Tyranny Today

        

What constitutes government tyranny to you? Arbitrary and/or unrestrained power is the hallmark of tyranny, but if the governed neither object nor recognize the abuse, it can be accepted. All around the world this is true. On several occasions Chinese groups have protested against communist tyranny and for liberty and one leader was crushed under a tank, the others disappeared in reeducation camps.  Today, States are telling citizens they cannot get closer than six feet at the beach or park. How is that arbitrary? Because it includes members of your own family who you touch each day and are clearly disease free. How is it unrestrained –  because it contradicts the free association clause in the Constitution and if they can demand this extent of control over us, they control anything, including attending a church service.

If you are excusing this tyranny as a reasonable response to an overestimated disease, then what remedy will be effective at the next overestimated crisis? Some in Congress are proposing a climate crisis that will destroy the world in a few decades, unless we let them have power to force us to stop driving or flying places, and more. Many have compared Covid-19 with the normal flu and there is great similarity, but there is no dispute that this crisis was/is overstated. Moreover, the proposed solution was to “flatten the curve”, which is an admission that the same number of people would still die, but they would die over a longer period, giving the hospitals time to prepare. The hospitals and available respirators were never close to a deficiency, even in hardest hit New York – It was all overestimated. However, the government overreach was not restrained and arbitrary in most respects. What is your freedom worth, beside the thousands upon thousands of military lives given up for it. Two idioms apply to this situation we face, “a day late and a dollar short” and “the ship has sailed.” This unprecedented action by our current government has prepared the way for a future fascist or socialist government to exercise a tyranny that you may not happily welcome. The Bible says a time is coming when no one can buy or sell unless they have a special mark upon their right hand or forehead. (Revelation 15: 13-18). How does that sound for tyranny?

Political Pollution

Political pollution is spreading all around our society, no longer contained in election cycles. It has seeped into sports and now the weather reports are getting littered with political crud. What can we do about this uncontained refuse that spoils all it touches. It is like an oily substance covering areas and choking out life. Only strong detoxification can remove it, but the wildlife does not readily submit to the cleansing process.

Some have said, “Everything is politics”, but the politics of division, victimization, and government tyranny are toxic, full of hatred, designed to make only captives. The various spheres that make up our society are under attack by this political pollution.  News has become bigotry, propaganda, and fabrication to support the daily narrative that comes down from the power elite to a compromised biased media.  Sports are corrupted by side agendas touting accusations and promoting their political trash.  For example, the success of the American women’s soccer team was high-jacked by a few team member’s for political activism purposes. The challenges of competition, mastery of physical precision and cunning strategy are lost in the folly of political correctness.

The weather is no longer about the changing temperature, precipitation and coming weather events; it is cluttered with the debris of climate change and political messages crying, “the sky is falling”. Recently  Entertainment has become the home of smut, but it is also flooded with refuse from those who think they are better than everyone else and preach their idolatry of fascist socialism. Some actors proclaim themselves experts and make a show with appearances before Congress arguing against liberty and traditional values. While every citizen has the privilege of political exercise, the Constitution does not sanction disproportionate representation for the elite or the establishment of a political upper class, as we see emerging today. Even religious circles are full of political trash as well, but the true Church does not abide among these political zealots masquerading as church leaders.

I don’t believe the founders could have imagined any of this, but they established safeguards for liberty against the forces of tyranny. John Adams observed, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people… it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” James Madison said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” Clearly, he had no idea of a society who’s media was full of lies, half-truths, and unceasingly bias.

Is it time to break up the oligarchy of media platforms through enforcement of longstanding anti-trust law? The slow creep of these media monopolies has choked the freedom from public discourse and thwarted the penalties for dishonesty and deceit.  Open and unhindered competition is a guardian of our national debate which is conducted on electronic forums that are the public square.  These few oligarchs are removing speech they consider opposed to their private purposes. They have instituted programs and algorithms to further their own political agendas that are contrary to the principles of a free press.  History clearly teaches us that demigods, dictators, and oppressive communist regimes first eliminate a free and open press, stifle all dissent, and rewrite history itself. How can we continue on a path of greatness when it has become so littered with political pollution?

Resisting the Ordinance of God

ICE_protest.jpg“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. II Peter 2:9-11.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.  Romans 13:1-3.

Since President Trump was elected there has been a rise in churches providing sanctuary to illegal aliens.  According to Noel Anderson of the Church World Service the number of churches that have expressed a willingness to offer sanctuary has doubled to 800.  Further, many religious people have expressed sympathy for those who break the law in this way, including publications such as Christianity Today.

Federal Law prohibits anyone from knowingly harboring an illegal alien, including in a church.  However, immigration officials are reluctant to enter churches or prosecute pastors or their accomplices who participate in these activities.  This allows pastors and other persons to thwart the law without a fear of being brought to justice.  Unfortunately, these people also have an insufficient fear of God, as even though they many times acknowledge the scriptures that demand christians be law-abiding citizens, they rationalize their misconduct in their self-righteousness.

Scripture teaches that God is behind all governments and rulers.  When you resist government authorities by violating a law, you are attempting to resist God Himself.  God demands submission to the authorities in our lives – whether government, church, work, school, etc.  He makes no provision for rebellion against the authorities He has placed over us.  We can certainly speak out against policies we disagree with, including immigration policy, but we have no permission from God to resist a lawful act of authorities.

Resisting authority is a hallmark of Satan and those that will be eternally damned along with him.  We need to be very careful to respect and obey the laws and authorities God has placed over us as they are not a terror to good works but to evil.

 

 

Be Subject To Your Masters

depositphotos_16844147-stock-photo-boss-delegating-work-to-employee“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution … Live as people who are free not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God … Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.”  I Peter 2: 13-18.

We are called to be subject/submissive to the authorities that have been placed above us, such as government authorities and workplace bosses, whether they are just or not.  Further, we are not to rebel in our hearts against the authorities Continue reading

Subjects of the Higher Powers

imagesRomans 13: 1-2 states “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (governments/rulers).  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”  It is interesting that Paul wrote this passage while the wicked Nero was Emperor who was persecuting the Christians.

This passage reminds us that all authorities and powers… Continue reading