The Talking Donkey
Why I preach the Cross
Democracy and Christ
Many of us have asked the question “What is the origin of Western Civilization and the Democratic form of government we share in these United States of America." Well if you know the Bible the answer is simple. The Book of Acts Chapter 16 verse 9 records the Apostle Paul’s vision for his second Missionary trip. Paul first believed that he would go east into Asia to spread the Gospel but the vision recorded in Acts 16:9 leads him west to Macedonia which today is the northern part of Greece. It was his Gospel that pushed west, touching most of Europe, into England and finally to the United States and elsewhere in the World. This Civilization is enjoying the greatest prosperity and the greatest freedoms of all, and can be traced back to The Apostle Paul and the Gospel he spread “Christ and Him Crucified”.
On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress announced The Declaration of Independence for the thirteen American colonies then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain. The colonies regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation -The United States of America.
The first section of The Declaration of Independence basically outlines the reason for this declaration or the “why” and beginning in the next section we could describe as the what. The first sentence in the second sections or second paragraph reads “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These words are the foundation to our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendment’s to our Constitution. Who was the authors referring to as the “Creator” of course God the Creator of all things? We all have a Right to Life even the unborn, we have a Right to Liberty not rights by man but rights by God. We also have a Right to pursue the Happiness, but happiness is not guaranteed as some think but that we all have the freedom to pursue the happiness we desire. In this we must have laws that protect these rights that each of us have from those trying to take those rights away and to do this we must elect representatives to pass laws protecting these rights and these representatives must understand where these rights originate.
Much of the Constitution is dedicated to the workings of the various branches of our government. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments’, were written to protect the people from government. The United States is not a true democracy but a republic which is a system where the people elect representatives to pass laws and policy but the Bill of Rights and other amendments protect certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government even if elected by majority of voters. However, some of these rights are being challenged by the progressive left of our government, particularly the first and second amendment. The first amendment says that “Congress shall not make any law respecting an establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. This amendment has been under attack by the separation of church and state advocates but the problem is not separation of church and state but separation of God and country.
Prosperity of a nation is directly linked to the spiritual prosperity of its people and we as a nation have lost that spiritual prosperity. It has been said, "as the Church goes so goes the Nation." When the Church departs from the "only Truth God works In, Christ and Him Crucified (Psa. 33:4)" they depart from the only source of true prosperity. This amendment also says that we shall not be prohibited from the practice of our religion. We have seen numerous instances were Christians are forced to participate in activities against their beliefs.
The second amendment is also under attack by various entities. The second amendment states “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. The ultimate goal of the progressive left is to completely remove our right to keep and bear arms.
However, those that object to these amendments know that it is very difficult to change the constitution so their plan is to load the judicial branch of government with judges that agree with their thinking. By loading the courts particularly, the Supreme Court, their hope is these judges will simply redefine these constitutional amendment’s the way they believe they should be defined and not how the framers had defined them such as they have with marriage; therefore, destroying our once strong God given freedoms of religion, speech and security.
We Christians and citizens of these United States have an opportunity to make sure that our constitution remains as intended by the framers by getting out and voting your spiritual beliefs on November 8, 2016. I know this is probably said for every national election, that this election may be the most important one of our life time. We have much to lose and much to gain in this election because we have an opportunity to turn our country to spiritual prosperity. This is not only true for our national elections but just as much so for our local and state elections. From school board elections to city, county and state elections. Think of Democracy and Christ and pray for our country.
Servants of the Lord,
W.R. Hammon and Pastor Scott E. Hammon