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Politics 2020: My views – day 4

31 Oct

Heroes!  Franklin and his family

Our great country is the envy of the world. America’s early history is full of visionary immigrants with courageous stories that reflect their overwhelming and compelling desire to come to a new land full of promise.  My daughter-in-love’s (Cheryl) father is a shining example of that monumental decision to uproot from his homeland in humble provincial Philippines.  Franklin worked in Hawaii for nearly 10 years to make enough money to bring the rest of his family.  What a sacrifice!  He was gripped with a dream that with enough sacrifice, he could change the trajectory of his family forever.  And it did!  Today their whole family lives better than anything he could have ever imagined.

Many exemplary and radical men and women made such a move to America?  Their brave spirit and deep character has been instrumental in fashioning the heart and the backbone of what we call home; the United States of America.

Today many peoples of the world dream of moving here, living here… or at least visiting here. English is the common language taught and spoken in many foreign countries.  America’s almost fantasy-like culture is imitated around the world.  The United States of America is one of the best trophies this world has to offer.

Our country’s forefathers were brilliant.  They didn’t create a democracy.  Rather, they created a republic with powerful checks and balances that would value each and every person’s rights and privileges without letting anyone subjugate the rights of others.

That system works well with God-fearing people of character.  And by far, the vast majority of Americans still have a place in their hearts for God and are still decent people of character.  But we have a very small minority who are increasing in volume and violence who want to force their lawlessness and godless values on the rest.  John Adams warned us well:

There can never be enough laws to govern every detail of a man’s devious mind if there is not an embedded law of decency and respect already in that heart.  It’s like the chasing of the wind… when every lawless whim of lust and desire is unleashed, it devises new schemes and pushes beyond well-structured boundaries.  When met with the consequences, it feigns insult.  Then, of course, denial of everything… no ownership, no responsibility.  There is no internal compunction of conscience to hold them in check.  Their moral scruples have been overridden too long and now their conscience is seared.

Our country is being buffeted by some of these strong contrary winds… winds with an expressed intention to destroy the traditional American culture; our families, our borders, our gender definitions, our legal systems.  This is real.  For the preservation of our amazing republic… for the sake of our own peace and safety… for the well being of our future generations, we must wake up, America.  And our adversaries are not from the outside… they are from within our very own walls.

“A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy.” – Samuel Adams

Our forefathers realized the preciousness and uniqueness of their framework of these United States.  They all had some measure of the fear of God upon them as they fashioned a Constitution that has no equal.  Some considered it so sacred that they gladly gave their lives.

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

And some realized that they were experiencing a miracle in mankind’s history.  They realized that this rare framework of a government had the capacity to not only establish peace and stability within its walls but promote peace in the world.

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands.  Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, because if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” – Daniel Webster

The dream in the hearts of our forefathers has worked very well for nearly 250 years, as a tribute to them, a blessing to us and a testament to the world.  But that “experiment” is hanging in the balances.  Those balances could tip adversely.  If a few more ill winds blow over us, you and I could lose an invaluable gift that our fathers and God gave to us.

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington

In other words, in the end, our liberty and our Republic is in our hands. We can preserve it… or lose it.

Sadly, the democratic infrastructure of our republic has an inherent weakness.  When a substantial percentage of the population lose their ability to self-govern in areas of morals, responsibility, decency and respect, they start feeling entitled.  They soon realize they can vote themselves more and more ‘easy street’.  This new ‘ticket to free things’ ends up bankrupting our financial systems, our morale, our courage and our inheritance.

“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams

Just like God giving us free will… He gave us the freedom to choose our own eternal destiny… a most wonderful gift that gives us access to the riches of His love and Heaven.  But it also gives us the liberty to not choose Him.  He made Himself vulnerable by giving us this freedom.  But this setup actually shows how much value and worth we are in God’s heart.  He gives us dignity and power to choose.  Our forefathers handed us a similar situation – freedom to choose our own destiny knowing we could win big… or lose it all.  Here’s a commentary on that dynamic.

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” – commonly attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler

Sobering!  Where do you think our country is in this cycle?  It’s not too late.  We can break the cycle!  Let’s do it!  America’s good people are going to rally and stop the tide.  God will help us!

The last few elections have been increasingly crucial, and the stakes have never been higher.  But here is good news: God loves America and He still performs miracles!!  And you know how much we all love great God-stories!  Go, God!

— MLH

Politics 2018: My views… for one week (day 6)

3 Nov

Note: I delete, block or unfriend contrary or oppositional comments

Today’s focus is: Christianity under siege in our nation.

There has been a strong movement to secularize our society, especially in the last 5 or 6 decades.  Part of that movement is to reinterpret the original intents of the Constitutional signers when they wrote about ‘separation of church and state’.  Honest research clearly reveals that the Framers intended for there to be no inhibiting of the church’s function or even of its influence in government.  Here is a direct quote from the First Amendment of the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Paraphrase: Religion in America cannot be codified into law, required by law, or prevented by law or used as a litmus test as to whether one can practice in any level of American life.

It does not mean that religion can not influence government!!!! It means that government cannot influence, govern or restrict religion.  Our Constitutional Framers were mostly God fearing men who wrote strongly about the absolute necessity for men and government to be built and function upon Godly principles in a relationship to God.

Here are some quotes from our early American fathers:

“We have no government armed with power, capable of contending with human passions if it is unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

“Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” – George Washington

“[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin

“[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” – Noah Webster

And what does the Bible say?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. – Ps 33:12

And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. – Deut 8:19

So without ‘religion’ in our society and government, we perish.  With God, we are blessed.  Then, if we have a choice, that choice should be a no brainer.

Our early fathers chose Godly moorings and principles for our country and warned that if we strayed from Godliness our Constitutional Republic would not be able to endure. Sobering!

Okay!!!  So we have elections that give us the opportunity to choose.  With that in mind, who will we choose to rule over us?

Now, let me list some ways that Christianity has been under brazen attack. Consider your political party and candidate: Do they campaign for, support or endorse any of these?

Morality issues
– “trans”, “fluid”, “non” sexuality
Marriage redefined other than male & female

Abortion/murder
– 1st, 2nd, 3rd trimester
– partial birth abortion
– after-birth abortion
Fights to stop prayer in schools

Attacks Christmas and the use of the name ‘Christmas’
Wants to ban Bibles
Booed God at their national political convention
Sued to put Christian baker and artists out of business
Sued to force Nuns to violate their beliefs
Wants certain Christian doctrines banned as hate speech
Removes crosses, mangers and 10 commandments in civic places
Said “the church must evolve”
Said “religious beliefs must be changed”
Force Christian medical professionals to violate religious convictions
Worked to ban Christian groups on campuses
Christian homeschoolers targeted

Colleges teach the evils of “Christian privilege”

How did your candidate fare?  Are they associated with any of these attacks against Christianity?  Will he/she enhance your Christian freedoms… or will he/she make you a badgered Christian in a Godless government and society?

As a citizen of our great American Republic, we have a most amazing privilege and responsibility to vote, not only for our own freedom to serve God, but for the freedom of our future generations.

Please vote Tuesday November 6!

Tomorrow, I’ll list a few of my personal ‘biggies’… reasons that motivate my vote.

— MLH