An Honest Man

I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an, "Honest Man". George Washington - Moral Maxims

Wouldn't it be nice if modern day politicians held honesty in the same regard as those in olden days? It seems as if we live in an era where we have national "liar's contests" and then send the winners on all expense paid vacations to Washington D.C. (ironically named after the one who viewed the title, "honest man" as an ideal worthy of a lifetime's pursuit). It hasn't been too many years since a president had to resign in disgrace for lying to the public. Now it seems a prerequisite for holding office. Why do we vote for such people, I wonder?

I think it is because we don't hold honesty in high enough regard in our own lives. It starts innocently enough. We "lend" our homework to someone because we want to be a friend. The phone rings when we are busy, but we don't want to hurt the caller's feelings so we say, "If it's for me, tell them I'm not in". Our best friend asks us what we think of their outfit (You know the one - we're pretty sure we saw it on a clown at a circus we attended once), but we say, "It's beautiful"... and we wonder why we can't find honest people to run for public office.

Perhaps it is time for a return to honesty.You can be honest, you know, and still keep the friends that are worth having in the first place. We can raise our children with the understanding that honesty is the bare minimum policy in our house, not a virtue to be kept when convenient. We can carry integrity into our business and professional lives. I still wouldn't give two cents for a contract signed by a person who I wouldn't trust to make the same agreement on a handshake.

The point is that dishonest people are a concern, but not nearly as much of a problem as when we ourselves become dishonest. God's standard for His children is honesty all the time, not honesty when convenient. If we want to return to a world where the title "Honest Man" is among the highest to be attained, then we must return to being honest men ourselves. We cannot change the whole world, perhaps, but we can do something about our own little corner of that world. Are you... an "Honest Man"?

Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary? Who may live on Your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart... who keeps his oath even when it hurts... and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. King David as recorded in Psalms 15, NIV

 

A Lawless Nation, Part 2 – A House Divided

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama Presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness…” Senator Ted Cruz “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln (quoting Jesus)

As mentioned yesterday, I recently had the privilege of attending a Town Hall meeting sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz and hosted by his Texas panhandle representative, Shea Woodard-Hall. While I have tried to be conscientious in voting and in contacting my representatives on matters that I consider important, I had never been to a town hall meeting.

I was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to speak that was afforded each person in attendance. I was also a bit disappointed in the fact that only ten or twelve people even showed up for the meeting. Since this was my first time to attend such an event, it is by no means a criticism of those not present, but I was a bit saddened at the lack of interest, nonetheless.

Senator Cruz’s comment above pretty well summarized my main concern and my motivation for going to this meeting in the first place: We have a President who is lawless. That the Senator had the courage to publicly state this truth is commendable, and very much akin to the “Emperor has no clothes” verity uttered by that little boy of fairy tale fame.

Sadly, we have become a lawless nation in many ways. We have a Supreme Court that made a ruling so outrageous concerning the recent health carelaw that the four dissenting judges united to write that the ruling was judicial activism, that it exceeded federal authority, and that it went beyond the powers allowed in the U.S. Constitution.

In other words, it was lawless.

We have a federal court system that has ruled in state after state that voter I.D. laws are unconstitutional. These judges have reasoned that such laws are discriminatory towards older people and minorities. I can think of nothing more discriminatory or racist than insinuating that older persons and minorities are too stupid to get a picture I.D. It is as insulting as it is ludicrous.

Do these judges not know that you cannot even purchase tobacco or alcohol without a picture I.D.? Do they not know that you cannot attend an Obama rally without a picture I.D.? Or fly on a commercial airline? The judges knew this but they made their rulings anyway. I’m convinced that a reasonable person can only conclude that the judges made these laws to assist those who put them in power to remain in power. They did it to cheat!

In other words, they are lawless.

According to former Justice Department Officials, (at least one who has resigned in protest) we have the head of the Justice Department – Eric Holder – refusing to prosecute racial crimes that are committed by people of certain races. This is the definition of racism.

In other words, it is lawless.

And now we have a president who has publicly stated that he will act when congress will not.

In other words, in the words of at least one prominent senator, he is lawless.

Does this make you mad? It should! Regardless of your political persuasion, it should! If we only want the laws of the land to apply to those who are not on our side at any given moment, we are despicable… and we are lawless.

And… when laws only apply to the foes of those in power, we are in severe danger of becoming a house divided. Do you remember how well that works out in the end?

“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

Jesus, as recorded in Mark 3:25, RSV

Democracy Without Christianity

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

Benjamin Franklin

Much has been made of the American experiment of government - and rightly so! For over two hundred years, the constitutional form of representative government produced one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen.

But now old Ben's warning of what democracy might become... has become. Our nation has been taken over by factions of jealous and greedy individuals scrapping for the wealth of a nation like starving dogs fighting over a bone. The "spirit of party" that George Washington warned about has also seemingly come to pass. To prove the point, when was the last time you saw more than one or two politicians truly act on an issue simply because it was the right thing to do?

What has happened to our glorious system of government? We have taken God and Christ out of it! Starting shortly after WWII and increasing in intensity in the early 1960's, we have witnessed one set of judicial rulings after another that have accomplished nothing less than the removal of God from the public square. Schools which used to open their days with prayer and that freely allowed their teachers to refer to God, to Jesus, and to Scripture, can no longer do so.

Many churches, once assemblies of worship for the Creator , have also turned away from God and towards the popular opinions of secular humanism. As a result, while America still lays claim to its democratic and republican roots, it is now little more than a weak shadow of its once great self. Now, can anyone deny, we have become little more than a divided nation of people who will only vote for selfish interests, rather than what we know to be morally right?

Is it any wonder, then, that we seem to be a nation of wolves who hungrily vote to dine on the poor little lambs who cling to their guns and to their religion?

Would you like to know the rest of Benjamin Franklin's quote? Here is his original quote in its entirety:

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."

Now, I want to be quick to say that I am not calling for a violent uprising. What I am suggesting is this: If we do not reintroduce Christianity to our democratic process soon, we may either find ourselves having to contest our votes in ways that we had previously hoped and prayed we would never have to do again, or... we may find ourselves on tomorrow's menu!

"We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

Jehoshaphat's entreaty to God, as recorded in II Chronicles 20:12

 

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

Take God With You When You Vote

"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Abraham Lincoln

 

I fear that America has turned aside from the determination that righteous Americans have had in the past. As a result, I believe many people no longer even give more than a passing consideration as to whether they are on God's side or not. Perhaps it's because so many no longer believe that God is always right. 

 

I do!

 

Since I do, I am going to take God with me when I vote. By that I mean that I am going to keep his commands in mind when I vote for people who have a stated preference as to His laws - such as the sanctity of human life, as to the holiness of God's design for marriage, and to their belief in Christ as the Son of God.

 

In short, if any man or woman running for office is in opposition to God's commands, then they are not fit to govern. In fact, I would hesitate to vote for such a person to be dog catcher, much less a judge or representative of the people.

 

You may not agree with me on this principle, but if you do, then may I suggest that you take God along with you when you vote? If we return to His side, it will change our nation!

 

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."

King Solomon, Proverbs 14:34