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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

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"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

Lest We Forget

(c) 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.”

Patrick Henry 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.

Jedediah Morse, 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.

Benjamin 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.”

We were founded on Christian principles.

The Importance of Faith in History and Freedom
2012 Carolyn R Scheidies
Published: 7/01/2012 Kearney Hub

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. 

Benjamin 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?"

To remain free, we must not allow government to erode our religious freedoms. 

Politics and Prayer

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 and right.

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.   Psalm 29:11

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.

America 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 ones. 

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.

Only 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. 

A Leader's Faith Matters

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 and blessing. 

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?

Science & Faith

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VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE

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.

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