Friday, April 2, 2010

Standing On Our Rights

... And Knowing what they are.

A Christians Conclusion

In light of recent events, I have decided to address this business of rights a little differently than I had planned at first. As American citizens we all have been blessed with a constitutional guarantee that the government cannot infringe on our rights of worship. Some who declare to be Christians have actually done more damage for the cause of Christ than good. As I have stated in part 2, some have used scripture out of context to justify their behavior. When I talk about standing on our rights, I am talking about lawful procedures to protest against our government overstepping its constitutional boundaries.

As a Christian I believe in responsible and lawful citizenship. We need to study the scriptures to understand God's direction in this. We need to read the constitution to understand what our rights actually are. We need to trust in the Lord and do good so as to be above reproach. 1 Peter 2:13-21. Actually all 1 Peter chapter 2 applies here, but especially these verses.

1 Peter 2:13 "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men, love the neighborhood. Fear God, honor the king. 18 Servants be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man of conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:"

Nowhere does the Bible condone or permit murder or insurrection. Jesus spoke of the things to come in Matthew 24. The only action He suggests is to flee. The book of Matthew was written to the nation of Israel. Those scriptures tell of a time of evil power coming against the nation of Israel, and Jesus told them the sign to watch for and then flee. In the books of 1Peter and in Ephesians, 2 Timothy and Philippians, we as Christians are told to submit to God's delegated authority, for all authority is given through Him and by Him. We are told not to murmur and dispute but do good.

Philippians 2:14. "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

The very idea of a Christian militia is a Biblical oxymoron. The tactics of the devil in the days to come will be to sway public opinion against Christianity. We will be viewed as just another radical religious group. It is now more important than ever that Christians act peacefully in society, to do good as God directs, and stop the bickering and squabbling. Yes as citizens of The United States we have rights and must exercise them. Vote, stand against evil, unarmed and on our knees. Philipians 2:12-15

In part 2, I talked of preparation. I am talking of preparing to show the love of Jesus to our nation. Help your neighbor, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, give to God's work and prepare to meet The Lord when he comes for His own, read the Bible. Our government will fail us; we need to show a nation of unbelievers that God will not fail us. That is preparation.

I call to mind the quote of John Adams,

"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."

It is truly a government for the people by the people and of the people. Our constitution was written for a Godly people. We have become a nation without Christian morals. Law breakers and lovers of self. There is no hope in government. Our only hope is in Christ.

Simply walking in faith, Ray

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