Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Modern Revolution/Civil War

In a recent Email by Focus on the Family, they yet again state why they oppose the Health Care bill currently before Congress.
While the president is on the road rallying support for the bill, the two primary objections remain: its cost and the presence of abortion.
Although these objections to the bill are two important facets, they miss the real problem with the current legislation. It seems as if Prolife groups would not oppose this bill for more serious and fundamental reasons. As the Email states in another paragraph,
As many as a dozen pro-life Democrats have vowed to vote against any legislation that does not explicitly exclude federal funding for abortion providers or insurance companies that provide abortions. We applaud these pro-life Democrats for their courage and unbelievable fortitude in standing for the sanctity of human life, while facing pressure from their political party and the White House.
The problem is not the Prolife issue. The problem is that the legislation represents a revolution of our form of Republican Constitutional government. The United States was founded on the principle that governments do not grant "rights", but instead are formed in order to secure our God-given rights... in particular, the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Several years ago I criticized a guest host on Rush Limbaugh's show, the Libertarian, Walter Williams. He argued during the broadcast that the Right to own property was also a fundamental right, but even more so than the Right to life. At the time, I did not see the connection he may very well have been making.

Over the last several years, I have been thinking more about the "land promises" of the Bible and why they play such an important role in the promises of God. The more I think about it, the more I see Walter Williams may have had a great point that our Framers understood better than most today. For without the Right to own property, securing the right to life would literally be impossible. Government would become the arbiter and source of rights, and not the institution that is formed to secure rights that are granted by God. In other words, just as John warns us in the book of Revelation, the State becomes the foundation for truth and usurps the place of God. Revelation 13:
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
The current bill before Congress is built on a purely secular foundation. It represents everything our Founders and Framers stood against. If one has any doubt, just look at how this bill is being attempted to be turned into law. This bill is not about health care, Prolife or cost. It has everything to do with power. To pass this bill is to pass the idea that governments are not instituted with the consent of the governed as well as the idea that rights come from governments. As Paul says in Romans,
For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Therefore let us pray as Paul teaches,
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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