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And so we continue.

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
(Dan 4:17)

That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
(Dan 4:25)

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
(Col 1:16-17)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
(Pro 21:1)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
(1Ti 2:1-4)

I cannot say that I believe our country made a wise decision a week ago.

Many people would conclude that I am, therefore, a racist.  They would be wrong.

My votes never have anything to do with the color of anyone’s skin, or any other aspect of ethnicity.  I have voted for Alan Keyes several times.  I moved from Florida shortly before I would have had the pleasure of voting for Marco Rubio.  I have voted for whites, blacks, and Latinos, and I have voted for men and women.

When I do my election research, I look for history, votes, quotes, comments from supporters, comments from opponents, issue positions, articles… anything I can find that will tell me about the person’s true character and beliefs.  What is this person’s view of life?  Of the role of government?  Of the Constitution?  Of rich people?  Of taxes?  Of spending?  Of Israel?  Who endorses him?  Who opposes him?  Etc., etc., etc.

I mark the person who, as far as I can tell, comes as close as possible to a reverent regard for our Constitution, which was penned by men much wiser than they are given credit for today, as they are widely viewed with contempt.  They saw these days of trouble coming from afar off, days in which we struggled to remember our foundations, and wondered what would be the outcome of it.  I believe it was Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who corresponded about it.  They thought that we would ultimately make the right decision.  We shall see.

(By the way, I voted third-party for President this election, as has become my custom, as neither Democrats nor Republicans seem interested in the Constitution beyond giving it lip service, for the most part.)

There are plenty of people who believe that socialism is the right decision.  It isn’t, if you are interested in keeping our Constitution.  There are plenty of socialist countries.  I share the opinion of many others:  if you think it’s such a good idea, go move to a country that already has it.  It has already been tried here, repeatedly.  It doesn’t work any better here than anywhere else in the world.

I have always found it ironic and amusing that so many of Hollywood glow about the governments of socialist and communist countries.  These same people will trash America.  Now, why would they choose to stay here, since this country is so horrible, and these others are so wonderful?  Because they know what side their bread is buttered on.  It’s this country that has allowed them the freedom to become what they are.  In a socialist country, they’d be figuratively squashed like bugs (which would not make many of us unhappy, by the way).

What was the purpose of this country?  To provide a place where everyone could be assured of an equal, fair outcome?  No.  It was to provide an environment in which anyone, especially with persistence and hard work, could have a chance at happiness and prosperity.  To provide an environment of liberty even in faith, in which the government could not set up one faith and outlaw others.  To provide a place where government itself was suspect and bound, severely limiting its ability to restrict the freedoms of the people.  To provide a place where one need not fear the government.

People complain about stalemates in Washington, but our government has frequent stalemates by design.  It slows the ability of the government to take actions that would hurt us.  Possibly the worst thing that happened in our government was the installation of air conditioning at the Capitol.  This allowed our House and Senate to stay in session much more, giving them more opportunity to erode our freedoms.

Our Founding Fathers knew well the dangers of government.  They restrained it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, it has broken many of its bonds, and has been feeding itself handsomely on the backs of its citizens ever since.

The answer is not more of this, it is less of it.  It’s not government assuring you of a fair outcome, it’s people individually taking responsibility for their own risks, their own decisions, their own care and feeding, their own preparation for the future, etc.

Was life hard before big government and socialist redistribution?  Sure it was.  But people had more interest in making a way for themselves, because nobody else was going to do it for them.  You could decide what sort of food to eat, and you were responsible for the consequences if those choices were not wise.  Today, we are allowed to make few decisions, and we are rarely allowed to fail when we do make decisions.  The result is laziness, an inability to think for oneself, penalty for success, and a lack of freedom.

*sigh*

Ultimately, though, I know that God was not caught by surprise at the result of the election last week.  The Word of God is filled with examples of Him bringing one nation to conquer another, as punishment for wickedness, and for other reasons.

If He can turn the heart of a king like a river, He can direct this President to His will.  Not that His will will be pleasant at this point.  This country has strayed far.  But I know that whatever comes, He will carry us through.  Unlike me, God can see the big picture, and somehow, this all fits into it.  I just have to trust and obey.

 

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4 Responses to “And so we continue.”

  1. beekeeper10 says:

    I agree with you about the problems that this country faces and I am disappointed in the citizens of this once great country for reelecting him.
    We have too many people now that want big government and handouts from the government. I hope I am wrong but I think the president and lot of others in government thinks there is no room for God in government. Our country was built with morals and laws that were based on the Ten Commandments and without that our country will fall apart.
    I pray and trust everyday that God will some how help us save this nation. But be careful about trust and obey, that is what the government wants us to do.

    • Miss M says:

      You are so right. John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” When they spoke of “religion”, they were referring specifically to Christianity.

      “Trust and obey” was actually a reference to an old hymn, speaking of trusting and obeying the Lord throughout our lives. :) So what I meant was, I just need to trust that the Lord knows what is going on, and is in control, and I need to obey His Word. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/t/r/trstobey.htm

      A lot of people believe that you can have a moral and civil society without God. The downward spiral in American society, especially over the last 50 years, is the result of such belief.

      http://www.free2pray.info/5founderquotes.html

  2. ladysown says:

    i agree with you that God can do mighty things hitherto unimagined.

    I have no further comments on the election as it hasn’t been a big thing on my radar (being Canadian and having my own issues to deal with). :)

    • Miss M says:

      What?!? Canadians don’t spend hours glued to their screens to try to discern the way our elections are going? :lol: