Just looking over the yesterday’s news makes me wonder what country I’m living in. It certainly is not the country I grew up in. Each story shows how, incrementally, we are giving up one freedom after another. I say giving them up, because as each abomination is visited upon us, we fuss a bit, then adjust the line backward that we will not permit our government to cross. While the British monarch was rightfully called a tyrant, his impositions were nothing compared to the governmental intrusions we are tolerating today. Let’s look at a few of the stories:
Judge Blocks Key Portions of Arizona Illegal Immigration Law
Talking heads will be ranting about this one for weeks as a Clinton appointed judge followed the Democratic put a hold on some key provisions of the bill, such as the portion that recognized the illegality of an illegal alien applying for a job he is not legally entitled to hold. If employers are supposed to be checking on the eligibility of a job applicant, where is the logic of permitting those who do not qualify to apply in the first place?
Sure employers should be held accountable, but should not the other half of the combination be called into account as well? Considering the fact that these are unregistered Democratic voters, the picture becomes a little more clear. In spite of the wishes of the good people of Arizona and the support of most of the rest of the country, an activist judge ignored the law and backed the Obama regime in holding the door open to those who ignore our laws and national well being, yet hold the key to more progressive control.
Since we are ruled by the concept of “judicial review”, it would be good to review the judge’s ruling, and compare it to the law. See if it makes any sense to you.
Another court moved us further down the path to not only ignoring the Christian heritage that our founders felt was critical to the prosperity of our new country, but making belief in such Biblical principles reason for discrimination. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward for the crime of being a Christian and actually believing the Bible when it says homosexuality is an abomination. One has to wonder if the university would be so quick to condemn a Muslim student holding the same belief.
The US Disrict Court Judge George Caram Steeh noted, “In the case of Ms. Ward, the university determined that she would never change her behavior and would consistently refuse to counsel clients on matters with which she was personally opposed due to her religious beliefs – including homosexual relationships.” The conclusion being that Christian values are harmful to our society in general, and to a protected class of Democratic supporters in particular.
It wasn’t always this way. Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, noted “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure… are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” Thomas Jefferson, who many wish to belittle by calling only a deist, said, “No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.”
As we have moved further away from the values of the Bible… judge for yourselves if we have less crime, violence and poverty along with a smoother running society.
Along with expanded authority to stick its bureaucratic nose into the workings of American businesses, The Securities and Exchange Commission is now claiming immunity from public view of its activities. They are saying FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests do not have to be honored.
In the investment field where information is the currency that keeps the market flowing, such a policy could be deadly for both corporations and investors. If an investigation uncovers wrong doing, where no action is taken, the public is ill served by this withholding of vital information. Likewise, if a company is found to be clean, this too should be public information.
So now we have a group of potentially politically driven bureaucrats sitting behind closed doors poking through confidential data, making decisions and taking actions with no exposure and no accountability. This is not the American way!
The article begins “The Department of Justice is ignoring a new law aimed at protecting the right of American soldiers to vote, according to two former DOJ attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.”
In the most dishonorable action of the day, our Department of Justice is spending more time working on ways around the bill that would help ensure our men and women in uniform would get absentee ballots in time and that they would be counted. These are people who have signed up to protect our country at the cost of their lives, if necessary, and they don’t even get the respect of the powerful people they are protecting.
Because relatively small numbers of our military would find themselves voting for the current administration, this is as blatant an injustice as the desire to import illegal immigrants to bolster Democratic vote totals. While the majority of Americans still believes in the rule of law, it is obvious many in Washington do not.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Yesterday certainly was a depressing news day for those who love their country and the freedom our constitution stands for. However, I believe there is still the spark of the American spirit that brought our country through the Great Depression, the early days of World War II when everything seemed to be going against us and the poisonous sixties when the Vietnam War gave the radicals, intent on destroying our nation, a focal point where they could spread their hateful propaganda. These same radicals have moved from outside and annoying agitators to putting their devious schemes into practice with predictably disastrous results.
I don’t have to tell most readers that we cannot give our children and grandchildren a land ruled by these megalomaniacs. The followers of Martin Luther King understood that they had to make sacrifices to achieve their goal of freedom and equality. Where the law said a black man could not go… they went. Many went to jail. Many were beaten. Some were killed. They wanted freedom and equality so badly, they paid the price. This man who began with many calling him a trouble maker… and worse is now honored as a national treasure not only by black Americans, but by all who understand that he helped them face injustice in our county and help dig it out. How badly do we want our children to grow up and raise their children in a free country?
There are two more things we need to do. First, we need to recognize who our enemy is. As much as we may be repulsed by the whole set of pretenders occupying positions of power in Washington, they are not the real enemy. We must work for their failure and defeat. But Ephesians 6:12 reminds us “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” As we put action to our fight to retain the unalienable rights given to us by our loving creator, we cannot forget to lay the groundwork for victory.
Prayer is the only way to win the spiritual battle before us. I’m sure by now most readers can quote II Chronicles 7:14, but it is always good to remember, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
As Abraham found when he was pleading for the safety of Sodom and Gomorrah, the entire perverse population would have been spared if just ten righteous men could be found in the cities. They were not there and the cities were destroyed, but they are here. May they be found preparing for this spiritual battle on their knees. The Pentecostals have a term for it. They call it being “prayed up”.