True Equality by Adam Snider

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…..”

The longer I live, the more respect I have for those who declared America a nation and lived to support that declaration. They weren’t perfect men and women, but they were good men and women, and they were so wise.

Nearly 250 years ago, they wrote in our founding document that the people who would feel at home in America would be those to whom it was readily apparent that all men were created, and that man’s Creator was a Kind One. After all, what but a Kind Creator would have endowed man with inalienable Rights, especially Rights such as Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?

Here’s the concept I’ve been particularly struck by as of late…..

Equality.

It’s a buzzword in our culture.

It’s a club. It’s a hammer. It’s a lever. It’s misused. It’s misunderstood. It’s trampled. It’s worshipped.

But what’s more than all of that, our founding fathers – the ones who have found their names and lives the object of undue ridicule in my generation – saw it as a hill to die on.

Only not for the reason many today would guess.

True equality is a concept that is distinctly and exclusively derived from a Benevolent Creator. Equality can be demanded from no other platform.

We’re all equal? You can’t get that from science. That’s absurd. Nowhere in study of natural or metaphysical realms does the concept of endowed equality exist.

We’re all equal? You can’t get that from reason. There’s no evidence. I’m far more useful than some people, but far less useful than others. I contribute far more than some, but far less than others. And the same is true for each of you.

We’re all equal? You can’t get that from evolution. Survival of the fittest. Mr. Mouse thinks he’s equal to Mr. Cat? Good luck making that case with the food chain. That only works in Tom and Jerry.

We’re all equal? Try explaining that to the women and children throughout history who have been trampled and used by brutal men only because they were physically stronger. And, men are generally physically stronger than women and children. It’s a fact. There’s nothing equal about that.

No, equality only exists in a world where we are all equal because we all bear the image of our Creator. That’s the only way equality can exist.

It isn’t in science, or evolution, or philosophy, or history, or some well-thought-out concept of social governance.

Only creation, by a Kind Creator who chose to make us image-bearers.

Equality was such an important concept to the men and women who founded our nation precisely because they believed that we were created by the God of the Bible, and that He was kind.

I hope and pray we can move towards true equality in this country. There are so many in our past who gave so much in hopes that we would.

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The Secret Cave

I’m excited! I’ve just finished my fourth youth fiction book of the series, The Heavenly Host Series. I absolutely love writing and can’t wait to get the fifth one finished!

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You’ve got to Write those Stories Down

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Every parent wants their children to thrive among the best and brightest, and I was no different. But for my children to become their best, I knew they needed healthy minds and bodies. Nurturing their bodies was easy, but stimulating their minds was another story. I remember searching through multiple books looking for crafts, art projects and any other possible idea that would be fun and build their creativity. One of the best ideas I found was to tell “on-the-spot” stories from scratch. My children immediately loved this story time, not only because of the stories themselves, but because they gave me the beginning scenario. They would feed me a sentence or two and I would go from there.

When my youngest son began attending kindergarten, I began substituting at their school. One of the first classes I subbed in was my eldest son’s class, and apparently he had informed his peers that his mother told awesome stories because they immediately began begging for me to tell one. Being a bit leery about handling discipline issues in a school setting, I answered, “Okay. I’ll tell you a story, but only if everyone behaves themselves and after all assignments are completed for the day.”

What a remarkable bribery tool! There was not one discipline issue—which is unheard of for a beginning substitute—and all assignments were completed about forty minutes before the final bell rang. I remember gathering them around and then asking my son (because he was familiar with the process) to give me the opening sentence or two.

Word spread quickly and every class I substituted for requested a story. In just a few weeks the teachers, as well as some parents, were asking where they could purchase the book containing these stories. The kids had apparently retold them to their teachers and parents. When I explained that these stories could not be found in books, the normal response was, “Then you’ve got to write them down.”

. . . and that’s how The Heavenly Host Series began.

The Heavenly Host Series is available through Amazon. Book 1 is Jake and the Heavenly Host; Book 2 is Adventure in the Rockies; Book 3 is Terror in the Rockie; Book 4 (available in a few weeks) is The Secret Cave . . . with more on the way.

So How Did You Come Up With That Title?

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Someone recently asked me, “So how did you come up with the title, “It’s Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators!”?

“Its life in the ministry,” I laughed.

“Yes, I know,” they responded. “But how did you think of it?”

My mind traveled back nearly 30 years. My husband (Lane) and I were home missionaries with the experimental assignment of beginning three new works in a two year period—works that would hopefully one day grow into established churches. (They all three did!)

After this very successful two year pilot program ended, Lane was hired as Director of Church Extension in Palm Springs County, FL. Because the percentage of people reached for Christ in new and young works is far greater than those reached in most established churches, we were excited about this opportunity. But not everyone felt this same way. Why? Because starting new churches require Christians to get out of their comfort zone and reach people for Christ. Otherwise, the young work will die.

Lane’s new job was to try and persuade established churches to help support young works, both financially and with workers, yet he was finding this job very difficult. After one very disappointing week, he overheard a fellow worker—who himself was over church starts for ethnic works—make the comment, “It’s Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators!”Everyone in the office burst out laughing. When he shared this comment with me that evening, I laughed until I cried. At that time I didn’t know that I would one day write, or that I would use that comment as the title for my book, yet through the following many years of ministry, while facing the most trying of situations, those words often came back to mind. Yes, it is hard to drain the swamp when yer up to yer ears in alligators!

For more information on RockieSue’s book, It’s Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators! visit rocklanpublications online.