A Lawless Nation

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama Presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies…”Senator Ted Cruz

I had the privilege yesterday of attending a town hall meeting sponsored by Ted Cruz. He had a very capable assistant (Shea Woodard-Hall) who hosted the meeting and who patiently listened to each concern of the various individuals at the meeting. It was encouraging to learn that ordinary people can just walk in and have their voices heard. It is one of the vital tools of our American democracy and we are privileged to have it.

The reason that I went was to ask a question that seems rather obvious to me: If the president is lawless, then why isn’t law enforcement (the House and Senate) doing anything about it? The simplest analogy that I could come up with to express my frustration was this: Our political system of checks and balances, unexercised, is like having a police officer witnessing a crime and, instead of arresting the criminal, says something along the lines of, “Hey, you are breaking the law”, or, “I’m really mad about your criminal conduct”, or “Somebody should do something”.

The fact is that if we were to have a law enforcement officer who refused to stop the criminals, we would fire him. Now, I don’t want you to get me wrong: I am not suggesting that we fire Senator Cruz – in fact, I think he is one of the courageous few willing to stand up to the insane, criminal behavior of our own government. What I am suggesting is that we remove the timid majority who, though they say the right things, end up either by doing nothing about it or by actually supporting those they are accusing of wrong.

I was reading in the book of Jeremiah this morning, and was struck by the similarities between the depraved state of Israel in their time, and the state of America in our day. One of the main problems then, just as now, was the lack of courageous people. They simply had too few people who were willing to risk their own reputations and freedoms by stating the obvious: Israel was a nation that had left the laws of God… they were lawless.

So are we! Now, what are we going to do about it? I’m not suggesting aviolent uprising or illegal activities, but I am suggesting that we gather up our courage and start doing something about the declining state of our nation. Our parents passed along a God-fearing, nation that was willing to stand for the right and stand against the wrong.

What kind of heritage will we leave for our children? One that is worthwhile will begin with a commitment to God that is strong enough to be passed down, without apology, to the next generation. Then, and only then,will we have the wisdom and the courage to confront this spirit of lawlessness that has pervaded so many of our courtrooms, the halls of congress, and even the White House.

Are you up to it?

Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.Jeremiah 5:1, NIV A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? Jeremiah 5:20-21, NIV