This past weekend I was reading Doug Giles' wonderful book Raising Righteous and Rowdy Girls. I highly recommend it for fathers, though some in this audience will find him a little "rough around the edges." Overlook that. It is well worth the read. However, in discussing women being able to defend themselves, Giles locked onto a theme similar to that of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech. My mind began to race as I laughed, in agreement, at Giles' comments, but as I began to formulate my own dream of America. So here goes....

I have a dream

That all men would actually be considered equal in the United States of America by all men, regardless of their party affiliation, ethnicity or creed. This would be because the God who made us created us in His own image.

I have a dream

That government would actually shrink. I dream that parties would quit telling us how they are for "less government" and start delivering more "less government." That they would not seek political office for the power and monetary gain of it, but that in fact they would seek political office to gut government, welfare, and wasteful spending and learn to live within their means.

I have a dream

That we would once again return to at minimum the law of the land, the Constitution, and put in place sound money, that we might be those who do not live in an economic system that is a house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. I dream of America, once again, having "just weights and measurements" in her economy.

I have a dream

That all men regardless of their ethnicity would work hard and seek to do their best for their employer and likewise that their employers would regard their employee's with respect.

I have a dream

That every American would become educated in the use of a firearm and purchase at least one or maybe ten. I dream that the American people would once again remember what their forefathers knew and that is our Second Amendment rights are, in essence, what protects all the others.

I have a dream

That the gospel of Jesus Christ would go forward and that all men might be converted to Christianity, not by the edge of the sword as in some religions, but in the power of the gospel as the Spirit of God grants them faith and repentance from sin. I have a dream!

I have a dream

Where parents remove their children from the nanny state's education system and begin teaching and training their children themselves. I dream that they are not burdened by high costs and high taxes so that they may be able to be involved more and more in the lives of their children as to indoctrinate them to love God with all their hearts mind and strength.

I have dream

That kids will be able to run and play freely outside in their neighborhoods without fear of being picked up by some psychotic beast of a person that is intent on doing them harm, where neighborhoods are protective of one another, not envious of each other. I have a dream that America once again experiences that sense of community and love for their fellow man, even when they disagree.

I have a dream

That babies will be welcome and understood to be blessings, not considered to be choices to be torn apart and flushed down a toilet.

I have a dream

That women will once again be treated as women, not as feminists, that motherhood would be seen again as honorable and that little girls would desire to grow up to be mothers eager to help their husbands take over the world for the glory of God.

I have a dream

That men would be raised up with fire in their bones and once again make time to teach their children the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, put a righteous fear of God in the hearts of their children so that they will fear no man and lead once again in the home, the Church and in government.

I have a dream

That those who serve in government, whether at the local level, state or federal would truly uphold their oath of office. I want to see men in our country take the lead and quit sitting on the couch vegging out while the women take their position in leadership and the defense of the nation. When our daughters rise up to defend us, it is a sign of God's judgment upon our land. But I have a dream that men will once again be protectors and leaders in their homes and in their government.

I have a dream

That the federal and state governments would get their deficit spending under control. I dream that they would no longer squeeze every last dime from the American taxpayer in order to facilitate their own carnal pleasures via the power they possess that has been granted to them by those same taxpayers.

I have a dream

That the United States of America would govern herself without the influence of foreign government, the United Nations or Central Banks.

I have a dream

That raw milk is once again seen as a healthy source of food for Americans, where farmers are not restricted or subsidized in their farming and where people can raise chickens or other animals for food and sustenance on their own property without threat of government intervention.

I have a dream

That government would not longer be looked upon as God and the great Santa Claus of the society to provide free food, money and cell phones. I dream that men and women everywhere would become once again embarrassed to have to live on welfare, instead of looking to provide for themselves and their families.

I have a dream

That adolescence is not carried into a person's mid-twenties, but instead we, as parents would once again begin to raise our children so that there is a smooth transition from childhood to man or womanhood at an early age, rather than train our offspring that they can be perpetual children for half of their lives.

I have a dream

That evildoers in the society will not be tolerated but be punished in accordance with their crimes. I dream that victims, as well as, their families and taxpayers not be punished by having to house, feed and clothe those who have committed crimes such as murder, rape, and kidnapping, but that they receive a justice at the hand of government.

I have a dream

That we once again see the Triune God of the Bible and His laws come to bear upon our own government and society so that we might be a nation that is blessed of Him.

I have a dream

That America might once again be a city on a hill, whose light is not hidden under a bushel but because of the impact of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ might be that which goes out into all the earth to change the hearts of men.

I have a dream

That every man, woman, boy and girl understands that when they accomplish something it is by the grace of God and yet they are the ones accomplishing it whether it is their home, a building or their business.

May God, by His infinite grace, grant such an America and more. Feel free to add to the dream!

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