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Interposition – what on earth does that mean? Noah Webster, in his original American dictionary defined it as, “being, placing or coming between; intervention.” In geography, it is illustrated by the way Kentucky lies between (or, you might say, interposed between) Tennessee and Ohio. In government it is one governmental power, such as Kentucky’s state government, intervening between the national government and the people to keep the national government from forcing its will on Kentucky people. You might ask, “Is this the right thing to do?”
Actually the idea of interposition comes from the Bible. Jesus stepped in between God and sinful man to pay our debt to God of one perfect life we had stolen in the Garden of Eden and used for ourselves. Jesus, by offering up His perfect life to pay the debt we owed, interposed His life between us and God. He stepped in between God and man to turn away the judgment of God on man. As the Bible says,
“For Christ has also once suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.”
(1 Peter 3:18)
Jesus did this because it’s a law with God that every debt must be paid. Jesus legally paid our debt so God could legally accept us just as if we had never sinned against Him. This is the principle of interposition.
This is exactly what our Founding Fathers did in the governmental realm when they revolted against England and established our Republic in July of 1776. The document they wrote to explain their actions, The Declaration of Independence, sets forth this principle of interposition. In explaining how the King of England had stepped out from under the flow of Godly authority (and therefore was stealing the rights of the people which come with the flow of God’s authority) the Declaration stated America’s intent to restore these rights by restoring Godly government to these states. The Declaration of Independence stated:
“…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 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…”
The Continental Congress, which had been duly elected by the people (with whom lies all government authority), was their government stepping in between them and the King of England and appealing to him to return to his rightful position in God’s order of government. When the King repeatedly refused, our forefathers were finally forced to defend their rights with armed resistance. Armed resistance is always the last form of interposition.
Is interposition needed again in America? It most certainly is! With the national government (led by the current White House) more and more forcing its will on the citizens of the states, we must have our states interpose themselves between us and this tyrannical government in Washington. Indeed, a number of states have already passed resolutions declaring that Washington must not impose its will on their people. We’re beginning to wake up and realize that the socialism being pushed by this present national government is not Biblical and is in disagreement with America’s Founding principles.
Shouldn’t you learn about the principle of interposition and be teaching it to your children and grandchildren; and also your friends and neighbors?
Think about it; because if you don’t, someone else will do your thinking for you—
and for your children! And you won’t like what that brings to you. I’m Don Pinson, this has been Think About It.