Our Constitution Rocks and so does this election’s Presidential Choices: Mormon or Muslim?

It’s the Friday morning after the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. I’ve waited until now to write this blog in the American spirit of fairness to both sides. But I cannot deny my inner urging as a former talk show host at a conservative radio station in Central Florida to speak my mind and exercise my right to free speech. But within the guidelines of keeping SnT Radio.com as politically neutral as possible and trying to give equal time as was the rule when I operated stations under FCC licenses. That being said, I have something relevant to say to the followers of Jesus who are participating in this election process. First, my hope is that these past ten days serve to positively affect the level of political debate in this great land of ours. That’s right, I said ours. Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian or whatever, this land is our land… and God’s because the whole earth is His anyway. So let’s express ourselves with love and not hate as the ambassadors of the Kingdom that we are.

One strong recommendation that I will make right now is before you vote in November,  get a copy of Our Constitution Rocks! written by 14 year old Juliette Turner and read it aloud with your spouse and family. It is one of the most clear renderings of the Constitution that I have ever read, even if the language is in the vernacular of today’s young adults and teens. Everyone needs to remind themselves of the “law of the land” and understand their rights as citizens of these United States of America. My hope is that after you read this book, a renewed sense of respect will enter into the nature of the current political debate. If you want to know more about Our Constitution Rocks! check out the SnT podcast interview.  Ms. Turner’s youthful exurberance will bring a smile to your face and give you hope for America’s future as you listen to her share. BTW, her mother is actress and talkshow host Janine Turner. To listen now, click on this link: http://www.sntradio.com/podcasts

Now it’s crunch time as next up will be the three Presidential Debates and seemingly endless TV and radio commercials thanks to the huge response to fundraising efforts on both sides. I expect to see a tightly coached effort by both candidates. There is just too much on the line during September and October to leave anything to chance Only Ronald Reagan was spontaneous because he knew the value of a great one-liner and hung out with some of the most creative talkers ever in Hollywood. I really don’t see that same quality in either Presidential candidate. So the choice will be made on your decision as to who will be the better leader based upon their ideas and future plans for America. Which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted to see happen.

Most of my life I confess to being an amateur political junkie. I absolutely loved the show, “The West Wing” in principle because while the writing espoused a certain agenda, it showed the process and the human elements of politics that many people don’t ever see. The root cause for this can be traced back to growing up in Chicago during the 1960’s. I can remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debates as a 6 year old boy and asking a lot of questions. My Democrat leaning Mom would usually cancel out my Republican father’s vote in nearly every election I can remember. My older brother was a Political Science major in college and we had lots of animated conversations about politics. My uncle was a Humphrey Democrat who worked for the Democratic Party Cook County Illinois. So I grew up hearing both sides of the political spectrum during the Civil Rights and Viet Nam War era. Our holiday gatherings as a family were always punctuated with a vigorous exchange of ideas. Somehow, I managed to stay independent.

That leads me to say as gently and succintly as I can to my fellow followers of Jesus… my strong belief is that what is going to transpire on the earth during the next 25 to 30 years will not be affected nor avoided by this election because G-d’s plans for  America, all  the nations of the earth and all mankind are coming to a head. There will soon be a clear choice between G-d’s Son and Satan’s imposter. Are we in the beginning of the end of days? Will 2012 signal the end of times (but not be the “end of time”) ? Quite possibly because G-d’s prophetic clock is ticking very loudly and I believe we are on the verge of some unalterable and unavoidable events. These things must come upon the earth. The Book of  Daniel in Chapters 2,7,8,9, and 11  plus Revelation 13: 1 – 17 speaks about economic consolidation and  the establishment of a ten nation One World government is near. Are you aware the UN has the whole earth is divided into ten zones? Am I spouting crazy conspiracy theories, No! I am merely suggesting that God’s plan for the Ages is rapidly coming to a close and the Return of Jesus Christ as Ruler of the Earth is near. The Bible says that the time of Jacob’s Trouble must come. It’s not a pretty sight but even so, “Come Lord Jesus”. It’s all written down in the Holy Scriptures.

I believe that a man’s religious beliefs should never be a “trump card” that either qualifies or disqualifies a man to lead. America has never been a theocracy, only Israel can claim that. The Bible says the governments of the earth are ultimately established by G-D. So this year our choice ironically is between a Mormon and a Muslim. My advice is pray and ask your Heavenly Father whom you should vote for. The end of days will come but the good news is that when Jesus returns, He will be here for a thousand years. So yes, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren do have a bright future as the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ approaches. But first comes an extreme and trying time upon the earth. Are you ready?

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One Step to Economic Recovery – Just In Time For Christmas.

As a follower of Christ, I am commanded to support my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. There are many ways to do this but I’d like to strongly suggest just one practical idea.

START BUYING FROM A CHRISTIAN OWNED BUSINESS FIRST. It really doesn’t matter how big or small.

Yes Virginia, I am doing the internet equivalent of shouting. I would shout this from the rooftops if I wouldn’t be arrested for it. America’s economy is built on hundreds of thousands of small businesses. Not the big corporations that many are rallying against. Many are called “sole proprietorships”. This is where a single person owns the whole business. A family is dependent upon the economic success of that small business. How well they are fed, clothed and sheltered is determined by the success of that business. If sales are down then it affects the quality of life that family has. Given the past few years in America, I think many such businesses (and associated dependent families) have gone through their savings trying to stay afloat. So now it is crunch time. We can all make a difference if we collectively decide to.

Isn’t it reasonable to think that if you and two friends from where you worship starting getting hair cuts from another Church goer that owns a Beauty or Barber Shop that it would make a difference? Or start having a meal or coffee at the diner another Christian in town owns. If we, the body of Christ began doing business with other Christians first then wouldn’t that help meet the needs of our brothers and sisters? As their sales increase, they would get just a little more economic breathing room. Which means less stress from living so close to the edge of ruin. That could mean happier and more secure Christian families. What a blessing to bring one another, But the blessing wave wouldn’t stop there. Christians would have more money to share in the offerings at church. Maybe they hadn’t been able to give in the past but now they can. The Churches will then begin to have more economic breathing room too. Maybe some repairs can now be made. So the church contacts their Christian contractor and the wave of blessing continues. Or the Church now can afford to feed the homeless in their community. The cycle repeats and positively affects even more people.

So as you plan your purchases… BUY CHRISTIAN FIRST! Especially with Christmas coming. By changing your buying behavior now, you can bless countless others just in time for Christmas.

There are many ways to find the Christian owned businesses in your area. Ask your Pastor or Church administrator who they are from your church. Some put a little fish or icthus symbol in their yellow page and newspaper ads. You’ve seen them – a lot of people put those on their cars. In your town, check to see if there is a Full Gospel Businessmen or FGBMI organization. Maybe there’s a Shepherd’s Guide or Christian newspaper available at your local Christian Bookstore. It may take a little effort but I know you’ll be blessed by being a blessing to others.

SnT Radio.com wants introduce you to a website called the Christian Business Owners Expo. http://www.cboexpo.com/ It is a listing of Christian Owned Businesses by city. They hope to be nationwide soon but right now their focus is on Florida, Arizona and Illinois.

Speaking of Christmas, this year SnT Radio.com is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas starting Monday December 12th. It will feature only those songs that keep Christ in Christmas sung by Christian artists. Not snow men, reindeer or that other fat & jolly saint nick. Just Jesus and the scriptural celebration of his birth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Just ask my wife. She’ll tell you that I am capable of listening to Christmas music 365 days a year. If I can get to it, maybe I’ll record a couple arrangements Christmas songs I did for solo guitar and put them into the 12 days of Christmas playlist.

Please… Buy Christian First. It is one step to economic recovery — and just in time for Christmas.

Blessings,

James Burkhardt, Founder and Host
SnT Radio.com
http://www.sntradio.com