Sovereign Nation, Under God

Holding up the light of liberty, justice and truth!

Seven Score and Ten Years Ago Today

ImageThe United States of America is not just a country. It is a set of ideals; a mindset. This set of never-before-realized ideals brought the exquisitely rare gift of freedom and liberty to the world. It happened in stages…as any battle worth winning will be hard fought and must endure hits and misses along the way. Old ideas and patterns of behavior tend to die a slow death. Positive change almost never happens in an instant. It most often takes years, nay, decades or centuries to be fully realized. What began on July 4, 1776 was a declaration; a declaration of fundamental principles which would lead to freedom for all of mankind if they retained reverence for the fundamental core premises.

We, as a nation, need to start looking at the POSITIVES of this nation rather than dwelling on the negatives. We need to count our blessings and realize we enjoy something virtually no other people prior had ever experienced. We need to be thankful for what we DO have rather than dwelling on injustices that occurred in the past. We need to stand up and fight to defeat those are seeking to plunge this nation back into the old, failed ideas of government rule over humanity. No one knows what’s better for him or herself rather than the individual. And the rule over a populace by means of burdensome laws and regulations is literally fascism.

Are we on the right path? That’s the essential question. I would say in some ways, yes. We elected our first black president. For a nation with a history of racial issues, that is a grand achievement, indeed. It’s something to celebrate. In other ways, though, I would desperately say HECK NO! What warnings can history provide regarding the direction our country is headed? Unfortunately, history does not shine a positive light on our current trajectory.

Are we following the path that leads to more personal freedom and liberty or less? Are we on a pathway that history reveals to be extraordinarily treacherous? If we are not on a pathway that will provide MORE freedom and liberty to humanity which fought to free itself from the shackles of tyranny and achieve a level of freedom NEVER KNOWN TO CIVILIZED SOCIETY before then we are are on the wrong path. It was specifically BECAUSE of the ideals this country was founded upon that we were able to move past the evils of slavery. If we are not moving toward a greater level of personal freedom and liberty, there’s no possible way we are “progressing” as a people. The OLD system of rule is based on tyranny and oppression. Only a truly enlightened people will realize freedom from the bonds of those who seek to rule over them.

On the 150th Anniversary of the historic Gettysburgh Address, let’s step back and truly think about that which was gained in 1787, in 1863 and in 1964. Let’s get back to the ideals which freed men from tyranny…beginning with a simple proclamation:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

Will God Spare This Nation?

ImageWith Barack Obama, we have seen the most cynical U.S. Presidency in history. He has disparaged the people of this great nation, created unprecedented contempt among the citizenry in what could loosely be considered a post-racial era, and denigrated the office of the presidency by ushering in Chicago-style thug politics into the highest office in the land. Lies, deceit, manipulation and other gutter tactics are the norm. As Americans we have a right to expect more. In fact, we have a right to DEMAND more from ALL our politicians. But let’s be clear. This began long before Barack Obama took the oath of office.

Left vs. Right politics should be placed on the scrap heap of history. We should see things in terms of Right vs. Wrong rather than Left vs. Right. If there’s one thing that has become clear to me over the last 10 years or so is that you can no longer trust a “D” or a “R” when contemplating your allegiance. I definitely have a bent toward one side over the other. But even that bias doesn’t assure me that my candidate will operate with integrity and with the best interests of ALL at heart.

I want REAL men and women of character. Men and women who understand the true essence of Americanism. Men and women who understand that this country is headed for troubled times. EVERYTHING is at stake. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us want a nation that will continue to allow each of us to pursue life, liberty and happiness WITHOUT the overbearing burdens of an overreaching government. We can still save the Republic for future generations if we refuse to remain apathetic toward those who are actively dismantling our nation. All I seek is freedom, liberty and justice FOR ALL – equal opportunity to succeed and prosper based on work ethic, etc. I seek a system which seeks to elevate all, not tear down the successful to level the playing field, for competition spurs greatness.

We are on the precipice of losing those rare and precious rights. We are on the precipice of surrendering our freedom and liberty to the heavy yoke of government tyranny. I have been watching the HBO John Adams special recently and it’s clear that the original impetus for breaking away from Great Britain was far less dire than the position we find ourselves in today. Make no mistake about it. Open your eyes and see things through an unbiased lens and you’ll see the truth in my words. If the government is targeting/punishing SOME people for maintaining certain beliefs, then we’re ALL in jeopardy of being targeted. The longer we let this type of activity stand, the more desperate our fight for freedom and liberty will become.

If you’ve never read the following quote by Dietrick Boenhoeffer then you need to read it a couple times to realize the implications:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

NONE of us are safe when a government becomes corrupt and overreaching. We will ALL lose our freedom and liberty if we don’t stand up against injustices regardless of who commits them. If an act is wrong when a person with a “R” after his name commits it then it is wrong when committed by a person with a “D” (and vice versa). Men and women of God stand up against unrighteousness no matter WHO commits that unrighteous act. Seek God or you will inherit the devil.

Speak now or forever hold your peace…what little of it you may be able to find in coming days.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Was the Same As the Founders’

So many wish to judge the United States of America for what it is rather than what it is intended to be. If we all strive toward the noble vision espoused by the Founding Fathers and enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, we will achieve the dream they and countless others including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned.

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Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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The dream was so eloquently espoused later by Martin Luther King, Jr. in a historic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial:

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Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech:

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

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In order for these dreams to be realized, we must put away the biases and hurts of the past. We must forgive others, as Christ Jesus has forgiven us. We must come together as a people. Americans must once again become one rather than hyphenated subsets of a great nation. While individuality is a wonderful fruit from the tree of liberty, “oneness” is a beautiful fruit of a proper national identity. For being “American” is not based on ethnic heritage. Being American is about so much more – the belief in the ideals set forth by a group of wise men who truly understood tyranny, oppression and the fundamental flaws of human nature. Being American is to believe all men and women are created equal; that every human has value; every human is precious in the eyes of God. To change or alter these ideals would redefine the very essence of what it means to be American. Without unity, the American “house” will not stand and, without God, the foundation of the house is nothing more than sinking sand eroded by time.

John 13: 34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

LOVE CONQUERS ALL!

On this day, we pay homage to the life of a great man known as Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, let us reconnect with the dream so many equally great men and women have fought and died for – that we will come together in unity as a free and prosperous people. God, please grant us the wisdom to turn against those who seek to divide us based on color and class, for they are agents of the enemy.

FALLING ON PRINCIPLE

Know anyone who’s thinking about a protest vote for Ron Paul, Gary Johnson… or no vote at all? This is for them.

Would You Like Some Jam With That?

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Joe Biden’s foot is in his mouth so often you’d think his favorite condiment is toe jam!

Rotten In Denmark

I have a strong sense we’re being set up for a stolen election. I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, but I just see too much evidence of things that don’t make sense to not think there is something nefarious in the works. The polls don’t match what is verifiable through other means. Now the unemployment rate drops by three tenths of a percent to drop below 8% for the FIRST TIME since Obama took office. But only 144,000 jobs were created and economists state we’re headed for another recession. So that doesn’t add up either. What’s more, George Soros owns a company that will be partly or wholly responsible for tallying the votes. There are reports of various military exercises taking place in cities across America. What are they expecting?

You might think I’m crazy. If Obama is reelected we will truly see the “fundamental transformation” take place that he’s been PROMISING since his first campaign. When you find yourself under a tyrannical government system that increasing takes away your rights to live life and pursue happiness; when you find yourself working only a few days a week (as many do in Europe); THEN, perhaps, you’ll see the wisdom of my words. But, then, it will be far too late for apologies; far too late to say “I should have listened.” President Obama has basically been telling us he’s a Marxist since before he was elected. He’s alluding to it in his speech and the imagery/slogans he’s using for his campaign; he’s colluding with Marxist dictators around the world. But you think I’m being silly. You think I’m a racist because I have the courage to sound the alarm. Well, I’ll take any label you wish to throw at me. But it will be a sad day, indeed, when I’m proven right.

May God give you wisdom as you consider my words.

Charity & Government


The Left / Right paradigm doesn’t inform the views of Christians on charity and other “Christian” values. It merely defines the mechanism by which we believe these values are to be engaged. Only the bible has the ability to define how we should view and participate in charity. For instance, do we, as Christians, believe that we were given a mandate by Christ to feed the hungry and clothe the poor or is this something we should callously delegate through government? If your answers leans toward the latter statement, what sort of evidence is there in scripture to back up this claim? But, more importantly, how does the bible demonstrate the fulfillment of this critical human benevolence?

It’s pretty clear that the underlying theme of biblical text across the board deals with our relationship with God and others from a personal perspective. We can’t have relationship with someone through someone else (other than with God through Jesus Christ, of course). We must develop bonds with an individual on a one-to-one basis. Breathing into the lives of others is essential. Personal accountability is key. And how we engage our world in this manner is paramount. Even the widow who gave her last “mite” (penny) understood this principle. We all have the ability to help others even on a very limited scale. We all have the ability to be involved with faith-based charity organizations. Are you helping others or have you absolved yourself of responsibility and pushed the burden onto someone or something else? Better yet, is there any sort of accountability built into the system you support?

I believe we should stop insisting that a Godless government be accountable for that which Christ so obviously entrusted to us. Doing so is not based on sound doctrine. Get the government out of the business of conducting charity, for they have no wisdom in doing so. Never trust a secular force to engage a spiritual principle, for they have no clue in how or why to conduct Kingdom business.

If you believe that charity should be placed in the hands of the government then, quite frankly, you’ve missed the whole point. Not only is charity something that Christ commanded us to be involved in PERSONALLY, but it is something which brings great reward to those who take the time to humble themselves and place others before themselves.

Humanity: Fundamentally Flawed or Virtuous?

Do you see humanity as fundamentally virtuous or fundamentally flawed? The answer often determines how you view the world ideologically. Beneath politics and party, beneath even ideology and morality, exists a conflict of visions about how the human heart is constructed. It is this fundamental view not just of who we are, but what we are, that determines the trenches we will inhabit when confronted with the war of ideas. The fundamental question remains: can mankind be perfected on earth through action or is it bound by the limits of human nature?

Of course, the bible gives plenty of evidence as to the truest nature of the human heart. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

Watch this video for some thought-provoking insight into the ramifications based on these opposing world views on the condition of the human heart…

Obamacare vs. Freedom of Conscience

Regardless of whether Obama and his Administration walk back this provision stating Catholics must break their commitment to their religious/moral code, it should now be clear to everyone what this health care plan is about – dictating every facet of what we can or cannot do with our bodies regardless of our belief system. This is all about power and control. Are we to sacrifice our individual liberties for the sake of an estimated 30 Million uninsured Americans or are we going to look for a different, better solution which upholds the fundamental premise of what it means to be American? What we have in this country has occurred exactly ONCE in all of recorded history. I can’t even begin to comprehend that there are some out there so desperate to surrender what was so improbably attained – individual freedom and liberty.

Truth

“Truth wears no disguise.” – David C. Coleman

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