Know Jack #295 The Cost of Freedom

“Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground…”

Stephen Stills

It’s Memorial Day weekend and plans for celebration coming together across America. Briskets are in smokers, hot dogs are on grills, beers are on ice and rowdy friends are coming over. Tuesday morning we’ll know how much we overspent on the party. But will we know the cost of the stories written to be celebrated this Memorial Day?

That cost cannot be measured in trillions of dollars like the nation’s financial debt. It is measured in fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. It…

A New York Times article recently alerted me to the fact that I could get money, a cruise or a trip to the Super Bowl if I would just come get vaccinated for CoviD19. I like money and cruises, I’m less enthusiastic about professional sports. I’d consider going to the Super Bowl if I couldn’t sell the ticket to someone else. However, none of these things is sufficient inducement to dabble with drugs again.

I’m not here today to rant about the omnipotent vaccine. Not directly, that is. But consider, for a moment the unstated truth in the article’s headline…

“The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” ~ Victor Hugo

Equality is a term much bantered about in connection with race, gender, and income. But the term is purposely misused by the many who sling around “the poor” like Tom Sawyer’s rat on a string. The true measure of poverty in American can only be had in measuring it against other places.

For many years I lived looking up at the poverty line. During those years, Bill Gates had a car, but you know what? So did I. His was more expensive and had fewer dents…

“Therefore if anyone be in Christ, they are a new creature…old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation…be ye reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:17–20

A hallmark of the Protestant Reformation is the idea of the priesthood of believers. That is, that people need no intermediary between themselves and God except Jesus. Praying in Christ believers can take their case directly before God. …

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.”

Ronald Reagan

Laissez-faire is a term that originated in a meeting between the French Controller-General of Finances and a group of businessmen. The minister asked how the government could be of service, to which one of them replied, “Laissez nous faire(Let us do it).

I admit to a certain bias because laissez-faire has since my early days as an aircraft crew chief been my preferred style of leadership — and my preferred environment in which to…

And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

Luke 5:27

Many a gospel message has been preached on the “Follow Me’s” of Jesus. So many that I’m sure somewhere someone has touched up the idea I wish to share. That is the idea of consent. The kingdom of God, though an absolute monarchy, exercises rule over its citizens only with their consent.

Levi (Matthew) was a tax collector (publican). His job was to take from his family and neighbors a sum exacted…

“…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Book of James 2:18

No, this is not the Lost Crusader. You are in the right place. The scripture text above serves to highlight what I want to talk about — the why and the how of America.

Have you ever stopped to wonder about why there is a United States of America? Most of the time Americans simply take it for granted since we have not experienced a world without it. …

The rugged wall of purple mountains thrusting their snowcapped peaks into the eastern sky reminded me once again of exactly how far we had come. West Jordan, Utah, was not just a world away from our old home in Maui — it seemed to be in an entirely different universe.

In retrospect, I suppose you could call that little observation of mine a premonition.

I glanced back at the mountains once more. A full month after my company had transferred me there, the stark contrast between the two places could still give me a brief moment of disorientation. I shook…

“Well begun is half done.”

English language proverb.

The proverb is meant to belay the fears of those considering first-time endeavors. You will never accomplish your dreams unless, and until, you get off your backside and get to work. Taking that first step is huge. How big it is depends on you.

I have a very hard time accepting defeat and giving up on tasks that are important to me. That should make it harder for me to commit to new projects, new arenas, and new directions. It should, but it doesn’t. …

“Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose.” ~ Bob Proctor

While waiting for an elevator today, I was joined by a man wearing a mask that had the words Faith Not Fear printed on it. I let him have the car with a couple of other mask wearers rather than expose them to an alternate opinion on the current degree of viral danger.

Nevertheless, I could not help but wonder at what the words on his mask meant to him. What was he afraid of? And what did he have faith in? …

Jack LaFountain

Author of paranormal and supernatural fiction

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