One Way: GOD's Man in Washington - or - What would a godly President of the USA (and Government) do?!
. As Joseph Pulitzer wisely stated, and as should be evident to all, or as the founding fathers would say should be self-evident (but has been so popularly denied by so many learned folk during recent times), Popular government without public virtue is a sham; and in fact is a ruinously destructive lie, a tool to be used with devastating force to destroy all that is good, and all who are good.
One ironic and critical error of governmental rulership in general, and the presidency in particular, is over what rightly should be the foundation for all judgment and decision-making, or what is the true source of legitimate governmental authority.
Yesteryear's 'Divine Right of Kings' always was a lie; running blatantly contrary to GOD's will. Worldly kingship was always sinful man's will, in rebellion against GOD's will. There has never been a divine right for anyone to do wickedness, to do evil; yet history is full of man's tyranny, oppression, and destruction of his fellow man.
While it may sound noble to proclaim that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth," in due deference to that pronouncement's author (Abraham Lincoln, aka "Honest Abe"), the statement is utterly false, and serves to undermine humbly GOD-submitted governance, and displace it with secular humanism, atheism, & democratic tyranny (which the founding fathers called Mobocracy!).
John Wycliffe wrote in the General Prologue of his 1384 Bible translation: "The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People." Dear Old "Honest Abe," "Father Abraham," appropriated, revised, perverted, and incorporated Wycliffe's prologue in his Gettysburg Address: stating "that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Thus he crafted a stirring speech which has been handed down to succeeding generations, devoid of the true meaning of the words, and indeed even with a perverted meaning supplanting the true. Lincoln was greatly gifted as a leader, as a consummate politician, and as a skilled artist with literary & oratory artifice. When confronted by Methodist circuit-rider/Minister and christian statesman Peter Cartwright over Lincoln's then agnosticism during the campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, which he (Lincoln) won, Lincoln artfully dodged the criticism that Lincoln was not a Christian (which was absolutely true), by deft use of rhetorical expression. Later as President of the United States, Lincoln won the most important battle of the entire war/His war, by succeeded in drawing the defenders of Charleston, SC harbor into firing the first shots in the war to end the Federally imposed blockade of Charleston Harbor. No casualties were inflicted in the bombardment of the man-made island fortress in Charleston harbor, but Lincoln had the justifying "provocation" to claim a state of war existed. Lincoln justified his manifold betrayals of the United States Constitution (which he was sworn to uphold, preserve, and protect), with the pragmatically expedient philosophy (what Robert Kaplan correctly terms a "Pagan Ethos"), that if the "civil" war were lost by the "union" the constitution would (purportedly) cease, therefore whatever was necessary (in Lincoln's judgment) to win the war was "constitutional"!!!
In case this reminds you of Al Gore's campaign philosophy, it should, because it is identical, i.e., he promised he would do, "whatever is necessary to win"!
[There was not so much as one single solitary founding father that would not have literally taken up arms over Lincoln's deliberate, premeditated policy of rending the U.S. Constitution at will, as he saw fit to do repeatedly in order to prosecute the most monstrous, uncivil, and ruinous war, and a war of aggression, Never a war of defense, against his own countrymen, including women, boys, girls, children, and aged people, while initially "justifying" his war as purportedly being necessary to maintain the union, later "justifying" his war as purportedly being necessary to free the slaves. Thus Lincoln ravaged and destroyed the southern states and their citizens, and bled the northern states, repeatedly betrayed the Constitution he was sworn to uphold, and created the conditions which led to the suffering of blacks throughout the U.S. in the decades to come, in the name of saving the Constitution, and violently "freeing" the slaves from American people who were vilified as being evil. Was slavery an institution worthy of retention, NO; should slavery ever have been accepted in America, NO; was slavery a "right thing," NO, NEVER; but ironically, the New Deal, the Great Society, the reinventive building of the modern American cities during the 20th century...have proved infinitely more destructive to black people, black families, and the eternal destinies of countless black people in America than slavery did. More on that later.]
Lincoln was wont to premeditatedly indulge in extreme "poetic license" in predatorily exploiting God's Word in order to give God's stature and approval to himself and his actions, e.g., he would peruse the Bible for just the scripture which he could twist and pervert for his purposes, an example is his vaunted "House Divided" speech, "A house divided cannot stand...." Numerous Presidents, via presidential speechwriting staffs, have imitated Lincoln's success with such biblical exploitation since "honest Abe" passed on to his reward, as have numerous hireling ministers, and wolves in sheep's clothing damnably done!
"And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
"And He called them unto Him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
"No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
"Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit."
What is this scripture really about, really saying? How can Satan cast out Satan? ...kingdom be divided against itself...kingdom cannot stand. ...house divided against itself...house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
Jesus states that Satan does not war against himself, that if Satan would do so he would destroy himself. Jesus states that a kingdom that wars against itself cannot stand, that a house that wars against itself cannot stand.
Is the United States of America a kingdom? No.
Was the United States of America a kingdom? No.
Was the United States of America created to be a kingdom? No.
The Founding Fathers were mortally opposed to the United States of America being or becoming a kingdom, ever!
Did the Founding Fathers frame a representative form of government, a Republic of States (termed Union) under God, with an overseeing legal document (termed Constitution), which the States were guaranteed the right to secede from in the future if they so chose? Yes!
Did secession by a state or states from the republic constitute treason, tyranny, or war? NO!
Did Lincoln make secession from the republic a treasonable action, tyranny, and war? YES!
Is the United States of America a house or household? No.
Was the United States of America a house or household? No.
Was the United States of America created to be a house or household? No.
The Founding Fathers were utterly opposed to assimilation of the States into a Federal State, or 'house,' or 'household!'
Did the secessionist states go to war against the states which did not secede? NO!
Did the secessionist states go to war against the federal government in Washington, D.C.? NO!
But "Father Abraham" did! He went to war with houses, households, families, men, women, and children; he was hell-bent on destroying the secessionist states utterly, and this to "save" the 'sacred' political union. What Lincoln did in the name of preserving freedom, and providing freedom was a most savage thing!
Lincoln was elected with 40% of the popular vote as a compromise candidate; he was elected to tread a path apart from creating a war; but he immediately did create a war, and such a war, the most terrible of all wars for the peoples of the states of the United States of America.
Lincoln initiated, prosecuted, pressed, and persecuted the war with absolute monarchical, tyrannical fanaticism! With the "House Divided" speech as his War Campaign rhetoric, Lincoln clothed himself with the Bible (which he perverted), the Constitution (which he repeatedly, deliberately, premeditatedly did violence to), and used the military might of the states of the federal republic to invade the secessionist states. Lincoln used unconstitutional, anti-constitutional dictatorial military power, violence, kidnapping, and imprisonment, to terroristically prevent states from seceding, and waged the most awful war, beyond imagination, AGAINST a huge portion of what he had described as the "house" or household, and he did so deliberately to destroy it, ostensibly in order to keep it! As the war bled on, Lincoln would take up the banner of 'freeing the slaves,' to justify persisting with waging an unprecedented "Total War" against American men, women, children, & babies.
His Presidency rested on his being a War-time King-President (sound familiar?).
The evils committed in the name of "saving the Union," "preserving the Union," and "freeing the slaves," resulted in the evils that would transpire in the decades to follow, as assuredly as the American entrance into WWI, and the victors' punitive indebting of Germany led to the rise of Hitler, Fascism, and WWII (and of course that was thanks to the leadership of Woodrow Wilson who campaigned for reelection with the slogan "he kept us out of war!").
Recent examples of the propensity to fearlessly, irreverently indulge in "poetic license" with God's Holy Word include Bill Clinton's attempt to unilaterally force a purported binding "covenant" on the people of America, and George W. Bush's oft repeated line that those nations which are not with the United States (in its "war" against terrorism) are against the United States. Regrettably audiences ignorant of God's Word (including christians and even ministers) invariably have responded enthusiastically to Bush's communications staff's perversion of scripture, specifically, Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me (Jesus the Christ, God the Son, who is One with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost) is against me (Jesus the Christ, God the Son, God the Father, & God the Holy Ghost); and he that gathereth not with me (Jesus the Christ, God the Son, God the Father, & God the Holy Ghost) scattereth abroad!"
Those who greet or respond to Bush's Lincolnesque sound-bytes display utter ignorance of the fact that such sound-bytes pervert the holy Word of God, that the United States of America is not a nation under God, and that the "us" in the sound-bytes does not include the "me" of the appropriated, perverted, and manipulated scripture verse, Matthew 12:30, i.e., God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost.
The Lincolnesquely crafted, psuedo-biblical, manipulative rhetoric of the administrations that engage in it demonstrates their spiritual vacuousness and dearth of the fear of God, much less true worship of God. Indeed, while the current Chief Executive may not be an utterly profane 'prince' as his predecessor was and is, the repeated statements, policies, and actions of the current executive administration place it in diametric opposition to the LORD God Almighty time and time again!
Jesus Christ was and is Holy, faithful, true, righteous, just, and God; the President can not make the same claim of the United States of America, and to exploit scripture in this unseemly way, vividly points up the grievous lack of the nation, the federal government administration, and the head of the administration (the President); and frankly, in addition to spiritual ignorance, a condemnable dearth of requisite God-commanded Fear of God!
The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States of America, are among the finest of man-crafted governing instruments (based upon such great forerunners as the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact, and thus ultimately upon the Holy Bible), owing their merits wholly to GOD Almighty, but also having incorporated the weaknesses of sinful imperfect mankind. These, the Declaration and Constitution, ought to be observed and followed according to the original intent of the framers of these instruments, rather than deceitfully twisted, and pervertedly used as false validation for grossest miscarriages of justice and perversions of righteous judgment, as they have been (and increasingly are) monstrously exploited during contemporary times up to the present, to the destruction of the people and the nation which they were intended to serve and safeguard.
That said, notwithstanding the founding fathers' intention for the enduring observance of, reliance upon, and submission to these formational guiding documents (and while the Declaration and Constitution 'deserve' to be honestly, accurately, faithfully observed and obeyed insofar as such obedience does not conflict with GOD's higher laws), submission even to the originally intended, instructions and requirements of the standards and laws, contained within the Declaration and Constitution (which we the general population are woefully ignorant and blind concerning), will still prove ruinous, apart from first and foremost submission to the ultimate standard for human governance, that of GOD's WORD (contained in The Holy Bible); additionally, how much more ruinous will the outcome be for "we the people" should anti-constitutional amendments be adhered to and added to?
To supplant the rightful place, the supreme position of authority, of the only truly authoritative and infallible document in human history, GOD's WORD, The Holy Bible, which contains His explicit instructions for human governance on this earth, is at the best, grossly irresponsible, recklessly blind, and inexcusably ignorant, and at the worst is, deliberately, malicious subversion of GOD's revealed Will (as is evidenced in the extreme, by the current administration). The United States of America, sacrificially brought into existence for the glory of GOD, to serve HIM, to make the gospel of Jesus The CHRIST known to the lost and dying people of the whole world, sacrificially maintained, for the same purposes, at terrible costs in human suffering; the United States of America apart from submission to GOD (to His Word, to His revealed Will for America, for the world, for His servants and for all people), has no 'right' to exist, no reason to exist, nor any ability to, and is worthy of condemnation and destruction, to serve as an example to the world of what a rebellious, whorish, idolatrous, nation bent on opposing GOD, truly deserves, and thus perhaps to cause the idolatrous nations of the world to be instructed and corrected by the example of the judgment of GOD, executed upon wicked, debased America. To whom much has been given, the more shall be required. To whom the most has been entrusted, the most shall be required.
GOD Save America!
In brief then, what at the least, or at the minimum, must a godly president do, and should any godly leader do whether governor, congressman (senator or representative), judge, commander, general, officer, or official?
. Very First and Foremost: if a president is to be a godly president, he must first be a godly man! He must do, abide by, and obey all that GOD requires of all people; then, additionally, he must do what GOD says a godly ruler will do!
And now, Israel, what doth The LORD thy GOD require of thee, but to fear The LORD thy GOD, to walk in all His ways, and to love HIM, and to serve The LORD thy GOD with all thy heart and with all thy soul. To keep the commandments of The LORD, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Thou shalt fear The LORD thy GOD; HIM shalt thou serve, and to HIM shalt thou cleave, and swear by His Name. HE is thy praise, and HE is thy GOD!
Therefore thou shalt love The LORD thy GOD, and keep His charge, and His statutes, and His judgments, and His commandments, alway.
. Fear GOD (not to be confused with the popular American theological perversion of the fear of God, construed/interpreted to be anything but godly fear, instead becoming a feeling of moderate admiration!).
Absent the genuine fear of the LORD, one is utterly disqualified from any and all position of authority, as being devoid of the smallest beginning of godly wisdom, which is requisite to serve as a godly ruler of any stature, in any office.
"And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil is understanding."
"But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir; with the precious onyx; or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth and seeth under the whole heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil is understanding."
Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of The LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Proverbs 2:1-6 "My son, if thou wilt receive My Words, and hide My Commandments with thee: So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of The LORD, and find the knowledge of GOD. For The LORD Giveth wisdom: out of His Mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."
Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of The Holy is understanding."
. In the fear of The LORD, seek GOD, seek HIM in His Holy WORD, seek HIM personally, daily in His WORD, meditate in His WORD, in His Law.
Proverbs 1:28-30 "Then shall they call upon ME, but I will not answer; they shall seek ME early, but they shall not find ME: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of The LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof."
. Pray to GOD, personally, directly, daily, nightly, ongoingly, pray to HIM about everything, everything, everything.
. Listen to GOD, listen for GOD, be attentive to know the voice of GOD personally, not merely second hand.
. Obey GOD, Obey GOD, Obey GOD, submit to HIM, yield to HIM, serve HIM in sincerity, humility, and truth, not with lip service, not feignedly, not falsely, not deceitfully!
. Trust GOD, trust in The LORD, not in man, not in the world, not in riches, not in military might, not in technology, not in advisors, nor in self (but better to trust in the judgment God has given thee, than to trust in others).
. Honor GOD, not man.
. Worship GOD, and have no other gods.
. Praise GOD, most highly.
. Learn of GOD, grow in knowledge of HIM, from HIM.
. Know GOD.
. Love GOD, before all others, even before the love of thy life, thy nearest and very dearest, wife, children, family.
. Seek the Truth, Find the Truth, Know the Truth, Obey the Truth, Speak the Truth, Do the Truth.
. Exercise Mercy and Lovingkindness.
. Execute Righteous Judgment and Justice (or suffer the consequences)!
. Defend the Innocent, the helpless, the harmless, the tender, the gentle, the vulnerable, the young, those with child, the children, the youths, the fatherless, the orphans, the women, defend them from the evil, from the violent, from the murderous, from the corruptive, subversive, perverting, prostituting, enslaving, exploiting, destroyers!
. Avenge the blood of the Innocents!
. Avenge the blood of those murdered, of those that have been drawn to the slaughter.
. Save those, rescue those, being drawn to the slaughter!
. Do Away with Abominations, all which are directly destructive of people in the near term, and in the longer term bring GOD's wrath and vengeance on a nation and upon all of it's people.
. Punish the wicked.
. Remove the wicked from the nation, lest they destroy those whose care is entrusted to thee (for which thou art accountable to GOD)! Execute all murderers.
. Remove the wicked from the nation, lest the LORD GOD punish the whole nation for embracing evil, harboring evil, & refusing to destroy the evil! Execute all murderers.
. Exile those guilty of accidental killing to particular, designated communities.
. Apply one law impartially to all people in the nation, throughout the nation, without exception; do not tolerate variableness of criminal justice and punishment from one community, jurisdiction, nor state...to another; do not provide exceptions for 'special' persons, nor privileged groups, i.e., for elected officials, embassy staff/personnel, foreign visitors, aliens, certain races, nor 'special' subsets of persons...; and do not allow the perversely wicked to manipulate this godly standard (nor any others) to deprive the young, the innocent, the especially vulnerable, the female, the pregnant (with child), the ill, the elderly...from being rightly nurtured, nourished, protected, and cared for foremost.
. Do not respect persons/not have persons in respect in judgment, i.e., do not judge with partiality, capriciousness, inequity, unfairness, unrighteousness...; but do take special care to protect those most innocent, vulnerable, helpless, and harmless.
. Always err on the side of putting the Spirit of the Law before, or ahead of, the Letter of the Law.
. Love the good, Hate the evil, and be a terror to the terrible, and to all evil doers.
. Show no mercy to the mercilessly cruel, brutal, and savage, but rid the land of them, lest they prey on those unlike themselves, i.e., the kind, the good, the tender....
. Deter evil/prevent evil by making examples of those who do evil (contrary to what the wicked lying 'experts' have said and done in facilitating the overthrow of judgment and justice, and punishment of evil, thereby monstrously expanding, and pervasively spreading wickedness by rewarding, condoning, legalizing, legitimizing, sanctioning, and even honoring evil).
Absent these foundational criteria, godly action and service are not realizable; godliness does derive from GOD; and all evil stems from rebellion against GOD.
Of course, phoniness; lying; acting (pretending, feigning, imitating, impersonating), and theatrics; hype; staged, orchestrated, rehearsed, choreographed media opportunities/photo ops, crafted to mislead, deceive, defraud, and the like, require not so much as a scintilla of godliness; in fact godliness militates utterly against such abominations, against insisting on engaging in them incessantly, against delighting in, and reveling in using such machinations to overthrow ignorant, foolish, sinful people.
And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end.
Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say, What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?
Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee, He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.
And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.
The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against The LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
And HE changeth the times and the seasons: HE removeth Kings, and setteth up Kings.
Additional instructions for rulers, and a few insights/foresights concerning rulers, from the only Authoritative Source, i.e. GOD, as given in His Holy WORD.
When thou art come unto the land which The LORD thy GOD giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy GOD shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as The LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear The LORD his GOD, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love The LORD thy GOD, to walk in His Ways, and to keep His Commandments and His Statutes and His Judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and The LORD thy GOD shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
But if thine heart turn away; so that thou wilt not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy GOD, and that thou mayest obey His Voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto HIM: for HE is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This Book of The Law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for The LORD thy GOD is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
I Samuel 8:5-22
Now make us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto The LORD. And The LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected ME, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day wherewith they have forsaken ME, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
And Samuel told all the Words of The LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you: and The LORD will not hear you in that day.
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the Ears of The LORD. And The LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
...,till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.
..., until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. And now, O Lord our God that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
Daniel 10:20 - 11:2a
Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. And now will I shew thee the truth.
They have set up kings, but not by ME: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in ME is thine help. I will be thy King: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? I gave thee a king in Mine anger, and took him away in My wrath.
. In case you are wondering, what godly man is being suggested herein, what man adequate to the task of being used by GOD to rescue America, the answer is as follows:
The task of being used by GOD to rescue America from pending
destruction, is an impossible one, and as such calls for a man entirely different from
what prevailing 'wisdom' would call for. As has been the case down through the annals of
human history, the man to be entrusted with this impossible task (yes I did say Man, not
person, but Man!), the man to be used by God in this way, is assuredly a man whom God has
fashioned, tried, tested, corrected, tempered, enlightened, informed, endued, ordained,
and anointed specifically for the impossible task, as was true with Joseph, Moses,
Daniel, and Mordecai, to name a few of God's instruments used in such circumstances long
ago (King Josiah was a remarkable and magnificent exception to this rule of
preparation, but he was not an exception to the rule of qualities and
qualifications which God requires).
Look at these men's lives and it should become apparent to you that there are marked similarities among them and in their lives, and in God's dealings with them, it should also become apparent that there is no man in public office of the same sort as these men, nor any Presidential aspirant of the same sort.
The man for the task will be one possessing character and integrity like that of George Washington, a man wise and thoughtful, bold and brave, and additionally, an exceedingly Spiritual man.
The current crop of 'Conservative' Presidential hopefuls contains many 'successful men,' some seemingly decent moral men, some bright gifted men, but no man the likes of which GOD requires, and needs, and has used, in such dire straits before.
Again, are any of these candidates decent people, yes, are any of these candidates superior to the rest of the field, at least in terms of their stated stands on the issues they choose to be identified with; yes. Are any of these candidates credible threats to the powers that be (barring God's miraculous intervention that is), perhaps, but this is certainly not apparent.
GOD's ways are not man's ways, nor are GOD's thoughts man's thoughts;
but GOD's ways are infinitely higher than man's ways, and GOD's thoughts are infinitely
higher than man's thoughts.
Whether GOD will raise up a man to lead this nation to safety remains to be seen, but know this, it will take a miracle for such a man to come to power, it will take a miracle to preserve his life, it will take a miracle for him to be free to do what is necessary to do, for what is necessary to do is not popular to put it mildly, the critical condition of this nation and the world calls for absolutely drastic measures in some regards, and for sweeping reformation across the scope of government and nation, only multitudes of miracles will bring such changes to pass, this is not a job for a politician, nor a 'public servant,' nor even for a statesman, not a job for a Winston Churchill, nor an Abraham Lincoln, not for a Ronald Reagan, nor a Robert E. Lee, nor even for the most outstanding, godly leader this nation has ever had, George Washington; no, only a Joseph, a Moses, a Samuel, a Daniel, a Mordecai, a Josiah will do. Period.
And if such a man of God's choosing is not elevated to turn the ship of state around, to bail out the ship of state's compartments, to repair the grievously damaged ship of state before it goes to the bottom once for all, then we will see truly draconian measures instituted in this nation to eradicate all of God's children, and all of this will be done in the name of securing peace and safety, law and order!
So what is the answer, a miracle from God, a darker dark horse than any to grace the stage of American politics heretofore. Don't hold your breath. But God could do it, in response to prayer, he could do it, but I confess I do not believe He will.
What would such a man of God's choosing communicate to this nation: that the Key Issue in the Year 2000 and 2004 and 2008 and 2012...Presidential Race, and the Key Issue for the nation is simply the SURVIVAL of the Nation, nothing less. Indeed, this is a Mega-Issue, comprising many 'single-issues' including abolishing all of the following: Abortion; Infanticide; Fetal Harvesting and Experimentation; Cloning; Euthanasia; 'Assisted Suicide'; Pornography; Prostitution; "Adult Entertainment"; Sadistic, Satanic, Blood & Gore "Entertainment"; "Separation of Church and State"; Charitable Tax-Exempt Status for Evil Destructive Organizations (e.g. Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL, NAF, ACLU, the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, People for the American Way ...and all of the muslim terrorist organizations); the Extraction and Redistribution of tax dollars from citizens (many of whom are decent, some of whom are God-fearing), by the hundreds of millions of dollars per year to absolutely evil organizations (e.g. Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL, NAF, ACLU, ... the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, People for the American Way, and all of the muslim terrorist organizations); the deliberate, malevolent seduction, corruption, perversion, and destruction of the young via the public school system (courtesy of the Department of Education and the National Education Association - NEA, and American Teachers Federation - ATF). In addition to the abolishment of all of the above mentioned evils, and abolishment of much of the Federal Monster Government, we must create a National Defense, restore National Sovereignty, permanently remove the UN from the USA, and permanently remove the USA from the UN, restore and uphold the Constitution, Impeach abominably ungodly, unjust, unrighteous, treasonous Judges, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Co-Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, Governors...and Overturn our Injustice System, Execute Righteous Judgment and Justice, and Exercise Mercy, in other words bring this Nation under GOD....
How many people, leaders, or politicians do you know who would really attack the Satanic Beasts which have taken over our Country, and even attempt to restore this nation to be One Nation Under GOD, with Liberty and Justice for all? I know of none, absolutely none. I know that even the best of those vying for such a position will not do it. I am grievously sorry, but that's the way it really is, even though no one else will probably tell you so.
If I were to awake to find that God had unimaginably and
utterly impossibly given me the task and opportunity to attempt
to rescue America (by way of miraculously causing me to be appointed to a position like
he caused Daniel, Joseph,
and Mordecai to be appointed to by despotic Kings), after coming to on the
floor following first fainting dead
away, I would be sorely tempted to repeat
Isaiah 3, especially verses 6 through 8:
"When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this RUIN be under thy hand: In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
"For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory"
GOD SAVE America! The Truth is that Only GOD can, Only the True GOD can!
A great monument
Abraham Lincoln, a great politician, a great leader, a less great president, a much less great man, & Not a christian statesman! [the pronouncements of well-meaning christians and christian organizations, e.g., the Center for Christian Statesmanship, notwithstanding]
Lincoln actually began the so-called 'Civil' war through shrewd provocation and strategic incitement, he prosecuted the war brutally, incessantly, and boldly, and he 'preserved' the union by choosing to wage "total war" against the people of the South, deliberately terrorizing and destroying the South and rending the Constitution. In so doing he waged an unconscionably barbaric war of aggression against American southern families, he reshaped, in fact reinvented the Constitution, and the nation, the federal government, the executive branch, the relationship between the federal and state governments, the standing of the military, the nature of war that would be "acceptably" waged by the United States in future conflicts...and thus irrevocably, devastatingly damaged the nation he was entrusted with. In succumbing to assassination, Lincoln (the evil deed which has so oft been alleged to have been committed solely by John Wilkes Booth), fell one last terrible casualty of the most terrible "civil war!" The dramatic statement attributed to Booth immediately after his shooting of President Lincoln, "sic semper tyrannis," aka "So end tyrants!" accurately described Abraham Lincoln as a tyrant, for whatever else he was, a tyrant he most absolutely and devastatingly was. If you imagine otherwise, you might be surprised at the results of a comparison and contrast of "Father Abraham" with "evil despot" King George III, against whom the Founding Fathers and much of colonial America rose at the risk of their lives, possessions, and sacred honour, to found this representative Republic of free States; indeed, you would find that tyrant George's evil deeds fairly pale by comparison to what American President "Honest Abe" Lincoln did to his own people, whom he was elected to serve and protect).
This most costly of American wars was in fact Civil to the civilians of the 'northern' states thanks only to the Christian civility of the Confederate officers and soldiers under Robert E. Lee's command, but grievously Uncivil to the civilians of the 'southern' states, thanks to the wretched incivility, inhumanity, and barbarism of key Union leaders reporting indirectly and even directly to Lincoln, and acting to carry out plans of destruction of the South carefully, premeditatedly calculated to that effect. Among the odious key leaders of the "God-fearing" Union Army were most notably commanding Generals Pope, Hooker (one of whose legacies is the term for prostitutes "Hookers"), Sherman, & Sheridan, and thus Grant (whom Sherman & Sheridan served under). Were there good and godly leaders in the Union ranks, yes, men like Generals George Henry "Rock of Chickamauga" Thomas (who should have served with Lee and Jackson), and Oliver O. Howard (whom Howard University is named after), President-to-be James Garfield (tragically assassinated almost immediately after taking office), and Maine Governor-to-be Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
Reflections & Refractions
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
Jackson's death resulted in Lee not having a man who could and would carry out his plans and orders at Gettysburg, and thus instead of an overwhelming Confederate victory, a Confederate bloodbath. Had Jackson been spared to Lee and the South, the ensuing Confederate victory at Gettysburg would have meant the defeat of Meade's Union Army of the Potomac, and likely would have meant the very defeat of the Union army and the end of the war, but that would also have meant the end of the 'united states,' for future generations, and that simply was contrary to God's will.
Jackson was truly one of the greatly good who died young (39 years of age); he was no celluloid 'Camelot' hero, the likes of which we pay homage and tribute to; no, he was merely as godly, as valiant, as genuinely humble, as selfless, and self-sacrificing a leader as this nation has ever been graced by GOD with. He was decidedly not the kind that receives kudos or glorification from the press and media elites, nor the non-stop backstage collaborative assistance in the forms of staging, posing, playing to him, perpetual promotion, helpful leaks and rumors, 'poetic' omissions, 'creative' editing and covering up, 'damage control', concealment, ..., like the 'Camelotians', and the incumbents, nor did he die as a result of his myriad evils catching up with him, at the 'hand' of villains like himself, which again distinguishes him conspicuously from the 'Camelotians'.
The True State of the Union
Robert Edward Lee, known as Robert E. Lee, Marse (Master) Robert, General R. E. Lee, & simply Lee.
Lee was greater than any President whose likeness graced Mount Rushmore except for his wife's grandmother's husband George Washington; and indeed had he become president*, he would have been as great a president as this nation has ever been graced with. His godliness, righteousness, virtue, and self-sacrifice outshone Lincoln and all the rest who have been President of this nation (again, except for George Washington); as his wisdom and leadership outshone all of the commanders in the War Between The States.
The War Between The States, truly was the War of Unconstitutional Federal Aggression Against All Southerners, waged by the 'benevolent' Abraham Lincoln, yet the spin-doctors termed it the Civil War, but had it not been for Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, and their like, it would have been as monstrously Uncivil for the women, children, families, and older men in the Union states as it was for these in the Confederate states, and ironically it would have likely resulted in Lincoln being forced from office or defeated for reelection, and thus resulted in a very different end to the war.
The Federal forces waged a War against men, women, young people, children, elderly people, all people, and all property of the South, in its drive to defeat the South by destroying the South; this form of warfare was later termed "Total War," when employed by Adolph Hitler. For all those of you who imagine there was something righteous and just and holy and glorious about the "Union cause," you are badly deceived.
So why did God permit the South to be defeated, aside from the overwhelming, utterly overwhelming odds against the South which doomed the South from the beginning. I believe it was necessary to maintain a 'united' states for future challenges, e.g., Hitler, Hirohito & Tojo, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Kim....
For those who think the South was defeated (and destroyed) for committing evils against humanity, the truth is very far from this, and in fact there were Union leaders of the very highest rank who could have been tried and convicted for war crimes, or crimes against humanity, and attempted crimes against humanity, and we won't even address the matter of their Commander-in-Chief, who truly was a great leader, if not as good and godly a one as he has been immortalized as having been (until the very end of his life).
I believe God allowed the destruction of the South for the preservation of a 'united states,' the better to survive future wars. Slavery was never the issue (though it was employed for public relations purposes later in the war); the continuance of the Union was the issue.
. * The New York Herald endorsed Robert E. Lee for presidential nominee of the Democratic party vs. Republican Ulysses S. Grant, saying it should "nominate General R. E. Lee...making no palaver or apology. He is a better soldier than any of those they have thought upon and a greater man. He is one in whom the military genius of this nation finds its fullest development. Here the inequality will be in favor of the Democrats for this soldier, with a handful of men whom he moulded into an army, baffled our greater Northern armies for four years; and when opposed by Grant was only worn down by that solid strategy of stupidity that accomplishes its object by mere weight." [and "total war" against the civilian citizenry of the South and their land]
As his father Light Horse Harry Lee said in eulogizing former President George Washington, "he was First in War, First in Peace, First in the hearts of his countrymen...," so too it could and should be said of Robert E. Lee, a man with very few equals in the annals of American and human history.
The Lovejoy, Greeley, Jay, Adams, Wilberforce - Memorial Press
Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Of the four Presidents 'immortalized' on Mount Rushmore, George Washington truly was on a markedly higher level than Jefferson, T.R., and Lincoln; still, if this nation were a God-fearing nation it would not make monuments to man even for the most outstanding of "founding fathers."
. OK, while I'm picking on Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Machiavellian "honest Abe" Lincoln, let me mention a President of recent times who deserves more than mention. Unlike a certain current President whom a loquacious, bellicose Talk Radio Host likes to repeatedly refer to as possessing absolutely "immense integrity," more than sufficient intellect (by dint of possessing a Harvard MBA!) [and other such nonsense], there was a President near the end of the 20th Century who was tremendous, his name was and is Ronald Reagan. America owes him a debt of deep gratitude for serving this nation wisely and well during truly critical times and versus concerted and vicious opposition. President Reagan was hobbled by the adversarial "loyal opposition" who controlled Congress during his terms, and the ruinous Supreme Court which ruled during his terms. The Democrat-controlled Congress and the Supreme Court repeatedly acted contrary to the well-being of the United States of America. President Reagan made the critical error of selecting many key administration figures who were not worthy and who undercut his efforts to restore America, but the gravest, the most grievous misjudgments he made, were in preventing Israel from "ridding the world of the evil" of Yassir Arafat and the PLO, compounded by failing to retaliate against Iran-backed, Bekaa Valley-based Islamic Palestinian terrorist groups, e.g. Hezbollah...which committed terrorist attacks against a peace-keeping contingent of over 200 US Marines deployed to Beirut, and against the US Embassy staff in Beirut, Lebanon, and against the CIA base station and operatives in Beirut, Lebanon. These terrible and ruinous decisions/non-decisions were thanks in very great measure to the 'great' ones who counseled him, e.g. notably Vice President (& former Director of the CIA) George Herbert Walker Bush, General Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Caspar Weinberger, and "Hell...Life is hard!" Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz....
But despite his glaring failure to courageously, effectively respond to the murderous attacks against the United States' Marines, Embassy staff, and CIA staff in Lebanon, thank God for Ronald Reagan, he was the finest and worthiest President the United States has had during his lifetime or since.
Without A Net!
maybe i could grow up to be president! sorry cbm babe, there isn't enough time; the only way you could become president would be for God to cause mr. baby smith to crawl to washington (ouch, ooch, eech) home (toc)
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