Living In The New America

Yesterday I wrote about how our president is working against us. My goal was to show people that this was more than petty politics. It was more than just republicans and democrats. I wanted people to see that our freedoms were being taken away by men who think that this country is theirs, not ours.

For the most part the feedback was positive. Well, except for that strange black van parked across the street from my house and the guy in dark shades that keeps following me around while speaking something into his watch. No big deal.

But there has been one recurring question.

“What do we do about this?”

It’s not like I broke any news with yesterday’s post. Most people have known for a while about the tyranny that we have been living under. We just don’t know what to do about it. Are we supposed to throw tea into a harbor? What if we don’t live near a harbor? And tea is really expensive.

What follows are my thoughts on what we can be doing now. This is by no means an exhaustive list. I welcome changes and suggestions. That’s really all this is. A list of my suggestions with the hopes of hearing yours. It’s not like we have a manual to follow. The book Rules for Regular People Who Would Just Really Like to Visit the Grand Canyon without Being Held At Gunpoint by Armed Federal Agents has not been written yet. I’ll let you know when I’m done.

At the moment, there’s just this.

For clarity’s sake, I’ve broken things down into three categories I call Foundational, Practical and Worst Case Scenario.

Foundational

In yesterday’s post I suggested that too many Christians were misunderstanding Romans 13. This was in no way meant to suggest that the Bible is not important and that prayer is insignificant. Rather, these things are foundational. They are not foundational because we want to establish a theocracy. The worst thing Christians can do is abandon the true gospel for an American gospel, tying a message of “restoring America back to her roots” into every sermon and worship service. God is bigger than America. Man made utopias do not exist. They always end badly when we try to start them. But we also do not want to turn a blind eye to what is happening around us. We have work to do. It won’t get done by abandoning the message of sin, repentance, grace, faith and restoration for a message of patriotism and American values. It didn’t work in the 80s or after 9/11 and it certainly will not work now.

Christians must do a better job of believing the gospel. We have to be more faithful in praying for our leaders. Pray for God to save President Obama. Teach your kids to pray for God to make Lindsey Graham lead under submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Pray for God to place men like Daniel, Jeremiah and Isaiah in influential positions in our government.

The Practical

This is best explained in list format.

1. Get out.

As much as you can, remove yourself from government dependance. Get out of debt. As much as possible, stop taking their candy. I realize that this is hard and even impossible for some. But not for all. Freedom can be scary. But it’s a whole lot less scary than tyranny.

2. Stay informed.

Go to multiple sources for your news. Verify. Don’t just buy it because it’s from a conservative news outlet. Verify.

Check out what your kids are bringing home. What are they being taught at school about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If you don’t inform them, someone else will.

3. Tell others.

This can be a slippery slope. If you do 120 Facebook posts a day about how bad Obama is, you’re probably getting ignored. Use social media to put things in front of people but talk to them too. Just remember to stay calm. Speak the truth in love.

4. Give.

At some point we’ve forgotten the importance of generosity. Maybe it’s because we have been groomed to eat from the government’s hand. But before that began, individuals and organizations made sacrifices. They gave. A lot.

That’s one good thing that has come out of this shutdown. When the president decided that it would be a good idea not to pay the widows of fallen soldiers, private companies and individuals stepped up and gave. Maybe if we allowed the gospel to influence our generosity, there would no longer be a need for the welfare state.

5. Vote.

Stop voting for the lesser of two evils. Come to grips with the fact that a large portion of the GOP has sold you out. Just because someone’s last name is not Clinton or Obama is no reason to vote for them. A lot of republicans want your guns, your phone records and your body too. And republican tyranny doesn’t feel any different than the democratic variety.

If there is nobody worth voting for in a particular office, write someone in. Or run for that office yourself. Just stop voting for Diet Tyranny.

The Worst Case Scenario

I guess that this is the part where we all have our questions. What do we do when Big Brother comes knocking on our door? I’ve struggled with this a lot and I’ve spent a lot of time praying about it. The basic conclusion I have landed on is this. Don’t open the door.

Know your rights and know the right way to resist. You don’t have to go looking for a confrontation. Just be ready when it comes to you. Be willing to ask for a warrant. Pray in faith for God to give you wisdom.

This calls for a special word to those in law enforcement. If you’re the guy working the World War II memorials or guarding some national park, you need to be willing to lay your weapon down and walk off of the job if you are asked to violate the constitutional rights of the citizens you were commissioned to protect.

In the tragic wake of Hurricane Katrina, several New Orleans police officers abandoned their post, valuing personal comfort over duty.

In our current situation, we could use a few law enforcement officers who are willing to abandon their post because they value liberty over power and authority.

Some of these suggestions may seem of little value and others may seem over the top. But both types of actions are needed if we wish to take a stand and let our voices be heard.

But if our voices do not come from hearts that are saturated with gospel love and boldness, we will be just another clanging cymbal.

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