March 15, 2008

I read and hear the phrase “God bless America” all of the time and the very next thing that comes to my mind is “Why would He”? I also hear “This Country is a Christian Country” and I think how slow we are to learn God’s Word.

God said that He appoints the authorities (Romans 13:1) and consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves (13:2).

Was not the King of England the King of the Colonies? What kind of Christian rebels against what God has instituted? How can anyone say this is a Christian Country when it was obviously founded in rebellion to God?

The founding Fathers were tenants who wanted the land for themselves. They devised a plan that tricked the common people into thinking they were being unfairly taken advantage of. You have heard the phrase “Taxation with out representation” and even you have not examined it for truth.

The King of England had every right to tax the citizens of his land. They were not unfairly taxed, even though the king had the God given right to do so. If you really believe they were unfairly taxed then study the taxes we are subjected to pay (41% off the top: 19% income, 11% social security from one’s paycheck and another 11% directly from the employer that the worker doesn’t even see and that is just the taxes on one’s paycheck.) Unfairly taxed indeed! Boy, we really showed the King of England, didn’t we!!!

The scheme involved a system of government where the people choose the authorities. Remember Romans 13:1! How can this be? Well, God has a record of allowing man to sin, if that is his desire. He allowed Israel to have a man as king when they wanted it and He allows us to choose a president, but because He allows it doesn’t mean that it is right.

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” (Jer 17:5 NIV)

Our system of government is a system of trust in man. The first man that one puts his trust in is himself. We trust ourselves that we can choose a leader from men that will govern honestly. Then we put our trust in the man that we elect. How long does it take for us to realize that it is not in our power to do so, or that no man is capable?

It is common practice to lay the blame on the government when something does not go right. Come on, accept the fact that we choose the government and it is our own fault that we can only have 59% of what we earn and it is our own fault we are at war and it is our own fault we have lost all of our manufacturing jobs to other countries. When you participate in the system you can not blame the other political party for the things you do not agree with: it’s the system and you are part of the system.

It should be obvious that the system doesn’t work as everything is getting worse not better. I am sick and tired of people saying “Wait until next election”. We may well vote the man out of office, but the damage stays and the new politician only gives us a new tax and or a more harmful program.

I do not know who is best suited to be president. I do not know the future so I do not know what any man, or woman will do if placed in office. I will leave that up to you, just as God has.

Part of me wants to say that God will bless us if we obey the two Royal Laws (Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.), but the answer has already been written in Jeremiah 17:5 (This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD (NIV)). Our trust is in Democracy, not God and we have turned away from God.

I am afraid we face the same judgment as Israel faced when they wanted to put their trust in a man. They wanted an earthly king to take care of them and God granted their wish, but He told them what the king would do to them and when they cried out to Him to save them He told them that He would not answer them. (1 Sam 8:18 NIV)  When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

We would not have the king God appointed for us, so we decided that we would appoint our own authority and God let us. Now when we cry out for relief, will God answer? If you think God will answer you because you are a Christian then consider that the nation Israel are God’s people also and He didn’t answer them.

Do you see the parallelism between Israel and the United States? Even when it was apparent that the land was controlled by those who did not revere God, almost all of the citizens of Israel were claiming it was God’s country and that He would guide and protect them.

If you think that you are not guilty of the sins of the Founding Fathers and therefore should not be punished for them you are correct. Though the sins of the Founding Fathers caused us to be born under this system, we have participated in it and are guilty of putting our trust in man, not God, and that is what we are cursed for.

 I write this because understanding the ways of God is a blessing even when we are under a curse. When you call out to God to lift this burden of unfair taxes, to stop the war, and to give you a job and He does not answer, do not despair. Though we, as Christians, must suffer the results of our sins along with those who are not Christians, God has promised us Heaven when we leave this earth and that is more than enough.