Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Declaration of Independence Part Three

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

For those Christians who maintain the idea that at this time in our history, that England was a foreign power, they are only half right. At this time, America was a colony of that foreign power and as such was a part of the nation of Great Britain. The text of this document is written opposing the country that was technically governing America at the time. It was a government that the colonies had endured many abuses from and following is a list of those abuses.

Some naïve Christians believe that it would be good for the spiritual well-being of the church as a whole to have a government that is openly hostile to Christianity. With the election of 2008 this is as close as I personally want to be to that government. What they forget is that if we allow this to continue, true there may be fewer ‘fake’ Christians in the congregations, but they will bequeath to their children a country where the Bible is contraband or hate speech and sharing the Gospel is a crime. Missionaries that count on the support of churches here will be forced to close operations if our nation ceases to be prosperous. Hospitals, orphanages and more will no longer function because of the simpleton approach of these “Progressive” Christians.

In their endeavor to spread “Social Justice” across the globe by redistributing wealth, they will effectively create a pandemic of poverty in what was the greatest nation in the world. In their efforts to supplant the Gospel with the concept of “Social Justice” the message of Christ turns into a Marxist plea that has nothing to do with salvation, sin or Heaven and Hell.

The truth is that even Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” The Gospel message isn’t about taking from the wealthy in order to save their soul, the Gospel is about a relationship with Jesus Christ and obedience to His commands. We will always have the poor with us, not because wealthy people don’t give enough, but because poor people make their own bad decisions.

You can see it in the numbers of welfare recipients who win the Lotto and five years later are broke again. You can see it in the stories of the funds given to the poor to relocate when their condemned house is slated for bulldozing. After a month of parties and extravagant gifts to relatives, they are broke again and still in the house they don’t own anymore. The poor we will always have with us, because let’s face it, some people cannot make good decisions about their lives.

Help them, yes. Redistribute from a productive member of society and give to the poor, no. Help them with education, with finding jobs, with getting off of drugs and off the welfare programs entirely. Giving them money is like trying to impart wisdom to a fool, it just won’t work.

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