Character – The Strength of the Nation By Dr. J.T. Parish

The strength of a nation lies in the character of its citizens. When character doesn’t matter to the citizens, their leaders will be people of weak character. We get the government we deserve. A healthy fear of God, respect for all people, and a work ethic that enables us to be givers rather than takers are all marks of a people of good character.

When we consider this and then look at our present-day condition, we have reason for concern. When we see people flaunting and celebrating their sins we know they have no fear of God. No fear of God means no wisdom, for the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. No fear of God is followed by no respect of people. No longer do we look at others as persons for whom Christ died.

As a result, we have a “Me first” generation of takers rather than givers, and leaners rather than lifters who no longer see work as good and the fact they have employment as a blessing. There is a cure for this sad state, repent before God, receive the forgiveness Christ purchased, and be filled with the love of God. Then go to work doing what God put you here to do.

An unknown author wrote, “Tackle more than you can do, then do it! Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it! Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat, and there you are!”

Another said, “Do what you can, being who you are, shine like a glow worm if you can’t be a star. Work like a pulley if you can’t be a crane, be a wheel-greaser, if you can’t drive the train!”

Be part of the answer, not part of the problem!