13Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (1Pet 2:14)
And the Federal Government served as it was intended; as a kind of glue, rather than a binding chain, to hold all the voluntary states together.
The first real test of whether the Federal Government was glue or a chain was the Civil War.
The glue proved to be a chain.
We were One Nation Under God, and proud of it.
And the Federal Government still tried to keep as low profile as possible, recognizing the Power of the Individual States.
But President Hoover held back, much to his bad reputation. He said the problem would eventually work itself out, and he tried to keep the Federal Government out of State business.
(Remember "Hoover Blankets," a newspaper to bundle up in to keep warm in your cardboard box - if you were lucky enough to have one?)
And sure enough things began to improve. And as all countries do during war time (WW2), this country began to grow prosperous. And also, as the world found out, when the US is involved, even the Losers win. (Have you read The Mouse that Roared?)
But like a salesman who once he has his foot in the door, or a "Temporary Tax" that has once been enacted - it becomes more like a cancer than a healing sore, trying to enlarge itself and overcome its victim.
And so it was with Royalty throughout the world. We especially hear of the glamourous activities of Downing Street (England).
And so it was with the Royalty of this nation - the Government could do no wrong.
And we heard of all the wonderful things that our Stars were doing, as well as the great things coming forth from the White House. Why the President himself would come into our living room and have a "Fireside Chat" with each and every one of us.
This culminated with our youngest and most glamourous President of all: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his Queen Bride, Jacquelyn.
After the horrifying death of J.F.K., and this nation's dishonorable show of force in Korea, Cuba and Laos - Cambodia, this nation's people began to cry out for the underbelly of the White House.
Then to add to the uproar, our next presidents made some significant booboos of their own (Nixon and Johnson).
Meanwhile Hollywood, the mighty kingdoms of the silver screen were crumbling, allowing an ever-broadening exposé of their Perfect Celestial Kingdom.
It did not take long for the Media to catch on to the way the tide had shifted. Within that generation the worm had slowly turned until nothing was safe from the media's prying cameras.
After all, he knew it couldn't possibly get any worse, and there was always hope of his pot cooling down.
They were not trying to change anything; they just wanted to "do their own thing," which was essentially - nothing.
The South saw its rebellion as well; and the pot grew hotter.
Rebellion, Civil Disobedience and Anti-establishment attitudes were becoming commonplace and the accepted (and expected) norm.
Then I am struck with a tidal wave of awareness - and I am almost scalded.
But I think "It can't get much worse than this!"
Then five years down the line I get hit by another scalding wave.
I did not see the devastating poverty of the Depression, but I felt the effects since our family was on the poor side of normal.
I got to witness the growth of radio; the birth of TV; and the excitement of indoor toilets; and running water in the house; and throwing out the ice box to make way for a refrigerator; from milking the cows twice a day to milk bottles at the front door.
From quarter moon on the outhouse door; to man walking on the moon.
During the late '60's and the '70's he was going to college and getting involved with the "things of this world" like drugs and sex, humanism, and rebellion.
Meanwhile I was serving my military stint in Germany, then working in a factory; and when the factory went on its final strike, I traveled much of this country living on a bicycle.
While he and his college buddies were playing Hippie; I was living the life that they purportedly wished to live.
He was learning about what life was supposed to be from behind a desk and a weed; while I was learning about life from life, that is, by living it.
The two of us are total opposites, in so many ways.
And there is no George Washington or Abraham Lincoln standing by with an ax to chop it down.
But there is a swelling crowd of Tree Huggers who cultivate and nurture the Tree and anxiously grab for themselves the fruits of it.
Whatever happened to the Hindenburg Blimp?
"Raise up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it," (Prov 22:6 see 27:22 as well) How much more is that true when a child is born into a world that stinks from its own self-indulged filth?
[ God has one way of dealing with the problem of imbedded sin - total destruction. He used the Deluge; Fire & Brimstone on Sodom; complete Annihilation of the Canaanites (through the Jews); and ultimately everything He is holding in store for the Tribulation - and finally the Pit reserved for Satan and his angels.]
And if that student was rich enough, he did not have to do his duty to this country he lives in and rebells fervently against.
He has become a Military Evader, therefore has not learned one of the greatest and most needful traits of any leader.
He has not learned how to follow orders.
And since he has come from a wealthy family, he has not learned another very important lesson that any leader must know from experience.
He has not learned to be poor. He has not learned to do without. He believes the poor are less human than the rich, and as any student of human history will tell you - he believes that only the superior are blessed, and the inferior deserve the poverty life has dealt them.
And this untrained, unprepared leader no longer holds stones and Molotov cocktails in his hand; rather he holds the -- Books of Laws and Social Morality; and the button to Total World Destruction- while utilizing the decision making capacity of an Evolved bug rather than a creature answerable to a God to which he must hold himself accountable.
Yes, we are. And prosperity breeds complacency. As long as we get what we want, we will allow those we feel are supplying our desires to continue doing as they will, and justify them as well, assuming that Good Times for Me will continue.
As for Democracy; Hitler was voted into office (though by devious means).
Under Hitler the German people were having their desires met while the rest of the world continued in a depressed state. Then they began to hear of "things" happening to the infirm; then to the elderly; then to the socially unacceptable; then to the Polish, then to the Jews, then those who helped the Jews. But it wasn't happening to them. And the rationalizations the Government was giving them were sounding more and more "reasonable" the deeper they became embroiled in the boiling pot.
Meanwhile, the churches were slowly being implanted and overtaken by Government puppets who were watering down and changing the Message while directing the congregation's allegiance to Hitler. And their children were no longer being brought up by their parents, but by the State through the school and children's camps where they learned to be warriors and Citizens loyal to the Government. And the children were being taught to be faithful Nazis and effective spies against their own parents.
"Bring up a child. . . ."
But the pot was too hot to touch as the fire blazed its way all across this planet. There was nothing to do but accept it, or fight it and suffer the wrath of the Government.
To not be loyal to the Government, or to be on the list of those the Government considers expendable; meant deprivation, and death.
[ As it did to be a Christian under Nero, and the Jewish Sanhedrin.]
Even though (on the surface) the Government Leader began as a Humanitarian Lamb, then turned into a Humanist Wolf, allegiance to him remained the same.
[ Hitler was raised a Roman Catholic but grew to accept the Protestant view because it allowed him more latitude to alter the meaning of Scripture. His main doctrine that he wanted to inject was that Jesus fought against the Jews, in other words, He was an Anti-Semite. He called his reinterpretation of the Bible "Positive Christianity" in contrast to Traditional Christianity.
Altering the meaning of words instead of risking the wrath that would be forthcoming by trying to change the words themselves is very popular with Governments and churches, which accounts for the many Denominations and Political Parties we see.
God's Word has long suffered this type of abuse; and we are seeing that our Constitution and Bill of Rights are not immune to such abuse.
We humans have the ability to use the same words and mean entirely different things. Consider "cool," and "bad," or "Separation of Church and State." ]
That Pot has a tag written on it with the title "Muslim Confederacy."
"Peace and Safety."
[ P.S. and References on next page ]
We relish in our Blindness. A Pastor once said that he tried hard to get the local government(s) to support his efforts in dealing with its local drug problem.
"We don't have a drug problem," he was informed.
In fact, and especially now, that local drug problem is one of the worst in the land.
Finally the local Government said they would let him use a building; but he was not allowed to speak of Jesus. He declined the offer.
To my way of thinking leaving Jesus out of a Morality and Social problem is like leaving medicine out of the pill you take to solve a problem.
4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Mat 24:)
1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Rev 13:)
The Object of this article is how such a situation as the one we now see could occur. It is not an accusation or a suggested cure. The reason for our dilemma is man's fallen nature. For the Cure we need but read Revelation and other such Prophetic books in the Bible.
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