Archive for March, 2012


ImageFresh from a viewing of Kirk Cameron’s new documentary movie on the foundations of America, I come away inspired and hopeful.

It is a humbling thing to hear about the Puritans who left their homes and lives in England to make a dangerous voyage to an unsettled land solely so that they could practice their faith in God and form a civil society that facilitated the practice of that faith.

The film reminded me once again of how much we take our freedom and liberty for granted, and how little we treasure the precious gift that it is. I am inspired anew to do all I can especially as a Christian, to fight for and defend our God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are not political goals, they are spiritual and evangelistic goals.

As I watched this film I was saddened by the state of the modern church vis a vis the vibrancy and full bodied understanding of Christianity shown by the Puritans and our nations founding fathers, the physical and spiritual descendents of those Puritans.

Is our faith really only a personal spiritual journey or does it go deeper or broader? In Isaiah 59 it says,

14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. 15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene…” 

Where is justice today, where is righteousness, does it stand at a distance? Is truth esteemed in the street or does it stumble? It seems that this verse goes well beyond our own personal relationship with God, but it extends to wherever injustice is seen. Those founders understood that the tyranny of governments was something to oppose, do we? It is stunning that in the above verse it says that not only was the Lord displeased that there was no justice, but that He was appalled that there was no one to intervene. Ouch, that indictment stings. That is not something I want said about me.

There is a lot of injustice in the world and we mostly recognize it, but too often our solution is to ask the government to do something about it. The Puritans and our founders understood that this is feeding the beast. The more we turn to the government to solve our problems the stronger and stronger it becomes until we no longer have liberty. If we want to fight for justice, we could do no better than to start to unravel the tangled web of deceit that grows in an unwieldy and unresponsive government.

I think our answer is in rediscovering the God of our Fathers and trust in Him as they did. He was their rescue and hope and He stands ready to be ours as well. I want to honor the legacy of those who went before, of those who gave their lives to lay the groundwork for the creation on the freest and most prosperous society in history. I know it begins with my repentance and turning from my selfish, satisfied and wicked ways, humbling myself before God and praying and seeking His face, asking Him to heal this land, after all it is His land that He has given us to steward. How do you want to return it to him?   

So along with Kirk Cameron and the makers of “Monumental” I encourage you to seek God, ask Him to heal our land, and then go out and give the Lord a reason to be pleased and have Him save His being appalled for another time and place.


Politics Can Be Fun With Hillsdale College

Last night was like a breath of fresh air as a group of friends gathered at our house, as been our habit about every other Wednesday for over a year, to begin an elementary course in government. A breath of fresh air about a course in government, you say? Absolutely, it was fresh air because it began to blow away the cobwebs of the small thinking that passes as political discussion today from our political leaders. I think what we learned and will be learning can give us a standard by which we can look at current events and see how they measure up to basic principals and help correct them if necessary. I will revisit that last sentence later.   

Our friends, Alex and Anna Wimmer, Blake and Sangeetha Youngman, Justin and Traci Reeves and Beth Larsen began the Introduction to the Constitution series from Hillsdale College. These are a series of five one-half hour lectures given last fall by Larry Arnn the President of Hillsdale College, to be followed by “Constitution 101” which has already begun. Based on the reviews of the group, I think I can highly recommend this series for your viewing or viewing by groups of friends.

I have always thought the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were brilliant documents, I might even call them miracles and last nights lecture only served to reinforce that opinion. One of the main points of last nights lecture was that the founders through the declaration established that as humans, we have all been created with the same nature and therefore we are equal (All men are created equal) and therefore we must be governed in a certain way. We have to be governed in a way that respects that we are all human beings with a distinct nature that is not mineral, plant or animal, but human and therefore equal with one another. No human is by nature better than any other human.

If we accept this self evident truth that we are all equal, then it follows that certain basic governmental structures must be in place for our nature to be respected and honored. Dr. Arnn argues that the declaration, and then more by construct in the constitution that the general method is through Representative Government; Separation of Powers and Limited Government.

If you are still with me, I will try to briefly make the connection between these three basic structures of government with our basic human nature and our equality in that nature.

If we are to be governed, and there must be governmental structures to bring order to societies of people – lest there be anarchy, and if we are all of the same equal human nature then we must be represented in that governance. That seems to me to be self evident, though we do not often think of that.  

If we are to have representative government, we would by necessity not want to give all power of governance to one person or to one body of people, because we would loose our voice. Power must be separated to ensure that one group could not abuse the people.

Finally, it is important that our power over society be ceded to representatives of us to exercise it more efficiently and then it is important to separate that power, but if we gave all power to even multiple groups of government entities, they could collude and abuse us, so it is important that the power that we give them be limited. This again is self evident, although we do not often think of it.

This may seem dry and very mundane political talk, but I found it fascinating because it took the structure of our government out of the realm of mere political text books and put it squarely in the theological realm. The argument for our representative government goes right to the core of who we are as human beings, to our nature given to us by our creator. This is a theological argument without being a religious or a sectarian argument and is brilliant in its conception and in its execution. Well done founding fathers!

There was a companion point to this that I also found remarkable, even though I intuitively have always thought along these lines, and that is that a representative government can not exist apart from a strong, independent society. This also seems self evident.

Government owes its existence at least we say our government does, by the consent of the governed. If the people are week and dependent what will they do when it comes to the formation of a government? They will give all authority to the government and let the government tell them what they can and can not do. That violates the third point mentioned above, the government is not limited. If the government is not limited, it ceases to be representative. In many ways that is where we are today.

Look around you and ask yourself, are we strong and independent or are we looking for the government to tell us what light bulb is acceptable, what foods are good for us, what fuel efficiency standards should be, what regulations child care providers must meet, what drugs should be provided for free in a health insurance policy, what can be taught children in our schools, whether we can smoke or not, whether we can say certain things or not, whether our children can work on our family farms and on and on. Maybe you think some or all of those things are ok, but there are hundreds of new regulations being issued by different agencies every month and no one can keep up with them. More and more we are being told by some government entity what we can and can not do.

If you look no further than the National Health Care bill you will know that we have ceded too much power to the government and if we ever want to get that power back we will have to elect a different President in November. Barack Hussein Obama is an enemy of limited government and therefore an enemy of a strong and independent society. If he is an enemy of a strong and independent society, he is an enemy of representative government. (Indeed if he had paid any attention to the people during the health care debate he had to know what he was trying to ram through was against the consent of the governed from which he derived his authority) If he is an enemy of that type of government, he is an enemy of humanity that has all been created equal. His brand of governance is not American.

This is not intended as an effort to bash the current resident of the White House, he is only the latest and most egregious iteration of a non-American governing philosophy. We have had a progression of leaders going back 100 years that have slowly and often sneakily, with our hardly paying attention, moved us away from the three pillars of our governing system. Those pillars come from understanding that our rights come from our creator and not from our government. Our current batch of leaders tends to think rights come from the government, but that can not and must not endure.

I believe that it is important that we start now to become stronger and more independent people and families, and communities, and businesses and communities of faith. An important part and probably the most important part of our strengthening is spiritual. We must realize who we are and who made us and we must live lives that will reflect our appreciation and devotion to our creator.

I think a spiritual awakening coincides with an awakening of who we are as a nation, a people who believe in our creator and who believe this government should be representative and limited. The awakening can’t begin soon enough for me, how about you?

Is Rush Right? – Are We Pimping?

We are witnessing an amazing time in history. Could we really ever imaging a time when a woman would be testifying before Congress that she is having so much sex that, although she can afford the expense of a Georgetown Law education, she is unable to afford the contraceptive and abortifacient costs necessary to support her nymphomaniacal habits? In fact it is so bad that she needs the government to mandate that these expenses be covered by a dictate to health care insurance providers. 

Rush doesn’t need me to come to his defense, nor does Miss Fluke need me to condemn her, indeed her comments before congress and before the country should be condemnation enough. Who remembers when women had enough self respect to not brag about the fact that they were “sleeping around”? President Obama thinks her parents should be proud of her. Would he really be proud of Sasha or Malia if they were sleeping with every other man on campus? Maybe he would, I doubt it, but pride is not the first word to describe the emotions I would feel about my daughter if I discovered she was acting the slattern. The terms Rush used to describe her may have been many things including impolite and a bit crude (he has since apologized for the “insulting word choices”), but they were certainly not inaccurate to describe Miss Fluke’s behavior.  

We should actually thank Rush for providing us the opportunity to clarify for ourselves that we are in fact becoming, as a nation, pimps. A pimp is someone who procures sexual partners for a prostitute. If we determine that under Obama’s health care system we must provide free contraception and abortifacients for women then are we not facilitating the procurement of sexual partners? Do we really want to do this, to be the pimp for American women?  Maybe this is too harsh of a way to phrase this, but it is about time we started to look at what we are becoming as a nation. For all of the shocking language Rush has used, the most shocking thing to me is not his language but the behavior he is accurately portraying.

Again, my point is not to condemn Fluke, she has do deal with her own choices (I would not even care but that she has forced her behavior into public where we have to deal with it), but the situation does scream out for some common sense to be applied. We are a nation awash in sex and we are in serious need of some shame for our public acceptance of and championing of such boorish and animalistic behavior. There is no place in the church for the acceptance of this behavior or for the condemnation of one who points out the obvious truth.

Jesus sat and drew in the sand while the woman caught in adultery was facing her accusers. Her sin was obvious, she was caught and she was facing a stoning for her behavior. She was scared and probably a bit ashamed. The men around her were ready to do the deed until Jesus caught them up short and asked that the one who had not sinned, or perhaps participated in the woman’s sin, start the “festivities”. It did not take long for each one of them to examine their conscience and realize that they were all culpable in this woman’s sin and in fact all were guilty of sin before the law. In the face of this truth they dropped their instruments of punishment and death and walked away.

If only Miss Fluke were this woman. She would have been sheepishly dragged before Congress and faced the shame of having her deeds broadcast to the world. She would be a woman looking for one kind man to step in and come to her rescue. She might even be thinking all of these men are hypocrites: they want a sexualized culture but try to trample on those that they exploit.

But, alas, she is not the woman caught in adultery. Instead she is the woman boasting in her adultery and rather than facing the condemnation of the world, she is being applauded for her courage and told that her parents should be proud of her. She is not even in the position of being a grateful woman thankful for a savior who stepped in and said if no one else condemns you than neither do I now go and from now on sin no more.

Faced with that contrast what are we to do? Should we stand idly by and act like her behavior is normal? Maybe I do not have to point out that what Miss Fluke did was wrong since everyone should know that what she did was wrong. Maybe it was not even necessary for Rush to point out that what she did was wrong, but I don’t think so, I am glad he did – even if his pointer was actually a blunt instrument.

While the nation (our children as well) was watching, it was necessary to stand against the tide and say, no, in fact what she is doing is reprehensible. It is a sad commentary on our culture that a radio host had to state the obvious, had to stand up for righteousness and purity. Instead of being pilloried, maybe he should be applauded for standing up for moral values by simply stating the obvious.

I am glad that he exposed this charade for what it was, and is, an attempt to make theU.S.government the pimp for American women. It is shameful what this administration is trying to do. It is unbecoming of people of faith to countenance it and it is high time we spoke out forcefully against it.

No I don’t condemn Miss Fluke, I see her as a dupe of the system of sexual exploitation that this nation is becoming and I would say to her go and sin no more. That may very well be lost on her and it may seem like condemnation to her, but I do not think that we want to become the facilitator of her sexual peccadillos.

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