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What would Jesus do?
John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he doesn’t follow with us.” Jesus said to him, “Don’t forbid him, for he who is not against us is for us.” Lk:49-50
He asks, “Who gets to interpret the Law of Moses?”
Response: Does the law “Do not Steal” need interpretation? The answer is no. The commandment is self explanatory. Civil society uses this law and other such commandments regularly. The only debate are the penalties and punishments that occur for violation of God’s law and this debate belongs to the legislature. The law “Do not steal” provides for two-fold, three-fold and somethings more for restitution. The sensibilities of the legislature will declare penalties proportionately to the evil committed. This is for deterrence and restitution. For felonious behavior, the law of Moses allows mercy or pity for all crimes except for murder; however, if someone willfully chooses a criminal lifestyle it is a capital offense. However, we should remember that the law of Moses is required due to mankind’s willingness to harm his neighbor. The work of the Atonement is to end such human depravity by waking up the moral sensibilities to the heart by the inculcation of divine law, and by this effort, we end the curse of the law which are the punishments of the law by the process of natural justice. By making deep impressions upon the heart, which is the true circumcision, we restore justice to man’s process of reasoning, and the conscience reenters God’s glory and is no longer under the external code of the law but a just judge unto itself. By the fear of God, we save us from the insensible by the threat of fire, whip and the tree, but it is by restoring the likeness of God we save the delinquent for all eternity, and we banish the punishment of fire, whip, and the tree.
One thing is very clear when reading the letters of the Founding Fathers of the American Union, they understood the danger of a standing army. History is replete with examples of a single despot oppressing an entire nation by a single tool – the military. Due to a lack of vigilance over the control of public authority by the American people, a dangerous foreign influence has infiltrated and seized and subverted their government. Americans are under the threat tyranny by the work of treachery. But let us remember the cross of Christ that was planted at the founding of Jamestown in 1607. Let us remember the Mayflower Compact of 1920 which says, “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith…a Voyage to plant the first Colony…” Let us remember the Unanimous Declaration of 1776 that declares God is our Creator and Supreme Judge. Let us remember the US Constitution that give testimony that Jesus is “our Lord.” In such a land and with such homage to the Father of Lights can tyranny succeed? Will Providence fail to produce in America a greater nation then at present. Is not the hope of nations lie in the manifest destiny of America, a destiny with God as the helm of a holy commonwealth of nations. Give praise to that Being who has sanctified and will again sanctify the American Union in the rise of His Kingdom.
Principle versus Opinion
Having a difference in opinion is different than having a difference in principle. A nation unified on principle can disagree on opinions of the principle and survive the contest. But a difference on principle means war. An example is America’s civil war. This was a contest over a principle, slavery or no slavery.
Christian America survives and maintains unity not because it is perfect but because the social and political arguments were over implementations of agreed principles, but with the rise of secular humanism, the American Union is now a society divided over fundamental principles. Jesus said no nation divided can stand. We see this truth in America today. The American division of basic principles (Christian versus Secular) is a raging fire leading to war.