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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Blessed Is the Nation Whose God Is the Lord

It is easy to take just about any statement and through innuendo, lack of context and parsing each verb make it into what you want it to say. People do it all the time when they read the Bible. They look for verses they can use to justify what they want to do. They can use the Bible to verify their righteousness as they murder, lie and steal. We shouldn't be surprised that people will do the same thing when reading the US Constitution.

I understand that a judge has ruled that the government, whoever the government is, cannot declare a National Day of Prayer. This comes from an understanding of "Congress shall make no law for the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" from the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. The fact that the framers of these words called for prayer, voted to have Bibles printed from public funds and that then and now there is an established need for chaplains in our armed forces who are publicly funded seems to be ignored.

So you can ignore the context of the words, the practices of those who wrote them and the continued result of their actions and still be a judge who is upholding the rights established with these words. Does anyone else see the foolishness in this? The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights were clearly saying that no one should be made to go to church or practice any religion. I would fight for others rights to ignore religion but I will not stand still while other force me or others within Congress to ignore our faith. This is clearly trampling on the latter clause of "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

I realize that what I am about to say sounds like a conspiracy theory but I will still say it. Communists said that religion was the opiate of the masses. They spend decades trying to eradicate it from their countries. They were upfront and deliberate. There are those in the US who are carefully removing it from all phases of our lives. It has been taken from the schools and continues to be slowly removed from places in which it could be seen regularly.

Totalitarian governments want to eliminate religion. Why is that? They do not want a power higher than that which they have established on earth. It is easier to lead a people who believe this is all there is than a people who will fight for righteousness, giving God glory and Someone who can overrule the rules established by man. Those with faith know there is a reward that awaits them. They have Someone within them who motivates them beyond rules. They can't be fully controlled.

Psalm 33:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

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