The Day After Independence Day

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson

Today is the day after Independence Day. a fitting time to discuss the current state of our nation - a nation, according to our President, that is no longer a Christian nation. I fear he may be right.

You see, in this nation it is legal to kill your unborn baby, but it is illegal to have a newborn baby out of a government sanctioned car seat. It seems that it is just too dangerous for that precious life so, should you forget and have said newborn out of said government sanctioned car seat, said government will collect a fee from you. Why, you may ask yourself. Because they can.

A few years ago I had a criminal background check ran on me. Why, you again may be wondering. Did I assault someone or rob a bank or commit murder? No. My crime was much more serious than that: I had inadvertently left an unattended cooler at a crowded campsite while on a teen trip to a National Park. It's a good thing they caught me - no telling what other major crimes I might have gone on to commit.

In our little town of Happy, Texas it is illegal to ride a golf cart on Main Street. I know this to be a fact, for I watched as one of our city workers was pulled over by the Texas Highway Patrol for doing just that. So, while the golf cart is the epitome of a "green" vehicle, while it is legal to have a hundred guys in polyester shorts riding their bikes down that same street, and while it is even legal for squirrels, chip monks and opossums to dance in the middle of this same road that passes through the heart of our fair community, it is somehow illegal for an adult to drive a golf cart on it without government approval.

The fact is our nation is getting a weirder and weirder. Small children cannot sell lemonade without paid permission from the government, but that same government seems to find nothing wrong with monitoring our phone calls and e-mails without our permission. We cannot speak out against certain sins, but certain sinners can say anything they want about us. We vote for people who lie to us to get into office, only to have them break their word and then enforce laws like libel, slander and perjury against the little people who voted for them.

Can anyone explain to me why such things are happening - why we put up with such foolishness that borders upon the very tyranny that our founding fathers were so opposed to?

I think I can explain it.

A country that protects the free speech of one group, while at the same time prosecuting the free speech of other groups; a country that teaches it is normal for Johnny to have two daddies, but it is abnormal for others to question the wisdom of such a practice; a country that pays for people not to work while taking the money of people who do to pay for those who don't; a country that kills babies and calls it a "right"... depraved!

And, depraved men always, always, always allow themselves to be ruled by tyrants. Is this what we really want for our children?

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, soGod gave them over to a depraved mind so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.

Romans 1:28-29, NIV