The Kingdom’s Finest Hour

America has spoken.  In the midst of our pain and fear, we have elected Barack Hussein Obama as our 44th President.  Not only that, we have given the Democrats a comfortable majority in both the Senate and the House.  For the first time since Reagan, this President has been empowered by the people to set a new course for our nation, yet with a significant difference.  The liberal press has a love affair with this man and now the relationship shall be consummated.  I doubt that we will see much honest evaluation from the mainstream press until the honeymoon is well past.  It appears that nothing can stand in his way for the foreseeable future.

As the announcement came last night, my first reaction was no doubt common to many of you – a deep sadness; a grieving over what I believed was a real chance of victory in spite of the insurmountable odds facing the McCain/Palin ticket.  They waged a valiant effort, but there were just too many obstacles they had to overcome.  John McCain and Sarah Palin both earned my respect not only in their campaign, but in their concession of victory to Obama.  They finished well.  And I’m confident that we’ve not heard the last from Gov. Palin.

As I’ve sought God for answers while the stark realities of “change” settle into my soul, I can honestly say that I have a peace that is passing my understanding.  I also have a renewed sense of resolve rising up inside of me.  Call it madness, willful ignorance or revelation by the Spirit, but I believe our best days are yet before us.  They will not be easy; indeed they may very well be the most difficult years of our lives.  Thus, “best” begs for a definition.  See if you can find one in my ramblings as I continue.

Our government has become an out-of-control monster that our nation’s Founders could not have imagined.  They fought, bled and died for a country where people could be free to live their lives in peace, in safety, and to pursue their dreams.  They gave us the framework of limited and balanced government that would serve it’s citizens and preserve these “self evident” truths.  The basis of this radical new concept of government was and is self-government and personal responsibility.  They understood that true freedom depends upon it.  They also understood that self-government is only truly found in the soul that is in right relationship with it’s Creator.

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“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798

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Think of it – a nation where people are free to pursue their dreams!  Where greed, avarice and selfishness give way to sacrifice for the common good.  Where people live in peace with their neighbors and join together to fight against those who would threaten this dream.  This was the dream of our Founders.  It is also the dream that Barack Hussein Obama presented to us in his acceptance speech last night.

The problem many of us have is that we have not a shred of evidence that this man actually believes the promises he is making (a fact which seems to have escaped those who voted for him) .  The many questions raised by his detractors remain unanswered.  Is Barack Hussein Obama a great leader who can unite us and bring peace and prosperity to our nation, or is he just the latest (and greatest) fraud perpetrated upon a frustrated, gullible populace.  Only time will tell.

Another problem is this – those who seek to build a peaceful and prosperous society without God’s assistance ignore not only the Word of God, but the lessons of history.  America is at a crossroads.  We will either return to the divine wisdom found in preserving the Constitution in all of it’s original intent, or we shall go the way of the many empires who have fallen before us.  No matter what kinds of promises our government leaders make, the answer lies not in our government, but in the hearts of the people.  The power of government to harm is far greater than it’s ability to do good in this, hence the need for the people to limit it’s power and reach into our personal lives.

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“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.”

James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 10, 1788

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“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

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There are those who will always attribute Obama’s victory to a well waged campaign by a charismatic leader.  While this idea has merit, it is certainly not the real reason for his success.  His victory; indeed the final choices we were presented with in this election, stand as a testimony to the abject and wholesale failure of the Church to faithfully present the Gospel of the Kingdom to our countrymen. We have the privilege to live in a nation which can choose it’s leaders.  Obama’s victory sprung from the soil of a culture where entitlement, class-envy, personal gratification, god-be-damned lifestyle is celebrated and continually fueled by a liberal press where true morality is absent and truth always takes a backseat to profits.  Thus, we deserve the government we have been given, and we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

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“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”

Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

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The sooner we accept this reality and repent of our folly, the sooner we can begin to work for change – the genuine, enduring, life-giving kind.  We can sit around and wait for a rescue from Heaven, but no rescue is coming.  God will help us, but He will not do it for us.  Stewardship is one of the most visible elements in the creation of man, yet is a virtue which is increasingly absent in our culture and as whole, and western Christianity in particular.  God has given us everything we need for life and righteous living.  He has vested us with Kingdom authority, with which we can overcome spiritual darkness and deception in our nation.  However, this will not happen because we shout at the heavens and shake our fist at principalities and powers.  Transformational change will only come about when the people of God accept personal responsibility for advancing His Kingdom in our homes, our schools and our workplaces.  We must become better stewards of the great freedom and liberty given to us by our forefathers, and of the great blessings of the Kingdom – righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Without God’s intervention, Barack Hussein Obama will fail miserably in his attempts to bring about the change he has promised.  He will need our help, and I for one, will stand with him wherever he stands for righteousness.  However, he will have to earn my trust, for today, he does not have it.  I will be unyielding in my pursuit of bringing the Kingdom of God to this once-great nation and will bitterly oppose any action by this new government that compromises the ideals of the Kingdom and hinders life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness among our people.

Now is not a time to be mournful over what was lost.  Now is a time to root up, to tear down and destroy the worldviews which distort reality.  It is a time to show the way of the King by demonstration of the fruit of a life wholly dedicated to Him.  Now is a time to get very angry with evil and unrighteousness in every form.  Now is time to put away our plastic, artificial Christianity and become the sons and daughters and warriors of the King of Kings.  The first century Church faced greater obstacles than we, yet in just a few decades turned the whole known world inside out.

The message of change is in the air.  Let it be the saints of God who bring the change which the people are yearning for.  God has set before us an opportunity to show the world what we are truly made of.  It can be the Kingdom’s finest hour, if we are brave enough to take a stand.

On a personal note, in the midst of alI my other noble endeavors, I hope to spend the next 4 years working with others of like mind to reform the broken political system that forces us to choose between the lesser of two evils.  I envision a new platform that is based upon righteousness and the principles of the Kingdom (though certainly not a theocracy) incorporating the ideals that will make our nation great once again.  If enough God-fearing people can put aside their self-centeredness and work together, I believe we can put an end to all the partisan bull crap that serves the professional politicians well, but divides our people.  I believe we can and will bring REAL change.  Anybody with me?

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“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.”

Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, November 27, 1780

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“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

John Paul Jones, letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont, November 16, 1778

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“I have not yet begun to fight!”

John Paul Jones, response to enemy demand to surrender, September 23, 1779

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(All quotes excerpted from Founding Fathers Quotes website.  Highly recommended reading.)

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