I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Where Angels Fear To Tread – Politics and Faith

I deplore extremist rhetoric. People who use it are dictatorial fascists whose only aim is to destroy the American way of life, and deserve to be strung up or run out of town! For those who don’t get it that was sarcasm. Extremist rhetoric never benefits anyone and marginalizes the ideas and feelings of everyone. For people to demonize public union workers as self-absorbed, money hungry, lazy surfactants on the American taxpayer are ignorant of the demands and realities of most of their jobs. On the other hand those who portray conservative politicians as Hitler Nazis who only care about obtaining and maintaining power at the cost of the people is over the edge as well. Are their lazy public workers who need to be fired and politicians who are on an egotistical power trip? Yes!

The bottom line is that we all want to pay less and make more. No one wants to pay more taxes, more for groceries, or more at the gas pump. We all wouldn’t mind a little, or a lot, more in our paycheck. Both go hand in hand. In order to receive more in my paycheck someone has to pay more for a product. If government employees are paid more then someone is going to be taxed more. The cycle is vicious but unavoidable. At some point something has to give.

I am a fiscal conservative. I believe that living within your means is the only way to true prosperity. I have to do it and I expect the government to do it as well. But what happens when debt spending gets out of hand and the drastic cuts not only mean less for everyone but maybe all for some? What if the necessary steps means a change in the way we live our lives and the standard of living that we have grown accustomed to? And the real sticker is what if it happens to me and not to you? Why should I have to struggle and not you? I’m not a socialist and distribution of wealth person, but my goodness Charlie Sheen made 3 million dollars an episode and still feels under paid, sports stars are paid millions a year, and cooperate fat cats pay more for their homes then most of us will make in a lifetime. Should we tax them more? No, and the reason is that taxes do not bring prosperity. I have received little if any benefit when taxes are raised on the rich. It sounds good but it doesn’t make its way into my wallet.

So, what is the answer? It is love. It is thinking of others as more important than you. It is looking to the needs of your fellow man and making an effort to meet their needs. It’s about self-sacrifice for the common good of all. It’s about acting in complete deference to conventional wisdom. But it won’t work unless there is a change of heart and mind. It won’t work until we can learn to love and that only comes from God. It won’t work until we admit that there is someone who is a higher authority and has a better plan. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and life…and the truth will set you free.” It won’t work until we give our lives over to a loving Father through His Son Jesus. God balanced the budget of His holiness on the shoulders of His Son. In doing this he taught us love.

Yes, we have a right in the United States to freely express ourselves, our needs and our desires. But if we want a future for our children we need to remember the principles that have gotten us here today. Above all else let us love one another. Now go out and do it.

I’m just saying………..