"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
Samuel Adams, the Father of our American Revolution, stated,
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present…to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
(Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.)
Why did America’s Founders teach that voting was so important? First of all, they believed that the Bible taught it. Indeed, in Genesis 1:26, where God tells why He made man, one of His three reasons was that man might “have dominion.”“Having dominion” means, first of all, that we rule over our own desires. We call this “internal self-government” (America’s Founders often called it “virtue”). But that internal self-government must be allowed to grow out into the culture. We must also “take dominion” in the institutions of the culture. I refer to the home, the church, and civil government—for those are the three structural institutions by which God builds every nation. If we do not lead in those institutions then those who do not know and walk in the truth of the Scripture will lead; they will “take dominion” and lead us Continue reading →
We should carefully take in the words of the Father of our country, George Washington. In his first inaugural address he stated words of such wisdom that they should sober and inspire every one of us who are Americans. If heeded, they will inspire us to become an instrument in the hands of Almighty God for the good of our children and the entire earth.
Just after Washington took the oath of office to defend and uphold the newly written Constitution of the United States, he spoke these words of wisdom:
“We ought to be no less persuaded that the…smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; …the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as…perhaps finally, staked [with] the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people….”Continue reading →
Why did the Roman soldier beneath Jesus’ Cross feel afraid to face God at the Judgement? He may, just then, have realized the repentant thief had the answer. “We, indeed, suffer justly,” the thief had said. That was it: We were wrong! Doing things the way we wanted was not right after all! It was our Creator’s right to tell us—His creation—how to live. After all, only then would we know how to fulfill His purpose for us. We were guilty of “insubordination”! This a soldier could understand.
By now it was noon, and a strange thing began to happen. The sky began to darken with an eerie blackness. For a few brief moments, the air was so still it seemed to choke you as the darkness deepened. Then the earth began to tremble. Lightning bolts were exploding against the ground. Then, unexpectedly, the voice of Jesus pierced the darkness. In a loud, wrenching voice Jesus cried out,
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me!”
The level of emotional pain expressed by this outcry was incomprehensible. All who heard it were arrested by its intensity. They temporarily forgot the present danger to themselves and turned toward Jesus’ cross. While the light produced by the lightning bolts was short-lived, Continue reading →