Saturday, May 12, 2012

UPDATE: Mitt Romney Gives Commencement Speech At Liberty University (FULL VIDEO 05-12-12)

Today, Mitt Romney gave the commencement speech at Liberty University which is the largest Christian educational institution in America. His speech has made headlines in which he defended marriage as being between one man and one woman. 
However, I believe the best and most important part of his speech is how our Judeo-Christian traditions have shaped American culture:
Today, thanks to what you have gained here, you leave Liberty with conviction and confidence as your armor. You know what you believe.  You know who you are.  And you know Whom you will serve.  Not all colleges instill that kind of confidence, but it will be among the most prized qualities from your education here.  Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning. 
That said, your values will not always be the object of public admiration.  In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world. Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.  May that be your guide. 
You enter a world with civilizations and economies that are far from equal.  Harvard historian David Landes devoted his lifelong study to understanding why some civilizations rise, and why others falter.  His conclusion:  Culture makes all the difference.  Not natural resources, not geography, but what people believe and value. Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life. 
The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of the family. 
The power of these values is evidenced by a Brookings Institution study that Senator Rick Santorum brought to my attention.  For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child, the probability that they will be poor is 2%.  But, if those things are absent, 76% will be poor.  Culture matters. 
As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate.  So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage.  Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. 
The protection of religious freedom has also become a matter of debate.  It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of blessed with.  Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. 
But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man.  Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution.  And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.
Mitt Romney points out that despite the fact that we are a nation of many faiths, we are bound together as a nation through Christian service
People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology.  Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview. 
Christian service is still alive and well in America but it has been eroded by the growth of government since the 1930s.  I highly recommend two books that deal with the American history of charity prior to the New Deal programs of the 1930s and its decline afterwards. The first book is The Charity Organization Movement in the United States; A Study in America Philanthropy by Frank Dekker Watson. The second book is The Tragedy of American Compassion by Marvin Olasky. 
People complain that our nation is divided because of politics but the solution to that problem is that Americans can form deeper connections with one another in our communities despite that we come from different faiths, economic backgrounds and political beliefs when we freely and willingly without government compulsion to serve one another.  
You can read the entire transcript of the speech here   or watch it below:

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P.F.S. said...

The very many Men and Women that have and are serving this Nation are doing it For GOD Family and then Country not for the Wicked.

Our GOD Has A Name you Know Not and the Day will come Obama when our LORD GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST will say i know you not. This is sad and all should tell Obama to read the Lord's Word from the Bible. As all of the founding fathers of this One Nation Under GOD did. To Get Our Independence from the Wicked and ungodly.

The Mexico border must be open to all the wicked, anyone can do what ever they want Drugs go to the USA and Money and Guns go to Mexico. Anyone gets in their way then kill them. Do you think the wicked leaders that let this go on think no one can see. It is about time all on both sides really do some thing about it for the good Of All. Not the pocket book of the wicked.

DO NOT TRUST A ONE OF THEM EVER. TRUST IN OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. The best counsel on all of Earth is the Bible. Tell all to read it daily.
The next time you vote do not vote for a promise vote a man that will tell the
world his LORD and Savior is JESUS CHRIST, and that he will serve him, family then Country. For with out GOD and Family we will have no Country!
And will tell all this on a Bible the truth of what was and is to come from are Lord GOD.
Read the Bible and tell the lost to do so to. The Bible the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
So help you GOD He will send his Son to Judge all.

All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. This 2012 year the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going with out food and safe drinking water, many will die. Taxing the poor and taking there Land away from them is Wicked. Very soon the Rich will become the Poor.

If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes. If your Son or Daughter was raised in a Christian Home we need them in our Government as Leaders.

May our Lord Jesus Christ and GOD the Father that is in Heaven,
Guide and Watch over us.

In this time of TRIBULATION, Strengthen your Faith, and encourage
all to Pray for their souls. The strong in the word of our Lord will Now
Help the World and be the disciples of our Lord's Word. It is time to
gather the lost sheep while you can and there still is so little time.
Daniel 12:3

The Governments of all Nations need to read.
John 14:6 Jesus said ..........

United We Will Always Stand That
In GOD We Trust
True Patriots

The Lord's Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott

Many a Nation have fallen from taxing their people to Death. You want Prosperity and for thing to Flourish and grow lower all taxes. You want thriving, success, or good fortune for only a few, keep over taxing all.

Solar, Wind and Renewable Energy Freedom from OIL. The Humanitarian thing to do. Solar Energy.

Why let the Wicked in office in our Nation if they do not believe in GOD and the Bible vote them out of office.

United We Will Always Stand In GOD We Trust
George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM
In GOD We Trust
The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.
Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sad for many HE will say I know you not.

Ohio JOE said...

These are the kind of speeches needed to unite the party.