Thursday, August 20, 2009

Two Kingdoms vs Obama

For years the political religious right has been accused of trying to establish some kind of theocracy. Yet today we see the political left doing the very thing they accuse the Right of doing. Fox News is reporting an interesting story in which President Obama speaks to Religious leaders.
Obama told the rabbis that "we are God's partners in matters of life and death" and asked them to "tell the stories of health care dilemmas to illustrate what is a stake" in their sermons, Moline wrote.
Obama is even quoted as saying that,
"this debate over health care goes to the heart of who we are as a people."
For most people, this statement would be interpreted as someone who is caring and wants to make sure that our fellow citizens are cared for. Yet the evidence is glaringly to the contrary as those who have stood up in the Town Hall meetings have demonstrated over and over again.

Obama's health are plan has nothing to do with "loving your neighbor" or making sure we are "our brother's keeper". The facts are plain and for all to see. Since the facts do not line up with Obama's declared motivations, we know that he is lying. Therefore Obama is now doing what former Vice President Gore has done. He is using religion as a means to overthrow the Constitution (Could anyone imagine Bush doing this without reporters going nuts?).

Riddlebarger is right. This is another example of the confusion of the two kingdoms. Instead of the political Right, now it is the political Left.

Why? Why would the political Left desire to do this? For example, why would reporters support Left Wing ideology when in so many Left Wing countries, the freedom of the press doesn't exist? Why support communist dictators like Hugo Chavez when they seek our destruction? I think many people on the Left see Capitalism as evil because of the abuse of many within the system. The Left naively thinks that the evil arises out of our American system of free enterprise and limited government.

Yet the evidence is demonstrates the contrary. No system in the world has raised the standard of living as it has here. Communist countries all over the world are full of evil dictators and tyrants (Of which I suggest Obama is another one, but then the Left sees Bush in the same light).

I have become convinced over the years that systems are not necessarily evil if good men run them. The U.S. government as it was constituted is not a suicide pact. Evil men will arise and attempt to abuse the system. That does not mean we need to overthrow the system. If the Rule of Law is followed within the system, and the system is maintained by good men, then the system will work.

At this point I will offer one example. Ronald Reagan broke up monopolies for the simple reason that our system would collapse under its own weight if men became tyrants through corporate power. Evil men must be restrained. That is the role of good government, ours or any other system.

That is not to say that all systems are good or morally neutral. Communism is painfully wrong and immoral. Even if good men were within it, it violates human nature by definition and therefore can not defend itself. As can be seen in any communistic country, the citizens do not have equal access to the law. History is replete with the abuse of those who grant themselves power over the masses.

President Obama does not like our form of government and has said as much. His health care plan (if it may be called that) has nothing to do with helping people. It has everything to do with overthrowing the Constitution and creating an even larger dependent class of citizens.

So is there an answer in all of this? Whatever the answer is, the Christian must always keep the two kingdom model front and center. We must remember what the role of good government is and is not. The Christian must always pray for their political leaders that God may grant us peace and that we may live peaceably with our neighbors. As Paul says to Timothy,

1Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
1Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
1Ti 2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1Ti 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1Ti 2:6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

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