Thanks to John Lofton’s presentation of last month, I was encouraged to participate in the God and Government project that was the subject of that meeting.
So, last Tuesday evening (13 May), I took the opportunity to make a 3 minute presentation to my local Brecknock Township Board of Supervisors.
It definitely was not an earth-shaking event. However, after thanking the board for the opportunity to address them, I was able to present the Christian view of government through publically reading the following text:
Every social order has a foundation, a concept of law and government. And for most of the history of our country this foundation was, originally, the Bible, the Word of God, both the Old and New Testaments. Thus, the American view of law and government is founded on the Biblical view of law and government.
And this is explicitly made clear in the Declaration of Independence which invokes and appeals to: The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God; and the Supreme Judge of the world. Asserting a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, the Declaration says that all men are endowed by their Creator (capital “C”) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And, AND...to secure these God-given rights, our Founders said Governments are instituted among Men.
Our Founders said, clearly, explicitly, that the express purpose of governments --- plural, meaning all governments --- is to secure, to protect, rights that we already have from God. It is not the role of governments to give people “rights” but instead to protect the rights God has already given us as human beings made in His image.
So, the often-heard assertion today that America was founded as a secular country, where law and government are, supposedly, neutral and totally man-made, is false, dangerously false, indeed ruinously false.
I respectfully ask, please, that you consider my remarks. Thank you.
There is nothing in this address that can reasonably be considered offensive or untrue. I plan to read at least eight more similar statements to my local township board, as well as (hopefully) my local county board of commissioners.
Following my presentation, I had the opportunity to speak about my remarks with a local newspaper reporter. I pointed out to her that “governments are instituted among men” to protect rights rather than to bestow them. It certainly seemed to me like this was a concept that she had never considered.
Furthermore, I was thrilled when all of my sons wanted to know all the details of the presentation. I could tell that they were pleased that their ‘dear old dad’ stood up and spoke up publically on behalf of the real origin of our rights.
If anyone reading this blog page would like to participate in the God and Government project through promoting the truth that the ultimate King is Jesus Christ, and that all governments everywhere are responsible to obey His Law, please let us know here at MARS! We would be interested in supporting you in any way possible, including attending the meeting in which you present, if geography and scheduling permit.
Please do not underestimate this opportunity. Our governing bodies have become a law unto themselves, which can only end in tyranny and oppression. You can receive a copy of the God and Government proposed texts by emailing John Lofton at JLof@aol.com.
~ Joel Saint