Politics and Government
Lest We Forget
The Importance of Faith in History and Freedom
Politics and Prayer
Whom Do I Depend Upon
A Leader's Faith Matters
Is It Too Late to Save America
Science and Faith
The Rationale of Evolution--Does it Make Sense
My Song: Who Will Speak for the Children
What the Founder of Planned Parenthood Really Believed
Are the Unborn Persons?
Value of Human Life
POLITICS and GOVERNMENT
"A democracy is always temporary in nature;
it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters
discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
"From that moment on, the majority always
votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will
finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy..." --Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish lawyer and writer, 1770
2011 Carolyn R Scheidies
Too many people,
even in leadership positions, claim the United States of America was
not founded on Judeo-Christian principles and foundations and seek to
remove all mention of God from public expression. These people give
all sorts of explanations, glossing over something very important.
They ignore the words of those who've gone before us, words from the
founding fathers, Supreme Court justices and rulings, congress and
academia. Who today knows that most of the original institutions of
higher learning such as Harvard and Yale were created because people
of faith believed in education and that the many colleges, like
these, were founded for the training of pastors.
The 1636 Student
Guidelines from Harvard included this. “Let every student be
plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main
end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is
eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as
the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”
said, “An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is
left us!...we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God
who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up
friends to fight our battles for us.” This was an important part of
his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
sometimes called the “The Father of American Geography,” said,
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of
civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now
enjoys...Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown,
our present repubican forms of government—and all blessings which
flow from them—shall fall with them.
Franklin, not known for a deep spiritual walk, said, “”We've been
assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it. ...I also believe that without His
concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better
than the builders of Babel.”
First Justice of
the Supreme Court, John Jay, wrote, “It is the duty, as well as the
privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer
Christians for their rulers.” Sounds pretty clear to me.
In an 1892
decision, the Supreme Court, unanimously, found, “There is no
dissonance in these declarations...this is a Christian nation.” An
1844 case encouraged the use of Bibles in schools, “Why may not the
Bible...be read and taught as divine revelation...?”
In 1854, the
House Judiciary Committee wrote, “At the time of the adoption of
the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that
Christianity should be encouraged...there can be no substitute for
Christianity...the religion of the founders of the republic and they
expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”
Though the Obama administration has done any number of things to undermine freedom of
religion in this country, his point of view, and it is not unique, is very different from those of our founders. They clearly
stated that freedom and faith go hand-in-hand.
James Wilson who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
and was an original Supreme Court Justice had this to say, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the
authority of that law which is Divine...Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters...and mutual assistants.
These two sciences run into each other.”
Father of American Jurisprudence and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story
wrote, “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law.
...There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. ...I
verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society."
How far the Justices have
come from the view of the early Justices. But these were not the only ones who clarified their positions in writing.
Franklin was far from an evangelical, yet he firmly believed that Christianity was the key to the fight for freedom. “...The
longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs the affairs of men. ...is it probable that
an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed
in this political building no better than the builders of babel.”
John Adams, who signed the
Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence and who was the second U.S. president, made his position clear on the importance
of faith in maintaining freedom so dearly fought for and won. “We have no government armed with power capable of
contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Much of the so-called information on Thomas Jefferson
touted today has undergone such revision as to turn him into someone even he would not recognize. His words not only clarify
his position, they sound a warning to our time. “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed
their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are
not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice
cannot sleep forever.”
As we celebrate the birthday of our country, remember the words of the sixth
president John Quincy Adams, “...that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation
of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?--That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?"
free, we must not allow government to erode our religious freedoms.
I Timothy. 2:1-4 MKJV First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks
be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness
and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved and to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
Sometimes we don't much like what those sworn to represent us do--especially during a political campaign.
But that doesn't get us off the hook. We're commanded to uohold our leaders in prayer, asking God to guide them both to Him
and to good and right decisions.
Of course, our part is to check out those running, and vote for those who are men/women
of integrity, honor and who listen to those they represent as they seek not what is politically expedient, but what is true
Sometimes only hard homework and prayer can lead us to the best candidates. But our involvement doesn't stop with a
quick prayer for safety for the representative, for the family and for wisdom in the decisions that need to be made.
We must pray, then
stay involved, letting our representatives know how we feel on issues, doing our own homework in the process.
It means letting
them know, in a polite fashion, when we feel they let us down.
It also means showing gratitude when they do stand up for what is good and right.
The result of prayer and active citizens is exactly what we desire ...so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable
life in all godliness and reverence.
For a free society to remain free, we must be involved, informed, and prayful.
There's no time like the present to start.
The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.
Whom Do I Depend Upon
Psalm 118:8-9 GW It is better to depend on the LORD
than to trust mortals. It is better to depend on the LORD than to trust influential people.
has gone far away from the idea of responsibility and self-determination. More and more are buying into the idea that it is
the government's job to take care of everyone. But this is not a foundation of democracy because the more government gives,
the more chains of regulation they impose. He who calls the shots, is the one who also enforces his own rules. Everyone is
entangled and it is strangling our nation.
Call it communism or socialism or something else, but
the bottom line is, when we trust in humans and in human institutions, we end up with dictators--and usually not benevolent
American began on a foundation of faith, on God---not man. Our founders knew
human institutions tended away from freedom, not toward it and tried to balance the power. But humans and government fail--especially
when their sole purpose seems to be stealing from one segment to shower others with benefits.
God is dependable. Only as we trust in Him will we find the security we need to live our lives with confidence and freedom--a
freedom that comes from a heart at peace.
II Chronicles 12:1-2 GW When Rehoboam had established his kingdom and made himself strong, he and
all Israel abandoned the LORD'S teachings.In the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign, King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.
This happened because all Israel was not loyal to the LORD.
No one person or nation has to follow God. But when a people shuts Him out of their lives and out of public debate,
He gets the message.
We ask, "Where is God?" He doesn't stay where He
isn't invited. But there are consequences When a people chooses to shut Him out, He leaves, lifting His hand of protection
Israel opened herself to foreign invasion and interference
and continual problems at home and abroad when the leader turned the people away from God.
If God removed His hand of protection from Israel, His people, what is He doing with our nation? Only
a nation who honors Him can expect His blessings and protection.
This leaves America vulnerable...
Is It Too Late to Save America?
III Chronicles 16:8-10, 12 GW Weren't the Sudanese and Libyans a large army with many chariots and drivers? But when you depended
on the LORD, he handed them over to you. The LORD'S eyes scan the whole world to
find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you
will have to fight wars." Asa was furious at the seer. He was so angry with Hanani
that he put Hanani in prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people at that time in his reign.... In
the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa got a foot disease that became progressively worse. Instead of asking the LORD for
help, he went to doctors.
As long as King Asa trusted God, the country was protected
and at peace. But Asa began to think his life, kingdom and reign were all about him and stopped depending upon God.
What happened? God removed His hand of protection from both
the nation and the king personally. The peace was shattered because of a leader who no longer followed God. Asa's personal
health was broken. Worse for the country, once the king turned from God he saw the citizens differently--as his to manipulate
not to listen to, respect and care for.
Does all this sound familiar? It should. America parallels
this situation. A free people whose leaders are meant to serve them is quickly becoming a government whose leaders expect
to be served without complaint.
Without God there is no peace, no health and no freedom. My
question: Besides prayer, what role does God want me to play in preserving the nation of faith, family and freedom? Or is
it already too late?
Matthew 12: 11-12 GW Jesus said to them, "Suppose one of you has a sheep.
If it falls into a pit on a day of worship, wouldn't you take hold of it and lift it out? Certainly, a human is more valuable
than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the day of worship."
We live at a time where a persons can get in more trouble for harming the
fetus of an amimal than harming a pre-born human baby. Yet, God makes it clear humans are made in God's image and are not
the same as sheep or other animals.
As much as we love our pets and seek to preserve the environment, these
activities should never put humans, God's special creation, on the same level as animals.
We worship and live with concern for all of God's creation, remembering
that human beings are a special creation of a loving Heavenly Father. We are valued, we are loved. We need to love one another,
including the pre-born child.
V. 13 Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." The man held it out,
and it became normal again, as healthy as the other.