Dairy Queen really came up with a good slogan when they came up with the one in today’s title. I have been wearing my “Washington on the Brazos” cap around Washington D. C. For the uninformed, Washington on the Brazos is a near ghost town in Washington County on the Brazos river. It was there that the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was written and signed. In those days, the Brazos was an important thoroughfare for travel and trade. The town was not big, but was of good size and served as a suitable capital city for a fledgling and rural population. Shannon and I went there last summer and looked at the museum exhibits and walked the grounds of the beautiful park that contains a replica of the building in which that declaration was signed. There is also a sizable museum of Texas history there. Nearby is the second near ghost town of Independence where the Baptist History museum sits beside the old Baptist church where Sam Houston attended. It was at this church that Sam Houston professed his faith in Christ and was baptized. The story is that he intentionally kept his wallet in his pocket to symbolize his financial commitment to Kingdom causes. About one hundred yards away sits the ruins of the first location of Baylor University. The wide open spaces and old ghost towns of Texas will always hold a great fascination for me. That’s what I like about Texas.
And then there is Washington D. C. There just isn’t enough time to take it all in. The history of the city hangs in the air. It moves me to tears from time to time. Sometimes the tears are for the magnitude of the history of the United States. Sometimes the tears are from sorrow at the political divide and cultural divide that plagues our nation like a disease. If only our differences had less to do with matters of faith and Christian ethics, they would not be so disturbing. Though there is rhetoric about faith on both sides of the aisle. The reality seems to be that hearts are in fact far from the Lord. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)