Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
- Silence propagates itself; the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find something to say. – Samuel Johnson
- Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn. – George Bernard Shaw
- There are some occasions when a man must tell half his secret in order to conceal the rest. – Lord Chesterfield
- Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you. – Spanish proverb
- A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody. – Unknown
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Innocence and ignorance are not the same thing, and we should not forget this important distinction. But true innocence, set against the backdrop of an ugly, dark and fallen world, is a beautiful thing. It’s refreshing, hopeful and inspiring. Babies, children, and young love make me smile, remember, and press on.
Teenagers? I’ll be at Summer Camp next week…I’ll let you know.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
My wife is reading a book that was recommended to her by a friend [HT: Ellen Fairley]. The New York Times bestseller, The Help is soon to be released as a movie. The novel is the story of three black maids in the South in the 1960s. I don’t yet know about the whole book, but the opening vignette was a delight.
MAE MOBLEY was born on a early Sunday morning in August 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that’s what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.
But I ain’t never seen a baby yell like Mae Mobley Leefolt. First day I walk in the door, there she be, red-hot and hollering with the colic, fighting that bottle like it’s a rotten turnip. Miss Leefolt, she look terrified a her own child. “What am I doing wrong? Why can’t I stop it?”
It? That was my first hint: something is wrong with this situation.
So I took that pink, screaming baby in my arms. Bounced her on my hip to get the gas moving and it didn’t take two minutes fore Baby Girl stopped her crying, got to smiling up at me like she do. But Miss Leefolt, she don’t pick up her own baby for the rest a the day. I seen plenty a womens get the baby blues after they done birthing. I reckon I thought that’s what it was.
Here’s something about Miss Leefolt: she not just frowning all the time, she skinny. Her legs is so spindly, she look like she done growed em last week. Twenty-three years old and she lanky as a fourteen-year-old boy. Even her hair is thin, brown, see-through. She try to tease it up, but it only make it look thinner. Her face be the same shape as that red devil on the redhot candy box, pointy chin and all. Fact, her whole body be so full a sharp knobs and corners, it’s no wonder she can’t soothe that baby. Babies like fat. Like to bury they face up in you armpit and go to sleep. They like big fat legs too. That I know.
By the time she a year old, Mae Mobley following me around everwhere I go. Five o’clock would come round and she’d be hanging on my Dr. Scholl shoe, dragging over the floor, crying like I weren’t never coming back. Miss Leefolt, she’d narrow up her eyes at me like I done something wrong, unhitch that crying baby off my foot. I reckon that’s the risk you run, letting somebody else raise you chilluns.
Mae Mobley two years old now. She got big brown eyes and honey-color curls. But the bald spot in the back of her hair kind a throw things off. She get the same wrinkle between her eyebrows when she worried, like her mama. They kind a favor except Mae Mobley so fat. She ain’t gone be no beauty queen. I think it bother Miss Leefolt, but Mae Mobley my special baby.
[The Help, Kathryn Stockett, 2009]
Friday, July 22, 2011
- The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
- Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.
- One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sickness, sadness, anxiety…marinated in prayer.
Ministry, fellowship, lessons learned…punctuated by sheer joy!
All kinds of tears and sighs… followed by exhaustion.
It’s only Wednesday…stay tuned.
He has more planned for the weekend.
The Lord’s Day worship…we start again.
Comforting to know it all has eternal meaning and purpose.
He has our front, our back...our ups and downs. Amen!
Do you think of yourself continually as a part of the community of God’s people? Are they your life? Are you in their homes and are they in yours? True, biblical spirituality has its feet firmly planted on the ground. It does things—“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9-10). “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16)— this is not mere “inner light.”
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
- He added to them: “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ 41Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” ―Acts 2:40-41
The preaching of the word, which gives faith, was one of the means God used to save souls. Notice, that those who were baptized were “added to them.” They were not just personally going to heaven, rather, they became a part of the covenant community. Their identity was changed—their entire life was changed. They didn’t just “go to church”; they became the church.
- Continued Steadfastly: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles” ―Acts 2:42-23
- Sacramental evangelism: doctrine; fellowship; sacrament and prayer. Worship was at the center of the life of this community of God’s people. It defined them and equipped them for service in God’s kingdom. There’s nothing optional here. In fact, there’s nothing you do that is any more important than worship. It is what you were created for. All were together…they had all things in common: “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” ―Acts 2: 44-45). They were together. They had all things in common. They met the needs of one another.
- Continued Daily: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people” ―Acts 2:46-47a. Daily. Unity. Fellowship. Gladness and simplicity. Praising God and living in unity.
- The Lord Added to the Church: “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” ―Acts 2:47b.
Now what happened when the world saw all of this? They were evangelized! They not only heard, they also saw the good news! The by-product of the faithful covenant community living in love with one another was that more and more people wanted to be a part of that community.
Monday, July 18, 2011
- There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. – W. Somerset Maugham
- It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it. – Steven Wright
- Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. – G.K. Chesterton
- Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. ―Robert Frost
Sunday, July 17, 2011
- Daily: “…but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15).
- Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice.”
- Weekly: The weekly Sabbath: Exodus 31:16, “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” God has set apart one day a week for to celebrate before Him―to rejoice in His goodness―to fellowship with His saints.
- The Lord’s Supper: the place of unity, renewal, rejoicing, thankfulness and fellowship. A weekly feast before the Lord!
- Special occasions: Holidays, family days, etc. God’s world is full of reasons to celebrate. Godly celebration pleases God. It’s an expression of faith and obedience. It’s the demonstration of an abundant Christian life.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Because God commands it. Because when we celebrate we remember God’s work.
- And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. ―Ezra 6:16
- And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. ―Nehemiah 8:12
Because when we celebrate we remember what’s important:
- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ―James 1:17
- There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. ―Ecclesiastes 2:24
What Are We Celebrating? The good gifts of God, family and friends, material blessings, and special occasions. Is it just a party? No! It’s always to be done with thankfulness to the Lord, just as we always give thanks for our food before we eat:
- “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We should have a good time to the glory of God!
How Should We Celebrate? With good food, drink, dancing, music; whatever your heart desires.
- And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household. ―Deuteronomy 14:26,
- And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. ―2 Samuel 6:5
Friday, July 15, 2011
And David and all Israel celebrated before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. ―1 Chronicles 13:8
Practice Makes Perfect
Imagine what it would take to hold three, week-long celebrations every year. This is what God required of Israel.
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty. ―Deuteronomy 16:16
In addition, they had many other celebrations, some that lasted several days. Sometimes they extended their celebrations: “And the whole assembly decided to celebrate the feast another seven days: so they celebrated the seven days with joy” (2 Chronicles 30:23).
Celebrating is Hard Work
No doubt, those who have worked to prepare for church or family events know that celebration is very hard work. If we’re to reclaim this art, we’ll have to self-consciously make a determined effort. Perhaps we can start with our families, or fellowship meals, making them more of a self-conscious celebration before God.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The church cannot simply be a preaching station—there must be intimate union and communion. We’re not mere associates—this is not Wal-Mart. We’re brothers and sisters. We’re a Body—We’re a family—We’re a kingdom—We’re a dwelling place.
- For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. ―Romans 12:4
- Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. ―Ephesians 2:19-22
Paul describes this community of God’s people this way:
- And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. ―Ephesians 4:11-16
Now there’s a lot going on there. Which part of that can you afford to do without, and does this all occur within the time frame of a few hours, once-a-week, on Sundays?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Consider what we are called to do to, and for one another. How could we possibly fulfill these things if we only meet for a couple hours each week?:
- Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. ―Romans 12:10-16
- Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. ―Romans 14:19
- Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. ―Romans 15:5-7
- Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. ―Romans 15:14
- …that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. ―1 Corinthians 12:25-27
- …but through love serve one another. ―Galatians 5:13
- Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ―Galatians 6:2
- I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ―Ephesians 4:1-3
- Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. ―Ephesians 4:25
- And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. ―Ephesians 4:32
- Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. ―Ephesians 5:19-21
- Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. ―1 Thessalonians 5:11
- But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ―Hebrews 3:13
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Israel (and by implication, the Church) was/is to be a nation of priests to the other nations. When the world looks at us what does it see? Does it see the Body of Christ or does it see a lot of individuals who claim a personal experience with Christ? We must develop a “covenant consciousness.” We must come to see ourselves as “the people of God,” (NOTE: It’s good when church members begin to speak of “we” and “us”). We likewise want the world to recognize us as “a people.” Most people identify with their race more than their Christian faith.
Corpus Christi—the Body of Christ
Our idea of incorporation or of a corporation comes from the biblical notion of the “body or corpus of Christ”—many individuals joined together so as to be seen as one. The Bible teaches that we have been united by His death and resurrection: “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead…” (Col. 1:18). The word ‘community,’ comes from two words: ‘common’ and ‘unity.’ We use other words that express these same ideas, e.g., communication, communion, united, unified, etc. The idea is that the various individual parts are joined together in common cause—we are unified.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. ―1 Corinthians 12:12-14
In fact, it was always God’s purpose in the Gospel to take men from every tribe and tongue and make them one in Jesus Christ. Paul writes to the Gentiles and reminds them:
That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. ―Ephesians 4:12-14
It is the very picture of heaven, as the elders sang a new song to Christ, saying:
You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth. ―Revelation 5:9-10
In order to be in community, we must spend time with one another; we must live our lives with one another. WE can’t be seen if WE are not visible. The church—the body of Christ—does have invisible aspects, just as you do individually, but like you, the Body of Christ also has visible aspects. We assemble, we worship, we serve, we love, we celebrate, etc. In fact, the very nature of the “one another” commands demands that we live in physical community with one another, day-in and day-out.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. ―John 14:34-35
As we worship and live with one another, the world observes. And when we worship and live with one another in love, the world is impressed—it is even attracted to such beauty—we adorn the gospel.
Monday, July 11, 2011
- Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. – Flannery O’Connor
- As a matter of principal, I never attend a first annual anything. – George Carlin
- Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. – Nick Diamos
- The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. – George Jessel
- An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. – Will Rogers
Two areas where we need to give some extra attention are the areas of evangelism and community. How do we reach the world with the gospel? What role does the church, or covenant community of God’s people play in this work?
Most of us are familiar with two types of evangelism: personal, one-on-one witnessing, and public, evangelistic meetings. Unfortunately, these have become the exclusive means of evangelism in the thinking of many Christians. We tend to think atomisticly—trying to get individuals into the lifeboat one at a time. But there is a vital, corporate dimension to evangelism that redeems not only individuals, but also families and cultures for many generations.
Without diminishing the importance of these two methods of proclaiming the Gospel (when done biblically), I want to suggest that the Bible teaches (in addition to these) that much of the work of evangelism is done in the context of the covenant community. Solid church growth is ultimately the work of God: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6-7). The means of growth is primarily done in the context of the people of God living lives of faith and fruitfulness. Our ideas have consequences, and the world ought to see these consequences. The Covenant community—the church—ought to be a picture of joy and celebration. We should love our new lives and we should be seen inculcating that love in our children.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Sunday worship liturgy is important because ideas have consequences. Our symbols represent ideas. Therefore, we better think about what we are doing. Every church has a liturgy—and thus every church expresses ideas about how we are to live and walk before God. And so, we had best have our theology right and have that theology reflected in what we do and how we do it. Moreover, we do it at the beginning of every week, so that we start the week right, and then we go home and do it, and we do it at work, and at play and we do it all the time and everywhere.
The liturgy is simply practice for life. We come before God, we pray, and listen, and sing, and confess, and receive absolution, and give, and are taught, and commune, and are sent forth with blessing, and we do it again-and-again to get it into our bones. We want worship to be second nature to us. This is why we can never safely skip worship. There is nothing you do every week that is any more important than worship. Make the decision to attend public worship only once in your life.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Reformed Church in America has made some remarkable progress among Evangelicals in the last 30 years. Thousands of books have been published. Thousands of new Reformed churches have been planted. Within this broader Reformed movement has been a reformation of the family, Christian education, and social activism, wherein we have sought to apply the Bible to every area of life. Progress continues as we see greater development of the doctrines of worship, eschatology, and covenant. This progress, however, (like all genuine progress) has not been without its speed-bumps, as we awkwardly advance. Sometimes, when we’ve made great changes and advances, we might think we’ve gone far enough. The truth is, we have only begun. When we speak of “every area of life,” we’re embracing a comprehensive worldview; the changes never really stop. Thinking and re-thinking—we must be transformed. We must “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Right thinking leads to right living—our thoughts and our ways must become the thoughts and ways of God.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Forgetting to be thankful is a sin (Rom. 1:21). God made us to be dependent creatures; dependent on Him and dependent on one another. None of us can do it alone, which means we need others to help us. It’s easy to take such help for granted and to sail right past those who sacrifice to enable us to move forward. These are less than perfect people but that doesn’t diminish the good they do for us. When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he described a culture that was crumbling, and in that list of declining attributes he included the term “unthankful” (2 Tim. 3:2). Children (for example), are notoriously unthankful to parents because they assume that parents are supposed to do all those things for them. The older I get the more thankful I am for what my parents did for me. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, mom and dad!)
Certainly, we’ve all shown a lack of gratitude, and we’ve therefore, failed to express our thankfulness to others. As we look back at our lives there’s a long line of people who have served us and helped us in countless ways. Do you know who they are? Do you remember what they’ve done for you? Isn’t it time to say so? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have received such thanks for those you’ve helped? Well, get after it! Do it! Do it today! “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Col. 3:15).
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
From time-to-time it’s good to back-up; to look over our shoulders and see what’s behind us. It can be too convenient to brush the past aside and assume that all is well. Since we’re all sinners that means we have sinned, which means that we have created a separation between us and another person or persons (including God). “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2). [By the way, that is what death is―separation―we don’t cease to exist, but we are cut off from God or from other people.] Sin that’s not dealt with―unforgiven sin―injures and in some cases, destroys relationships. Don’t assume that because that person hasn’t said anything about it that it has simply gone away. You remember the sins that were committed against you but never acknowledged, now don’t you?
Is there someone you’ve sinned against that you need to go to and ask forgiveness? I don’t simply mean someone you sinned against yesterday or last week (thought that would be included), I’m thinking about things that might have happened years ago between you and a spouse, child, parent, friend or others. Perhaps you’ve grown-up now and can see your sin more clearly than you could at the time; that’s spiritual maturity. Here’s an opportunity to bless someone else. It’s such a delight to hear from someone, even if it’s many years later and to hear them say, “I was wrong”; “I was immature”; “I was foolish”; “I sinned”; etc. Go ahead and visit that person, make that phone call, write that letter. You’ll be glad you did. They’ll be glad you did.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Monday, July 4, 2011
- Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera. – James Stephens
- Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy
- You can pretend to be serious; you can’t pretend to be witty. – Sacha Guitry
- Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments, but bad quarters of an hour. – Gioachino Rossini
- Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. – Henry David Thoreau
Sunday, July 3, 2011
- “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” ―Thomas Sowell
- “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” ―Thomas Sowell
- “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” ―Thomas Sowell
- “The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best” ―Thomas Sowell
- “One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain” ―Thomas Sowell
- “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” ―Thomas Sowell
- “If you think it’s expensive now, just wait til it’s free.” ―Thomas Sowell
- “If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.” ―Thomas Sowell
Saturday, July 2, 2011
- “But there is another strong objection which I, one of the laziest of all the children of Adam, have against the Leisure State. Those who think it could be done argue that a vast machinery using electricity, water-power, petrol, and so on, might reduce the work imposed on each of us to a minimum. It might, but it would also reduce our control to a minimum. We should ourselves become parts of a machine, even if the machine only used those parts once a week. The machine would be our master, for the machine would produce our food, and most of us could have no notion of how it was really being produced.” ―G.K. Chesterton
- “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” ―Marcus Tullius Cicero
- “I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.” ―Grover Cleveland
- “We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.” ―Davey Crocket
- “The best way to put more money in people's wallets is to leave it there in the first place.” ―Edwin Feulner
- “A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.” ―Milton Friedman
- “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” ―Barry Goldwater
Friday, July 1, 2011
- “I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” ―Max Victor Belz
- “Subsidies entail politicians’ taking the citizen’s paycheck and then using it to buy his submission.” ―James Bovard
- “The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice.” ―Linda Bowles
- “If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.” ―Orson Scott Card
- “It's about food. It’s about your home. It’s about your life. The government is worried about all of the above. All I’m saying is you should be worried they’re worried. Here’s why: They’re telling you that you can’t take care of yourself. You can’t be trusted with what you put in your mouth or what you sign on the mortgage dotted line. So they’ll tell you what to put in your mouth and they’ll save you from what you signed on that dotted line. Does anyone see a trend here? Personal responsibility has now become government responsibility.” ―Neil Cavuto