Time, Infinity, and Jelly Donuts

I’m  back. As Thomas Magnum, of Magnum P.I. fame posited after finally speaking during therapy two weeks after awaking from a coma: “time has little to do with infinity and jelly doughnuts.”

Moving back to today’s reality though, restarting my real estate business has not left me as much time to write. Then too, there is sooo much to write about, so many things happening culturally and politically I am often at a loss where to start. But here we are . . .

As you know the Supreme Court made two terrible rulings upholding Obamacare and the same day voting down the bill passed protecting the valor of our military men and women who have earned and been awarded honors, i.e. stolen valor. Also Independence Day, when we celebrate our costly freedoms paid for by the blood of our patriots, past and present, has come and gone.

The question that comes to my mind is “who governs this country?”

Is it nine former attorneys with cushy lifetime jobs and no accountability dressed in black? Is it 535 men and women in the Houses’ of Congress (also mostly lawyers)?

Is it the lone man that occupies the White House? Who rules and runs this country is, indeed, a question of the deepest moment.

Are we as Christians and citizens of the U. S. obligated to follow the laws, rulings, regulations, and mandates of an out-of-control government? Many Christian pastors say we should pray and follow them since “they are our rulers,” even if we don’t believe they are upholding their oaths of office. I am sure like me, you have heard this preached from the pulpit at various times.

Usually the text used to support this is Romans 13: 1-3 (NASB):

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.

Well this passage is pretty clear. And God is certainly in control. Yet the “context” of a passage of scripture, or any historical work is multifaceted. One must consider the cultural and historic contextual tension that exists, as well as the literary. The meaning of these verses is clear in their literary context.

Nonetheless, observing the cultural variances between First Century Rome and Twenty-first Century America we see an exceptionally wide rift. It is the case that no other government in the history of the world is anything like the Great American Experiment. In Rome the Caesars were not only Emperors of the Empire, but considered demigods. So at the outset we see a rift culturally in the way they ruled and the way America should be ruled.

Historically countries have been ruled by monarchies, dictatorships, theocracies, democracies, and republics. All of these forms of governments are still in use, at least in name, if not in practice. Although the term democracy is bandied about in speaking about America’s form of government we are by no means a democracy. America is a representative republic or was molded that way by our founders. Unarguably it has strayed a long way off that path.

Nevertheless even that is not what set the United States apart. What sets us apart is our founding documents; the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Even more so our freedoms and liberties are God given, not bequeathed by government.

Our leaders are leaders only by the will and pleasure of the people. Our leaders take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, not burden her with debt to benefit their states, regions, donors, or themselves.

The very short Preamble to the Constitution reads:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We the people of the United States are her leaders and rulers. Yes we elect men and women to handle the day-to-day workings and they take a solemn oath that they will to do so only by doing what the Constitution allows and this in concert with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But it is we the people that rule and are accountable to each other. We have forgotten that for the greater part of the last century, leaving us with evils we now face in this century.

It is my premise that because the current administration, from Obama, the Justice Department, the Department of State and a majority of both houses of Congress rule by fiat, we have confusion, anarchy, and destructive elements bent on destroying America.

In their hubris and ignorance they strive to reshape America into the communistic socialism of the failed governments in South America, Europe, and even Islamic states.

They take no thought to their solemn oaths or to the mandate “WE THE PEOPLE” have given them—ruling by the rule of law and that spelled out in the founding documents. Their only thought is to their own twisted agendas.

What are we to do? Do we blindly follow along or do we fight? America began by revolution. One of the main hypothesis of that fight was taxation without representation. How do we fight this group of people trying to thrust America into the mold of fascism and socialism? This is not representative government.

Indeed, it may require civil disobedience on our part. Many prominent thinkers like the late Charles Colson thought so. That is why they drafted the Manhattan Declaration . . . which many of us have signed. But it may require even a greater sacrifice.

It is going to take a fight. Remember the closing words of The Declaration of Independence:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

In the fight we are in today can we pledge any less? Certainly not if we want to succeed in taking back America.

Whatever the outcome we can take heart in knowing God will glorify Himself for He alone is in control of time, infinity and jelly donuts.

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