Governments do one thing and one thing only wield power. There is no such thing as a benevolent government. Governments only appear somewhat benevolent because they haven't yet completed their journey to tyranny, but they are all headed in that direction! So, be very afraid of any power you grant to anyone, and even more afraid of power given to a group of people.
What brought on this mini dose of absolute reality? The story of little Charlie Gard, a British infant the British government wants to kill. Despite the offer of a U.S. doctor to use a new experimental procedure that has some possibility; despite the raising of private funds to pay for it; despite the offer of Congress to grant citizenship to little Charlie to expedite his trip here; and despite some physical evidence to suggest there's still "something there" inside little Charlie's head, the British government wants to kill him.
Why? Two reasons: Them's the rules, and because they can.
Still want the government to have a role in health care? Well, pardon me, but you're an idiot.
Stephen Moore: "One of my favorite stories of American history dates back to the 19th century when Col. Davy Crockett, who fought at the Alamo, served in Congress. In a famous incident, Congress wanted to appropriate $100,000 to the widow of a distinguished navel officer. Crockett took to the House floor and delivered his famous speech, relevant as ever: 'We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to so appropriate a dollar of the public money. … I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week's pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.' Crockett was the only member of Congress who donated personally to the widow, while the members of Congress who pretended to be so caring and compassionate closed their wallets. It all goes to show that liberal do-gooders were as hypocritical then as they are today."
And THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is how liberalism works. It is IMMORAL to hold a gun to someone's head and force them to finance something you feel is important.
Here's a link to an article - the first I've seen on the subject - which addresses something I've been thinking about for, oh about 6 years now:
We've always been taught to fly the American flag above any other flag, and up until the latter part of the 20th Century that might have made a little sense, since our nation was established on Judeo/Christian principles (sorry liberals, but that's the truth, and you're wrong to say otherwise). I've always believed, and still do in spite of recent events, that the U.S. is the best place on earth to live. But we've strayed from our founding principles, so much so that I can no longer say the our country and our founding Biblical principles are inexorably linked.
The last 60 years have seen Christians bit by bit yield to anti-Biblical ideas in the marketplace of ideas to the point that we are no longer considered a Christian nation. If you believed, as I did, that we were before, you can no longer believe it, particularly in light of the [un]Supreme Court's June decisions to make same-sex marriage a right. I hope and pray the bond has been only temporarily broken, but we are now treading on dangerous ground.
It all began when the Church, for reasons of money, entered into an agreement with the government to stay out of politics if it wouldn't be required to pay taxes. From that point on, the Church began distancing itself from the political process - something which our Founders would find abhorrent, since the 18th century Church was indispensable in the Revolution. The Church only began to get re-involved when it became apparent the tide had turned the other way. Well, just what in the world did the Church expect? When the influence of God's people was removed, what happened was exactly what happens every time - the devil's influence increased. Now we find ourselves murdering 50,000 babies a year, sanctioning things the Bible calls abominations, and becoming everything our Founders fought to get away from.
Two things: My allegiance is to Christ first, so given the choice of which flag is more prominent, that should be the overriding consideration. But, more importantly, it is way past time for the Church to re-engage itself in the public discourse. In the last several elections, the results would have been markedly different had God's people simply first paid attention, then second, showed up to actually vote. We must forget about politics and focus on what's right, even if it is politically incorrect (not just from a social standpoint, but from what the world would call a "strategic" standpoint). You'll also notice I didn't mention anything about political parties here. As it turns out, no matter which one is in power, we still slide downhill!
There are two famous lines that firmly address this issue. The first, well know from Irish statesman, philosopher, and political theorist Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Couple that with James 4:17, "to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin". The second, which has been quoted in several forms, but probably has its origins from Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, the best version of which I've seen goes something like "There's no limit to the changes that can be made from a small, dedicated minority". The Left has been doing this for decades.
It's time for followers of Christ to remember the power we have access to. Us and God makes a majority! It is time for God's people to begin being the "salt and light" we are supposed to be while here!
How do we know Jesus was risen on that Sunday morning? There are obviously several reasons, but let me pose one you don't often hear....
First century Jewish society was very mysonigistic in that women were not even trusted as witnesses of a crime. They were considered completely unreliable. If the only witnesses you had were women, you were not guilty, yet the Apostles, to a man, gave credit to the Marys who first arrived at the tomb and who told them Christ had risen. The only possible reason for them to do that was because it was true!! If this had been a hoax, female eyewitnesses would have been the last thing they would have used. Even in death, Christ elevated those who were the least in society, and as a result, gave us yet another tangible proof that He is risen!!
Good Friday, April 3, 2015
Today, our Savior laid in the grave, dead. To His disciples, Good Friday wasn't so good. They had deserted Him in His greatest hour of need and, instead of being His messengers to the world, were cowering, scared, and not very Christ-like. That's not a criticism - just the way things were. Would any of us have been any different? Nope - we would probably have been worse! Regardless, it was not a "good" day.
Hindisght has the unique ability to change perceptions, erase fears, and add explanation to events that, at the time, seem unexplainable. Now, some 2015 or so years later (depending on whose calendar you believe) we truly can call this "Good" Friday, because we now know a truly mircaculous work was being done. Just as "Jonah was in the whale", Christ, the embodiment of the Creator of the universe, was about to unfold the greatest event in history. He was to reveal how He'd conquered death; and not only that, but He'd sacrificed for us all.
Two mornings hence, on a Sunday morning, the stone was rolled away, the body-cast that He'd been wrapped in was hollow, and the disciples and other followers were astonished to discover that He was not just missing - He was risen! The angels announced it to them, and a few days later Jesus Himself appeared to the disciples - holes in His hands and all! When it was all said and done, Friday really did turn out to be "Good". Sunday was even better!!!
I came to my realization that I needed Christ at an early age, and accepted HIs gift literally as a child. While I've not been entirely faithful to him over the last 50 some-odd years, He has always been faithful to me. I can look back and see His guiding hand, keeping me from disaster, and guiding me through the turbulence I created, always with a plan in mind that I couldn't always see. Had He not been in that grave that Friday, and arisen from it on that Sunday, there would be no need to remember a "Good" Friday, and no need for an "Easter". Millions of our neighbors have yet to grasp the enormity of what He has done for us, simply out of love. Will you join with me this weekend and pray for those masses - our neighbors - that the God who came down in human flesh and paid our penalty will become so real to them they'll have to do something about it?
Happy Good Friday, and Happy Easter!!!