“…The truth, now-a-days, is a VARIABLE. It’s neither black, or white, or even grey… it is any color in the rainbow…”

It’s NEVER right to do WRONG. The other day I purchased a can of “bright-white” paint. My painter told me to tell the paint store to “add” TWO DROPS of BLACK, in order to achieve the desired shade of white. When I got around to using the paint, it had “settled” and the two drops of blacks had surfaced and were obvious to the eye. My point here, is: no matter how “white” the lie is… the truth will surface…. The TRUTH will SURVIVE.

It is common practice to “expect” those around us; our friends, our family, our employer, our local government, our state and national government…even, too, our SUPREME COURT… to be HONEST with us; to have a sense of INTEGRITY…. To carry “the TRUTH” around with them at all times… for the TRUTH to be OBVIOUS.

Yet, it seems like… it depends …for the last 20 years anyway….on what the “definition of IS”…is. What this means is: the TRUTH is whatever we want it to be. The truth, now-a-days, is a VARIABLE. It’s neither black, nor white, nor even grey… it is any color in the rainbow. TRUTH is a matter of PERCEPTION. The dictionary says: that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. We seem to be ignoring that.

Since, now, two men or two women, are free to get married… BASED ON TODAY’S STANDARDS… am I not free to marry my neighbor’s dog? And, should I wish, later, to “do away with my dog,” would I be charged with cruelty to animals, or with “killing my wife?” Or, if I decided to marry a TREE, and later decided to do away with my tree… would I be charged with ARSON, or “killing my wife.” All of this is, or course, absurd…. Just as the recent Supreme Court Ruling.

But… how do we get all this straightened out? It’s called the POWER-of-ONE.

Madalyn O’Hair is best known for the Murray v. Curlett lawsuit, which led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling, which ended official Bible-reading in American public schools in 1963. O’Hara got rid of “prayer in schools,” all by herself…. Oh’yeah, with the help of the Supreme Court.

Then, we have Roe v. Wade, a 1973 landmark decision by the US Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. The Court decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the ruling 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Roe v. Wade prompted a national debate that continues today about issues including whether, and to what extent, abortion should be legal. Roe v. Wade reshaped national politics, dividing much of the United States into pro-choice and pro-life camps, which activated grassroots movements on both sides. This was, pretty much, a “one-man-show,” aided and abetted by our Supreme Court.

Martin Luther was a German priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.  Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The posting of his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, and subsequent demands of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521, resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Emperor.  Another “one-man-show.”

Another “one-man-show” is found in Nelson Mandela, (July 1918 – 2013) who was a South African  anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994-99. Mandela was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a democratic election.  He focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty, inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.

We also have several “biblical” (if I’m allowed) examples of the “power of one.” Take King David, who having been just anointed King, yet still unknown, took on the Giant Goliath, killing him with “just one rock,” thereby changing the world forever. And then, with the CRUCIFIXTION of Jesus Christ, who, through His Death, and RESURECTION, died for the sins of “all of mankind,” and granting us SALVATION for all of time. This, with the Power of God…. Was a “one man show.”

We, being created in the likeness of God, are EXPECTED, through His creation, to “exercise the Power-of-ONE,’ in all that we do. We cannot, and should not, sit idly by while “others,” through the worldly power of satan… suck the FREEDOM of 1776, and the CRUCIFIXTION, right out of our lives. We MUST “stand up and FIGHT…. To regain those “unalienable rights” that our forefathers fought and died for. We MUST regain our FREEDOM.

Just “one Godly man,” or woman, can make a dramatic difference, even in the darkest of circumstances. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:13…

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Our Lord is telling us that we, like salt, can make a difference, through the “power-of-one,” in the situations we are in. Just as a little salt can either improve or worsen the flavor of something, a little influence can go a long way. God may have been put in these circumstances, so that we could be an influence, and in a Godly way, to move people in the right direction. God can do a lot with a little. God can do a lot, through each one of us…. The POWER of ONE.   … Blessings… cjlb…7/6/15.

 

NOTE: An often heard excuse for not voting in an election is “my one little vote won’t make a difference.” History is full of instances proving the enormous power of one vote.

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

In 1649, one vote literally cost King Charles I of England his head.

In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson became our 3rd president by a one vote margin.

In 1824, none of the four Presidential candidates received an electoral majority, throwing it into the House of Representatives, where John Quincy Adams defeated front runner, Andrew Jackson, by one vote, becoming our 6th president.

In 1845, Texas was admitted to the union as a state by one vote.

In 1850, California was admitted to the union by a margin of one vote.

In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the union by a margin of one vote.

In 1867, the Alaska Purchase was ratified by just one vote.

In 1868, one Senate vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1875, a one vote margin changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes became the new U.S. president.

In 1889, by a one vote margin, Washington was admitted to statehood.

In 1890, by a one vote margin, Idaho became a state.

In 1923, the revolutionary party elected Hitler their leader, by “one vote.”

In 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft)was saved by a one vote margin.

In 1960 presidential election, an additional one vote per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas may have altered the course of America’s modern history by denying John Kennedy the presidency and placing Richard Nixon in the White House 8 years sooner.

Your “vote” counts. Vote the “rascals OUT.”

….Blessings…cjlb…7/6/15  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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