The Fundamental Test & A Devilish Idea

What is a building without a foundation? What is a painting without a canvas? What is a letter without the words? What is a song without a melody? All these things that I’ve mentioned are what we call fundamentals, principles, foundations. These are the things we hold most dear, they make us who we are and guide us. They are essential to making things what they are. Lately, people have been asking… me about the current fundamental tests facing the State of Oklahoma. In particular, the issue of implementing a satanic statue at the State Capital Building grounds. Now, I try to stray from political posts, but sometimes you can’t ignore the big elephant in the room. I know I may receive criticism for this post, but I’m willing to take that risk, I’m not trying to cram anything down anyone’s throat, I’m trying to make a difference by speaking the Truth. When I first heard this issue, I literally swallowed my gum and froze in perplexity. I couldn’t believe something like this had come to our neck of the woods. Some people have told me that this is a Freedom of Religion case and that a statue of Satan would provide variety to our state capital. I disagree. Folks, let’s be real with ourselves, that type of statue may provide variety to some people, but to the majority of people who live in this state, it would be a slap in the face to everything this state has stood for. In my opinion, this issue is a true test of our state’s moral fibers, values, Christian heritage, and therefore, a true test against our state’s fundamentals. I will be very frank with you, this issue really connected with me when I first heard it, for one being that I am an Agribusiness, Pre-Law major at OSU, and controversial laws really excite me, and I am a Christian, not because I go to church, not because it sounds cool, or is a great pick-up line, or it looks good on my résumé, it’s BECAUSE I believe that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again for all of us and that by accepting Him into our hearts, we can live with HIM in eternity. That is my belief, and I believe that’s its time for our generation to stand up for our fundamentals. We have to stand for something. I did some legal research the other day and found some interesting things to combat the controversy. There was a Supreme Court case back in 2009, it’s called Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, this was where the Supreme Court ruled that although governments may accept monuments that are privately donated for display, the government is constitutionally NOT required to accept those privately donated monuments. This U.S. Supreme Court decision was unanimous and that decision gives me hope that this issue can be resolved and our Oklahoma fundamentals can be preserved. Even as a college student, I’m convinced that there are still some things worth fighting for, and our fundamental beliefs and values are absolutely worth the fight. I honestly don’t think the State of Oklahoma would accept a satanic monument, that alone would be a Devilish idea, and yet again, a Fundamental Test. But we all know that Good overcomes Evil, and that this fundamental test is one that Oklahoma can withstand and triumph.

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

3 thoughts on “The Fundamental Test & A Devilish Idea”

  1. Brandon,
    Overall I enjoy listening and reading your speeches/blogs! You’re an inspiration to many, including me! Reading your blog made me stop and think about the story. When I heard I knew it was crazy but didn’t read into it. You opened my eyes to the law about the issue. Thanks for all you do for the state and FFA!
    -Taylor Pruitt
    –Bethel FFA

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