A LONE CONTENDER IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AMERICAN LEGION HAWAII ORATORICAL CONTEST
How relevant is the U. S. Constitution and its application to our society today? Our lawmakers are having a field day interpreting the Constitution for us. Hot debates, contentious viewpoints, and unprecedented changes by the the U.S. Government namely, the Executive, Legislative,and the Judicial Branches, and also the state governments, their governors, legislators, and judges, are reshaping America with changes like never before.
The following is an example of perhaps an unintended boycott of a recent high school oratorical program- a U.S. Constitutional Oratorical Contest. The American Legion- Hawaii Region recently invited local high school students to compete for college scholarships, the winner to be given a cash award and an all-expense trip to the national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana in April 2014.
On the day of the speech contest there was a no-show of 5 of the 6 contestants who were supposed to participate in this formal contest. After an embarrassing half-hour wait for others to show up, only one young man, a high school junior, an immigrant but qualified U.S. resident, gave a very articulate and impassioned speech on the American Constitution as brought forth by our founding Fathers in 1787. After that, he presented a brilliant impromptu oratorical defense of the 1st Amendment Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution- the Freedom of Speech, a topic chosen by the presiding committee.
In the audience was a panel of judges, consisting of patriots, military and professionals, educators/professors of history and speech, and a small group of interested spectators. The content and delivery of this young lone contender’s prepared and extemporaneous speeches, was outstanding and heartwarming. His valor and oratorical skills won the contest, fair and square with him taking home the scholarship money, and having a chance to compete in the national competition, a total winnings of $2,500.
This was the first time this annual activity had only ONE contestant. The organizers and also the audience, were baffled and puzzled by the absence of the other no-show contestants. Last year there were 8 contestants, with 2 dropping out at the last moment. The announcement for this February 2014 Constitutional speech contest was mailed in October 2013, giving ample time for high school teachers/leaders to encourage and prepare students to participate in this very important event which documents our nation’s roots and history.
One main point that the lone speech contestant made was that if America is a car, our government is just the engine, but it is the people who should be the drivers of the car. Thus, he said we all need to exercise our voting rights and be engaged in the political process. We need to ensure that our laws are fashioned, interpreted, and enforced by moral and responsible people we vote into office. Unfortunately, he said in the 2012 national election, only 58% of those Americans eligible to vote, did so.
Congratulations to this lone young man! America really needs more young people like this outstanding lone contender, to study and to understand the U. S. Constitution, a very important document that governs our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in our country. Young people are indeed the future and hope of our American Republic and of our nation!
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“As the world progresses into greater INIQUITY, the FALLING AWAY and the rise of THE ANTICHRIST as spoken by the apostle Paul in 2Th2:3-12 will soon be upon us. . .” (Drgold)
Originally posted on God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes:
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men’. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’ Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is ‘where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.
Today, the nations of the world are running on ‘fumes’ due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. In America, since 2014 began, the eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the world’s economic situation even further.
I agree. Where are the watchmen of Ezekiel 3?
‘Preaching the Wrath of God’ by Steven Lawson
EXCELLENT POST! We must preach and teach that God is not only God of GRACE- Loving Kindness and Tender Mercies, but also God of JUDGMENT AND WRATH! The whole counsel of God must be presented without compromise; this is what the gospel of the kingdom of God is about.
Originally posted on The Narrowing Path:
Preaching the Wrath of God
The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.
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