Dale Glading's Blog

Why I've Gone Dark

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Comments: 18

It has been more than three months since my last political post and I am willing to bet that neither you nor anyone else has even noticed. In fact, I'll even go out on a limb and suggest that your life has continued - minus my sharp wit, biting sarcasm and provocative commentary - without missing a beat.

However, what you might find surprising is that I haven't missed my posts either. That's right; Dale Glading - the political animal since birth - has undergone a bit of a radical transformation.

You can call it a mid-life crisis if you want, but the cold reality is that what happens - or doesn't happen - in Washington or Tallahassee (or Trenton, for my friends back in New Jersey) really doesn't matter as much as we'd like to think it does. And truth be told, I have grown a bit weary of tilting at windmills.

Less than a year ago, I saw a less-than-articulate and somewhat profane businessman get elected president on a platform of "draining the swamp" and "building the wall". But for the past nine months, he and his good intentions have been thwarted at every turn by Democrats who oppose his every move and continue to demonize him in the process. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, he also has been opposed by many members of his own party.

In other words, the swamp refuses to be drained and the wall cannot build itself. Chalk up another win for the establishment... and another loss for the American people.

So what's a guy to do? A guy who loves his country, his family, and his God... in reverse order. Go back to basics and try to make a difference where I can - and where it matters most.

Later this month, I will turn 58. That means that far more of my life is in the rear-view mirror than what I can see through the windshield. And so, taking into consideration my own mortality, I am choosing to focus my time, talents and energies on matters of the gravest importance. Matters that matter for eternity.

First and foremost on that list is souls. Scripture makes it abundantly clear that "it is appointed to men once to die, and then the judgment". That's right, folks; you and I are dying and each day brings us closer to eternity.

With that in mind - and my calling as a minister in hand - I plan to devote the rest of my life to introducing people to Jesus Christ and helping those who already know Him to grow stronger in their faith.

Will I continue to speak out on political issues that I am passionate about? You'd better believe it! Killing unborn babies in their mother's womb is - and always will be - murder. Rejecting God's definitions of marriage and sexuality is an affront to our Creator. Judging people by the color of their skin - black, white or brown - instead of by the content of their character is morally indefensible. And turning our collective backs on Israel - the apple of God's eye - places our nation in serious peril.

Had I been elected to either of the state or federal offices I ran for, I would have tried to address those issues and more from within the political system. However, God - in His infinite wisdom - chose for me not to win, but rather to fight the good fight of faith from the outside. And so, I will continue to pray that He raises up strong Christians as well as competent and morally-grounded non-believers to serve in my stead.

I, in turn, will concentrate on matters of faith - such as people and their eternal destiny. Wish me well.

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  1. Delor Cornell Delor Cornell Best wishes Dale Saturday, September 9, 2017
  2. Dale Glading Dale Glading Thanks, Delor. Rest assured, I'll keep speaking out on important issues. Saturday, September 9, 2017
  3. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Especially social ones, Delor. Saturday, September 9, 2017
  4. Jim Spina Jim Spina Dale (and Deanna and family),

    We have known you for a LONG time and we know that even when you were actively in the political arena you were still actively in the 'presenting the Gospel' arena as well. You have always been faithful to your Lord and Savior and God will continue to be faithful to you. We also will continue to do our small financial part in whatever ministry the Lord calls you and we will continue to do our larger part by upholding you in our prayers. We love you guys and you continue to be a source of 'Faith in action' inspiration for us.
    Jim and Marcia Saturday, September 9, 2017
  5. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Thanks, Jim and Marcia. Yes, I have always looked at public service as a ministry, not a career. It's just frustrating to see how resistant our federal and state governments - and many of the officeholders - are to real change. Saturday, September 9, 2017
  6. Jeff Cubbage Jeff Cubbage I have missed your commentary. I stand with you on all that you believe. Since you have been in my life, the changes in me have been incredible! Especially the spiritual changes! I walk with you and thank you everyday! Even with Irma bearing down on us, I am at peace, partially because God put you in my life. I am truly blessed! Thanks Dale for there for me. Sunday, September 10, 2017
  7. John Chisholm John Chisholm Dale,
    Well said! Thank you for your post. It inspired me. Keep up the good fight and finish the race strong. I'm praying for you brother. May God continue to draw men unto Him through your ministry and passion to serve.
    John Chisholm Sunday, September 10, 2017
  8. Kenny Munds Kenny Munds Right on Dale! Sunday, September 10, 2017
  9. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading John, thanks for your very kind and encouraging words. As the old gospel song goes (remember it from the GA crusade years ago?)... "I'm just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, that there's a somebody, who can save anybody!" Sunday, September 10, 2017
  10. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Jeff, I am humbled by your very kind words. Keep going... and keep growing, brother! In Christ, Dale Sunday, September 10, 2017
  11. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Amen, Kenny! Sunday, September 10, 2017
  12. Richard Pine Richard Pine Dale, you're so right on. There's good, better & best. Along with you, I want to keep zeroing in on the Best that God has for me to do, and that almost always involves lost or needy souls.
    May God continue to bless you Dale, and I know He will. Sunday, September 10, 2017
  13. Larry McCarty Larry McCarty Dale, Focusing on your strengths, faith, and helping people around you is a meaningful and realistic goal; a life's mission. It will have a larger impact than you realize. Sunday, September 10, 2017
  14. Dale Glading Dale Glading Thanks, Richard and Larry, for your very kind and encouraging words. Love you both. In Christ, Dale Sunday, September 10, 2017
  15. Paul Munsie Paul Munsie Dale - You know we are always here to help support your mission! Keep up the good work helping those who are lost find the way. Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  16. Dale Glading Dale Glading Thanks, Paul. Our love to you and Jackie. In Christ, Dale Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  17. Phil Swis Phil Swis Keep up the GOOD fight. You are in my prayers.
    IN CHRIST Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  18. Dale Glading Dale Glading Thanks, Phil! Thursday, September 14, 2017