Tis the day before Thanksgiving and I am pondering, aside from my health, and the health of my family, what I have to be thankful for. My country is rapidly turning into a police state, and the people go about their business like nothing out of the ordinary is happening. I know you probably do not want to hear this kind of news, especially the day before a holiday, yet it needs to be said.
Most people, if they are even aware of it, could care less if the government is listening in on their phone calls, monitoring their e-mails, and possibly snooping through their personal finances, medical records, and information they may have thought was private.
I know that most people could care less that their God-given right to protect and defend themselves, their family, and their personal belongings is being taken from them; that criminals have more rights than they do.
Come tomorrow, people will be glued to their televisions, watching football, and gorging themselves on Turkey. These kind of thoughts will be the last things on their mind. And that is exactly how our government likes it, the people occupied with entertainment, instead of thoughts of the rights and liberties that have been taken from them.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said that “A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.” How true. I bet you the phone lines would burn up with calls if all the cable networks across the land suddenly went dead at opening kick off of the first Bowl game tomorrow. Yet how many of these same irate callers would bother to pick up the phone and call their Senator or Congressional Representative over the loss of even one of their rights?
Since people are far more interested in sports than they are in the unconstitutional actions of their government, let me ask these sporting aficionados a question. By what authority does Congress have the right to hold hearings on the use of anabolic steroids by professional athletes? I defy anyone to find a thing in the Constitution which grants them the authority to do so. I’m sure many sports fans remember when Mark McGwire had to testify before Congress about his alleged steroid use. If the use of steroids is so prevalent and harmful to people, let the individual leagues handle it. However, it is not something the government is authorized to get involved in.
Our government has overstepped its authority to such an extent that I could not begin to list their infractions. People often hear the word oppression, but don’t really know what it means. The dictionary defines oppression as; “something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power.” English essayist Joseph Addison once said, “No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.”
Former slave, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, once stated, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Far too many Americans are under the impression that government has the authority to limit their freedom, especially when it comes to matters of public safety. Yet how can a body of men, granted authority by men, take away something that they never gave them to begin with?
In his treatise the Rights of Man, Thomas Paine writes, “Every child born into the world must be considered as deriving its existence from God. The world is as new to him as it was to the first man that existed, and his natural right in it is of the same kind.”
Thomas Jefferson was much more concise when he wrote, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are 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.”
Therefore, how is it that men will meekly submit to unlimited violations of their rights, especially those who profess to be Christians? Did not Jefferson say that, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
People seem to think that tyranny cannot happen, not here in America, not in a land where we have elections which give us the opportunity to choose those who will represent us in our government. Need I remind you that Hitler was duly elected by the people, and look at the atrocities he perpetrated!
I know what the problem is, and so did Noah Webster, who declared, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
I know many who profess to be church going Christians. Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car. In his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin once wrote, “How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.”
Even now I have to wonder how many people celebrate Christmas as the day our Lord and Savior was born? Even now, a month before Christmas, if you turn on your TV, all you will see is ads celebrating the holiday clearance sale at some store or auto dealership.
Our country uses the Christmas holiday as a measure of our countries economic status, not as a day that celebrates the birth of our Lord. And we claim to be Christians?
I know that many people have argued with me in the past about the existence of God. Let me ask those who deny His existence a question. If you had been born blind and someone was trying to explain to you the existence of clouds, or the sun, would your inability to see these things cause you to deny their existence?
Just because you cannot SEE God does not mean He does not exist. I find it hard to believe that with all the miracles that exist in our world that anyone could deny His existence. Imagine, a tiny seed, no bigger than a grain of rice could grow to be a mighty tree. Imagine the miracle that produces life in all forms.
Some tell me that science can explain all these things for us, that we do not need to believe in God to understand them. If you were able to go back just a hundred years, the scientific knowledge and technology we have today would astound people. Yet here we are, with all this knew knowledge. If the human mind can unlock these mysteries what is to say that in another hundred years we may unlock the truth, that God does exist, and that it was by His hand that our world was created.
That is why it is called faith, it is believing in something you cannot see. The Scriptures are our guidebook for life. Just as Webster said, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
If we were a nation of Christians, we would not abide any infringements of our rights. If we were Christians we would not support candidates who run on platforms that run counter to the teachings found in the Bible. It is that simple.
Just as people go to the polls to fulfill their misguided belief that they are doing what is required of them as citizens of this great country, many believe that merely by attending church on Sunday they are doing all that their God asks of them.
Therefore, how can good, God-fearing Christians stand meekly by while their rights, gifts from God, are taken from them? How can they vote for candidates who support issues that they know to be wrong according to Scripture?
In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
We, the people of this country, have forgotten what it means to be Christian, and what it means to live in a free republic. Too many focus on the little things, the brushfires, while ignoring the blaze that awaits us if we do not adhere to God’s laws. We fall victim to con men and shysters who woo us with their silken words, while leading us into damnation.
So, in answer to my own question, I suppose I can say that, aside from my health, and the health of my family, I can be thankful that the Lord has seen fit to open my eyes to the truth. I can be thankful that I am able to see through the lies and perceive the truth. My prayer is that more people will open their eyes as well.