In this 50th episode of the Reflections on Life and Liberty podcast, Michael Quinn Sullivan continues from last week his look at the plains of Jericho. He says we need to be less worried about which side other people are on in a coming fight, and more focused on being on the right side for the right reasons. Our job isn’t to be successful, he says, but to be faithful.
Every excuse to stop, is a reason to keep pressing forward!
We must be faithful to do what’s right, regardless of the consequences.
There is nothing safe or comfortable about fighting for the soul of our republic.
As citizens, we have failed to inspire sufficient fear in our elected servants.
There is no problem created by government, that government cannot make much worse.
Our system was designed to attract people-pleasers to office.
Science is making it hard to be an atheist.
Your republic needs you to be an engaged citizen!
Too many people have gotten comfortable being angry on the couch.
Unhinged from moral moorings, even the blessing of self-governance can be a curse.
Facts keep intruding on the carefully constructed disbelief of the fallen world.
Regardless of our political, ideological, and even theological beliefs, an honest review of history keeps us grounded in facts as we move toward the future.
As a self-governing people, we must pursue righteousness if we are to enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Independence Day should not only be a celebration of history, but a commitment to the future.
After decades of being “blue,” Republicans let their opponents define them.
We can’t always pick our circumstances but we can define them with our attiude.
Doing right in our “own eyes” is a recipe for trouble.
We have allowed education to go from "training up" a child, to tearing down the moral and religious upbringing of their families.
Memorial Day should be about more than mattress sales and cookouts.
As a self-governing nation, each of us are leaders. Do we act like it?
Liberty will die on these shores only after we have killed it in our hearts. And so it is only by turning our hearts back to self-governance that we can save our republic.
As a self-governing people, we must daily work to build a more perfect union.
We need to redefine government waste to be “anything not explicitly authorized by the constitution.”
Liberty isn’t achieved in timid nibbles, but through bold actions.
Confiscatory taxes are what we pay for rejecting the gift of self-governance.
Our system of government requires an informed and engaged citizenry, even when the politicians don’t like it. Especially because they don’t like it.
Socialists, progressives, communists, and Marxists are the flat-earthers of political and economic thought.
What we do as citizens will determine if the Lone Star State stands as a force for good influencing the world.
Restoring our republic begins, quite literally, in the heart of every man and woman.
Republicans must be something more than a speed bump on the road to serfdom.
Most of us aren’t called to man the walls of an old church, outnumbered by superior forces, but all of us are called to face a hostile world.
Two political parties are in a fierce competition, with nothing less than the fate of the Republic riding on the outcome. The two parties aren’t who you think.
Reputation is what people see us do; character is what we do when we think no one is watching. The two almost always converge.
The citizens’ precious liberties are routinely sacrificed by politicians at the altar of contrived congeniality in the crony religion of self-promotion.
Depending on your perspective, campaigns either try to convert political volume into a mass of support through messaging, or use the volume of messaging to conceal their lack of mass.
Whatever bad things, like Mark Twain, one has to say about school boards are more appropriately directed at the citizens who elect them.
The Holocaust was the natural result of the worldview embraced by the Nazis and socialist movements around the world. When one abandons God and His precepts, when one looks to government as the savior, a cult of death and destruction is but a step away.
We safeguard old writings as a way to demonstrate that, yes, we still mean what we said.
We are witnesses to the bounty the blessing of liberty can bring, but in our sloth we risk shrugging it off... and falling away.
As activists, we must be committed to the long fight – to a willingness to fight for a better tomorrow we might not ourselves see.
Christmas doesn’t make sense unless we remember that the baby in the manger is the Savior who conquered sin and death.
Liberty is not an economic tool, but a moral imperative.
Being a cheerful warrior in the case of liberty is more important than ever.
If liberty is to die here, that death will have been preceded by whimpers of ecclesiastical acquiescence.
When others fall under the self-induced spell of a false prophet, we must cause trouble by speaking the truth ever more loudly and boldly.
The establishment media does not sit in the “mainstream” of political or cultural thought, but on the far left bank.
Like Hunter Biden, wealth and political status were intertwined for the rich young man in the often misquoted New Testament story.
With defeat inevitable, the people of Gamla simply decided to go down fighting.
Spoiler: Our walls won’t stop Him.
We cannot delegate the preservation of our republic to someone else.
The issues facing our republic are deadly serious, but that doesn’t mean we always have to be.
Don’t be bullied into silence by our public servants.
It depends on your focus.
Or, will we chose the ease of surrender?
If we are to govern our republic, we must first govern ourselves.
Backing down from a principled fight is the surest way to lose.
Politicians can serve the establishment, or the citizens, but not both.
Citizens must fight harder, even against their political heroes.
We’ve been hustled by the Elephants and Donkeys. It’s time to stop playing the games.
Righteous ends don’t justify dishonorable means.
Most politicians wait to pick sides in a fight until they can tell who is going to win.
Faith is easy when it is safe.
The gooey, saccharine-sweet niceness demanded of us by politicians isn’t found anywhere in the Bible.
We celebrate not the end of the war of Independence, but its beginning—because that was when liberty was made real.
The fact is, America is anything but common.
However exalted or self-important we may think we are, we all eventually become a footnote in the great story of history. The monuments to our greatest achievements will become dusty artifacts for future archeologists. Michael Quinn Sullivan looks at what it means to have a lasting impact.
On this week’s podcast, Michael Quinn Sullivan says the fake Jesus of the modern age tells what we want to hear while the real Jesus leads us where we need to be.
We can never say thank you enough for the valor, heroism, bravery, and dignity of those who died on D-Day.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Many of the Republican officeholders in Texas are very upset with the grassroots. The politicians are mad that citizens aren’t being appropriately appreciative for what we are “getting” this session.
Fear is powerful. Improperly applied, fear can cause us to make irrational choices without thinking.
When most of us hear the name “Magdala,” if we think of anything we might possibly connect this city’s name with the New Testament’s Mary the Magdalene, also translated as Mary of Magdala.
There is nothing new about cancel culture.
No question causes more discomfort than this: “Who do you serve?” Not long ago, I asked that question to a politician who bristled with indignation and replied, “I serve no one!” His answer told me a lot.
Michael Quinn Sullivan argues that, as a self-governing people, we must acquire a principled taste for reality.
It seems some conservatives suffer from an unfortunate desire to be applauded by the left.
We don’t have to visit the Garden of Gethsemane to experience the beauty of Christ’s love for us.
As a self-governing people, we cannot delegate the preservation of our republic to others. The work belongs to us.
Masking compromises with the devil so as to do good things down the road never pays off.
While so much is out of our control, we alone get to pick our attitude.
As a self-governing people, we must stop acquiescing to the politicians and moral busybodies.
As beneficiaries of the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice, we must answer the call to the fight for liberty.
Yes, we have trouble and tribulation in this world... But we also have Jesus!
The subversiveness continues.
No weapon is quite so debilitating as fear.
Too many politicians in the modern era rank talk ahead of action.
We cannot count on kings to do our work for us. It’s up to us.
Stop waiting on others to save the Republic!
Politicians are elected to produce results, not excuses.
For most of us, there would be little joy in welcoming our new child into the world under such circumstances.
Despite their protests to the contrary, politicians like for politics to be intensely personal.
If we want to clean up government, it has to start with a cleansing revival of the people.
You may not know their names, but you have probably benefitted from their actions.
The very first days of the American experience demonstrated what world history repeatedly proves: socialism fails, and fails miserably.
Would you go to jail for what you believe in? Would you give up your freedom in the pursuit of liberty?
With a “tireless minority” keenly at work, we can push against the darkness and illuminate the lives of our countrymen.
Many of Western civilization’s governing mistakes and missteps are traced to the rejection of God’s practical provision of self-governance.
The most important question of all has already been decided.
Many church leaders are threatened by a “profane” businessman delivering on the promises that they have not.
Telling the truth requires that facts be offered in context, especially when it is inconvenient.
Early voting has started, and questions about the future of Tarrant County abound.
We’re responsible for setting the moral environment in which our public servants work.
Only a self-governing people can truly have liberty.
When shepherds cower in fear from the howl of government wolves, they shouldn’t be surprised to find their flock in decline.
No election is trivial. And elections in the past were as nasty – if not more so – than today.
The choice we make today about what we will do tomorrow will shape the future of our Republic.
All work is meaningful, because in our work we serve others with the gifts and skills given to us by God.
As citizens, we must look past the packaging.
God will provide what we need, when we need it, but it often won’t be what we expect.
Our words often say more about us than those at whom they are directed. So what are we doing with them?
So we can govern ourselves, thank you very much.