Wednesday, October 17, 2012

He raises up kings

For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, 
“For this very purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, 
and that my name may be declared in all the earth.”
Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills,
and whom He wills He hardens.
~Romans 9:17-18

Lord, let me serve my country 
by loving You with all my heart.”
~The Truth Project Daily Travelogue

We are days away from a great and important election. After nearly 4 years of the most pro-abortion/pro-socialist president in our American history, we now have the opportunity to replace him or leave him where he is.

Remember that according to the Declaration of Independence, our first inalienable right is life. If our leaders won't protect life, then can we expect them to protect our property, or our freedom? And with no life, there is certainly no freedom.

This whole world seems to be in those “sorrows” mentioned in Matthew 24. The earth is groaning. So much of the Muslim world is literally on fire in protest against America. Incredible moral and spiritual decline envelop us. Threats are in abundance and it can truly cause us to become fearful.

I encourage you to go to and watch recent archives of the World News Briefing? When we look around us things can seem overwhelming and scary but when we see things Biblically and prophetically, just is pretty darn exciting!!! “Look up, for your redemption draws near!” (Lk, 21:28) It's so good to have a heavenly perspective and to put our faith solidly in our unfailing God who is sovereign over all things...even nauseating politics.

...he (anti-Christ)...shall wear out the saints...”
(Dan. 7:25, KJV)

And let us not grow weary in while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
(Gal. 6:9)

The enemy's m.o. is to weary us. Keep doing the good GOD has called you to.

The next president will receive 100% of the vote- 
Jesus alone will choose.
And whomever He chooses 
will be better than we deserve."
~R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Whatever happens, we are in the hands of magnificent God who is working even the ugly around us into His perfect prophetic purpose! “...ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28, emphasis mine.) There is a big picture, a greater epic story; and we are a part of it. Play your part well. Pray. Vote wisely. You've been placed in this act and scene of world history “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

"And He changes the times and he seasons; 
'He removes kings and raises up kings; 
He gives wisdom to the wise 
and knowledge to those who have understanding."
~Dan. 2:21

There are many voter resources available. I have spent a considerable amount of time on this:  I include links to several voter guides and my own research on various candidates. you can essentially one-stop shop. Yea!

...believers have been given the prophetic task
of holding nations accountable 
to the standards of eternal truth.”
~The Truth Project Daily Travelogue

The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord;
he directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.
~Proverbs 21:1

Register and vote! You matter!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"The risks of pursuing truth are tremendous, 
and what could be a greater adventure 
than to risk everything 
in pursuit of the one thing that endures?" 
~Gordon Pennington, Burning Media Group

this manipulated generation

"Whoever controls the media controls the culture." 
~Francis Schaeffer

"No generation has ever been more manipulated 
than the generation that lives today." 
~Gordon Pennington, Burning Media Group

Thursday, October 11, 2012

eroding our foundation

"To preserve the government, we must also preserve morals.  Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall.  When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper." ~Daniel Webster

"When we throw God out, all our laws and Constitution become waste paper - we can make them say whatever we want." ~Del Tackett commenting on Webster's quote

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

U-turn or 3-point-turn?

There is such a debate right now amongst Conservatives, Republicans, and Libertarians.  The endless debacle over the third party vote and the inevitable split that always occurs. 

The third party candidate may very well be the most ideal and best choice, but the majority of the electorate refuses to leave their party.  And so principled, idealistic, and truly Constitutionally-minded folk cast their vote for the "ideal" inevitably splitting the vote amongst the Conservatives, and the end result is the most unqualified and most unrighteous candidate winning the election.  This is how we ended up with dreadful Woodrow Wilson.  And if we follow this course again, we will end up with Obama for another four years.

I personally ponder principle vs. wisdom.  I wonder if principle must at times be arrived at via a detour.  I agree that the most ideal thing is to slam on the breaks immediately and turn this car around because the cliff is right in front of us and to continue down the road at this rate of speed will be the end of us all.  But, since we know that men, in general, stay in the boxes of their political parties, perhaps joining with them in hopes of slowing the car down and giving us some time to save ourselves is wise.  Some say "Liberty or Bust!"  Yes, we will bust, but is that truly what we want?  I don't.  I have 2 small boys with their whole lives ahead of them, Lord willing, and I have zero interest in throwing my hands up and irresponsibly bringing destruction upon us all, and particularly upon them.  "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.  We will preserve for our children this,the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.  If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here.  We did everything that could be done." (Reagan)  These that want "liberty or death" refuse to vote for the assumed "lesser of two evils" because they don't want an evil at all.  This, I totally understand.  But are we mislabeling them as "evil," when the reality is that they are less "evil" as they are not ideal?  And they say, "we are just buying time" by electing the non-ideal only to oust the true evil?  Is "buying time" really so bad?  It's better than the clock running out and reaching the point of no return. 

Ronald Reagan said "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to turn to. This is the last stand on earth."  There is nowhere we can go if we find ourselves enslaved to a tyrannical government.  Every inhabitable place on this earth is claimed and we will be hard pressed to escape the eye of big brother.

It just doesn't seem wise at this point to vote directly or indirectly for the end result of Obama's continued reign in the White House.  I agree that an immediate u-turn would be most beneficial and ideal, but since that is near impossible because of the mindset of the people, I'll take a 3-point-turn possibility of getting this nation turned around and heading directly for the Constitution.  A slow turn around is better than no turn around at all.


Is it, in fact, more responsible to vote wisely for the leading popular party choice who can actually win, than to idealistically spend that vote on the very "best" choice who will not win?  If we voted completely on ideals, then I think we would use our write-in votes far more frequently, because none of the party choices are the very best.  There is always someone better suited, but who didn't climb the ranks according to political correctness and ritual.  I agree that if we all just voted for character and got out of our Republican party box, we could make real, drastic, revolutionary change.  Can it be done?  Will the masses walk that road and do right rather than what they are familiar with?  True, doing the same thing produces the same results.  Will we remain in this dangerous status quo?

In God's eyes, where does our responsibility lie?  Is it simply in ousting the evil leaders by voting for the other better-but-not-perfect candidate?  Or is it in casting our personal vote for the very best and most godly candidate and letting the chips fall where they may?

I don't know, but I am hoping to sort it out by November 6th.  I hope you do, too.

"...the remarkable history of our nation points to the fact that radical and revolutionary actions are hardly necessary in order to protect our freedoms and preserve our ideals.  From the earliest days of the Founding Fathers all the way through our national saga, the greatest reforms and the most substantial bulwarks of freedom were won not so much through dramatic innovation as through careful and conservative deliberation."  ~Dr. George Grant, The Importance of The Electoral College 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Constitution catechism nugget

from page 18-19 of The Catechism on the Constitution of the United States:

Q:  May ever the President of the United States be thus impeached and punished?
A:  Yes.  In this free and happy country no man is so great as to be above the law.  The laws are supreme; to them all persons, from the President of the United States to the poorest and the meanest beggar, must alike submit.  This is our glory.  Let every youthful American exult that he has no master but the law; let him mark the man who would change this happy state of things as the enemy of his country; and above all let him remember that as soon as he himself breaks the law, he becomes himself that enemy.  Whoever violates the law helps to weaken its force, and, as far as he disobeys, does what in him lies to destroy it: but he who honors and obeys the law strengthens the law, and thereby helps to preserve the freedom and happiness of his country.  In some governments it is held that "the king can do no wrong;" here we know no king but the law, no monarch but the constitution: we hold that every man may do wrong; that the higher he is in office, the more reason there is that he be obliged to answer for his conduct; and that as a great officer, if treacherous, is a great criminal, so he  ought to be made to suffer a great and exemplary punishment."

Remember a few months back when Obama was subpoenaed to a GA court and didn't appear?  If that were you or me, we would have a warrant out for our arrest and the next time the police interacted with us, we would be hauled off to jail.  Since we have no king, then technically no one is above the law.  But the reality seems to be that Obama thinks himself above the law and we must also think so since we have not called him to accountability. Even a subpoena for a baseless case must be obeyed.
In January, we took a family vacation to the northwest.  Jamie received a subpoena that required him, in the middle of our vacation, to appear at a DUI hearing he had to testify in.  We tried everything possible to continue the case so it wouldn't interrupt our no avail.  We had to rearrange our plans so that Jamie could fly to San Diego in order to appear in court.  I won't elaborate on the incredible headache it was to accomplish this, but Jamie was threatened that if he did not appear in court, he would have a warrant.  Enough said.  "No man is above the law."  If law enforcement isn't, then should the President be?  No one ought to be.  We do not have a king who is above the law.  We are all subject to it.

"We are a nation of laws and not of men." ~John Adams

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."  (Federalist 51)

"If every man were perfectly virtuous, and knew what would be best for himself and others, they might [govern themselves].  But this is far from being the case; and therefore the people of every country are and must be governed." (Elementary Catechism...)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Constitutional betrayal = treason

"...whoever goes contrary to [the Constitution] betrays his country, injures you, injures me, betrays us all, and is deserving of the heaviest punishment.  Whoever, on the contrary, loves and keeps it sacred, is his country's friend, secures his own safety, and farthers the happiness of all around him.  Let every American learn, from his earliest years, to love, cherish and obey the Constitution.  Without it he can neither be a great or a good citizen; without this his name will never be engraved with honor in the pages of our history, nor transmitted, like that of Washington, with praises and blessings to a late posterity."
~Elementary Catechism on the Constitution of the United States for the use of schools by Arthur J. Stansbury, p.10

This is a great book.  I read about a page and a half to my boys every morning at breakfast for five days in a row.  We discuss it and understand it.  It's an easy way to teach the Constitution and our unique form of government to your children and to learn about it yourself.

When I first read this section, I had to read it again and again.  It sort of knocked me upside the head and brought to mind one person in particular who has very nearly wiped his rear end with our glorious Constitution.  These words are so relevant for our president today and so many politicians who swear an oath that they will uphold and defend the Constitution and yet defy it in every way they can in order to have their own will done.  To know that this offense was not taken lightly in the past and should not be taken lightly now is vital.  Yet, we are so overwhelmed by the multiple attempts and successes to blatantly disregard and defy of the Constitution that we can hardly keep up.  But really one offense is enough to call out the President and any other leader who will betray us and the Constitution.  To not defend it is nothing short of treason --- "whoever goes contrary to [the Constitution] betrays his country, injures you, injures me, betrays us all, and is deserving of the heaviest punishment."  Our checks and balances have become ever so corrupt that they no longer hold one another accountable.  The legislature buddies up with the president who matches their party and agenda and the president appoints agenda activated judges that will do his bidding.  It is becoming difficult to differentiate our government from an oligarchy.  Once the picturesque ideal of a Republic, the image is becoming blurry and faded and our "public servants" are becoming the elite that assert their will upon us.

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."  (Presidential oath of office)   ....well then do it!  And we the people ought to raise our voices and use our vote to recall any who will not do the job they were hired to do.