MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Our Modern Reality is Not All That Great

July 3rd, 2014
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series The Modern Christian

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Our Form of Government Is Not The Best

In Daniel 2, we read the vision that God sent to King Nebuchadnezzar.  In that dream, we find that God called all governments after this King as inferior– and we see that He had a point.  Whatever Nebuchadnezzar said was law of the land.  When Darius the Persian conquered Babylon, the laws of the Meades and the Persians prohibited the king from changing what was signed into law (remember Daniel and the Lion’s Den).

The prophecy said that each form of government, even democratic republics, were inferior to King Nebuchadnezzar’s form of government– which is also the type of government that Jesus will have during the Millennial reign.

Will Reid Shut Down the Government?

September 20th, 2011

Right now the two houses of government are in a big game of chicken.  A budget is due at the end of the month, and since neither the Senate nor the President have put forth a budget bill, they are faced with considering a continuing resolution.

So, the Republican lead House put forth one; however, it contains less money for FEMA aid than the continuing resolution put forth by the Senate.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to authorize the spending now, and pay for it later—we all know how well that works.

If he can’t get what he wants, he’s hinting at a government shutdown

Little Known Senate Facts

January 5th, 2011

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During the first legislative day of the U.S. Senate, it only takes a simple majority to alter rules for the governing body.  Every day after that, it takes a 2/3 majority.

What I didn’t know was that the first day of the Senate could actually span months:

Today is the first legislative day, but there appears to be (at this writing) no consensus among the majority Democrats how to do this. Oh, my. The clock is ticking. Whatever shall they do?

Stop. The. Clock.

By recessing at the end of each day, rather than adjourning at the end of each day, the clock effectively stops because the Senate will still be on its first legislative day.

This is not a new trick. In 1980 when, according to CNN, the late Sen. Robert Byrd was Majority Leader he stopped the clock and kept the Senate on its first legislative day from January 3 all the way to mid-June. [CNS News: How a Bill Really Becomes Law]

As someone that likes all this process stuff, I find this fascinating!

The American Democracy is Broken

March 1st, 2010

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Like the broken down old pickup shown above, many in America feel that the American Democracy is broken.  Putting aside for the moment that the country is actually a Democratic Republic, many believe that the officials we have in place are not cut out for the task at hand, and one wonders if that includes their own elected representative.

The Government Can

December 5th, 2009

To the tune of “The Candyman Can”—a hilarious but scarily true commentary on recent government taxation and spending.

Abortion: Should the Government Pay?

November 27th, 2009

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The 1976 Hyde Amendment was passed to prevent people that had moral problems with abortion from having to have their tax dollars fund abortion.  This was part of the natural reaction of the Pro-Life side to the fact that the United States Supreme Court “found” the right to have an abortion hidden between the lines of the Constitution.

In the Affordable Health Care for America Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Stupak-Pitts amendment disallows any federal funds being spent on abortion.  So what’s the Pro-Choice side so up in arms about?

Governing By Fear

November 22nd, 2009

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Every party does it.  Once a party gets control of a branch of government– let alone every branch of government– the party that just got into power is overwhelming concerned about keeping that power.  In some ways this is good.  It allows for moderate government to prevail, and usually it’s the case that the country is split, not totally supporting one view or the other.

However, it also produces a clouding of policy and opinion.

Are You Going to Get the H1N1 Flu Shot?

October 22nd, 2009

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My wife is pregnant with our fourth child.  That puts us close to first in line for the H1N1 flu vaccine—only with the conflicting stories that we hear, we’re currently favoring taking a pass.

If not Under God, under Whom?

March 26th, 2004

Admittedly, one could easily make the argument that “Under God” should not be in the pledge based on the Freedom of Religion found in the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.  Unlike most of the other attempts to construe this Freedom as taking down of Ten Commandments monuments and prohibiting Nativity scenes in which Congress did not pass any law enacting any of those things, this is a real question of something Congress did.  The original pledge of allegience did not contain the phrase “Under God” even though it was penned by a preacher.

But how important are these words, and how important that our children recite them day after day?   Understanding that at the time of the founding of this country, every nation had a religion wedded to the state, and the fact that this country was to let people be free to choose their own religion was important, the founders created the Bill of Rights.  Given the atmosphere at the time, the people chose to continue their emphasis on Christianity.  This is why, even after the adoption of the Constitution, et al, we still had states with state religions.

Did the founders ever envision a tyranny of the minority telling the majority that they cannot worship their God with displays on public grounds?  Wouldn’t this be the very reason that they enshrined the right to be free to exercise your religion in the Constitution?  Wasn’t one of the reasons that the pilgrims left their land because of religious persecution?  Isn’t that exactly what is happening when a man or woman is told that they cannot talk about God, the Bible or their religion in a public place.

Furthermore, this tyranny continues to be full of folly.  If you look at it, those that are Atheists shouldn’t care that people worship God, since He doesn’t exist in their mind.  Yet, they are only satisfied when they don’t have to be reminded of something that they believe doesn’t exist.  Truthfully, this sounds like they aren’t as firm in that belief as they should be!  I have to put up with people and what they think all the time, yet I don’t order or go to court to get people to not offend me by my ideas.

If you take other major religions, they continue to believe that government should mandate their religion only.  Yet Christianity and the goverment founded on Biblical Christianity, doesn’t force you to be any religion.  Why?  Because the
rights that are enshrined in the Constitution are based on the philosophy of certain rights originating from a source higher than government.  Every time government has had the last say they have created their own religion, and they change their own rules.

So, what’ll it be?  Should we follow those that want to take God out, and in essence the very philosophy that lets us have divergent opinions on all sorts of things or should we start saying no when people say that we should remove God out of the public square?  I think you no which way I’m voting.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.