Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Response to Deresiewicz on Leadership

Great article but I believe Mr. Deresiewicz missed a point or two.

First, no one is ever alone in this world. God is with us at all times and knows each and every one of us. All of our shortcomings and failings are laid before Him and if we seek His guidance He will show us the way. We may not always agree with Him, in fact, most of the time we do not. That is why He forgives us our trespasses as long as we ask Him for forgiveness and are truly repentant. Hebrews 13:18 reminds us "Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things." Since this great country of ours was in fact founded as a christian nation and that Ben Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention, said: "...God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" (quote from: http://www.afn.org/~govern/Christian_Nation.html) should it not have been included in Mr. Deresiewicz's remarks that one need not be alone to come to right and honorable decisions? So the statements that he makes "However many people you may consult, you are the one who has to make the hard decisions. And at such moments, all you really have is yourself." is incorrect!

The second point is that too many people today have forgotten this nation was founded as a christian nation and seem to continue to leave God out of everything or even to mention His name. Ask ANY former Prisoner of War if he ever consulted God during his captivity - you will likely get a resounding Yes! So why not inform those young people - because it is not politically correct? Isn't Mr. Deresiewicz espousing the very thing he so eloquently tried to dissuade? God should be placed first in all things - then country. For without God there would be no country. It has been said that the great General Patton asked his chaplain to write a prayer so that he could ask the Almighty God for clear weather so that he may engage the enemy and free our forces. "Looking into our internal compass in solitude" should include a prayer of thanks for serving God and this country and asking for His guidance in all things.

Larry Varvil

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