My foundational principle is that I am a Christian, defined by my personal and redemptive relationship with the Creator (Father) God’s Son, Jesus Christ. I am redeemed because I accept Christ’s crucifixion as God’s decision to pay the death penalty due for my sins (and those of everybody else on this earth), and Christ’s resurrection from the dead as Father God’s acknowledgement that the matter is finished. I acknowledged that I was hopelessly estranged from God as an incorrigible rebel, and accepted this gift from God at age 35.
My relationship with God is precisely defined in the Bible’s New Testament. My circumstances during this rebirth are recorded in this website’s tab: About Us/Author/A Life Saved in Midstream.
Many willfully obscure the simple promise of Christianity, which is summed up as follows:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Gospel of John 3:16,17
Christ accepts everyone who comes to Him for this gift, but only on His terms:
“Thomas said to him, `Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, `I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Gospel of John 14:5,6
Since God placed me here at birth, I am a citizen of the constitutional republic of the United States of America (not a democracy). My mother was the youngest in an immigrant family and their first child born in America. My father’s grandfather emigrated from Canada to Montana.
I witnessed World War II through my uncles who fought that war in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Navy, and in the black and white newsreels of our men at the weekly movies with my parents. I saw the real men, not actors, suffering and dying to keep vicious enemies from our shores.
I later served in the U.S. Marines following my uncles’ good example.
I grew up in Washington D.C. and remember when able-bodied citizens did not look to the government for their sustenance, but took pride in doing so for themselves through honest work. I cherish John F. Kennedy’s statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but, rather, what you can do for your country,” and our motto, “In God we trust.” I will fight for the U.S. Constitution.
I am the husband of one wife for 52 years, because we both vowed “until death do us part” and meant it.
I am the father of six children, two of whom are already in heaven. I raised them with my wife’s help.