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The 535

Nearly 400 years ago, America’s forefathers began a journey which laid the foundation of the greatest nation on earth.  On November 11, 1620, before the pilgrims disembarked from their ship, they signed a document known as the Mayflower Compact.  The intent of their journey to the new world was detailed in its content, which reads in part:  “In the name of God, Amen.  We whose names are underwritten…having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith…a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia”.

Armed with a fresh taste of oppression and a healthy fear of lawlessness, they began the arduous task of forging a government somewhere between leftist tyranny and rightist anarchy.  The result was a Constitutional Republic in the middle of the political spectrum; a Christian nation governed by law yet affording people the freedom to do what is right under God.

On matters of liberty, they believed that unalienable rights are given to humanity by God, and not by government.  Consequently, government was handcuffed and given no authority to sanction or limit the laws of nature and of nature’s God.  For a Christian people, government is always the lesser authority, not the final authority, and this kept our people free from tyranny.

On matters of order, they balanced liberty with law, and stressed that our rights must only be exercised within the rule of law…God’s law.  This kept us from drifting into anarchy and lawlessness, which eventually give rise to a new form of tyranny.  Deuteronomy 28:1-2 points out that a nation is blessed only through obedience to the God of the Bible, and oppression reigns when people turn from God to their own agendas (Deuteronomy 28:15).  This position is reflected in the writings of the original framers, regardless of their denomination of worship.  Hence, from our birth and the Revolutionary War cries of “No king but King Jesus”, to Supreme Court rulings declaring us to be a “Christian nation”  (1892 Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the United States), we find overwhelming evidence of our national purpose…to be one nation under one God…Jesus Christ.

But that was then, and sadly, this is now.

America has abandoned God and virtue as we now celebrate all manner of vice and corruption.  We’ve cast off the mechanism that keeps both anarchy and tyranny at bay, that being Christianity. Liberty without self restraint is the behavior of choice, followed by hopey changey delusions that the political system will shield us from inevitable consequences.  America’s most recent trip down the delusional road is embodied in the election of the well-tailored empty suit to the Oval Office.  We are fools to believe that someone who despises our heritage, culture, and Constitution will act as a modern Moses.  Instead, he will lead us to a leftist tyranny until we awaken from our comfortable deception.

Adding to that national travesty is the real power base in America; 435 Congressmen and 100 Senators who either enable tyranny’s agenda, or tie its hands. Consider the following:

  • If both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?
  • You and I do not set fiscal policy, Congress does.
  • If all politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?
  • You and I do not write the tax code, Congress does.
  • If we are trillions of dollars in debt, it’s because they want us in debt.
  • If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
  • If they force us into broken socialized retirement and medical plans, yet exempt themselves in favor of elite plans, it’s because they want it that way.
  • If America is dependent on foreign oil, it’s because they want it that way.
  • If the borders are not secure, it’s because they want them that way.
  • If there are 12 million illegal aliens on our soil, it’s because they want them here.
  • If our Constitution is abandoned and our national sovereignty sold to foreign influences, it’s because they want it that way.

Get the picture?

We can’t blame special interests or lobbyist, because they have no legal authority.  The politician has the power to accept or reject their bribes, and he alone determines how he will vote.  Do not be conned into the belief that some mystical force like “the economy”, “inflation” or “politics” prevents them from doing what they took an oath to do.  Fully grasp the truth that 535 people exercise the defining power of the federal government.

The logical conclusion is that what exists is what THEY WANT to exist!

Perhaps we should get up the gumption to manage our own employees, or perhaps we should just fire them all.  While it may seem inconceivable that a nation of 300 million cannot replace the 535 who stand convicted by the present facts of incompetence and irresponsibility, consider this truth:  The weakling of tyranny is always empowered to oppress when strong men betray the source of their strength; the Lord God.  Look no further than Sampson and Delilah for a Biblical example, and no further than Abraham Lincoln for a contemporary confirmation of this truth.  In his own words, “America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

So the call to reinvent government is really a call to reinvent ourselves! Biblically, it’s called repentance, but that’s not a word you hear much about anymore…especially in the self-absorbed American church. The government of our forefathers was a reflection of their virtue, and government today is a reflection of ours.  It’s high time for change we can believe in, and it begins with our own spiritual reckoning followed by a housecleaning in Washington, DC. Anything less is akin to riding a dead horse, and wisdom dictates that at some point we should dismount.

May we once again learn what it is to be “one nation under God”, and may the flames of revolution ignite within your heart.  You have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Now, make it count.

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