America: No Choice But to Perish?
As we allow Him to be shoved aside – as if to say, “We don’t need you now, Lord. We appreciate your giving us this land, but we’ll take it from here” – He lifts His hand of protection and lets us make our own choices independently. And now we’re faced with a crucial election, choosing between two candidates no current majority wants! He knows we’re headed toward financial ruin, escalating internal violence, loss of world leadership, moral corruption and eventual collapse of our government – unless we collectively call Him back into our national life!
These days it’s rare that I find myself completely in agreement with the way another commentator characterizes the tragic reality of the 2016 Presidential election in these United States. But when I read the above quotes words in an article Pat Boone recently published at WND, I found myself thinking “There’s someone whose singing my song. Thank You, Lord!” As Christ requires, Mr. Boone respects the standard of God’s perfection enough to admit the truth about the choice the present deeply corrupted sham party system demands that we accept. As he averred in a previous article, (quoting from that unabashed libertine Mae West,) “If I have to choose between two evils, I’ll go with the one I haven’t tried.”
This is, of course, the sort of gallows humor fit for a country setting its course toward perdition. Mr. Boone pithily alludes to this fact when he writes “Is God abandoning America? No, America is abandoning God.” From the perspective of God’s Word, the two candidates the pious shills of the party sham now tell us “we have no choice” but to vote for, exemplify the accuracy of this conclusion.
Hilary Clinton has, over the years, become an ever more stridently committed advocate of the murder of nascent human posterity, masking itself behind the pretense of being a “medical procedure”. No matter that, occasionally, she will strike a prayerful pose for the benefit of Democrats who, however incongruously, profess to be followers of Christ. Those who recall the Scripture cannot envisage Clinton in that pose without also hearing what the Lord said to Israel, through His prophet Isaiah: “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.” (Isaiah 1:15)
On the other hand, Mr. Boone rightly concludes that “we’re headed toward financial ruin, escalating internal violence, loss of world leadership, moral corruption and eventual collapse of our government—unless we collectively call Him back into our national life.”. But if this is what’s needed, Donald Trump cannot represent us in turning back to God. Quite the contrary, he represents the self-mocking “faith” of self-sufficient pridefulness, which doesn’t look to God for forgiveness. As Trump puts it, “…if I do something wrong… I just try to make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture, I don’t.” Apparently, Christ was wrong to preach repentance as the prerequisite of salvation. And God was wrong to send Christ to shed His blood “for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26)
Mr. Trump emphatically echoed this claim of God neglecting self-sufficiency in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention. After detailing America’s crisis, he brazenly declared “I alone can fix it.” Though not a publication known for reflecting America’s historic reliance on God, even The Atlantic published an article observing that “Breaking with two centuries of political tradition, Donald Trump didn’t ask Americans to place their trust in each other or in God, but rather in Trump.”
No matter how they try, self-professed Christian Americans who pretend that Trump is “God’s choice” to restore America, do so with no logical basis in Scriptural. They cite Old Testament examples (King Saul, for instance, or Cyrus, who forged the Persian empire) involving God’s willingness to lift up flawed human sovereigns as the means to some end. But in doing so they ignore two salient facts about the identity they themselves are supposed to exemplify. In the first place, as Americans, we are not empowered to choose a sovereign for America. By His Providence, God has already done that; and the American people is that sovereign. It is our collective voice that ordains and establishes the Constitution of the United States. Our consent imbues it with the lawful authority to govern. Our votes elect those who are to represent us in performing the offices that implement the Constitution’s provisions.
If, as Christians, we now support surrendering that sovereignty to another, we willfully set aside the will by which God entrusted it to us. We thus fail to keep faith with Christ in us. For, according to the Scripture, those who have in good faith accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts no longer live by their own mind and will. They let the mind of Christ be in them, and the heart of Christ embolden them, and the will of Christ govern their actions. His will says to God our Father, “Not my will, but thine be done.”, “on earth as it is in heaven.”
True to this good faith, the Apostle declared “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) Thus, for Christ-accepting voters, what confirms their lawful sovereignty, as well as their capacity to wield it, is not just their exercise of God-endowed unalienable rights, by which all human beings may prove their title to it. Christ is the source and affirmation of the true Christians’ claim self-government, as He lives in their hearts and minds, and is made manifest in their trusting observance of His commands.
In this respect, Christians have no vote to choose a sovereign to govern them, because God has already chosen and sent Him into our lives. And by our repentant acceptance of God’s will, we have already accepted that choice. Therefore, we have, and ever more can have, no King but Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the Word through whom God made all things, who is with God and is God. But as we remember this truth, we also remember its role in the foundation of the United States. As the Word through whom all things are made, Christ is the Creator, the Word of God by which He informs the being of each and every thing, substantiating their existence as a whole.
Relying on this truth about the significance of Christ in God’s work of Creation, America’s Founders knew whereof they spoke when they acknowledged the Creator as the source of authority that gives rise to “the Laws of nature and of nature’s God”; that substantiates the meaning of equality among men; and that prescribes the exercise of right on account of which government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Such were the self-evident truths in light of which America’s founding generation chose to endure all the vicissitudes of war. They trusted in the name and Providence of God for the justice and success of their exercise of rightful liberty.
Now our politics has fallen into the grip of a self-idolizing elitist faction that speciously rejects the authority of God’s Word of Creation. Its members seek by every means possible to deceive and betray Christian Americans into abandoning our role as the standard bearers of God’s endowment of right and rights, including liberty in the United States. But by choosing either Clinton or Trump, or any other minion of the elitist faction’s phony partisan lie, professed Christians are poised to let God’s standard fall, thereby giving rise to events intended to trample that standard into the dust.
Pat Boone is right. We must return to God. But since God, and His Word of Creation (which is Jesus Christ) were the focal points of our nation’s first beginning, there is no mystery about how we do that. We must return to the premises from which we began, the premises of the Declaration of Independence. Standing again upon those premises, we must acknowledge God as the source of our very life, as well as our standard of right and justice. We must acknowledge God’s will in Creation as the living imperative that commands our human exercise of right, from which our unalienable human rights derive. From the perspective of that first beginning, we must think through and implement the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, that provide us the means to escape the clutches of those who plan to give us, from now on, no choice but evil. By doing these things, we will presently renew the form of government that may represent, in consequence of our God-fearing elections, God’s benevolent intention towards us and our posterity.
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