RICK ON LIFE – FAITH IN THE 21st CENTURY (Part 4)
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With your Host: Rick Amitin
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Some people believe the United States is one big experiment. I think of it as much more than a test tube. I think of it as a home. A highly desirable home. Where all our citizens have equal opportunity, equal protection, and an equal voice. Where people work responsibly for the common good. For all of our shortcomings there remains a steady influx of people wanting to be here. Even those among who get angry and threaten to leave rarely, if ever, do.
From the time of our founding until now we have had to contend with extreme forces whose ambitions are deeply rooted in the desire to gain power and unfair influence over other people. Some people see our present polarization as a battle between traditionalists and progressives. Others see differing points of views as threatening and something that must be eliminated.
“Come, let us reason together.”
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate–we cannot consecrate–we cannot hallow–this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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 gave the last full measure of devotion –that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
How we have come to this moment in our history should not be categorized as any sort of mystery. A quick peek behind the curtain of the motivations that drive our most heralded social debates reveals an insidious hatred, a commitment to discrimination, and the illusion of superiority. Freedom can never be relegated to a choice few. Not politically and not spiritually. There is too much at stake to continue down the path of delusion. Half truths, partial truths, and lopsided intellect will eat away at the very foundation of the virtues that make us a great. We have the power to stop the downward spiral.
Atheist of days past seem to have simply wanted to police the boundaries between church and state. Today, atheists want to mock God and make all Christians feel like superstitious idiots. Woman’s rights began in earnest to level the playing field. Today feminism is rooted in the hatred of men. Social justice used to be the desire expressed by the majority to rectify injustice. Today SJW’s have established a race to the bottom where the one with the most significant violation gets the crown.
Our political institution began as the fairest, most inclusive, and the most protective of individual rights ever established in the history of the western world. Today it operates as a decrepit remnant of what used to be. Money and special interests have driven our country into unimaginable corruption that has resulted in massive losses of individual liberty.
I’m a man of faith. I believe in God. Not because I’m weak, superstitious, fearful of eternal damnation, or ignorant of scientific discovery. But because I have seen what man does when left to his own devices. My own humanity, imperfections, and limitations make me aware that man is not the highest aspiration.
I’m not in the dark. I understand the shortcomings, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy of many if not all religious movements. Neither am I naïve to think I have landed on the one religion to be elevated above the rest. My spiritual experience doesn’t easily fit into limitation. It’s been a journey for me filled with transformation after transformation. As I continue my work-in-progress I’m wide awake to the need to keep reaching for the best within me.
My faith doesn’t allow for hateful attitudes, hate-filled speech, and hate-driven actions. Nor does it make me a pacifist or exempt me from the battle of ideas. I’m a man, just a man moved by the human condition, convinced that how I exist in the world matters.
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About your Host: Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, Founder ofrickamitin.com, and Host of “Rick on Life“. Rick is a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine, an online and hard copy publication. Rick is published on various platforms including, twodropsofink.com, a Top Ten (10greatest.com) literary blog.
Rick published his first book, If Only I Had a Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness, a Memoir in December 2016. He has also published a Companion Workbook of the same title. Rick is currently working on a book of inspirational and thought-provoking poetry as well as his second book.
Rick is an Ordained Minister, traveled extensively as an Evangelist, and Pastored several churches before embarking on his journey as a Transformational Life Coach. As a Certified Behavioral Analyst, with the Institute of Motivational living, Rick believes determining why we do what we do is critical to effecting positive change in our individual lives.
Rick is in the final stages of developing an online training platform to accompany his live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions. Rick has attended countless seminars and training programs in personal development and has acquired an awareness of the deep disconnection brought on by a lack of understanding of the principles of compassion, empathy, and love. Rick is an optimist and believes strongly that the key to peace of mind, and a more peaceful world is found in personal responsibility.
Rick is highly visible on social media websites and engages with his community regularly. Rick is a consummate mentor accepting the mission of sharing his insights for living a rich, rewarding, and fulfilling life. Rick is an avid researcher and is committed to being a life-long learner. In an ever-changing world, Rick remains a lover of people.
Rick has been married to his wife, Tina, for 36 years. Has three grown children, four granddaughters, one grandson and three great-grandsons.
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