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.
It Is Our Job
We can be a self-governing Republic, or we can be a subservient people governed by tyrants.
May Their Lives Be Peaceful And Boring
We must stop seeing the military as props in political theater but as a precious and limited resource.
Keep Doing Good!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Shackled To Low Expectations
We have too often adopted a participation-trophy mentality when it comes to political engagement.
Stones And Dry Bones
Let us never forget what a privilege it is to fight for liberty!
Against The Odds
Texas independence was achieved not in timid bites but in bold actions.
It’s A War Out There
Rather than fight the enemy, we have contented ourselves with blaming the victims and shunning the warriors.
What’s so good about the day when an innocent man was executed by the political elite for challenging their authority?
Tolerance Became Dominance
By refusing to fight from the moral high ground, we find our culture in shambles.
Our Right To Property
Private property rights are front-and-center in the Bible.
Promise Keepers or Con Men
In the real world, a deal is only as good as the tangible results.
When we’re making excuses for politicians, we’re subjects and not citizens.
Fearless and Confidant
Texas shouldn’t have been, yet here we are.
How Would You Answer?
If you received William Travis’ 1836 letter from the Alamo, how would you respond?
Liberty is Fragile
Liberty does not happen by accident.
When Someone Tells You Who They Are…
There is an unfortunate trend in politics for voters not to believe who the incumbents really are, even when the politician shows then.
Let Them Grumble
When your enemies are complaining about how powerful you are, don’t interrupt them.
Setting Captives Free
The Nazis’ atrocities are made all the more horrific with the knowledge we’re all capable of such horror.
A Common Era
The more we struggle to ignore Jesus, the more central He becomes.
Won’t Work? Then Don’t Eat
Texas needs to stop rewarding people who choose not to work.
Well, SOMEONE Doesn’t Understand…
Politicians need to remember who their boss is.
Be Strong And Courageous
You are not alone in the fight for liberty!
Carol of the Drum
A Christmas hymn that actually captures the meaning of the season.
Better Candidates, Better Voters
We must stop voting as if we’re judges in a talent show; we’re trying to save the republic.
Real News For Real Texans
Our Founding Fathers understood citizens must be able to expose government malfeasance, criticize public policy, and publicly identify corruption.
Watch Your Language!
Language defines our world and shapes our actions.
Giving Thanks In 2022
We must shrug the vestiges of socialism if we are truly thankful for liberty.
Praying For Our Leaders
If we want to be praying for the leadership of our nation, we need to be praying for our fellow citizens.
Accountability Season Never Ends
The need for political accountability never ends.
Don’t Get Distracted
For too long, too many of us have been lulled to civic sleep or pointed in the wrong direction.
What Do You Expect?
Conservatives have been doing way too much settling for the low-bar results tepidly offered by our civic clerks.
Never Stop Fighting
Despite the odds, despite the peril, despite the risk, we must keep fighting.
If we want to be honorable men, we must behave honorably.
Are You Prepared?
“Be Prepared” is the well-known motto of the Boy Scouts of America. It’s also a pretty good admonition for successful living.
Don’t Give Up Now
Every excuse to stop, is a reason to keep pressing forward!
Doing Right, Faithfully
We must be faithful to do what’s right, regardless of the consequences.
Storm The Gates of Hell
There is nothing safe or comfortable about fighting for the soul of our republic.
Make Them Fear You
As citizens, we have failed to inspire sufficient fear in our elected servants.
Government Makes Things Worse
There is no problem created by government, that government cannot make much worse.
Pleasing the Wrong People
Our system was designed to attract people-pleasers to office.
Heaven And Earth, Indeed…
Science is making it hard to be an atheist.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Your republic needs you to be an engaged citizen!
Get Up And Do Something
Too many people have gotten comfortable being angry on the couch.
From A Bad King To A Worse King
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.
Tolerating The Intolerable
As a self-governing people, we must pursue righteousness if we are to enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Choose To Lead
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.
Be Defined, Or Do The Defining
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.
Failing Our Future
We have allowed education to go from "training up" a child, to tearing down the moral and religious upbringing of their families.
What Do We Remember?
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.
Now, But Not Yet
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.”
Tyrants Prefer Timidity
Liberty isn’t achieved in timid nibbles, but through bold actions.
The High Cost Of Betraying Our Heritage
Confiscatory taxes are what we pay for rejecting the gift of self-governance.
Let Them Whine
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.
The Long, Deadly, Sick Joke
Socialists, progressives, communists, and Marxists are the flat-earthers of political and economic thought.
Seizing, or Squandering, Opportunities
What we do as citizens will determine if the Lone Star State stands as a force for good influencing the world.
Self-Governance And Governing Ourselves
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.
The Alamo Fell
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.
The Real Parties
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.
Public Morals And Private Morality
Reputation is what people see us do; character is what we do when we think no one is watching. The two almost always converge.
Serving Two Masters
The citizens’ precious liberties are routinely sacrificed by politicians at the altar of contrived congeniality in the crony religion of self-promotion.
Confusing Volume And Mass
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.
School Board Idiots?
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.
Written Words Matter
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.
Looking Beyond Christmas
Christmas doesn’t make sense unless we remember that the baby in the manger is the Savior who conquered sin and death.
Liberty Is Good
Liberty is not an economic tool, but a moral imperative.
Everyone Can Do Something
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.
Be A Troubler
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.
Nothing ‘Mainstream’ About The Media
The establishment media does not sit in the “mainstream” of political or cultural thought, but on the far left bank.
Jesus And Wealth
Like Hunter Biden, wealth and political status were intertwined for the rich young man in the often misquoted New Testament story.
Real People, Fighting Hard
With defeat inevitable, the people of Gamla simply decided to go down fighting.
Keeping God Out
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.
Citizens Must Set The Agenda
Don’t be bullied into silence by our public servants.
What Kind Of Zealot Are You?
It depends on your focus.
Resolved to Fight
Or, will we chose the ease of surrender?
Small Steps, Big Compromises
If we are to govern our republic, we must first govern ourselves.
When ‘Experts’ Urge Cowardice, Ignore Them
Backing down from a principled fight is the surest way to lose.
Serving Two Masters?
Politicians can serve the establishment, or the citizens, but not both.
Become A Hammer
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.
Choosing A Side
Most politicians wait to pick sides in a fight until they can tell who is going to win.
Step Forward In Faith
Faith is easy when it is safe.
Be Nice Or Else?
The gooey, saccharine-sweet niceness demanded of us by politicians isn’t found anywhere in the Bible.
Why Is the Fourth of July so Special?
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.
Building Our Monuments
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.
Fake Jesus, Real Jesus
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.
No Greater Love ...
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Responding to Lackluster Effort
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.
Not Enough Fear
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.
Nothing New about Cancel Culture
There is nothing new about cancel culture.
Who Do You Serve?
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.
Truth In Context
Michael Quinn Sullivan argues that, as a self-governing people, we must acquire a principled taste for reality.
Don’t Aid The Enemy
It seems some conservatives suffer from an unfortunate desire to be applauded by the left.
Surrounded by Beauty
We don’t have to visit the Garden of Gethsemane to experience the beauty of Christ’s love for us.
Embracing Our Responsibility
As a self-governing people, we cannot delegate the preservation of our republic to others. The work belongs to us.
Access for What?
Masking compromises with the devil so as to do good things down the road never pays off.
Choosing To Be Troubled?
While so much is out of our control, we alone get to pick our attitude.
Just A Small Bit Of Liberty
As a self-governing people, we must stop acquiescing to the politicians and moral busybodies.
Would We Answer?
As beneficiaries of the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice, we must answer the call to the fight for liberty.
A Cold Truth
Yes, we have trouble and tribulation in this world... But we also have Jesus!
The Other Side
The subversiveness continues.
Fear Is a Loser
No weapon is quite so debilitating as fear.
Stop Talking, Start Doing
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.
Pray, And Get To Work
Stop waiting on others to save the Republic!
Who Doesn’t Understand?
Politicians are elected to produce results, not excuses.
Joy For The World
For most of us, there would be little joy in welcoming our new child into the world under such circumstances.
Make It Professional
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.
The True Leaders of Texas
You may not know their names, but you have probably benefitted from their actions.
Giving Thanks for Liberty
The very first days of the American experience demonstrated what world history repeatedly proves: socialism fails, and fails miserably.
Jailed For Liberty
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.
Trust Not in Princes
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.
Woke Versus Winning
Many church leaders are threatened by a “profane” businessman delivering on the promises that they have not.
Lying With Facts?
Telling the truth requires that facts be offered in context, especially when it is inconvenient.
Will North Texas County Commissioners Serve Their 'Spokesman' or the Citizens?
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.
Outnumbered, Out-gunned, Out-trained?
Only a self-governing people can truly have liberty.
The Church, Silenced
When shepherds cower in fear from the howl of government wolves, they shouldn’t be surprised to find their flock in decline.
Not Worse, But Not Better
No election is trivial. And elections in the past were as nasty – if not more so – than today.
What We Do Tomorrow
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.
The Army You Need
God will provide what we need, when we need it, but it often won’t be what we expect.
Sticks and Stones
Our words often say more about us than those at whom they are directed. So what are we doing with them?
Why We Must Fight
So we can govern ourselves, thank you very much.