I am distinctly American.

And I am proud of the United States.

But I am disappointed in it’s current leadership.

I feel as if they want to see this great nation lay in ruin. The most recent crisis we face as a country is our default on debt owed – an astronomical figure reaching trillions of dollars. In two days the United States could default on it’s payment. In two days an economic mess could escalate. In two days the great country known as the United States may come to be known as anything but great.

So how do we solve this problem? It seems simple. If a household is spending more money then they are earning, eventually they will rack up a good pile of debt if the issue persists. To get out of the debt problem, they would cut their frivolous spending and start putting earned dollars toward their debt – eventually paying their debt off. But what seems simple, is often a tough task to begin. Eventually it becomes a habit if a commitment is made to remain frugal and responsible.

I would love to see Congress set a balanced budget and stick to it. But what we are witnessing is Congressional sparring on Capital Hill. I must admit that I am proud that Speaker John Boehner has put forth an effort. He faces a furious challenge against a cowardly President who will not lay grounds for negotiations. Instead, this President hides behind his Oval Office desk and threatens to veto any bill that is conservative in nature – any bill that promises America a confident future.

So as I sit here flipping channels between FOX-news and CSPAN I am lost in frustration.

Where is our great leader? Where is the man we are to look to in a time of crisis?

We need a man who has the solution. We need a man who is decisive. We need a man who will look this issue right in the face and destroy it. We need a man who doesn’t care about his political popularity. We need a man with conviction. We need a man who is humble. We need a man who is truly a servant.

Or is it foolish to put your hope in man?

We must remember that God places men in positions of power and authority. “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men” (Daniel 4:17). He places specific men in authority to allow events to unfold so that we can witness His glory.

Certainly the United States is facing a pressing issue that will shape the future of the nation, but as we look for the solution “don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there” (Psalm 146:3). Instead, I urge you and I urge our leaders to get on your knees and acknowledge the Most High. Seek His guidance. For His Word say, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).

We need to look to God as our Leader and maybe He will show favor upon this nation once again.

-Chaz Oswald


Today marks the first day of a yearly cycling trip. I am headed 250 miles with 6 other men including my father and mutual friends from church. After a great ride today, we are all a bit sore. And tomorrow we have another 100 miles. Please pray for our team. Pray that our muscles will heal overnight and be free from tiredness tomorrow. Pray that we have another safe day of riding and that we will make great timing.

Thank you,
Chaz Oswald

P.s. Is there anything I can be in prayer about for you? Please feel free to leave a comment if there is!

FLOTUS Approves (Un)Happy Meals

Your child is obese.

Take no responsibility for the nutritional habits of your child however. Apparently it is McDonald’s fault for disregarding your child’s health by serving fries instead of apples.

But parents sleep easy tonight.

McDonald’s has vowed to tackle your child’s obesity problem beginning with the elimination of the caramel apple dip, a reduction in the french fries portion, and the addition of apple slices to every Happy Meal.

Michelle Obama (MO) commends McDonald’s dedication to solving this dilemma, but still demands improvement:

“McDonald’s is making continued progress today by providing more fruit and reducing the calories in its Happy Meals.

I’ve always said that everyone has a role to play in making America healthier, and these are positive steps toward the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity.

McDonald’s has continued to evolve its menu, and I look forward to hearing about the progress of today’s commitments, as well as efforts in the years to come.”

It doesn’t seem MO will be content until McDonald’s undergoes a comprehensive Berkeley facelift – complete with seitan burgers, apple slices, and wheatgrass juice.

Conversely, if a vegan diet does not sound like an appetizing spread, hop on over to the Shake Shack for the MO special instead:

“Obama Foodarama is reporting that Shake Shack and Eatonville are reporting a ‘Michelle Obama Effect’ — a spike in visitors after the first lady racked up the calories during visits last week. Apparently, you can now order ‘The Michelle Obama Special’ at Shake Shack, and you’ll get a burger, french fries, a shake and a Diet Coke, just like Mrs. O” (Washington Post).

-Chaz Oswald