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The Gates Are Over Run! (A Bible perspective on American freedom)


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of the Levesque Institute

 

The American citizenry is being battered from multiple attacks and from multiple directions. It is overwhelming. The rapid fire onslaught of domestic and foreign crises seems to be pressing our national capacities and resolve. Our country’s lungs are burning from exertions and it’s muscles are aching from last efforts. Our existence is in the balance. Citizens are frozen with inability and fear. Some are blind with apathy and indulgence. The gates are being overrun by the barbarians of globalism and self interest. The national gatekeepers of every branch of government have and continue to fail us. Is there a hope of renewal and national survival?

The answer is an astounding “YES!”. Bible advocates, though much maligned are and will continue to be the reason for such optimism. While most Americans ‘twitter’ away their thoughts on who is ‘dancing with the stars’, or ‘facebook’ their picks for Sunday’s ‘NFL’ match ups, a real chasm of destruction widens. This week alone, congress will vote to control Americans, cradle to grave, with “healthcare reform.” Afghanistan “flare ups” threaten to critically “break” our military. The dollar is dying, the deficit is raging, and the banks continue to go unaccountable for any of it. The Supreme Court takes on the gun rights issue yet again. The Federal government is consolidating power, loosening immigration policy, and supporting homosexual rights.  These domestic issues pale in comparison to the increasing threat of nuclear proliferation and foreign conflicts.

World War Three is having it’s opening salvos as we pen these words as North and South Korea, China and Taiwan, India and Pakistan all “test” fire missiles on a daily basis. Of course, the rhetoric and scope of calamity between Israel and Iran is truly apocalyptic. Certain media figures cast blame and expose error, but where is the fix? What are the answers? Can anything be done? Does Obama hold our salvation is his hands?

The Scriptures reveal the source of our hope. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of   the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” -Isaiah 59:19. It is now His battle and in His hands. Our rest is in the calm assurance that God is right, fights for the right and therefore that the right prevails . . . always! It then behooves us to be right and do right. The analogy is this, we put up our resistance, we stand up for the right. When the gates are overrun, and the enemies are on top of us . . . listen for the trumpet of the cavalry.  Yes, God uses human instruments, but sometimes He Himself does a divine coup d’ tat for His own people, His own will, and in accordance with His own Word. Let us stand, let us fight, but above all, let us be right!  Claim Isaiah 59:19, and be willing to be His standard.

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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)

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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)


By: Chuck Baldwin, former Presidential Candidate

This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2009/cbarchive_20091013.html

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,
that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than
to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance
of these Colonies.”

I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured
“patient sufferance.” For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured
the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties.  We have watched
the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that
pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. We
cannot drive a car, buy a gun, or even flush a toilet without Big Brother’s
permission. We are taxed, regulated, and snooped-on from the time we are
born to the day we die. And then after we are dead, we are taxed again.

In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that
shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today
are likewise patiently suffering “a long train of abuses and usurpations.”
In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a
boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.

Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to very seriously and thoughtfully
examine those principles that we absolutely will never cede or surrender. We
have already surrendered much of the freedom that was bequeathed to us by
our forefathers. We are now to the point that we must define those
principles that form our “line in the sand” and that we will not surrender
under any circumstance. Either that, or we must admit to ourselves that
there is nothing–no principle, no freedom, no matter how sacred–that we
will not surrender to Big Government.

Here, then, are those principles that, to me, must never be surrendered. To
surrender these liberties to Big Government would mean to commit idolatry.
It would be sacrilege. It would reduce us to slavery. It would destroy our
humanity. To surrender these freedoms would mean “absolute Despotism” and
would provide moral justification to the proposition that such tyranny be
“thrown off.”

*The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Men without guns are not free men; they are slaves. Men without guns are not
citizens; they are subjects. Men without guns have lost the right of
self-defense. They have lost the power to defend their families and protect
their properties. Men without guns are reduced to the animal kingdom,
becoming prey to the Machiavellians among them who would kill them for sport
or for their own personal pursuits. As King Jesus plainly ordered, “He that
hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” (Luke 22:36) This we
will do–at all costs.

*The Right to Own Private Property

Like the right of self-defense, the private ownership of property is a
God-given right that is rooted in the Sacred Text. As God told Moses, “Thou
shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set
in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy
God giveth thee to possess it.” (Deut. 19:14)

In fact, the history of Western Civilization is replete with the examples of
free men who were determined (even at the cost of their very lives) to
defend the right to own property. Without private property rights, men are
reduced to serfs and servants. Like chattel, they feed themselves by
another’s leave. This we will not do.

*The Right to Train and Educate Our Children

Education has never been the responsibility of the State. From time
immemorial, education has been the right and responsibility of the family.
This, too, has its foundation in the Sacred Volume. “And, ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)

Therefore, the absolute right of homeshooling or private/parochial/Christian
schooling must never be surrendered. Homeschooling, especially, is
fundamental to freedom. It is not a coincidence that throughout history,
most totalitarian governments forbade parents homeschooling their children.
Any government–federal, State, or local–that forbids, or even restricts,
the right of parents to homeschool their children has taken upon itself the
uniform of a tyrant.

*The Freedom of Speech and Worship

Speech and worship are matters of the heart and conscience (Luke 6:45;
John 4:24). Only tyrants seek authority over matters of the heart. But, of
course, that is what tyrants do: they seek to control men’s thoughts and
beliefs.

Hence, the alternative media is essential to liberty: the Internet, short
wave radio, as well as independent magazines and periodicals. It is almost
superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent
press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more
resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.

The same can be said for most of the mainstream churches in America today.
They more resemble havens for politically correct, Big-Government ideology
than they do bastions of Bible truth. Therefore, home-churches and
non-establishment churches are increasingly requisite to a free people.

*The Right to Determine One’s Own Healthcare

The marriage of Big Government and Big Medicine has created a healthcare
monster. Already, the dispensing of medical treatment is micromanaged by Big
Brother in a way that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and inferior care
(and in some cases, even death). President Obama’s universal health care
initiatives that are sure to come (in one form or another) will only
exacerbate an already untenable situation.

Free men and women absolutely have the right to refuse vaccinations for
themselves and their children. Forced vaccinations (of any kind) are an
assault against the very foundation of freedom. Free men have the right to
choose their own physicians, their own hospitals, their own insurance
programs, etc. They also have the right to refuse any and all of the above.

God is Creator. He is also Healer (Exodus 15:26). Therefore, how men choose
to seek God’s healing is a private matter between them and God. Alternative
medicine is a right. Already, our military personnel are used as human
guinea pigs to test a variety of drugs and chemicals. Public schools also
require forced vaccinations. And now the push is on to force the general
population to take the Swine Flu vaccine. At the current pace, it won’t be
long until all alternative medicines and treatments will be illegal and the
federal government will be America’s doctor. This is not acceptable.

*The Right to Life

2000 years of Western Civilization have perpetually reconfirmed that life is
a gift of God. Both Biblical and American history repeatedly honor God as
the Source and Sustainer of man’s existence. Therefore, evils such as
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia must be vehemently resisted. It is bad
enough that any government (especially one such as ours) would legalize
abortion, but the concept of FORCED abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia
could only be regarded as a despotic attack on life and liberty of the
gravest proportion. In fact, under Natural Law, such an attack would remove
said government from the protection of Heaven and would place it in a state
of war.

*The Right to Live as a Free and Independent People

God separated the Nations (Genesis 11). Therefore, it is absolutely
necessary that we Americans maintain our independence and national
sovereignty. We simply cannot (and will not) allow ourselves to become part
of any hemispheric or global union.

There they are: seven freedom-principles that are not negotiable. As
Jefferson said, we are “disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable.” But
cross these lines and free men must do what free men must do: “throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

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(c) Chuck Baldwin

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The Voodoo Economics of Both Left and Right

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The Voodoo Economics of Both Left and Right


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;” -Psalm 33:12
“I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:” -Genesis 12:3

An MIT or Harvard degree in Macroeconomics does not necessarily make one a good advisor of financial policy or a qualified predictor of national growth and decline. In fact, most recently, “enlightened” economists have gotten it wrong time and time again! A recent New York Times article entitled How did Economists get it so Wrong? (September 2, 2009) exhausts the same old rhetoric as to our economic woes and seeks to explain the downfall of a formerly revered profession. Nobel recognized economist, Paul Krugman reviews the recent woes and opines the calamitous counsel of such sage advisors as Olivier Blanchard (IMF Chief), Robert Lucas (Former President of the American Economists Association), and Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve), as well-meaning, but at the whim of sinister forces of greed. Such damage control on the part of yet another economist on behalf of said species is all part of the voodoo rhetoric meant to soothe the masses into believing the nation’s economy is in good hands.

After another elitist lecture on the history of economic theory, Krugman falls back into a defense of Keynesian economics which basically states that the government is justified, yea, must be involved in even more regulation and manipulation (a.k.a. soft socialism). The salvation of American markets is ‘more of the same?’

What both right and left alike have in common today is that they believe with religious fervor their philosophies as to the flow of money can ‘manage’ inflation and depression. “Trust the markets” is countered by “remember 1929!” Neither side looks to the creator of money and manager of wealth – Jehovah God, as an economic factor of any consequence. Neither would allow the Bible or it’s principles into the discussion. Yet, both sides practice their own “voodoo” doctrines with far less substantiated proofs, citing only “consumer confidence” and “market trends” and “successful European models”. Are we mesmerized by such shamanism?

Adam Smith’s treatise “Wealth of Nations” in 1776 claimed there is an “unseen hand” in free market economies that equates to a miraculous ‘X factor’, a veritable missing link, making ‘capitalism’ the better ideology. The Apostle Paul would have responded to that notion something like this, “The economic ‘unseen hand’ you ignorantly worship, declare I unto you.” [See Acts 17:23 for allusion].

God almighty controls oil deposits and gold discoveries, crop successes and weather catastrophes, winners in war and losers in politics. He is the one rock of economic sureness that Americans have counted on. Does not our national anthem plead in prayer, “may God thy gold refine”? We must continue to trust and obey the not so secret hand that feeds us. Righteousness and morality, generosity and hard work, responsibility and friendship toward Israel are as keen of economic indicators as are interest rates and trade tariffs. Forming NAFTA or EU like trading blocks will just bring larger cycles of flash and then bang! Let’s quit listening so intently to the Economist and start looking to the Book of Books for our personal and national policies. The Creator of wealth and nations has much to say about it. (See Dr. Levesque’s “The Design and Destiny of Nations” online at www.biblenation.org)

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The Garden: a Model of Eco-Friendly Capitalism

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The Garden: a Model of Eco-Friendly Capitalism


By Jason Georges, Executive Director of The Bible Nation Society

Recently, the media was a buzz with environmental topics surrounding the celebration of Earth Day.  However, this year more than previous years, the capitalists of our day “capitalized” on the event.  Local grocery stores began selling reusable shopping bags.  Manufacturers began promoting products made from recycled materials.  Capitalism was going green.  To the Environmentalist this must be “anathema” that someone might profit from the earth.  Environmentalists would have us to believe man has enslaved the planet to whom reparations are now owed.  It has been said that capitalism works every time.  In a free society capitalism will even thrive in an environment where it is considered the enemy.

Capitalism is often defined as pure greed, which it can often devolve into.  The Environmentalist then blames corporate greed as the cause of the planets hypothetical problems.  However, is the ethical capitalist, who is guided by Biblical principles an enemy of the planet?  In reality, the Bible advocate is the best steward of the earth.

 

Preservation of Renewable Resources

 

The ethical capitalist understands that his future profit is dependant on the preservation of resources to continue to produce goods.  History tells the story of many capitalists who over extended a resource, the fishery that was over fished, or land which was over farmed.  As greed overpowered the prudence of stewardship, resources were depleted and ultimately a successful business failed.  The principles of capitalism worked.  In contrast, the ethical capitalist manages the resource motivated by continual annual profits thereby making him the best steward of the land, because his life depends on it.

Conversely, the Environmentalist insists that the Earth never be touched by man.  He believes that the planet is the best steward of itself.  This summer the news will again be filled with reports of out of control wildfires.  It is not by accident that California will be plagued by many of these fires.  The Environmentalist agenda of “not to touch” the Earth has predominated the politics and policies of California.  The unmanaged land has now become thick with undergrowth which makes the land ripe to destructive fires.  The best manager of the Earths renewable resources is the man whose livelihood and existence depends upon it.

 

Ingenuity of Replacing Finite Resources

 

The ethical capitalist understands that certain resources have a limited supply, although not as limited as we are led to believe.  This understanding causes the ethical capitalist to become ingenious in his use of finite resources.  He is driven to preserve profit.   Therefore, he develops technology that allows him to become more efficient, using less of the resource to produce the same amount of product.  By doing this he saves cost by using fewer raw materials and preserves the resource by extending its longevity.  The ethical capitalist also spends resources to discover new technology that will allow him to produce the same product from a different and hopefully cheaper, renewable resource thereby ensuring his continual profits.  History has shown that capitalism rooted in Biblical principles will produce the most energy efficient, resource saving business models.

The Environmentalist takes a different approach.  He encourages government intervention to manage finite resources.  This comes in the form of excessive taxation of the resource or even denial of access to the resource.  A nation is divinely blessed with natural resources (see Design & Destiny of Nations: Location), but the Environmentalist will deny their use by establishing “not to touch” federal wilderness areas.  Fear of potential oil spills has prevented the utilization of natural oil reserves.  This management is not led by profit or efficiency but by an improper worshipful view of the planet.  To never cut down a tree or kill an animal is to forfeit a God given responsibility to utilize and manage resources.  The Environmentalist has elevated the creation above the creator and demoted man to the bottom of the hierarchy of creation.

 

A Biblical Model: Work, Subdue, and Dominion

 

Genesis 1:26-28, “ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…. and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

 

The Genesis garden describes principles of ethical capitalism which promotes a healthy environment.  The first principle is the idea of Work or labor.  Work existed before the Fall and was part of the expectations for Adam living in the Garden.  The ethical capitalist understands that profit comes from labor whether physical or intellectual. 

The second principle is the idea to Subdue or control.  Adam was to inject his will upon the environment.  The tending of a garden requires the gardener to project his vision upon the physical environment.  The ethical capitalist understands in order to maximize profits he must shape the land.

The third principle is the idea to have Dominion or manage.  Adam’s work in the garden would never be complete.  Through observation and experience Adam would continue to manage resources to ensure continued profits.  This became of even greater importance following the Fall as the possibility of extinction and introduction of pestilence were added to the equation.  The ethical capitalist understands to ensure continued profits he must manage the resource.
             So long as the ethical capitalist is free to exert control over his property both intellectual and physical he will thrive.  The Bible advocate understands that he has the proper perspective on the planet’s resources and is best suited to influence our national environmental policy.

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Design & Destiny of Nations: Logistics

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Design & Destiny of Nations: Logistics


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

This regular feature in our magazine endorses the nation-state economic model as the Biblical framework for a nation’s foreign policy as opposed to the globalism and multi-culturalism espoused by so many today.  At least twelve economic factors seen in Scripture can also be seen in history and are applicable to modern decision making. These are excerpted from Dr. Levesque’s “The Design and Destiny of Nations.” 

 

Factor Four – Logistics

When a country identifies its national resources, it helps it to form an identity around that resource.  Think Texas oil or Maine lobster. Every nation has some golden commodity.  Some more or less than others.  This scale of resources is directly related to the scale of national prosperity.  Norway has mining and fishing, fjords and skiing.  Such a combination has produced a society keen on exploration and industrious trade.  This universal factor of logistics has its place among chief indicators of national contentment and success.

What a country lacks defines it as much as what they have in abundance.  Imperial Japan needed oil and rubber to fuel its industrial boom and military machine; therefore, it became aggressive toward the Indonesian resources.  Spanish explorers sought gold in the new world to fund its attempts at European dominance in the old.  Its mismanagement of the logistics resources led to its loss of both the new world and European influence.  Today oil is the gold, and natural gas the silver of the global market.  Countries rich in these commodities can use them to tyrannically frustrate the world or benevolently lead it into prosperity.  No nation is more  rich in diamond quantities and qualities than South Africa.  This factor alone makes it a dominant powerhouse on the African Continent; however, together with the Complexity of languages (Dutch, English, Swahili, etc.), unique borders (states within states) and location (Angola, Zimbabwe) this factor alone does not make a world power.

 

Strong legislatures, leaders and citizens should:   

     a.    Inventory and map its resources and determine its lack thereof.

     b.    Know what resources are renewable and which are not.  Some national guidelines should be drawn up and enforced concerning these resources.

     c.    In the private ownership and trade of these goods, reporting should be made.  There should be a sense of national pride.  Tax breaks should be considered in order to foster the keen development of these resources.

 

     d.    Trade alliances, embargoes and tariffs should be applied in order to further the citizenry not the government apparatus.

 

     e.    A secretary of resources should be developed in order to make the most of this factor.  This factor is best developed along with other factors.

 

     f.       When lacking certain resources, nations can and should attempt to maintain independence by using alternate resources.  (i.e.  no wood – use concrete)

 

     Great Britain was masterful in colonization and trade.  It became proficient in textiles like paper and wool, for which it traded with its colonies for sugar, tobacco and lumber.  However, heavy taxation on its colonies and heavy handed exploitation for profit of colonial resources bred discontent.  Colonies learned to value their own resources and in turn began to hold England up on its trade.  England learned that it was easier to trade with a country than a colony.  It was more expensive and less expedient to control countries than to trade commodities.

 

“And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.  The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;  And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.” - Genesis 2:10-12

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Design & Destiny of Nations: Location

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Design & Destiny of Nations: Location


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

This regular feature in our magazine endorses the nation-state economic model as the Biblical framework for a nation’s foreign policy as opposed to the globalism and multi-culturalism espoused by so many today.  At least twelve economic factors seen in Scripture can also be seen in history and are applicable to modern decision making. These are excerpted from Dr. Levesque’s “The Design and Destiny of Nations.” 

Factor Three – Location

How does the sun set in your country?  What is your national pastime?  How is the maritime trade going?  The answer to these questions depends upon the precise placement of your homeland on the sphere of this earth.  The latitude and longitude of your borders will be a determining factor in its prosperity or its troubles.  An equatorial country is at all times closer to the sun, therefore warmer than other locations, giving way to tropical manners and custom.  A nation in equatorial Africa is by placement doomed to the constant threat of jungle disease, while Greenlanders simply worry about frostbite.  On the other hand, the African may, due to the climate, run about without a shirt and survive, while the Greenlander must wear several layers to survive. This location factor then must be examined, exploited, and complied with in order to insure a national success.

Poland has had the unfortunate location of being between Russia and Germany.  This difficult location means it does not have many national barriers as the landscape is very flat.  The agricultural valleys are quite productive, another location factor, and its sea coast offers some great ports.  All of these factors together make it an appetizing prospect for both Germany and Russia, who in turn worry about each other’s countries exploiting of these vulnerable borders.  Canada, on the other hand, is the beneficiary of a very good location. It is surrounded by three oceans, borders the United States, has access to the Australian and Asian ports, as well as the British and European ports. Canada is beautiful, diverse, prosperous and peaceful. 

   “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Psalm 48:1-2


There may be little that national leaders can do to change their location, but the location factor remains a giant in the path of their national prosperity.  Leaders should:


     a.  Have a firm grasp on the pros and cons of their global position.  Understand fully the failures and successes of other nations that share similar locations or have had their similar latitude or longitude.

     b.  Exploit strengths by turning them into national profit.  This should only be done to the benefit of the populace.


     c.  Ally with other nations that can make up for your location weaknesses.  (i.e. If no seaport, water source, etc.)

 

 If location predisposes the nation to neighborly conflict then a clear delineation of actions due to location should be determined.  Military alliance may become absolutely necessary. (i.e. The U.S. needs air bases in England, Italy, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia to project power.)

The narrow boot of land comprising Italy, home to the Roman Empire, could not sustain the populace or even the many legions.  Therefore, even Rome had to allow grand shipments of food as tribute from far away countries and so paid handsomely for what was loosely in their hands.  Consider Elisha’s observance of the good “situation” or placement of Jericho as well as its lack of a good water source.  Such “situation” was of divine origin and such problems (i.e. bad water) required divine help to overcome.  (II Kings 2:19-22)

 

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Stealing Our Economic Heritage

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By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

While Bible advocates are admonished in Scripture to be good citizens, and pray for their civil authorities, there are equally as many pervasive admonitions given to those same authorities.  In the United States of America such authority has always had this Biblical connotation of ‘public servant’.  When our leaders fail they are subject to public scrutiny.  When they purposely depart from proven, established and principled processes of governance they must also be subject to the critical eye from those they serve and represent.

Should we allow our executive to single handedly change our capital system of economics to the current Euro-centric, Hyper-feudalistic model?  Is our President allowed to ‘own it all’?

Imagine this headline “Executive Branch uses Murder to Cover-Up Private Property Seizure.”  Such a news story would be scandalous indeed; hearings would be started, impeachment would be called for, the courts would be convened, and confidence in government would falter.  Such a news story may not be so far-fetched if the Constitution and free markets are killed in order to gain control over the wealth and assets of the citizenry.

Today, our Bible based economic heritage is being pulled up from underneath us.  If only the Scripture had insight to offer us in this matter.

Evil Intentions

Modern day administrations are not the only ones with questionable motives.  Ancient Israeli King Ahab (874-853 B.C.) felt he needed a particular parcel of land for a certain use, and in a certain proximity to his seat of government.  The offer to swap parcels or purchase for cash was made to the owner, Naboth.  He refused the kingly authority based upon several reasons. First, the land was a family inheritance.  It was his economic heritage, and was not for sale.  Second, the parcel was a working vineyard, and no doubt a profitable one.  The practicality of its use was immeasurable to Naboth.  And lastly, it was personally owned, and therefore within the will of the owner to keep or dispose with at his leisure.  Ahab was bothered by the refusal.  His queen and powerful aide, Jezebel, determined to acquire the property with an evil plan. 

The present day lust for power, and evil inspired designs to steal our economic heritage may also be resisted.  However, the consequences for Naboth were dire.

Abuse of Power

Naboth was singled out for ‘recognition’, put in the spotlight, then falsely accused.  A false trial and illegitimate execution led to the death of the “capitalist”.  His property was then seized and given to the king.  Ahab had plausible deniability before his constituency, but not before Almighty God.  I Kings chapter 21, tells of the Lord’s response through Elijah the prophet, “Thou has sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.”, and, “thou hast provoked me to anger and made Israel to sin.” (verse 20 & 22).

“Thou shalt not covet, steal and kill” remain as pillars of the law and part of ‘the Ten Commandments’.  These are personal codes as well as national ones.  They apply to citizens and kings, business owners and presidents.  Though power is often abused, it is never without notice by our just lawgiver and divine purveyor of justice.

Opportunity to Do Right

King Ahab could not reverse the damage, but he did, “rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.”  God saw his repentance and spared his life, but did not spare his progeny.  II Kings chapters 9 and 10 tell of the ironic way in which Ahab’s son was killed and buried on the very parcel of land that was stolen. His son in law, plus 70 of his offspring were killed by a vengeful king Jehu who remembered the whole bloody theft from Naboth.

There is still an opportunity for our leadership to do the right thing.  Return to a just free market and unpunished property ownership.  If they do, perhaps mercy will be the order of the day; if not, justice will surely follow them into future generations.  Let us pray that the unique economic attributes God has allowed us to prosper under may continue.

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