Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Relationship of God and the State

After a night when I was distracted by other things, namely getting our Direct TV set up again, tonight I went again to The Truth Project for yet another lesson. This lesson may create some lively discussions were we all be able to sit and discuss the ramifications of government, and whether or not God has anything to do with a system of governing.

Daniel 4: 29 – 36 gives an insight in the story of King Nebuchadnezzar when he had his moment of grandeur. He stated, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling-place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” Yet, while the words were still on his lips, God admonished him and withdrew His authority as a king and was sent into the wilderness to live as an animal and eat grass like cattle.

It would appear obvious then that God does have all authority with governments. Even in the New Testament, when Jesus spoke of “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s,” it was evident that mankind is to be subject to whatever form of government there is in that time and place. Romans 13: 1 - 6 gives a pretty good understanding of how we are to be subjective to government.

Thus, we have another divine imprint in that God is the head, the kings (government) are the “middle man” and citizens make up the lower level of hierarchy. Again, in the social system God has created, government then is of God, and citizens are directly related to both God and the government.

Social System Circle Government

When considering government within this framework, it must be kept in mind that all will be fine as long as the government keeps God in the picture. Should government, whether in the form of a democratic style method or a monarchy, lose its acceptance of God as the head, then government becomes malevolent and bad things happen.

By the same token, if the citizens begin to lose their acceptance of God as supreme, then they will likely turn to the state for more and more to be provided by the state. What has history shown us when “leaders” fall from God and citizens cannot or will not persuade those leaders to remember God?

Joseph Stalin 42,672,000

Mao Zedong 37,828,000

Adolph Hitler 20,946,000

Chiang Kai-shek 10,214,000

Vladimir Lenin 4,017,000

Hideki Tojo 3,990,000

Pol Pot 2,397,000

All of the above done in the 20th Century, making it probably the most bloody century of all time. Sadly, even the United States bears responsibility for a lot of that bloodshed, for through the practice of abortion, more than 50,000,000 babies have been murdered. Our government, in the form of judges ruled for a woman’s “right to privacy” and allowed them to do as they wished with their bodies, ignoring the consequences for the innocent.

Before arguing that a fetus is only considered as an “unviable mass of tissue,” keep in mind it is God who will decide that issue and likely condemn those who believe that destruction of an unviable mass of tissue is not murder.

History has also given us another example of what has happened to previous governments. There were five attributes that marked Rome at its end.

1.  A mounting love of show and luxury

2.  An obsession with sex, including homosexuality

3.  Freakishness in the arts, masquerading as originality

4.  Enthusiasms pretending to be creativity

5.  An increased desire to live off of the state.

I shudder when considering that all of those attributes are prevalent in a number of countries today, including the United States. It isn’t a surprise when you consider that so many today try to alienate God from all forms of government, using the excuse of “separation of church and state” as a reason for their efforts. Yet those people ignore the actual reading of and understanding of the language of the First Amendment.

It also explains why so many try to belittle those who are believers of God and the teachings of Christ. However, there is still hope because I firmly believe that the God loving people of America will prevail. I won’t touch on it in detail here as it is upcoming in the next episode of The Truth Project, but there is the argument that America was founded upon the belief in God and the desire to further his kingdom, and that the Constitution is but an instrument to try to prevent usurping God.

1 comment:

  1. Terry, remember when Israel told God they wanted a king? God told them they did not. Israel insisted and God gave them Saul ( I think I am correct on this). Saul was OK for a while, then things went to his head and he decided he was as good as God. From there it was downhill. I think when people depend on the government to the extent they are now becoming accustomed, we are doomed. I mean, 99 weeks of unemployment? More out of wedlock children on welfare, the more money the government hands out. To hold a job or get a job, we must take a drug test, yet to be on welfare it is not required?
    When you read the Preamble to the Constitution, all doubt about the belief in God is removed as far as the framers were concerned.
    I sometimes am amazed at the bizarre behavior of the so called "Stars" in Hollywood. How those outrageous antics can be called art is far beyond me.
    I did hear of one way to get our counrty back in line. Let all the gay men marry gay men. Let all the gay women marry gay women. Just think, in three generations, no more Democrats.


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