference do you want to make?

Perhaps you are a liberal democrat filled with enthusiasm and zeal that your candidate will return to the oval office for another four years. Or, perhaps you are a Republican, as I am, and you are disappointed that our candidate did not win; yet we are not cast down or without HOPE.  Why are we not cast down?  Because our HOPE stands assured and goes far beyond any nation and political ties…Our HOPE is larger than we, ourselves…Our HOPE lies in Jesus Christ; our personal Savior…

However, one thing that I learned last night during the elections is that I am now considered, or referred to, and/or placed into the political category of being among, “Older White Church-Goers.”   Wow!  It seems that the “majority” of my political party is made up of “my own  kind.”  Mmmm…I can live with that.  And, I will wear that title proudly…I mean it does describe me perfectly.  I am White.  I am older (but not that old!)…And, I am a church-goer…That doesn’t make me a bad person, but it does make me a part of a sector of USA citizens who possess a message and opinion that is worth voicing and worth hearing….So, here is the million-dollar question, “What is our message?”

We must seriously consider the answer to that particular question…I feel that we must be truly careful, God-fearing, and God-seeking in this matter.  We DO have a “message,” and it must be heard…But, we need to know for certain, within our own hearts and minds, what that “message” is all about…And, we need to support our “message” 100% through our actions, reactions, and daily living….Question:  Are we willing to effortlessly resonate our “message” to the nation and the world in everything we say and do?  Oh, I pray so…But, What is our Message?

If we are “divided” on what our “message” actually is, then we are a divided people doomed for failure and destruction…If we are “divided” on the principles of our “message,” then we are doomed for failure and destruction…So, “what is our message?”  What do “we” want the world to know about us?  Who are we?  And, what do we stand for and stand upon?  And, who do we stand with?

Here is my concern:  For way too many years, our land has been seriously divided over conservative doctrinal and Biblical issues.  And, unfortunately, it showed in an overwhelming loud voice last night when our nation’s younger people and minorities no longer hold to the core values and principles that this nation was founded upon.  We are watching a younger, thriving generation who no longer cares about what Presidents Washington, Adams, and Jefferson done for our country than they care about what green vegetables they should eat.  We, referring to those of us within our political category of society as being “older,” “outdated,” “not with the program,” “uninformed,” and “losers” must “redefine” ourselves as being confident, informed, trust-worthy, and leaders filled with Heavenly wisdom from above who can take our nation through the 21st century just as our Founding Fathers once guided.

In my “younger” days while growing up in America, an older person who attended church was seen and regarded as one having respect, dignity, wisdom, and knowledge…But, what message has my “generation” left upon today’s society?  Sadly, It doesn’t look good!   It seems that the younger generations got tired of watching us “argue” and “debate” over nonsense issues and non-essential matters more than coming together over the more important issues and Biblical truths of life…Sadly, it has caught up with us…

It now seems that “ours” is a message lost in time, buried in the sand, and seemingly outdated among today’s media-technology enriched, do-as-you-please, I’m in charge of my own destiny, self-fulfilled, and self-entitled society…While we, the “older-white-church-goers” recline on the sidelines of life watching our nation’s future go up in smoke the younger, vibrate newly elected generation is building an entirely new empire!!

Sad question:  Who’s really to blame?  Can we, “older citizens” regain our dignity, self-worth, integrity, knowledge, and wisdom from above?  Can those around us ever “see” and “witness” the Power of God upon our lives once again??  My friend…This should be our message…”Can the World See Jesus in You?”  Living in You?  Living In us?  Living in Me?

Our neighbors, friends, relatives, nation, and world must see the POWER OF GOD resting upon our lives once again…They must see us make sound decisions based upon God’s Holy Word and not upon the most-likely “popular” vote…We need to walk in the LIGHT as God is Light…We must Come out of darkness and separate ourselves from sin and stand for justice and righteousness according to what, “Thus saith the Lord…” And, not what thus says Oprah, Phil, TMZ, or MTV!!!

We have compromised far too long.  In a short span, we became a people who didn’t want to “hurt” anyone’s feelings.  We wanted to be “liked.”  We didn’t want to be “politically” incorrect.  So, we comfortably sat back…We held our tongues…We watched in silence year after year while other foreign “beliefs” and other foreign cultures took mainstream…We let unbelievers take the Bible from our government and from our schools and the Ten Commandments down from our walls…Just like “froggies” swimming around in hot, boiling waters…We played until we died….Now, we are the ones being laughed at and ridiculed for being the “older, white, church-going group”….

No longer are we a people respected, regarded, or highly esteemed in worth or valued as “those” who “walk” according to the ways and statues of the LORD…It was once Professing Christians who turned the world around and upside down, but now the world seemingly is turning us around and spinning us upside down on our ears!! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get off this spinning merry-go-round….I want to be empowered with the Holy Spirit of God in all things and in all matters according to HIS purpose, will, and plan….I want to STAND for what is right as God declared what is right!  Let His voice be heard through my voice!!

Sadly, over the past decades we have also watched our church pulpits become places that were careful not to “offend” as well.   What was once called out, declared, and PREACHED as being Sin is now called “choices” and “alternative lifestyles”… Instead of saying, “He or she is committing a sin; transgressing the Lord’s ways,” we say things like, “Well, that is their choice.”  As a result, we have compromised ourselves right into a neat little package and category called, “Older, white, church-goers” who are dying out and no longer seen as a winning political ticket!   I say Hum-bug!

Over the past decade, many of our churches designed “programs” geared towards our younger children and teens reading and memorizing scriptures…It all seemed wonderful and grand…But, question:  Are we older adults “willing” to let our children pick up the slack for us?  While they are out memorizing scriptures to empower their lives, many of our adults don’t ever open their Bibles to read!!  Who’s at fault??  Did we become so lazy and complacent that we decided to “teach” our children what we weren’t willing to learn and do for ourselves???  We can’t leave it to our children to “fix” our messes!  God have mercy…

All I can say is that we had better determine what our “message” is all about and get to acting upon it as quickly as possible!  As Christians (of any age, creed, race, or nation), we must Come together on reasoning abilities using ONLY ONE key instrument as our tool and guide…The same guide that guided our Founding Fathers….The Word of God; the Holy Bible….

Last week, I watched a news program where an official from Israel was speaking.  Boldy, he proclaimed, “Israel will not give up her lands because they were given to us by God as outlined in the Bible and we will stand upon that truth.”

Did you see that?  Stand upon truth…What truth?  Biblical truth!  The entire nation of Israel rests upon the Truths of God’s Old Testament promises… And, that’s exactly what we must do as well…Stand upon God’s truths and promises to us as believers in Christ Jesus….Amen….

What is Our Message?  Our message is clear:  Jesus Christ; the same yesterday, today, and forever…Whatever HE calls sin is sin…and whomever He forgives, He forgives…And, Whatever is contained in the Word of God is truth and it cannot be changed…For God’s Word is forever settled in Heaven…”  Amen…

Yes; today I am among the “older, white, church-going” Americans who still believe that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD…no matter who wins our federal, state, and local elections. And, you can be assured that I will still be toting my Bible and reading my Bible today, tomorrow, and next year for as long as I have breath within my body to live….As Everett Hale who authored the book, “The Man Without a Country,” in 1863, I, too, can declare:

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do it…”    Amen…

Remember, God Loves You and Pray for Our Nation as well…Amen

Lin T Rollins, Author

@copyright by Lin T Rollins, Author Nov. 2012