I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
– Benjamin Franklin
You probably know that American founding father Patrick Henry (1736-1799) said “Give me liberty or give me death!” But do you know the context of those words? That is, do you know what he said in the sentences leading up to that sentence?
An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! …Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. …Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. …Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
– Patrick Henry
An LGBTQ advocacy group has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Big 12 urging the conference to remove BYU from consideration for membership because it says the school has discriminatory policies.
LGBT groups accuse BYU of discrimination because BYU has a code of conduct which disallows sex outside of marriage. What do the LGBT groups want the Big 12 Conference to do about this? Discriminate against BYU by excluding them from conference membership.
When sexual revolutionaries say they are against discrimination, they exempt themselves. They deem it perfectly okay if they discriminate against others who don’t share their values, but don’t think others should be able to do the same thing. Their cry of “Discrimation!” is utterly hypocritical.
One of the biggest scams going on in American public life these days is “anti-discrimination” crusade which discriminates – and does so forcefully – against any and all who disagree with it.
Composers: Timothy Menzies and Monty Criswell
I heard that Michelle Obama received rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention last night. I searched the internet for a text of her speech and read it. These sentences stood out most to me – all of them about the importance we adults should attach to the well-being of children.
…[T]his election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
…[T]he President is about one thing and one thing only -– it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward –- by all of us coming together on behalf of our children…
…I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.
Does this mean she has changed her mind about favoring legalized abortion?
If not, how do we know which children she thinks deserve the sort of consideration she’s talking about versus which ones deserve to be killed before they even get a chance to breathe on their own?
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
Barack ObamaGeorge Washington
(Source: Christian Presidential Quotes)
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys. …Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown , our present republican forms of government – and all blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.”
– Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), the figurative “father of American geography” and literal father of Samuel Morse (inventor of Morse code)
This is the way America’s leaders used to speak. Why don’t the leaders we have now speak the same way? Why do our leaders seem to speak in a way entirely contrary to this?
Though Jedidiah Morse didn’t claim to be a prophet, he was indeed prophesying. The proof is in the fulfillment of his words that we are today observing and experiencing. It’s sad to see “the pillars of Christianity being overthrown” not by invaders, but by those we have elected. Alas, the leaders are merely reflecting our spirit as a people. Let us therefore call upon our God to grant us repentance that we might be saved from the perfidy that has come to govern our lives. He has given us a promise in this regard:
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
What will it be for us?
Source of Jedidiah Morse quote: Hobby Lobby full-page newspaper advertisement July 4, 2016
I read a suggestion that, because it’s July 4th, we should re-read the Declaration of Independence. It struck me as a good idea, so I did just that. Read it aloud for my wife and me.
I was first reminded that a third of it, and maybe even a half, is taken up with itemizing the abuses of King George III which caused the colonists to actually declare their independence. They obviously felt oppressed by this man, and it was many oppressions – not one or two – that had taken their toll.
Reading it this time I was struck – for the perhaps the first time so clearly – by how oppressed I as a Christian likewise feel in the very same land over 200 years later. Our current king oppresses us in many – not one or two – ways.
Oh, it’s not that I blame him personally for all the deaths by abortion, for the Supreme Court decisions against religious liberty and on behalf of sexual perversions, and the myriad other hostilities that seem to increasingly come toward anyone who want to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by word and deed. The president is just acting with the power that society is giving him, and in the direction that the spirit of the age is leading him.
The government no longer abides by the nation’s Constitution, much less the Christian principles that guided the founding of the country. This government, along with the news and entertainment industries, is controlled by those who, by their words and deeds, are enemies of Christ. Oh, most of them would never admit this, even to themselves. But enemies of Christ they are. True friends of Jesus don’t justify the wholesale murder of innocent children.
I’m of no mood to start a new country. We have a kingdom to serve and it is an everlasting one. But the thought of America these days makes me sad. Aren’t I thankful for America? Yes, but sad that she’s been stolen…and is now controlled by those who think righteousness is something they decide – rather than something that can be learned from our Creator and Redeemer.
Some will say that America is still the best country on earth. That may be, but it doesn’t mean that America is good. What goodness she had is being erased by those in control, and what goodness she has is being suppressed by those in control. What goodness she might have in the future is being fought at every turn by those in control.
Those who turn their backs on the One who created them – the One who also died for them on a gruesome cross – have as their only guide to goodness their own corrupted consciences. And with the turning of one’s back, the corruption only continues unabated and unrestrained.
If you don’t feel oppressed by pop culture then you are not seeing just how hostile it has become to the values you want to guide and protect your children.
Yes, I am thankful on the Fourth of July, but not for the same things that the high and mighty of our country say they are thankful for. Their highest value seems to be unfettered hedonism. I pray for a return to godliness and self-discipline in the sight of a loving Creator and generous Redeemer.
Here’s Friday’s announcement from the White House, as posted on its website:
Included in the article is this quotation from the president:
“I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s National Park System. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.”
Just as illicit sex perverts marriage, so this quotation perverts “e pluribus unum.” Whereas we used to consider ourselves, “one nation under God,” we apparently now consider ourselves “one nation under godlessness.” A nation that enshrines a place like this is thumbing its nose at God and spitting in His eye. It’s one thing to commit sin – it’s far worse to celebrate sin and imply thereby that God is unrighteous for having condemned it.
There is also a video on this White House page (3 min, 41 sec) which gives the rationale for the inclusion of this place in the national park system. As rape and incest are the wrongs used to justify the authorizing of the wrong of abortion, so violence against sexual sinners is the wrong used to justify the authorizing of the wrong of sex outside of marriage. At least with abortion, the White House has not yet turned on the rainbow-colored lights. But perhaps that’s only because abortion does not have a flag as does the cause of sexual defiance of God.
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” From the president on down, they truly know not what they do. In fact, Americans think they’re offering service to God (John 16:2) by inventing the sin of homophobia and repealing the sin of homosexuality. They call it being “against discrimination.” Meanwhile, they discriminate aggressively against anyone who disagrees with them. Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
I might have commented about certain new stories in recent weeks, except that the political landscape has become so divorced from reality and common sense that it’s hard to know where to start.
If I look for a root issue, I’d have to say it has to do with society’s leaders – whether in politics, news, entertainment, academia, or elsewhere – seeming most determined to replace our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage with the codification and veneration of sexual hedonism. It’s hard to deny, for example, that they seem intent on replacing religious liberty with sexual liberty as a defining value of America. They may have already succeeded.
What resistance those in power are encountering to this agenda of debauchery seems weak at best and off-base in its own way at worst. There’s no sign of current trends downward toward further moral insanity being reversed. If anything, such trends are increasing speed. Americans used to be known for liberty – now we’re known for being libertines.
The current situation reminds me of these words that begin the second psalm:
Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
Psalm 2:1-3 NASB
This determination to throw off all moral restraint leads to an abdication of common sense in all areas of life – not just obviously moral ones. For example, as our nation is being attacked by enemies motivated by a known and articulated religious strategy which will to employ any means whatsoever to destroy us…and our government is responding by debating gun control! It’s as if Franklin Roosevelt in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, instead of calling for a resolution of war, called for tighter airplane regulation. I don’t have an axe to grind in the debate about the second amendment; I just can’t understand why anyone would think that’s the most important discussion topic in this context. If a city is experiencing a rash of arsons, is most important thing to discuss greater regulation of matches? If people want a discussion about gun control, have one – but not in this context, for crying out loud!
I’ve only mentioned a couple of examples of the madness that seems to rule public discussions today – whether in news media, on social media, or in office conversations. There is so much more that could be said. But who has the time to sift through and sort out all the madness? It’s multiplying!
Therefore, let us commit ourselves more fully to the Son of God, for Psalm 2 goes on to say and conclude:
He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'”
Verse Info. Notes Ps 2:10 ¶ Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
– Psalm 2:4-12 NASB
The Son of God is able to protect us through all this madness. Let us ever keep our eyes on Him. More than ever.