Times they are a Changin’

Baby boomers are people born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964. Baby boomers is also a term that can be used culturally.
Baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of widespread government subsidies in post-war housing and education, and increasing affluence.
As a group, they were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation up to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. They were also the generation that received peak levels of income; therefore, they could reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even “midlife crisis” products. The increased consumerism for this generation has been regularly criticized as excessive.

This article comes via Wikipedia search for the phrase “baby boomer”. I was interested in this because my parents are from that generation. The generation that actually made up the label ‘generation’. And today I was pondering that generation of people. The generation of people that have taught us consumerism, bulk, excess, & their definition of wealth. The generation ‘baby boom’ people who are currently running our country. Defining & influencing all other generations that they have passed through.

The baby boom has been described variously as a “shockwave” and as “the pig in the python.”

All of that is a bit to ponder on. It has dramatic undertones and serious implications, and if we would stop and observe all that is cluttered in the world around us we would begin to understand.

My dad, who was born in ’54, says he has seen it all in this country. He says he has lived through the best times, and he is now living through the worst times. Times today that are being driven toward the future by more of that booming generation’s influence. This influence has caused, among other things: labeling, mutilation of the freedom of speech, redefinition of traditional values (values that have kept this country together for over 200 years), the insane notion that the government really has our best interests at heart, obesity, radical redirection of values, complete with outbursts of:  ‘I want what I want. I want more and I want it now!’.

History is being rewritten right before our eyes. The constitution. The flags. The churches. Public schools. Privacy rights. All of these things, and more, are being changed. These are things that the boomer generation were able to experience. They were taught different ideas and history than younger generations today are being taught. They know about farm life and simpler living through their grandparents and family that were the generations before them. Boomers and their parents have much more wisdom then the current generation, Generation X, Y, or Z… The wisdom of the current generation is naught. It has been instead replaced by knowledge that is not knowledge. And the boomer generation seems to be on the same bandwagon. Every generation alive on this earth today is completely influenced by the world. The wisdom of the older and boomer generations need be acquired before they are all gone. Just as there was a huge population increase within 10 years, so too will be a decrease.

People can no longer think clearly. Wake up, America! Wake up, World! It has come time that the wheat is separated from the chaff. We are to take all of the fruitful contributions from our beloved previous generations, and we are to rid negative aspects, not embrace them. You cannot change the world if you are part of the world. Where is the movement? Why isn’t truth defeating the lies? The decent, productive members of any society have a responsibility to protect the next generation. Our children truly are the future.

IRS & Jesus… what?

Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21

I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income.

I am self-employed. I enjoy working for myself so that I may set my hours, make things that bring people joy, and spend time with my family. I am able to freely speak of my concerns & beliefs in my workplace. I get to travel & I try to spread the light to others when I do. I do not seek to become rich, hence my self-employment, for it allows me to get by, fulfilling all of my needs without government assistance. As stated before, my abode is a small home that I love dearly, and I do not desire to keep up with the rat race that is taking place in society.

I can easily dismiss the distractions that are in the world; however, when the government is on you it is hard to overlook. Last year, I paid an accountant to do my taxes (the government should pay these people for the service of collecting their money). I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income. Let that sink in for a minute. This was indeed a very hard pill for me to swallow. I fretted needlessly. I worried continuously until I was finally able to pay-off my tax (debt) to the government. Of course, they charged interest along the way. The same circumstances have come around again this year. Making such a small income doesn’t really allow me wiggle-room to ‘put back’ the government’s portion of my income for the year to follow. I don’t even know if I will be alive the next year. This is not Big Brother’s concern; however, Healthcare is and now I am forced to have to pay monthly for it, but I digress. I find it ludacris that I am taxed in such a way on such a small amount of income. This, for me, is a stumbling block that I am trying earnestly to overcome. According to the government, I am living in what is known as ‘poverty’. The fact that my tax money goes to things that I do not support, instead of possibly helping other ‘impoverished’ peoples makes me a little upset. I’m in no way asking to be exempt from taxes, I’m just pleading “Why so much?” and “Why can’t I choose its destination?”.

If I were working for a company, and made this amount of income I wouldn’t even have to file taxes. If 22 different people paid me $500, I wouldn’t be taxed on it, I would have earned income credit. But, since I choose to be self-employed I must pay taxes on my meager earnings. Seems the government is confused. Seems the government is hungry for people who want to live outside of the ‘norm’ to have to pay exceedingly.

But again, I digress. I see Jesus’ words at the top of this blog, and I must remember to do just that: Render to the government what is the governments. No matter what happens, God will be with me so long as I have faith, even if it is a small as a mustard seed. God continues to take care of my family & me, and I will give every dollar I ever make if that is what is demanded of me. For worldly things are not my desire, but heavenly things are.

Yet again, Jesus is here to give me guidance that no man nor government can ever be wise enough to say or do on their own. Properly titled in my Bible ‘The cure for anxiety”.

And who by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  Matthew 25:27

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 25:34

I will continue my lifestyle of living in the Lord. I will not be overcome, but I have, and will continue to overcome the world by the grace of God. I pray that others do not let the small things that are in this lifetime distract and prevent them from living a godly life. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly. And know that by the blood of Christ we are bought, money cannot buy anything that our Father has for us.