Dear Friends,
 
Listening to Glenn Beck over the past months has confronted me with the opportunity to ask myself some honest questions. There is no fully rational media figure other than Mr. Beck who is relentlessly digging for and exposing the profound darkness that surrounds and even infiltrates our lives, our nation, and our world. One of the main reasons he left MSNBC, and then Fox news, was that he felt restricted in what he could say, that he could not simply expose and discuss what he (and anyone who might care to take off their own cultural blinders) was seeing–with his very own ever-widening and opening eyes, both physical and spiritual. In order to speak the truth about the war that darkness is waging against us all, he has had to abandon any sense of caring about what people–common and prominent–think about him. 
Certainly, those with a vested interest in continuing the farce that things will simply continue as they have been, and those who simply refuse to believe that who we are as a people, as a nation, and as a world system might be violently disrupted, are going to belittle or at least ignore a voice like Glenn Beck's (a partial listing of the current manifestations of this great darkness would include: radical Islam and a world caliphate, political instability followed by one world government, a collapse of the world economy, man-made shortages of food and energy, not to mention the 'lesser' issues of the simple loss of Constitutional rights here in the US, massive inflation, political corruption, escalating violence on our Mexican border, and a political/media/academia culture that wants to officially be done with God). But what of those–and I count myself in this category–who believe that the darkness is as dark as Glenn has portrayed it, that only the grace of an exceptionally long-suffering God has “held back the winds of strife” such that civil existence has not yet become extinct, who believe all this and yet in most respects live our lives every day as if all this is not happening? 
I grew up in a religion that was fixated on the end of the world, from an odd perspective that stated it would be terrible--and inevitable. This outlook bred a distant and uninvolved fatalism. Many of us are blessed with many profoundly good and positive teachings from our childhood that we must never abandon, but those aspects of our early "indoctrination" that we have spiritually and intellectually felt should be abandoned, often find ways of subtly hanging on to these things. For me, some degree of fatalism seems to (subconsciously?) hold me back. If it were a matter of simply comparing myself to others around me, I might be able to justify myself, since I do speak out more than many, writing an occasional song, Blogging on my website, and even running for political office etc. But when I look into the eyes of my Maker, there is no allowance for comparison with my fellows--in the end I answer to Heaven only! Do I have excuses for not doing more? 
Of course, a full-time medical practice, weekends being part of a worship band, frequent musical performances to support veterans, and of course keeping my grandchildren, grown children, wife and parents a high priority--sounds like a full life. But when I hear and see the darkness working feverishly to destroy all that is right and good and Holy, are my actions, my words, my prayers enough? Or maybe, subconsciously, I just enjoy the show–watching Glenn relate with indignation or tears or a whisper, the latest example of what darkness has done or is planning to do to try to disrupt and destroy what God has blessed us with. All my life I have ridiculed the people of Noah's day who refused to get into The Ark. All my life I have believed that had I been a resident of Nineveh when Jonah declared a warning of impending judgment, I would have joined with those who "repented", who chose to look at things differently and were rewarded with a nation that was spared destruction. 
But as I look honestly at the destruction of so much that I hold dear (in my community, in this nation and this world), and ask myself honestly what I am doing about it, I am not as confident about how I would've responded in those Biblical times. In all of this, unfortunately, I am still in the “asking questions of myself” phase--no new plan of action--yet. But one of my persistent prayers now will be that I do sense the next level of action that I am “called to” in these perilous times. No one has the right to steal my God-given joy and confidence, whatever the circumstance. But this truth is no excuse for inaction. Let more and more of us speak and act more boldly. May we be unified by a spirit of truth, with the Wisdom of Heaven as our guide. 
May we  pray God's grace, covering, and will for each other always, as we shine the light of Truth into these dark times.
Thanks for your prayer!
God Bless you all,
Ricky Lee Jackson
(AKA: Rick the Doctor) 

 

Dear Friends, 

Listening to Glenn Beck over the past months has confronted me with the opportunity to ask myself some honest questions. There is no fully rational media figure other than Mr. Beck who is relentlessly digging for and exposing the profound darkness that surrounds and even infiltrates our lives, our nation, and our world. One of the main reasons he left MSNBC, and then Fox news, was that he felt restricted in what he could say, that he could not simply expose and discuss what he (and anyone who might care to take off their own cultural blinders) was seeing–with his very own ever-widening and opening eyes, both physical and spiritual. In order to speak the truth about the war that darkness is waging against us all, he has had to abandon any sense of caring about what people–common and prominent–think about him. 


Certainly, those with a vested interest in continuing the farce that things will simply continue as they have been, and those who simply refuse to believe that who we are as a people, as a nation, and as a world system might be violently disrupted, are going to belittle or at least ignore a voice like Glenn Beck's (a partial listing of the current manifestations of this great darkness would include: radical Islam and a world caliphate, political instability followed by one world government, a collapse of the world economy, man-made shortages of food and energy, not to mention the 'lesser' issues of the simple loss of Constitutional rights here in the US, massive inflation, political corruption, escalating violence on our Mexican border, and a political/media/academia culture that wants to officially be done with God). But what of those–and I count myself in this category–who believe that the darkness is as dark as Glenn has portrayed it, that only the grace of an exceptionally long-suffering God has “held back the winds of strife” such that civil existence has not yet become extinct, who believe all this and yet in most respects live our lives every day as if all this is not happening? 

I grew up in a religion that was fixated on the end of the world, from an odd perspective that stated it would be terrible--and inevitable. This outlook bred a distant and uninvolved fatalism. Many of us are blessed with many profoundly good and positive teachings from our childhood that we must never abandon, but those aspects of our early "indoctrination" that we have spiritually and intellectually felt should be abandoned, often find ways of subtly hanging on to these things. For me, some degree of fatalism seems to (subconsciously?) hold me back. If it were a matter of simply comparing myself to others around me, I might be able to justify myself, since I do speak out more than many, writing an occasional song, Blogging on my website, and even running for political office etc. But when I look into the eyes of my Maker, there is no allowance for comparison with my fellows--in the end I answer to Heaven only! Do I have excuses for not doing more? 

Of course, a full-time medical practice, weekends being part of a worship band, frequent musical performances to support veterans, and of course keeping my grandchildren, grown children, wife and parents a high priority--sounds like a full life. But when I hear and see the darkness working feverishly to destroy all that is right and good and Holy, are my actions, my words, my prayers enough? Or maybe, subconsciously, I just enjoy the show–watching Glenn relate with indignation or tears or a whisper, the latest example of what darkness has done or is planning to do to try to disrupt and destroy what God has blessed us with. All my life I have ridiculed the people of Noah's day who refused to get into The Ark. All my life I have believed that had I been a resident of Nineveh when Jonah declared a warning of impending judgment, I would have joined with those who "repented", who chose to look at things differently and were rewarded with a nation that was spared destruction. 

But as I look honestly at the destruction of so much that I hold dear (in my community, in this nation and this world), and ask myself honestly what I am doing about it, I am not as confident about how I would've responded in those Biblical times. In all of this, unfortunately, I am still in the “asking questions of myself” phase--no new plan of action--yet. But one of my persistent prayers now will be that I do sense the next level of action that I am “called to” in these perilous times. No one has the right to steal my God-given joy and confidence, whatever the circumstance. But this truth is no excuse for inaction. Let more and more of us speak and act more boldly. May we be unified by a spirit of truth, with the Wisdom of Heaven as our guide. 

May we  pray God's grace, covering, and will for each other always, as we shine the light of Truth into these dark times.

Thanks for your prayer!

God Bless you all,

Ricky Lee Jackson


(AKA: Rick the Doctor) 

 

What Fox News Says About Ricky Lee Jackson:

"He’s the new Joe the Plumber; now there's Rick the Doctor...
Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
he wants his country back." 
~ Fox and Friends / Fox News
 

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