Over the past number of years I’ve thought about politics, not to run for office but what it is that makes politicians and political parties tick. What is it that makes them do, the things they do, believe the things they believe and act the way they act? I am going to take, a portion of a passage from John 11 to begin this discussion. The Pharisees were concerned about the massive following that Jesus was garnering, and felt that they had to stop him even if it meant killing him. In verse 49 they made a statement that is germane to this discussion. It expressed their real concern and is seen in the latter portion of that verse, “…the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” I believe that the problem in politics today is territorial as well as ideological. Those in power are fearful that if they do not stop their opposition they will lose their “place”. It’s not the “nation” that concerns them but their “place”, their “position”, their “prestige”, their “power” and their “privilege”. They seem to be willing to make any deal, commit any act, and sear their conscience to accomplish the protection of their “place” no matter the cost to the nation or the people who elected them to serve. They call themselves “public servants” but who are they serving? I would suggest that it is not the “public” as a whole, but a select group of people, who have the wherewithal to facilitate their ideologies, provide organizational structure, and even manpower to enable them to exist as the “elitist” they have become or desire to be! We the people are inconsequential and are often an obstruction to their purposes, plans, and desires and are dealt with accordingly.
If I were speaking of a tyrannical dictatorship or communist controlled country this would not be difficult to comprehend, but I’m speaking of America, American politics and Washington, D.C. This is not new and it is not relegated to one political party or the other. However, there are times when one party or group within a party, push the boundaries beyond what was intended by the framers of the Constitution, the founders of this great nation, and forge a direct assault on the very fabric and foundation of this nation and its people. I believe we are experiencing such an assault on this nation and the majority of its people today!
Proverbs 29:1-2 – “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” NKJV
I have no concrete way of knowing that those in leadership have been often rebuked by God, but I know they have been reminded of God’s purposes by men and women repeatedly. Yet, they seem to become more, stiff necked and resolved in their determination to bring about their desired goals and defend their desired “place”. That would be easily stopped if it were not for those on both sides wanting to protect their “place” without concern for the Constitution, nation and people. The desire to be re-elected and maintain their “status” or “place” seems to outweigh the desire to do the right thing and move this nation out of crisis and dependence upon foreign governments, special interest groups, and those holding us hostage. They call it compromise and working together but in the end it’s the American people who pay the price and the price is a recipe for destruction.
Our founders gave us clear indication of their view of the role of government. Men like Thomas Jefferson said it well, “…a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” In simple terms, government was to keep the peace, help settle disputes and stay out of the bank accounts of its citizens. My how times have changed! Patrick Henry’s view was also clear, “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” We, lost sight of that and many in Washington today believe that the Constitution is an obstacle not a guidepost for governing. It hinders them from getting what they want rather than guiding them in providing responsible, limited government that allows free enterprise and the creativity of the people to flourish. Likewise, Jefferson again nailed it, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Ronald Reagan understood this principle as he said, “Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.” What a brilliant understanding of the role of government and human nature.
We have just been presented with a budget that is 3.7 trillion dollars in size and the proposed cuts are less than 100 billion, a mere drop in the bucket. That’s equivalent to dipping water out of the ocean with a small pail in an attempt to lower the water level. We have, over the course of time, allowed spending, entitlements and governmental intervention get out of control. That situation has been exacerbated exponentially in the past two plus years and the proposals for the next few not only will bring us to the edge of destruction but will drive the bus over the cliff.
We have allowed ourselves to become subservient to the Chinese government who now produces most of our manufactured goods, takes our money and then loans it back to us while buying interest in major corporations, financial institutions, and real estate holdings. The danger in this is, there will come a time when they decide what our government will look like, and the status of each individual citizen. Additionally, we are being held hostage by middle eastern oil cartels because of our government’s refusal to allow us to tap into the natural resources which are abundant in this country and make ourselves self-sufficient in the area of energy rather than the whim of those countries who hate us, oppose our form of government, way of life, and religious freedom. This administration has vowed and is engaged in using the EPA to control and regulate energy, commerce and virtually all business (without having to go through Congress) to the point of destroying our market, force us into default and allow us to be taken over by those who have long been our avowed enemies and allow us no legal recourse.
If you deplete the military, relegate the nation to a state of bankruptcy and bring about such chaos and lack of hope that citizens are no longer able to stand tall and be a deterrent to those who would violently and militarily attack us, you provide a recipe for the success of the prophesies of men like Nikita Khrushchev who said, “We will bury you without firing a shot.” There are, Islamic radicalswho have vowed and prophesied that an Islamic flag will fly over the White House. Our friends no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us! That is the state of this land as I see it today! There is a solution but I do not hear politicians standing firm for it.
Our present government, which arrived at this juncture over many years, operates in almost every way in direct opposition to and in violation of our Constitution as well as violation to the directives of Scripture. We have seen in history, there comes a time when God cannot fail to bring judgment, and judgment brings hardship to the just and unjust, just as the rain falls on both. We will not escape! I apologize for my gloom and doom words but I believe them to be accurate and a true representation of the current condition of our nation. Our hope, my hope is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:33. Christians, before you do anything else make those two passages the cornerstone of your activism and life. Then out of those two cornerstones follow the prescription of Ecclesiastes 9:10 – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” NKJV
America is a great nation! There are other great countries and we need God’s help in aligning those nations whose hearts are for God and right to become linked together and stand as one against the onslaught of evil. My friends, I do not care what your political affiliation is! I simply ask that you make Joshua 24:15 the cry and commitment of your heart. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” If America fails, God will not! However, I do not believe that it’s God’s plan for America to fail yet, so I continue this message of calling for believers everywhere to PRAY and WORK to bring America back to being a nation whose God is the LORD!
Thank you for allowing me to speak my mind! If you share my views, please feel free to share this blog. If you disagree, then pray for me that my eyes will be opened that I may see the truth. I just ask that you not be indifferent!