Jarred Pettijohn

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A Public Apology and Explanation (Part 1)

It has been one year since I wrote "A Public Confession" and there has been something that I have been wanting to say ever since.

I am sorry.

No, I am not sorry that I wrote what I wrote. Everything I wrote in that post is completely true and I stand by it 100 percent. However, I feel that my words may have hurt some people that I care very deeply about and for that I am truly sorry. My dearest and sincere hope is that by giving more information about what led to my decision to declare my denominational "baptism" unscriptural will open some eyes and hearts to challenge what they have been taught versus what the Scriptures actually teach.

I'm going to go ahead and write this from the assumption that if you are reading this, you consider yourself a Christian. Furthermore, I'm going to assume that you believe that the Bible is the complete, inspired, inerrant, word of God. If you don't believe these two things, you probably won't get much out of the rest of this.

With that out of the way, I'm going to go through the reasons why I made the decision that I made a year ago. Most of these were pointed out to me by the book Muscle and a Shovel. Which I highly recommend.

We should use ALL Scripture

If you believe as I do in the perfect word of God, you and I know that scripture can not contradict itself. We must take the ENTIRE counsel of God's word into account when studying out a topic. We know that Scripture is able to make us complete because it says that it is.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17

You see, we should be using all Scripture for teaching, reproof, correcting, and training in righteousness. Notice that Paul doesn't say that "some Scripture" is makes us complete.  We can't find completeness in man made creed books, we can't find it in traditions, we can't find it in commentaries, we find it in ALL Scripture.

The "Sinner's Prayer" is NOT in the Bible!

Go ahead, try to find it. Ask your pastor where it is. Google the prayer, then try to find any part of it in the Bible. Find one single place in the New Testament after the resurrection of Christ where a lost person was instructed to pray to become a Christian. Now friends, if you can't find anyone in the Bible that was saved through a prayer, how can you possibly believe that you were?

That was the conclusion I came to. I was led to believe in a Baptist Church one day that I was saved after repeating the "Sinner's Prayer". How can we stand this kind of false teaching that is leading countless numbers of people to a false sense of security? Think I'm overreacting? Watch the video below from a very well known Baptist preacher who in a moment of Scriptural clarity nails the "Sinner's Prayer" up for exactly what it is.

I’m convinced that many people in our churches are simply missing the life of Christ, and a lot of it has to do with what we’ve sold them as the gospel, i.e. pray this prayer, accept Jesus into your heart, invite Christ into your life,Should it not concern us that there is no such superstitious prayer in the New Testament? Should it not concern us that the Bible never uses the phrase, ‘accept Jesus into your heart’ or ‘invite Christ into your life’? It’s not the gospel we see being preached, it’s modern evangelism built on sinking sand. And it runs the risk of disillusioning millions of souls. It’s a very dangerous thing to lead people to think that they are a Christian, when they have not Biblically responded to the Gospel.
— David Platt

What is the Biblical response to the Gospel?

This is the question everyone that wishes to become a follower of Christ must know the answer to and thankfully the Bible is not shy about providing the answer. If turn to Acts chapter 2 we find Peter preaching the very first Gospel sermon to a crowd of Jews on the day of Pentecost. When finishes preaching, the men who had heard and believed asked exactly what they should do, and they were given the answer through the Holy Spirit inspired Peter,

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
— Acts 2:36-38

In my youth standing at the front of the Baptist Church, I was led to believe that through saying a prayer that my sins had been forgiven, and that baptism was only an outward show of an inward change. This was just completely false. Baptism, according to the Word of God, is FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS and the way in which one is added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:47). I was taught incorrectly, I was baptized into the membership of the Baptist Church. I believe that I was still lost in my sins. 

Friends, this is why I say that I was baptized Scripturally one year ago today.

The Bible plainly teaches that there are 5 things a person must do to be saved:

  1. Hear the word of God(Romans 10:17)
  2. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 16:30-31)
  3. Repent of their sins (Acts 2:38)
  4. Confess Jesus as Christ, the Son of the living God (Romans 10:8-10)
  5. Be baptized (Mark 16:16)

Notice that many of those things babies and small children are not capable of doing. Babies are unable to hear the word, unable to believe, unable to repent, unable to confess, and therefore are not able to be Scripturally baptized.

I went into the water knowing that:

This is Scriptural baptism. Immersion in water for the reasons listed above. If you haven't been baptized for those reasons, please won't you do some studying of your Bible to decide if you have followed what the apostles taught? Are you going to risk the destination of your precious soul to what men are telling you? Are you going to take your life into your own hands and study it out on your own? I hope and pray that you will.


Again, I am sorry if anything I've said or written to you hurt you in any way. I want you to understand that is NOT my intent. My only motivation for writing or speaking out about this is to make sure that people get to Heaven.  Jesus said "the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." We have a responsibility to speak the truth in Love to help others and ourselves find and stay on that way that leads to life. How truly sorry we will be if in the end we haven't done as much as we could have.

Please, if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns don't hesitate to leave me a comment.

In Christian Love,

Jarred Pettijohn

Do NOT Follow your heart

What you will read below are my speaking notes for the lesson I preached on the evening of 5/18/14. It has not been carefully checked nor was any great care given to write it in proper form.  Maybe one of these days I'll have time to do that, but for now I'm posting it as is.

As I'm sure you are aware, todays popular culture has embraced the idea of worshipping self. If you turn on the radio, go to the movies, or watch the TV, you will be bombarded with the idea of "Follow your heart". The "Follow your heart" mantra is now so deeply rooted in our culture that the effects are obvious and disturbing. On the surface, it seems like an innocent slogan, but unfortunately our culture has turned that phrase into, "Do what YOU want, Do what makes YOU happy, happiness is the number one thing in YOUR life. Find happiness in YOUR life at all costs"

Terrible Advice.

Terrible Advice.

If you look at social statistics for the past 30 years you can see where this kind of thinking leads. An incredibly high divorce rate. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse. Consumer debt levels that are higher than ever. Then there is probably the most publicized result of where self-worship leads: murder in the form of abortion. The culture of this country and the law of the land permits the murder of little babies for no other reason than a baby just doesn't fit the lifestyle that the mother wants.

These are all results of a society that is following their heart.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”
— Jeremiah 17:9 NASB

In the United States each year:

  • There are 876,000 divorces.
  • There are 65,000 deaths due to alcohol and drug use.
  • The pornography industry makes an estimated $1.8 Billion in revenue.
  • 1 million abortions performed.

These are symptoms of a culture that is following deceitful and desperately sick heart!

 The Hebrew word for heart is (לֵב leb) and the Greek word for heart is καρδία(Kardia), which is where we get the English word cardio. According to Strong's Concordance, The heart is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible. Now I didn’t have a chance to study all 800+ mentions of the heart, so I hope you brought your Bibles as we have plenty of material to try to cover in a short amount of time. It’s obvious that the word heart in Jeremiah 17 is not referring to the physical organ inside all of us.  So what does the Bible mean when it speaks about the heart?

Answering that question is not as easy as one might think. Just as our current medical community can't agree on the definition of the word "mind", Biblical scholars still have differing opinions about the definition of the heart. However, In general the word heart can be defined as the center or seat of physical and spiritual life. According to scripture the heart is responsible for a man's thoughts and beliefs, his will, his emotions and his conscience. Jesus accused the Pharisees of thinking evil in their hearts in Matthew 9:4. Romans 10:10 states for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses resulting in salvation. The heart is also attributed emotions such as Joy, gladness and sorrow.  Just as the heart organ is at the center of our circulatory system and provides oxygenated blood for our bodies to keep working, our spiritual heart also feeds our thoughts and actions. Proverbs 4:23 warns us 

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
— Proverbs 4:23

and Luke 6:45 says 

45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
— Luke 6:45

So let's look at all the information we have so far. We know that the scriptures tell us that the heart is desperately sick and more deceitful than all else. We also know that our hearts are at the very center of what we do, believe, feel, say, and think. And we know that we live in a culture that promotes following the desires of that very deceitful and sick heart. Is there any wonder why we have a society in moral decline?

Better Advice

Better Advice

 From early on the human race has had a heart problem. Mankind hadn't been around for very long when in Genesis 6 starting in verse 5 it says

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
— Genesis 6:5-8

 And we know that God did that by bringing a flood that killed every living thing except for what was on the ark that Noah built out of obedience to God's command. Skip a few chapters to chapter 8 starting in verse 20 we pick up after the flood waters had receded and Noah and his family along with all the animals have come off the ark.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.
— Genesis 8:20-21

What we see in verse 21 is that God knows that the heart of man will always be sick.  We also see throughout the Old Testament that the Lord had plans for changing our hearts. I wasn't able to be here this morning to hear Chuck’s lesson, but I understand from what I read on our Facebook page in summary of his lesson, that he mentioned prophesies as evidence of Biblical accuracy and proof of its trustworthiness.  Let’s take a look at a few of those prophesies that mention the heart specifically.  In Genesis chapter 17 we see that God made a Covenant of Circumcision of the flesh with Abraham, but later we see in Deuteronomy chapter 30 verse 6 that what God really desired was for God to change them through a circumcision of the heart. Then of course we have God giving Moses the written law and commandments, but then we see what God really desired in Jeremiah 31:33 was for His law to be written on their hearts and minds. God knew that it was going to take heart surgery to fix what was broken inside of us.

Of course we know that God accomplished this by sending His only son to pay the price for our sins (Romans 4:25). We also know that through obeying the Gospel that we are added by God to The Church which is His Body (Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 12:27). In Colossians 2:9 we finally see that God has fulfilled His promise to us by performing surgery on our hearts.

9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
— Colossians 2:9-12

 You see, the only way to cure that desperately sick and deceitful heart is through the circumcision of Christ and continuing to accepting God's Laws into your mind and heart.

When we obey the Gospel of Christ our hearts and minds are transformed by God. However, us in the Lord’s Church are warned against letting our guard down even after this operation takes place. 

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
— James 1:26
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
— 1 Peter 5:8
6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7


So now we finally get to what we should be shouting from the mountaintops in opposition to "follow your heart" which is "Follow God's Will!" Jesus himself told his disciples in John 4:34 that “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”  In Luke 22:42 Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane saying: 

Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.
— Luke 22:42

 Jesus was completely dedicated to doing the will of His Father to the point that he endured humiliation, torture, and death on the cross for our benefit.

Naturally that raises the question, “If God’s will for his Son was humiliation, torture, and death on the cross, what is God's will for us?” We are told in 1 Timothy 2:3-4

“3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the [c]knowledge of the truth.”
— 1 Timothy 2 : 3-4

 and in 2 Peter 3:9,

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
— 2 Peter 3:9

 We also see in 1 Thessalonians 4:3

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from [a]sexual immorality;
— 1 Thessalonians 4:3

 God wishes that everyone come to know the truth and obey the gospel of His Son Jesus the Christ to become sanctified which means set apart for Him.

Have you bought into the lie of our culture to follow your heart? Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
— Romans 12:2

Once again we see that following the will of God is the thing we ought to be striving for, not trying to blend in with the world.

Best advice!

Best advice!

 I want to encourage you all today to seek first to do the will of God. We all have friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances that are walking around out there today with a sick and deceitful heart that they are being told that they should follow, without knowing that doing so will destroy them. We must let them know that there is a cure found through an operation and that God's operating table is always ready. Maybe you are sitting out there tonight with a sick heart and you are wanting to change. If so you know you have been following that deceitful heart for way too long, and we urge you don't wait any longer.

Are you ready to answer?

   This is a copy of my speaking notes from a devotional thought I gave last Wednesday evening. I try not to read my notes word for word but use them more as a guide. With that disclaimer, I hope you understand if it is not written perfectly. 

    I have just recently decided to try my hand at turkey hunting. I've seen several strutting around our land this spring and so I went yesterday evening on the way home from work and I bought all the stuff that the experts say that I'm going to need. New camo, special shotgun shells, and last but not least a couple of turkey calls.  Something I always wanted to try was the turkey calls that go into your mouth. That just seems like the way to go, hands free! Well I practiced my calling this morning all the way to work and figured I would close the door to my office and practice while I worked.  Apparently, closing the door wasn't really enough to stop the sound from traveling to other offices and so it wasn't long before I heard *Knock, knock, knock* on my door. Thankfully it was someone from my team that I'm good friends with so I decided to have a little fun with him. So when he asked me, what is that noise? I looked at him, took out the call and said, it's a turkey call - and it looks like it works!

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:15, 16 NASB)

You see, the same way that me using that turkey call brought attention to me, Peter is saying that people are going to notice that you as followers of Christ are different. This should give us something to think about. When is the last time that someone came up to you and asked you "Hey, why do you have hope of eternal life with God in Heaven?". I don't think I've ever been asked that. But what about these questions

"How have you been married so long?",  "Why don't you cuss or go out partying and get drunk with us?", "Why did you turn down courtside tickets to a Thunder game?", "Why are you leaving ball practice early on Wednesday evening?, "Why don't you laugh at our dirty jokes?"

    There are all kinds of questions that the world asks of us. They aren't usually so straightforward as "Hey, why do you have hope of eternal life with God in Heaven." But guess what, that is exactly what they are asking in all of those questions.

The world will notice your actions, good or bad, and they will ask you why if you are different.  How many of these opportunities have you let slip through your fingertips? I've certainly been guilty of not being ready to give an answer to those questions.  It's not always easy to answer some of them out of fear because we don't want to hurt someone else's feelings.  Peter writes that they should answer those questions, yet do so with gentleness and reverence.  Certainly we can find a way to do that.

Paul writes in Colossians chapter 4 verse 5:

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:5, 6 NASB)

    I want you to think about tonight how you will respond to each person when they ask you why you live the way you do. Do you know enough scripture to be able to study with that person if they ask? Are you willing to know enough about what your friends and neighbors believe to be able to show them with grace, gentleness, and reverence why the scriptures say they are wrong? If not I encourage you to get ready, don't let another opportunity pass by.

A Public Confession

This past Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, I made a very public and very emotional confession in front of my brothers and sisters at the Bridge Creek church of Christ. I opened up and admitted to myself and everyone that: 

I’ve been a hypocrite for many, many years now.

I don’t remember a whole lot about my childhood, one too many bumps to the head I guess, but I do remember the day that it “clicked” for me that Jesus was the son of God and that I needed to accept him as my Lord and Savior. My parents attended Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha and we were there on a bright and sunny Sunday morning when I seemed to finally really hear and understand what was being said. I told my mom and dad I wanted to be saved and walked up to the front as “Just as I am” was being sung. I said the sinner’s prayer, and really believed it. Confessed Jesus as God’s son and my lord and felt fantastic, I thought my salvation was beyond question.

I believe it was that evening when we returned to church that I went in front of the congregation, and they apparently voted (which I thought was strange) on whether or not I was ready to be baptized. I guess I passed the test because I was baptized that night. 

I never really thought about those events again until I entered college. A friend of mine died in a motorcycle accident and it caused me to start looking more closely at how I was living my life. I got back into the habit of reading my Bible, and started attending church with Shambra. It was about that time after studying and understanding the steps of salvation that I started to doubt my own salvation. Looking back, I should have removed the doubt back then. I told myself though that I had not really missed any steps, my reasons were pure when I was baptized, I was not forced into anything, therefore I need to stop worrying and move on. So that is exactly what I did. 

I told people I was a Christian and would give people my salvation story hoping that the doubt in my eyes wouldn't show. I studied scripture with people half way around the world on mission trips telling them exactly what they needed to do to save themselves from judgement. I believed and taught hear, believe, repent, confess and be baptized.

However, occasionally while reading scripture or after hearing a sermon, doubt would creep into my mind. I was unsure about my salvation due to my doubts about the scriptural validity of my baptism. "That is just Satan causing me to question." I would say to myself, and proceed to put those feelings back in the box where we humans keep our deepest and darkest secrets, never to let them out. 

Then I started reading Muscle and a Shovel. Immediately I related to the author and his spiritual upbringing. His story is so similar to mine its scary. I was reading it last week and found a paragraph that really hit me like a punch to the gut. It says:

Doubt causes indecision. Indecision causes inaction. Inaction causes us to put the important back there where the unimportant things reside. Inaction causes idleness and additional doubt. It builds a wall between what’s important and whats unimportant. Once those walls grow, it’s difficult to know how to tear them down.
— Michael Shank

I realized that my doubt of my baptism had been neatly tucked behind a wall for years. The numerous times that wall crumbled was not the work of Satan, but instead the work of God! After all, what possible reason would Satan have for motivating me to undergo a scriptural baptism?  I couldn't think of any.

I finally realized that my reasons for not obeying the Gospel in the way I know to be correct are not great reasons. The reasons really only boil down to pride, shame and fear. I feared that if I acknowledged that my original baptism as not really a baptism at all, what did that make me in the time since that happened? I have truly believed that Christ was the Son of God for over 15 years, have been on the other side of the globe teaching people what they needed to do to be saved, and I had not even done it myself! At worst that made me a hypocrite, and at best it made me completely ignorant.

I don’t think I realized until recently how heavily this has been weighing on my heart. I was exhausted from thinking about it, researching it, talking about it. Last Wednesday evening, January 15th, 2014, at the age of 30, I finally decided that it was silly to dwell on it any longer. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by obeying the Gospel and being baptized into the body of Christ.

John 3:5 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That night, I slept better than I have in a long time. The doubt is gone.  I have been raised to walk in the newness of life.

I wanted to tell this story for a few reasons. I want this to first serve as another public confession of my faith and belief. Secondly, I want to encourage anyone that may also be wrestling with doubts about the scriptural validity of their salvation to study out the truth for yourself. Grab a Bible and actually read it with an open mind. If you have a denominational background as I have, I strongly recommend reading the book Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank.

If you would like to study God's Word with me, hit me up. I'm by no means a Biblical scholar, but I'd be glad to sit down and study with you. 

God Bless!


Wow. I think this blog proves how much having a kid changes your life. My last post was 4 years ago! So what has happened in that 4 years? Here it goes.

We had another child. His name is Weston Dale Pettijohn and he is my little Bubba. We had his 2nd birthday party today, but his birthday is actually tomorrow.
We moved from Mustang to Bridge Creek, bought a foreclosure and have paid it off. (WE'RE DEBT FREE!)
I joined the Bridge Creek Fire Department, have completed EMR and Firefighter 1 training.
My grandpa Ryans went to be with our Lord and Savior. I miss him everyday. I was blessed to be able to talk about him and his faith in God at his memorial service and to be able to put together a slide show.
I'm sure there is much more, but that's a start anyway. Hopefully the next post won't take me 4 years.

The worst St. Patricks Day Ever!

Today started like any other day. I woke up, got ready for work, and was just putting my backpack into the back seat of our 2003 Ford Explorer when everything changed. "Hmmm, Where did that glass come from?" I thought as I sat my backpack down. I looked up and found the rear passenger side window... gone.... What? Confused I stood there for a moment trying to figure out what freak accident could have broken out the window. A rock thrown from a lawnmower? Kids playing baseball in the street?

I walked around the car and noticed that this was no accident. Someone had used a prybar to bust out the window so that they could get into the vehicle. Outraged, I walked into the house and told Shambra "Someone broke into the Explorer!" We went outside and started to survey the damage and Shambra said "They tore up the dash!" Looking toward the steering wheel I noticed that they wanted more than the stuff inside the car, they tried to steal the vehicle! It seems that they tried to forcibly turn the ignition with a prybar, and in the process tore up all kinds of stuff. Well, so much for driving it to the body shop.

As I was surveying the damage, I noticed something in the drivers seat. It looked like... A cell phone? Yes! A cell phone! A clue! We can catch the moron that did this! A rush of excitement coursed through my veins as I dialed the Mustang Police Department.

When the officer arrived he took down all my information, and asked about the cell phone. I handed it over and told him that hopefully we can catch the guy with the information on the phone. He then told me that he noticed that the vandals had hit several cars on our street, and it could just be someone's stolen phone from another vehicle. While this is possible, I would bet that the cell phone belongs to the vandal, just based on the wallpaper and contact names I saw on the phone.

Anyway, all this has left me very angry. Thankfully I had full coverage on the Explorer with a $100 deductible. So the tow truck came and got the Explorer, it is in the shop, and it will get fixed. Funny thing is, I'm out $100, and the criminal is out a cell phone!

Butt Scratching and Bass Fishing by Dave Ramsey

I started to write my own rant on how socialism is getting completely out of control in this country when I ran across this little gem.  I couldn't agree more with the following.

Butt Scratching and Bass Fishing by Dave Ramsey

A couple of weeks ago, I worked late like I sometimes need to do to run my business. It was a nice Tennessee summer evening, and I was enjoying the drive home. About 7:30, as I pulled to a stop light a few blocks from my office, I noticed a light on in the corner office of a friend’s office building. Through the twilight I could make out my friend’s silhouette as he bent over his desk. Being a fellow entrepreneur, I knew what he was doing.

He was looking over some receivables. Some turkey hadn’t paid him, and he was trying to make his accounts balance so he would have the cash to make it another day. In that instant, I had a flashback to some of the ridiculous statements I’ve been hearing on the talking-head news channels and from some individuals during this political year. And I’ll be honest—I instantly felt the heat of anger flow through my body.

Let me tell you why. You see, my friend who I saw working late—we’ll call him Henry—is a great guy. He’s what you want your son to grow up to be. He loves God, his country, his wife, and his kids. He didn’t have the academic advantage of attending a big-name university. Instead, he started installing heating and air systems as a grunt laborer after he graduated from high school. He was and is a very hard and diligent worker, and before long, the boss taught him the trade. But when he was 24, after 6 years of service, the company he was working for got into financial trouble and laid him off.

Henry still had his tools, so he bought an old pickup to haul around his materials and tools, and suddenly he was in business. He knew about heating and air-conditioning, but not about business, so he made a lot of mistakes.

He persisted. He took accounting and management at the community college to learn about business. He started reading books on business, HVAC, marriage, kids, God, and anything else someone he respected recommended. Today he is one of the best-read men I know. Soon, because of his fabulous service and fair prices, he developed a great reputation, and his little business began to grow.

Henry started 15 years ago, and now he has 17 employees whose families are fed because he does a great job. He is in church on Sunday and seldom misses his kids’ Little League games. Sometimes he has to miss a game because some poor soul has their AC go out in the 96-degree Tennessee summer heat, but Henry makes sure they are served. He is, by all standards, a good man. He is, by all standards, what makes America great.
Henry and I are friends, and so he asked me some financial questions last year. I learned in the process that his personal taxable income last year was $328,000. I smiled with pride for this 70-hour a week guy because he is living the dream.
At the stop light that evening, I also thought of another guy I know—and that is where the anger flash came from. We will call him John. While John does not have the same drive Henry has, I can say that he, too, is a good man.

John also graduated from high school and did not attend a big-name university. He went to work at a local factory 15 years ago. When 5:00pm comes around, John has probably already made it to his car in the parking lot. He comes in 5 minutes late, takes frequent breaks, and leaves 5 minutes early. However, to his credit, he is steady and works hard.

Over the years, due to his steadiness and seniority, he has worked his way up to about $75,000 per year in that same factory. He seldom misses his kid’s ballgames, but

most nights you will find him in front of the TV where he has become an expert on “American Idol,” “The Biggest Loser,” and who got thrown off the island. When he is not in front of the TV, he spends a LOT of time and money bass fishing on our local lake. He never works over 40 hours a week and hasn’t read a non-fiction book since high school.

This is America, and there is nothing wrong with either set of choices. Nothing wrong, that is, until the politicians and socialists get involved ...

I have seen several elitist people on the talking-head channels make the statement lately that people making over $250,000 per year have a “moral imperative” to pay more in taxes to take care of the country’s problems. This is not only infuriating—it is economically, spiritually, and morally crazy!

Where in the world do these twits get off saying that Henry should be punished for his diligence? If you are John, where do you get off trying to take Henry’s hard-earned money away from him in the name of your misguided “fairness”? If you want to sit on the lake, drink beer, scratch your butt, and bass fish, that is perfectly fine with me. I am not against any of those activities and have engaged in some of them myself at one time or another. But you HAVE NO RIGHT to talk about “moral imperatives” about what other people have earned due to their diligence. That money is not yours! You want some money? Go earn some! Get up, leave the cave, kill something, and drag it home.

We are in a dangerous place in our country today. A segment of our population has decided that it is the government’s job to provide all of their protection, provision, and prosperity. This segment has figured out that government doesn’t have the money to give them everything they want, so somebody else has to pay for it. That is how the “politics of envy” was born. “Tax the rich” has become the mantra of the left, and this political season it has been falsely dubbed a “moral imperative.”

Ninety percent of America’s millionaires are first-generation rich. They are Henry. To tax them because you think it is a “moral imperative” is legalizing governmental theft from our brightest, most charitable, and most productive citizens.

If I can get a law passed that says you must surrender all your cars to the government because it is the “moral imperative” of anyone who owns cars to support the latest governmental program, that would be a violation of private property rights and simply morally wrong. This new “moral imperative” to redistribute wealth is no different from that. It’s the SAME THING!

Please, America, re-think the politics of envy! You are sowing the seeds of our destruction when you punish the Henrys of our culture.
If you think taxing the populace to support government programs is the best way—and I don’t—then at least tax every single person the same! There are very few Henrys out here who would squawk much about paying a set percentage of their income—if everyone else did, too. But this idea of some butt-scratching bass fisherman saying government should tax his neighbor and not him—just because his neighbor has succeeded—must stop.

So the next time an elitist media talking-head starts telling you it is the moral imperative of our culture to tax my friend Henry, change the channel.

The next time you see someone wealthy who feels guilty and is preaching the politics of envy, change the channel.

The next time you see some celebrity who feels guilt over their income preaching socialism, change the channel.

And the next time you run into a misguided, butt-scratching bass fisherman who says the evil rich people in our culture should have their private property confiscated because that is fair… well just shake your head walk away—and make sure to vote against his candidate. If he and his type win, God help America.

No Obama!

There are much better reasons than this slip up to not vote for this guy.  I recently read his book and I found it packed with socialist ideas, pro-abortion (even late term) verbiage, and confusingly misguided scripture (Watch this).
I really don't care what color he is, what background he came from, or whether or not he wears a flag pin.  Judging him strictly from his voting record and his words, I will pass on voting for Obama.  With that said I respect him and do believe that he is sincere in his belief that he can make the United States a better place.  I just think his ideas on how to get there are completely wrong.
But oh well, our current administration is not much better when it comes to avoiding socialism.

That is all I have on Obama for now, I will get to McCain soon enough

Need a home loan? Ask your government!

Sadly, most of you probably don't realize or care about what happened Yesterday. Of course I'm talking about the fact that our government decided that it would bail out a struggling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by taking it over. I'm not going to go over exactly what happened, but I am instead going to comment on what I feel about it. So before you continue you should educate yourself by reading this New York Times article.

First a definition.

so·cial·ism:  a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

Welcome to a socialist United States of America.  You and I are paying to keep these companies afloat via our tax dollars due to these mortgage companies giving out loans to people that had no business  getting a loan.  Lets be clear, WE, THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC, ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR A FAILING PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY.  What's next?  Are we going to pull in the struggling automobile industry as well?

I am getting really sick and tired of our current government.  Since the government is "of the people, by the people, and for the people" I guess I'm sick and tired of all of us.  When are we as a nation going to wake up and do something about these out of control people in Washington?  Oh, and both McCain and Obama supported this, yet another reason I will not vote for either of them!

People in this country are going to have to wake up and pay attention to what our elected officials are doing on our dime.

What do you think about this?  Sound off in the comments!


Socialism Definition

Ron Paul's view on the bail out.