Times That Try Men’s Souls

I sit here and I wonder, “what happened last night?”

I was at the Durham County GOP HQ to watch the results come in, and when we heard that we lost Pennsylvania, we got very concerned, but we held out hope. But when we started to lose Ohio, that’s when we started praying. Literally, praying. Don’t see that at the Dems place, now do ya?

We started to get hopeful when at about 12:30 they showed Romney in the lead in Ohio by 20,000 votes. We thought “haha, stupid MSM, you called it too early!” But then it fell back again. Suddenly. Magically.

Did you know that Florida is still being contested? Yep, they still don’t know who won Florida. Obama leads by some 40,000 votes. And over in Ohio, by about 100,000. Same in Pennsylvania. Take it to court for the voter fraud cases, and this could be different.

But anyway, Gov. Romney conceded, so he can’t challenge this in court. Sadly, he has failed us. He failed America. I honestly think he is a good man, so I have no idea why he would do this.

But what’s done is done. So why then did we lose? We asked that in prayer. We told God we knew that He is sovereign  and that He is in control and will bring things about for His own purpose. So what purpose does God have in this? What is His sovereign plan?

I thought about that a lot last night while I was waiting for sleep. I prayed a lot as well. I eventually started praying for peace at about 5:00AM. and I eventually fell asleep. This morning is when God let me know what He is doing. He has a grand plan, but it isn’t exactly a fun plan.

We live in a culture of entitlement. We live in a culture of government handouts. We live in a nation where the government has taken over the role of the Church, not by taking it from us, but because we handed it over to them. James told us that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27) But we have rejected that. And so who had to take over? Who had to care for those who couldn’t care for themselves? The government, of course. Now, I think that this is indeed the job of the government to some extent. But we as Christians originally carried this burden, and as we shirked it, the government became overwhelmed.

So that is the answer to our first and foremost problem; how we got into this mess in the first place. And who is to blame? Well, we as Christians are. And yes, the government is to blame as well. The power hungry egomaniacs that run the thing told us “it’s ok, give the job to us. We can better handle it anyway.” And wanting an easier life, we let them have it. The problem is, caring for the poor isn’t the job of the government. But I will get to what the job of the government is in a little bit.

And of course it followed that as we abandoned our public faith, our private faith suffered as well. We became hypocrites. We compromised our belief in the bible because it was calling out to us, making us feel uncomfortable, rebuking us. So we cast it aside as irrelevant, saying that science proved it wrong. But God has preserved for himself a faithful remnant here in America, and they have woken the Church up. They preached, and I believed, adding to the number.

Revival is starting in the Churches. And thus, there is revival starting politically here in America. But it will not be easy. Many lazy people have abused the system originally meant to help people. Others who actually need help have become dependent. Some because they couldn’t help it. Others? Well, they chose to become dependent. America has become Rome almost literally. How? Panem et Circeses. Bread and Circuses. People have given up their political responsibility and power as long as the government will give food and entertainment; an easy life.

This is where we are. A government out of control filled with power hungry (self-admitted) communists. A public that doesn’t want to man-up and take personal responsibility and make their own living. A welfare state.

We all know what is going to happen within ten years. Every welfare program will go broke. There will be riots in the streets when the lazy’s don’t get their paychecks. Unless of course, in 2016 (the 250th birthday of America), we elect someone who will change it. But it will be hard then. People will see drastic cuts in their welfare checks. This election was our opportunity to prevent disaster before it was too painful, and at the same time grow our economy out of the stalemate that it has remained in during the last four years. But those who don’t care blew it for the rest of us. They were selfish and didn’t care about their children’s future. Or they just didn’t care. They chose momentary pleasures over their own good in the long term.

But that is characteristic of this new generation, “generation x.” I’m starting to think that they are generation x because they will self-destruct on themselves. Why? They are plain and simple foolish. Not stupid, but foolish because this word implies a greater level of ignorance, selfishness, and ridiculousness then the average person. It is starting to become more and more clear that homeschooler’s will be the new government someday. Why? Because, when the average homeschooler ranks on average 10-20% higher on his “worst” subject over the average public schooler’s “best” subject, you try telling me that they will not someday be in charge. History proves that the educated always rule over the uneducated. Generation X believes that it is entitled, and that it deserves what it has not earned.

This is wrong. If I choose to work for something, and you choose not to, then I deserve to keep what I earn, even if it is a million dollars, right? I earned it.

America has just been set on a destructive path. Will we come through this? Yes. We have come through worse. Remember, we have been invaded twice by the most powerful and influential empire that has ever existed on the face of the planet. And we won. We invaded Mexico to prove that we will not tolerate our neighbors treating our border citizens badly. Then to prove our goodness, we gave them their capitol and government back. We fought a great civil war, truly a war of secession, and survived. In fact, we did more than survive: we came out stronger, more united. Slavery was dead. Shoot, slavery would have been dead in the Confederacy by 1870 even if they had won. A then-president Lee would have destroyed it (remember, Gen. Lee never owned slaves; he actually detested the practice). We continued on to dismantle the great Spanish Empire. We broke the gridlock and ended the bloodbath of the First World War. We defeated the Nazi’s and Imperial Japan in the Second World War, preserving peace and liberty for untold billions. We stood up to Communist invasions of our Allies, and helped them survive in Korea, Vietnam (which later lost the battle anyway), and Kuwait. We brought freedom to the Iraqi’s, who are thankful for our intervention (are you aware that Saddam was starting a systematic elimination of the Kurdish people, as Hitler did with the Jews? Yeah, I bet you didn’t hear of the concentration camps in Iraq from your professors).

Economically we have survived worse times. We had the Panic of 1837. In the Great Depression we went from being a nation where almost everyone was upper class, to a nation where almost everyone was homeless overnight. We survived that. FDR tried, but ultimately it was the industrial impact of World War II that really pulled us out. We had the Collapse of 1979. And now we have the Housing Crises of 2008 and the resulting Stock Market crash of 2009 that the Federal Government has kept in a standstill. We have mass debt, that numbers so high that if every person on Earth were American, all seven billion people would owe $51,532.60. But will we survive? Yes. We always have. Will we still be the Republic? Maybe. Only if things change in 2016.

The road ahead is tough. The America people have opted for the hard road: four more years of luxury before 10-20 years of extreme hardship. We could have elected Mitt Romney (in fact, take away the voter fraud and we probably did) and had four years of slight discomfort, but it would have been temporary. America was foolish, but we can and will get through this.

We will face dark days. We will have to fight not only a government that is trying to get out of control, but a bad economy. These are indeed the times that try men’s souls, as we wonder what is happening and why. We know what history is, and the path we are going down has been gone down before. It was not good in any way whatsoever. So why repeat it? Because of foolishness.

So why has this happened? Why was President Obama given a second term and the Democrats allowed to keep the Senate (although just barely)? Because America needs a wake up call, and so does the Church here. The Church has taken a wrong view on government and has given the government its responsibilities.

The church has taken the idea that we should obey our leaders, no matter what they say, even if it is tyrannical and that rebellion against our civil leaders, is in essence, rebellion against God. I don’t buy it. Yes, the bible says in many places that we should respect our leaders, but here is the problem with that: it all has to do with the purpose of government (see, I said I’d get to it eventually). Our Founding Fathers believed that the first and primary purpose of government was to protect the people from external and internal threats, such as invasion by a foreign power and criminal activity, and to protect the three unalienable rights. Don’t believe me? Believe them. They made clear to us, as well to all generations, their belief through their reasons for leaving the British Empire:

“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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

I could say much about this simple paragraph. In fact, entire college courses have been built on it. But I only want to focus on this: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” What a sentence!

We as Christians believe that in essence, government is good, because it has been given power by God Almighty Himself to keep order. We believe that government has a purpose. But as American Christians, because the bible never says which form of human government is best, we have to determine what that purpose is. Thankfully, we don’t have to do that, because our Founding Father’s already did. They were educated men from humble backgrounds. They knew history. So they had determined through much thinking, debating, and most of all prayer that the purpose of government is what is written above.

They also believed, as I do, that whenever government violates its very reason for existing, that it is no longer the same institution that is blessed by God. Humans are imperfect, and so government by humans is going to be imperfect. And so it will occasionally do imperfect things (sin). So is it right to rebel? Not always, but in some cases, yes. Is it sinful to rebel? Once again, not always, but in some cases, yes. We must be the moderators of our government, and when it starts to get out of hand, it is our right and duty “to alter or to abolish it.”

I think our government has gotten out of hand. And I think that we as Christians have let that happen. We are citizens of two countries, so we must be ever the more diligent! Our allegiance is to King Jesus first, and to a human ruler second. And so I think that this is serving as a wake up call to us. I think that Jim Daily, President of Focus on the Family has a great commentary on how this is God working a call to revival among us:

http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2012/11/07/my-foolish-reaction-to-president-obamas-re-election#comment-34344

I couldn’t have said it better (or in less words, hence my giving a link)! We have tried to bring about our revival through politics, but that didn’t work. It didn’t work because the main issue on how people vote is on what they believe. If money or race is more important to them than justice and righteousness, we are going to lose.

Our main priority as Christians should not be getting people to vote against abortion because science confirms that an embryo is a human being, or against homosexuality because research clearly shows that children who grow up in married man-woman families are more likely to secede. While these are valid points that should be clearly heeded, our priority should be that it is what God Himself says what is good and right, and that as His children we should follow Him. Of course to follow Him, they must actually be his children first! I saw a great comment on the link to the Focus article where someone pointed out, imagine if the trillions of dollars Christians on both sides of the aisle had spent in just the last twenty years had been used for evangelism instead. What would the greater impact have been then, not just for this nation, but for eternity? I know someone who died today, and she died without the Gospel. She died while waiting for the results of the election.

What if we had spent more time reaching out to her with Good News rather than political ads? Would she have lived the life of crime that she did? Would she have been a better influence on her children and grandchildren? We’ll never know. And now, because of our distraction, she’ll suffer eternally. Don’t get me wrong, her sins were hers, and she must answer for them, but we had an obligation to reach out to her with new Life that is eternal. But we were focused on grabbing votes rather than spreading hope.

America is about to go through some dark days. But the Church? Well, we’re just coming out of them.

But I believe that this is good that we can see this. We can see our problems, and we can fix them then. We must use these next four years as the warning they were divinely designed to be and we must make good use of them (Ephesians 5:15-17).

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.” wrote Thomas Paine during the American Revolution. These are true words. What the government gives to us, it can take away. Only what God has given to you cannot be taken away. What you didn’t work for but what given to you, you are more likely than not to esteem too lightly.

But Liberty is never to be taken lightly. Brave men and women throughout our history have fought, and died, for it. Those who reject Liberty don’t deserve it. But who does really? Only one has fought and died for your true liberty, so that from the real liberty you can have earthly, political liberty. Thus He is Liberty. He gives you liberty from death, from the punishment for breaking the law that is Hell, and from the tyranny of the men who will be there.

These times try men’s souls because these things we ought hold dear are being taken lightly. We are headed down a dark path. But at the end of every dark path is either something better than when you started, or absolute destruction. If we continue to treat these lightly, our result as America will be the latter. But if we are strong, and if we survive this trial, our result will be the former and we will be, as a consequence, the “new birth of freedom.” And we will be stronger. Better. Reformed.

This government of the people, by the people, and for the people, must endure. And now, we the people, must act as the guardians we are called to be. And now we as Christians, must act as the Lights in a dark land (Philippians 2:14) that God has given us no choice but to be.

President Barack Obama won this election because we turned our backs on who we are. We envision change. Going “Forward.” But what was “fundamentally” wrong with America in the first place, anyway? Liberty and Justice for all no matter what their nationality or creed? No, let us forsake the chains of slavery and go backward! Let us go back to the basics; to what made America great.

Let us see this as the wake up call that it is. God is bringing about the revival that we have prayed so long for.

God is blessing America now. We have chanted this for years, but now in the hard times, when things look bleak, God is purging us of our iniquities. He is disciplining us. And we will look back with our grandchildren and when they ask us how we survived, we will say “Only because God led us through. All glory to Him.”

It is Now, my fellow Americans, it is Now my brothers and sisters and fellow citizens of the Kingdom, it is Now that God is truly blessing America.

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