"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
One of the things I’ve learned about walking with the Lord is that, when we’re missing Him on something He’s leading us to do, He’ll let us try over and over until we finally give up, and listen to His plan. This seems to be what He’s let the U.S. Senate do concerning a so-called “health care bill”. After struggling for months trying to create a new government funded medical insurance law that would replace Obamacare, they’ve finally admitted they can’t. And hopefully they are now willing to cancel entirely the law called Obamacare! This would, presumably, return us to the form of socialized medicine we had in 2008; which wasn’t good, but was a lot less government control than we had with Obama’s communistic system. Hopefully, we’re now on the road to rejecting ALL government funded health care (though I wouldn’t expect this anytime soon)!
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The Bible says, “Remember those who led you…” (Hebrews 13:7) Yet, in America we’ve forgotten what those who founded this nation were like. We no longer know how they thought or what they did. Someone has truthfully described us as having “national amnesia”.
The great danger in a nation forgetting its past is that they will lose the foundational ideas that made that nation great. We’re missing out on the inspiration provided by the stories of our ancestors who did amazing things to birth, grow, and protect America. Worse still, we’re missing the interventions by God Himself so that we no longer credit Him with America’s existence. Thus we lose the very Strength Who has brought the good to us which we now enjoy.
A renowned minister, A.W. Foljambe, spoke great wisdom when he said in 1876:
“The more thoroughly a nation deals with its history, the more decidedly will it recognize and own an over-ruling Providence [in it], and the more religious a nation [it will] become; while the more superficially it deals with its history, seeing only secondary causes and human agencies, the more irreligious will it be.”
In declaring our Independence from England, were our Founders rebels, pushing against God-ordered government? Or were they revolutionaries, re-establishing God-ordered civil government? It’s way past time we again considered the twenty-seven reasons they listed for declaring Independence. They stated:
King George III
“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.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws…wholesome and necessary for the public good.
“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance…
“He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature…
“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual…for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
The Bible says, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
Ladies and Gentlemen: The following document is the reason you and I, in America, are free:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“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. Continue reading →
Todd Starnes, a noted news commentator, was quoted the day following the shooting of U.S. Representative, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, while Republican House members were on a baseball field practicing for a charity game. Starnes reported, I quote:
“Yesterday was a bad day for America. It was an ugly day.
“A former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who hated President Trump opened fire on Republicans during baseball practice Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise [was] in critical condition. Two incredibly brave Capitol Police officers were also injured along with a House aide.
“Rep. Mark Walker told NBC News it appeared the “gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.” Rep. Rodney Davis blamed what he called “political rhetorical terrorism.” This political discourse has led to gunfire,” the Illinois Republican said.
This day in time we really need to look back and see the Hand of God in our history in this nation. Let’s review a segment of our history that is not commonly known.
While the Pilgrims and Puritans were establishing themselves in New England, a giant step toward human liberty was occurring in Scotland. In 1638 the King of England was trying to force Roman Catholicism on the Scots. For years the Scots had been more and more throwing off this yoke, and they were not about to submit to what they believed were satanic rituals that would plunge them back into the slavery of the “dark ages”.
Thus, they came together in a covenant (which means the meeting of minds) vowing to fight to the death to refuse Catholic tyranny in their churches and civil government. Over 3,200 people signed the original document—many signing it in their own blood—saying we will die rather than live as slaves to a government that won’t submit to the moral law of God.
In traveling about this region of several states, I’ve noticed the many prayer meetings that have been taking place the last three years. Many of those expressed great concern for the state of our nation and the elections of 2016. Having won most of those elections I’ve been very interested to see if the prayer meetings would continue. I’m happy to say many of them are. However, I have a great concern.
Jim Cymbala, Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, says that prayer is born out of a “felt need”. We felt our need acutely before last fall’s elections. We could see the persecution of Christians rising in this nation; we could see the degrading of our nation by previous administrations; we felt the growing socialist control over our children, especially if they were in a tax-supported school. We cried to God out of hearts which felt the need of a change that we couldn’t work. Many of us believe that God answered those desperate cries and mercifully granted us a President and many other government servants who are, at least, respectful of God, the Bible, and the name of Jesus. They honor our flag and our Constitution. Compared to what we’d had for many years, all this is so wonderful it’s easy to think the crisis has passed. But don’t be deceived!
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On April 27th, President Trump did an astounding thing! He reversed an 80-year-old policy concerning the relation of the national government to education in this land. With an Executive Order he set as the official policy of the national government to “protect and preserve State and local control over” the nation’s educational system. That is unprecedented since the national government began to reach into the area of education. National control of schools has grown for over 80 years. Now finally, there is an order from the White House to reverse that destructive trend.
America’s Founders wanted no such control. James Madison warned us on the floor of the very first Congress (and remember it was Madison who wrote most of the Constitution!) of the destruction that would come if the national government ever got involved in education. It would mean that a few people in the national government could control the thinking of the rest of the nation by what it allowed, or disallowed, to be taught in the schools.
Enter once again the tyranny of the national courts. National courts (sometimes referred to as Federal Courts) partially blocked President Trump’s executive order to slow down the flow of immigrants. The President’s position is that he is trying to protect us from terrorist attacks. The Courts say that he is trampling on the rights of immigrants. Thus, we have our first “face-off” between the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch in the new Administration in Washington. So who is right?
Bryan Fischer, one of my favorite policy analysts, has summed up the issue very well. He states,
“Article I, Section 9 gives to Congress unilateral, unquestioned, unchallengeable authority to admit to our shores only those it ‘shall think proper to admit.’ If Congress doesn’t think they should come in, they don’t get to come in, regardless of what unelected oligarchs think about the matter.” (in other words, the judges) Continue reading →
The media is in an uproar over President Trump’s Executive Order concerning immigration. Not that the media being in an uproar against what is right is anything new, but many are questioning if what he has done in greatly slowing down the immigration rate is right. Did the President move too quickly in giving this order? In my opinion, given the “deep bleed” in the body of the American state, we can’t fault him much in this.
Because a nation can only be as strong as it is within its own borders, you cannot help other nations in the world until you are strong at home. Those who expect America to take care of the world either are uninformed as to how God teaches us to help others or they reject the Bible as their standard for such benevolence. Just as the Bible says that “Jesus began to do and teach”, so we cannot share with the world what we are not. “Doing” always precedes “teaching”. A tree can’t extend its branches any farther than its root system equals under the ground or the whole tree will topple. American strength has been flowing away for years (and especially in the last 8 years) because we have tried to join the world “globalism” movement and compromised so many of our historic convictions in order to be “part of the crowd”. All the President has done is to stop the bleeding so we can get into a position of strength once again and lead from the front!
So what does the Bible say about immigration? Since it has something to say about Continue reading →