When Americans lose the ability to determine how their property will be utilized, all is lost. When a court determines that you must violate your conscience and surrender your First Amendment rights, you are not a free man or woman but rather a servant to a tyrannical system. The American founders knew this very well and were willing to become traitors to the crown of Great Britain, domestic terrorists if you will, to remedy the situation.
The last thing I want to see is violent revolution or anarchy, but at some point, when political means have failed, people who have had their fill of abuse will come to consider methods of last resort.
The issues here go much deeper than simple homosexuality. Things like bakers being fined and property owners told how to use their property indicate that we are no longer a free people, but rather a people living off the last vapors of a great system which many men and women have died to preserve and uphold for the past 240 years.
Bread and circuses – Obama Phones and Taylor Swift, welfare checks and reality TV – these things are the opiate of the masses. Have you ever seen a heroin addict deprived of his bread and circuses? It gets pretty ugly. Every four years men and women rush to be elected to the office of Methadone Provider-in-Chief.
I’ve been a follower of politics since I was about twelve years old. It’s always interested me. I used to sit and watch hours of C-SPAN when I was a teenager. Now, it pains me to follow the stuff at all. Back in the day I would be all over watching a presidential debate, but things have gotten so debased it’s sickening. Look at Donald Trump. He’s a perfect representative of America today – egotistical, belligerent, self-centered, angry. Dissatisfaction with things is understandable after seven years of Obama, but how we say things and how we express ourselves is at least as important as what we say.
And Trump certainly isn’t alone in his selfishness. Look at some of our members of Congress – lifers who have been there for 30 or 40 years, many of them never having held real jobs to speak of. Look at John Kerry or John McCain or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid – or Barack Obama. Before we rag on these men and women we have to remind ourselves as a nation that we have representative government. This says more about the electorate than it does about those elected. Are we collectively nuts? Mitch McConnell, John Boehner? I think we are nuts.
We’ve gotta get our collective crap together, and that right quick, or this whole enterprise is gonna go swirling down the proverbial drain.
You know you’re getting old when you start blaming “young people” for the problems we have, but it really is unbelievable that we let some of these folks vote in elections that have a huge impact on the course of our nation. You’ve all seen the Jay Walking bits where Jay asks people on the street to name the three branches of government or “Who is the Vice President?” and they are completely at a loss. Yet these people are allowed the privilege of voting.
Some would say it’s easy to point out the problems, but solutions need to be offered. Quite frankly I’m at a complete loss to even begin to figure out a way out of this morass. I know that at the root of all our troubles is a loss of morality and a discarding of things religious, but you cannot force people to be moral or to recognize that there is a God that we must all certainly deal with.
“…because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
TO THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BRIGADE OF THE THIRD DIVISION OF THE MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS. 11 October, 1798.
Every generation of Americans must seriously reflect upon how we are going to govern ourselves. It’s a huge responsibility and not to be taken lightly. If we fail, we will have tyrants in an out-of-control government micromanaging every area of our lives that we once managed for ourselves. Congress told us years ago how many gallons of water our toilets can use. The same is being proposed for dish washing machines now. Is it already too late?
If you don’t think North Korea or Syria can happen here, you are sorely mistaken. The United States is not God’s most-favorite nation. We are not the “chosen ones”. We are a blessed nation, but we are also very much subject to the same consequences that horrible leadership and horrible decisions have brought to such places as Pyongyang and Damascus.
Scripture doesn’t give us a ton of material on how governments should be ordered, but we do have Jesus asking whose image is on a coin; render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Christians on this planet live under a myriad of governmental systems and the gates of hell and foolish men and women in Congress shall not prevail against what God will ultimately do. Herein lies our hope.
Government is important, but there are more important things. If we’re gonna right this ship, we have to change our focus.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Here is some very sound advice. Actually, it’s not advice at all but rather a command. This is where we start:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
May God once again bless the United States of America