Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Are you old and of no value?

“Let’s stop using the word “old” to describe ourselves or others. Worn out shoes are old. People age. And like with all fine things, aging brings out qualities to be admired and valued.” I found this statement on my Face Book and it sparked the following.

I believe today’s progressive movement continues its historical philosophy, “if it’s old, throw it away, change it, or don’t use it”. This was certainly the case in 1912 when the 17th Amendment strong-armed its way into the Constitution. The system was old. It couldn’t possibly be of any value. People were smarter then than they were in the 18th century. Look how poorly this system worked in that day. All the politicians elected by politicians were crooked. Change the document. Save the Union!

When in truth it wasn’t the document that needed fixing. The plainly written parchment worked through a great many trials in our nation’s history which included the very writing of it, the startup problems of a new country, continued attacks by Britain and Spain, the Industrial Revolution, huge national growth and the Civil War, to name a few. It worked because of those checks and balances incorporated within this aging document. It was mankind who elected those politicians to the state legislative bodies. Those people elected the federal Senators. It wasn’t the system that broke, it was humans.

Now, one hundred and seven years after the 17th Amendment took effect, the Federal Government is so far out of balance there are death panels to determine who of our aged population receives healthcare, or, more to the point, to determine those that will not receive healthcare. Now, federal court judges become activists and use their power to create law. Now, the Attorney General of the US resigns to elude prosecution. Now, a President can throw out the Constitution in favor of his phone and pen.

No, it wasn’t the Constitution broken in the early 1900s. Yes, it had seen some trying times. Yes, the same arguments discussed during the Constitutional Convention were still around. They still are today. But these arguments are not what the delegates ratified, unanimously. The Constitution’s existence up to 1912 performed like the opening statement here. It became more refined. It grew to be admired and respected around the world. It still is, or there wouldn’t be hordes of people crossing our borders in search of the American Dream.

And the basis of that dream stems from the Bill of Rights, otherwise known as the first ten amendments. These, too, are aging gracefully, but they are under attack by the progressives. Make no mistake about it. These Amendments have been around since 1792. That’s two hundred and twenty-seven years. That’s way too long to suit progressives. The liberals would rather see you lose these rights, than protect them for the ages.

Stand up, America. Get off the couch on Election Day. Go Vote! Your Bill of Rights will disintegrate before your eyes if you do not.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How Do You Lose LIberty?

Moral Strength

"Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies..." Joshua 7:12

The Loss of Virtue

Samuel Adams, the great American patriot accused by King George III of being "the chief rabble-rouser" of American independence, wrote in a letter to James Warren in 1779:

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. How necessary then is it for those who are determined to transmit the blessings of liberty as a fair inheritance to posterity, to associate on public principles in support of public virtue." Taken from The American Patriots Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, Edited by Richard G. Lee.

When looking at our current state of affairs across the United States, can we not see the prophetic results of a nation under God falling away from His grace? Rather than uphold the virtue of the sanctity of life, a real and important principle of our U.S. Constitution and of God's Word, the public turns away from Christian principles and embraces abortion, theft, disobeying authority, and complete disregard for property rights.

The loss of virtue in our culture leads us down a path full of stumbling blocks instead of stepping stones. We seem to have chosen a way construed to make our lives better, easier, simpler. What we receive are more laws, regulations, and invasions of our privacy through legislation. But even legislation cannot turn our country around. Only our concerted effort to re-establish virtue will accomplish such a feat.

With an election cycle upon us, we have the opportunity to elect statesmen/women for the local school board up through the town councils, county legislatures, state governments, and US Senators and Representatives. If we don't stand for virtue now, we'll surely fall away from liberty so far God will have no choice but to bring us to submission.

How will you transmit the blessings of liberty as a fair inheritance to your descendants?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Let Your Conscience be your Guide

I'd be pleased if you'd stop over to Christian Devotions at this link (http://www.christiandevotions.us/viewblogentry/1521) to see my latest devotion published by them on 07 Aug 2018. Leave a comment there if you like it. I'd appreciate it.

Monday, July 9, 2018

America, A Christian Nation

Nation: 1. a large aggregate (a whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements) of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. Oxford Dictionary
For other uses, see Nation (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with State (polity) or Country.
A nation (from Latin: natio, "people, tribe, kin, genus, class, flock") is a large group or collective of people with common characteristics attributed to them — including language, traditions, mores (customs), habitus (habits), and ethnicity. By comparison, a nation is more impersonal, abstract, and overtly political than an ethnic group. It is a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests. Wikipedia

Discussions concerning whether or not the United States of America are a Christian nation always result in opposing worldviews declaring their side holds truth. For instance, be assured the US is not a Christian nation by these words: "The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion" John Adams. Where in the definition does it say anything about government? It does not. It specifically leaves out government because there are two types of government; those operated by a church, and those not operated by a church. Mr Jefferson adamantly stated the United States federal government proposed under the constitution would not tax the Anabaptists in Connecticut because there would be no state religion. The Wikipedia definition specifically notes nation is not to be confused with State or country, both of which are terms associated with government.

How does one determine if America ever was a Christian nation? One looks at the historical evidence. Start with Columbus because he has been the historical reference since the fifteenth century. Evidence mounts the Scandinavians touched here first by circa 1000 AD. However, they didn’t leave enough of a mark to create a nation of people.

Columbus’ story starts before his trip. He approached Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand six other times. They saw no reason to grant him a charter. On the seventh time of his audience, Queen Isabella decides to grant him his wish because Spain, three days before, successfully cast the Moors out of Spain. “On January 2nd 1492 Los Reyes Católicos marched into Granada and the last stronghold of Moorish Spain came to an end.” (http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/history/moorish-spain/) It is said she saw an opportunity to thank God for the miracle of repelling the Moors. She not only gave Columbus a charter (GIVEN at Granada, on the 30th of April, in the year of our Lord, 1492-I, THE KING, I, THE QUEEN.), but supplied him with a Jesuit to evangelize whatever lands Columbus found and claim them for the Spanish crown. Aside from the Spanish propensity for destroying the wealth of whatever nation it came up against by taking the riches back to Spain, Columbus also failed as a Christian by wrapping himself in greed. He lost all respect and died penniless. Yet the Catholic way continued to expand into the western American continent for another three centuries. For instance, Spanish priests founded San Francisco in 1776.

During the same time period the French took Jesuit priests with them down the St. Lawrence, across the Great Lakes, into the central plains, and down the Mississippi. By 1535 Cartier explored as far as Quebec City. Further penetration into the North American continent established colonies throughout the regions as far south as Louisiana. The Louisiana Purchase from France handily doubled the size of the United States’ possession in 1803

The English Crown finally made a move with Roanoke, VA in 1587, but that colony failed when the Catholic Spanish Armada attacked Protestant Britain the following year, prohibiting any supplies or assistance from returning in 1588. Jamestown in 1607 became the first Protestant settlement on the entire east coast of the North American continent in over one hundred years of exploration.

This Christian settlement of the entire North American continent demonstrates how the nation of the United States came into being. The discussion continues with the coming of the Pilgrims in 1624. They were not separatists; they had a charter from the King of England to live “in the northern Virginia colony” as English subjects. They left England because of persecution by the Anglican Church of England. They wanted nothing to do with the Anglican Priest in Jamestown. They wanted to follow the Protestant Reformation practices, not those of King Henry’s church. Still, they were Christians.

So, when I hear comments concerning America and how she’s not, nor has ever been considered to be a Christian nation, I must object. Clearly, by definition, we are a people with a common heritage of Christianity in all its denominations. Were there Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and New Age religions represented within the continent. Of course there were. Muslims were primarily the North African slaves without influence at the time in neither government nor culture and the same applies to most other segments of society, especially concerning the Atlantic coastal colonies. This statement does not downplay the atrocities committed against African, Irish, oriental, Hebrew, or native inhabitants. It doesn’t belittle their contributions of hard work or research and development any of them did, voluntarily or involuntarily. It’s simply a statement concerning how a nation is considered to be Christian according to the commonality of the people settling it.

History determines what constitutes a nation. Whether or not a particular people group lived, worked, contributed or grew significant within the concepts of what a nation is or may become, remains to be seen. One might consider hesitating when prone to demand the United States cannot be considered a Christian nation when all of its foundation is laid upon Christ’s Word spread across the continent on which it sits.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Participation Beats Opposing Views

This blog ran first on a Facebook page blog for The Liberty Den, found here:  @the libertyden

A few weekends ago a conference of patriots in West Virginia called The ALL Groups National Convention in Bridgeport occurred. From the face book page (https://www.facebook.com/events/171953923535695/) we gather this statement: “This event will be held to help unify the great Patriots of this country. No mater(sic) what banner you fly or patch you wear, we are all Patriots at heart. Please join us for this event to help everyone work together to make a difference. We must start communicating and cooperating, if not the Patriot Movement will forever run in circles.”

If you’re a regular Liberty Den visitor and invest the time in reading these blogs, you’re headed in the right direction. Understanding viewpoints as expressed by the bloggers is critical to communicating within the greater community of patriots.

But here’s the thing. Too many of you will be reading this instead of going to the forum. There are many reasons why patriots like yourselves (and me) don’t go to conferences, missions, disaster relief, or political rallies. However, as Chaplain of the South Carolina Militia Coalition, I can tell you this. When it comes to a group of people of like mind, there is power. Here’s the way God sees it according to the book of Hebrews. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24, 25 NKJV)

If you see the day approaching when the Constitutional Republic will suffer, then attending a conference of like-minded souls is critical to the success of the group in general. Not so much because you’re a big wheel and have millions of contacts, but rather to stand with brothers and sisters as an encouragement to them.

We observed a phenomenon when high-schoolers across the nation seemed to jell overnight to take a walk outside of school hours in order to raise awareness and protest against gun violence. This didn’t happen overnight, just like the overnight successful people you know or heard about didn't happen in a short period. This event was planned for months and subsidized by big money, yet it took participation by the students, no matter their reason for doing so, to make a huge impact across our land.

Now you have the opportunity to create the same type of impact for your point of view, but you cannot do it by staying home or hiding in the woods when the day comes. Too many of us across the United States expect to be lone wolves with maybe a pack of wife and children to survive when the day comes. However, you must assess how long you can functionally maintain your family unit when you’re up against five or ten individuals determined to take whatever you have.

As we continue to find out, there are ways anyone with technical expertise can access virtually any information about you they desire, including the location of every piece of land you own, your income level, where your kids go to school, and how many and which type of firearms you own.

Don’t stay home when you have the opportunity to gather together so your voice can be heard. Whether you go to speak, or simply to add another face to the sweeping media camera’s lens, you’ll be contributing and encouraging and edifying those around you. Be a patriot whose dependence upon God and His word out weighs your independent ways.

Monday, May 14, 2018

When Power Lines are Down

When Power Lines Are Down
“We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives.”
(Hebrews 6:19a) God’s Word Translation
Recent weather patterns brought storms with high velocity winds, heavy rain, and hail. They pummeled everything in its path. Utility workers understand it. They deal with the broken trees, blown power fuses and transformers, knocked over telephone poles and thousands of calls for assistance to re-establish critical communication.
One such call involved a downed telephone line. One end hung attached to the pole in proper order. The other ripped from the eve of the house when the limb fell on it. This unusual damage required immediate repair. The occupant of the house struggled with a medical condition monitored through the telephone lines. The responding utility person noted where the cable separated from the home at the point where the anchor clamp tied into the eve. He strung a new cable, attached a new anchor clamp and secured the communication wire. The repair ensured long service even with a forecast of more severe weather.
 God established His communication line the day you and I were saved. The line went up and that which was dead came to life. The Holy Spirit sprang into action. The problem? The storms of our lives knock down that cable. They rip the link right out of us. We forget about listening for God, because our sins disrupt our very souls.
God also knows of these ills in man and sent His Son, Jesus, to be our anchor. Jesus responded to the call. He went to the cross to be nailed in place to forever remind us that our link is anchored by His very being. He spread His arms wide, and nails held them there so we would always have the means to communicate with God, sure and steadfast, no matter our trials.
Remember His act the next time you drive toward your house. See the telephone cable held up to the eves. You can talk to God. He’s on the other end, waiting.