About God and Freedom

If it was a tall day, I could stretch myself all the way up to four feet. Big Rita had me by a head, maybe two. Hers was a big head too almost troll like in stature. Being cornbread fed, she easily had me by 30 pounds. Big Rita did not like me. On reflection, she did not like anyone.

If I have learned one thing in all the years I have been writing these posts it is that the mere mention of God is the best generator of keyboard borne venom. Last week, I wrote that our country’s founding principle is God-given freedom. In 2010, I posted Our Foundation is the Spirit of Freedom. It was my first post after a year long hiatus. So, it is not a new thought to me (or to history), but one I certainly hold to dearly.

I was questioned about where in our constitution is any reference to God or Jesus or any specific religion. The answer is in specific terms nowhere. With a rudimentary understanding of Judeo-Christian values and phrases like “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” and given the religious inclinations of the American populace at the time the phrase was penned, it is not a great leap of logic to conclude to which Creator the reference was made. I was asked whether I thought my rights came from God or some question similar to that and the answer is profoundly yes. Our Declaration of Independence is quiet clear on the origin of those unalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With that declaration in mind, those unalienable rights are protected in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So, where is God in our Constitution? He is all over it brother.

And another, the one that forever flies off the keyboard. If your God is so great, where was he when…” and just fill in whatever atrocity comes to mind. The answer to that (although the question itself exposes the questioner’s ignorance of Christianity and the Christian God) is that God lets people choose their way. God wants you to accept him by your own free will. If by your free will you choose another path he will turn you over to it as is well explained in Romans 1: 18-32. So let’s not blame God for the choices made by men. Then there is the Darwin worshipper who declares that belief in God is just an example of scientific ignorance. Might I ask? Is this the same science that declares man-made global warming is destroying the planet and the solution to that problem is a global wealth redistribution scheme?

The left (communists, Marxists, socialists, progressives, liberals…) mostly rejects Judeo-Christian values out of hand. Sure, there are those who lean left in their ideology who are Church goers and proclaimed Christians, but they have embraced things simply are not Biblical. The right (wholly evil in the minds of many on the left) certainly has its share of people who are as anti-Christian as anyone on the left could ever hope to be. What both have in common is the rejection of a higher moral authority – a rejection of God and his commandments.

Without a moral authority, who decides what is good or bad. Who would decide for people that it is wrong to murder – or for that matter, to do anything else? Moral relativism, for as destructive as it is we see it every single day. When an ultimate moral authority is rejected so is civil society and so is freedom.

I just heard presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a speech, declare that in our country we are going to have to modify deeply held religious beliefs adding that no one should be discriminated against because of who they love (with the exception of those having deeply held religious beliefs). I certainly agree with the part about not discriminating. Choosing your path in life whatever it is should not require that anyone else embrace it. In that light, Mrs. Clinton I refer you to the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:34-40)  While doing that, and in light of the most recent revelations you may want to contemplate the remaining 9 as well. I recommend Dennis Prager’s short book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.

In our military, we are also seeing people persecuted because of their Christian beliefs. The worst of which, Chaplains are being disciplined for counseling from a Biblical perspective or praying in the name of Jesus. From what other perspective would one expect a Christian Chaplain to counsel or pray? History is quite clear about what Godless armies are capable of and their ultimate destruction.

It is also quite clear on the destiny of Godless nations. History is littered with their remains.

© 2015 J. D. Pendry American Journal All Rights Reserved

The World Turned Upside Down

My intention today was to tell you about me and big Rita. But, slowly returning from a life imposed exile there are other things on my mind. So in the interest of keeping this short, I will cut to the end. Big Rita changed her evil ways. Some other day, I may fill in the blanks.

Recently, I bought a set of biographies called Heroes of History written by Janet and Geoff Benge. I am passing them on to my granddaughters in hopes they will learn about people important to the development of our country and grow to embrace this most exceptional nation. After I read each one, I write a note in it and mail it to them.

In the George Washington biography, it noted as the British surrendered at Yorktown the band played an old nursery tune, The World Turned Upside Down.

If buttercups buzzed after the bee,
If boats were on land,
Churches on sea,
If ponies rode men,
And if grass ate the corn,
And if cats should be chased
Into holes by the mouse,
If the mammas sold their babies
To the Gypsies for half a crown,
If summer were spring,
And the other way ’round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

When the superpower of the day surrendered to the world’s newest country, I suppose the world to them did appear a little upside down.

I live in a country where at its very beginning it was accepted that freedom is God given. It was that rag tag Army of citizen Soldiers that stood, fought and died to secure that freedom and to remain the guardian of it. As an American, I have never doubted that freedom is my birthright. But, if freedom is indeed God given is it not a universal birthright? Should not all people enjoy freedom? The answer of course is that they should. In the history of humankind, there is only one nation founded on that precept and I am blessed to live in it. At the outset, our founders “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…” and…”with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” declared and set our country’s foundation. America is exceptional because it is unique among nations of the world in its guarantee of individual liberty.

Even with this in mind, I am saddened. Our nation sits beneath the glow of Lady Liberty’s torch. Our capitol city is filled with monuments honoring many of the heroes of history who gave us this great country and to the warriors who fought and died to preserve our universal birthright.

America has always been about love of God, love of family, and love of liberty and has been willing to defend that love wherever in the world it is threatened – until now. Somewhere along the way we got off track. Freedom derailed, its foundation shaken by people who do not acknowledge American Exceptionalism. As Americans, we are allowing ourselves to be led away from our foundation of individual liberty. All so gradually over the years, but now running at a torrid pace toward a destination where God is abandoned and the freedom he gave us forfeited. Yes forfeited. Man did not give us freedom and man cannot take it away. Freedom can only be forfeited.

More saddening is the lack of urgency in Americans and Washington’s politicians to put us back on track. Everything is viewed in political cycles as in this one will pass too. Well it will not pass and even if it does what will be left to my granddaughters and to your grandchildren will be nothing like the United States of America that we knew. Ronald Regan warned us that America is freedom’s last stand and there does not appear to be many Washington defenders of it.

The leader of our exceptional nation has declared, in his mind at least, that we are no more exceptional than any other nation. He has declared that we are not a Christian nation although a nation clearly founded on Judeo-Christian values whose national motto is In God We Trust. He refuses to acknowledge the Islamists or the Christians they are murdering across the Middle East and Africa. Instead, he talks about the Crusades from 700 years ago implying that we did as badly. Following his logic, what should we be doing now? He declares himself a Christian while mocking Bible scriptures, supporting abortions even to the point of allowing babies who survive abortion attempts to die and embracing homosexual marriage.

Our president is growing bolder in his last years as the nation’s leader. I am no political prognosticator, but I am betting he will eventually jump the shark to the point that even MSNBC will not be able to defend his actions. There is less effort to mask his true persona or what his vision of a fundamental transformation truly is. He demonstrated boldly for anyone who was paying attention what he intends to leave as his legacy. When he embraced Raul Castro, an oppressive murdering Communist dictator, while declaring that he doesn’t know about all of that stuff that happened before he was born his vision for America became crystal clear. Here is a hint. It is not the post-racial, post-political, red, white and blue America he promised. And Mr. President, just for the record, history did not begin with your birth.

So now, the world is officially upside down. American will right herself only when Washington’s politicians are forced to remember their roles.

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