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Romeike v. Holder – The Administration’s Assault on Home Schooling

Part One

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Never in my lifetime has there been so many headline stories regarding the federal government and its’ affect on our lives all at one time. It is, and some would say by design, inundating. If you disregarded all other news, local, sports, weather or entertainment, an entire hour could be devoted every single day reporting on how what’s happening at the federal level is affecting everything we do in our day to day lives. And it is under this backdrop that critical stories with potentially huge implications get glossed over if they’re even mentioned at all. One of those stories is the Romeike v. Holder case. If it’s even mentioned in the mainstream media at all, it’s usually given with little if any context and without understanding what is at the heart of this case and the potential future implications of the ruling, who can blame the general populace for sympathizing with the family,  shrugging their shoulders and continuing to fret over the bigger headlines? Today I will begin to make the case that home schooling, and maybe even certain private schools – specifically Christian – will soon be a thing of the past. And this will happen most definitely in any state that accepts federal control over their education system – specifically Common Core.

First a brief synopsis of what the Romeike v. Holder case is all about. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are evangelical Christians from Germany who, in 2006, took their five children out of the state-run German schools and homeschooled them. The family claimed their children were being taught things that were against the family’s religious beliefs. (NOTE: I pulled my son from the Chicago Public School System for the same reason. Homeschooling was not a viable option for me at the time so I put him in a Christian school). Sending your children to the state-run school system is the law in Germany with very few exceptions and homeschooling has been illegal since it was banned by the Nazis in 1938. Parents running afoul of this law can be fined, imprisoned and have their children taken away from them. Apparently the Romeikes had already racked up $9,000 worth of fines and Germany was threatening to take their children away from them so they fled to the United States in 2008 where they applied for asylum. Asylum can be granted under American law if the claimant can prove fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

With the help of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, (HSLDA), the Romeikes became the first family ever granted asylum in the US for the protection of their homeschooling rights on January 26, 2010. Memphis federal immigration judge Lawrence Burman granted the Romeikes political asylum based on the reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs if they were to return to Germany. Again, Germany had threatened to take the Romeikes children away. In his ruling, Judge Burman questioned the motivation of the government noting that it appeared the German government was more concerned with stamping out parallel societies than the actual welfare of the children. He went on to state that this particular policy of persecuting homeschoolers is “repellent to everything we believe as Americans”.

In a normal world, there would never need to be another reason to mention the Romeike family again past celebrating the fact that we live in the freest of all Western democracies and that the United States is the standard bearer for freedom of religion, expression and individual choice in the way we want to raise our children. At the very worst, we’ve got a German Evangelical Christian family living in Tennessee raising their children. But we live in President Obama’s world. And Eric Holder and the Justice Department plan to send this family back to Germany. We might do well to give this story the attention it deserves and we might begin by asking ourselves why.

Why is the Justice Department spending the time, effort and resources to go after this one Christian German family living in Tennessee? On March 14, 2013 ICE director John Morton stated the agency released 2,228 people from immigration detention centers across the country for “solely budgetary reasons.” Mostly illegal aliens facing financial crimes, drunken driving offences, misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses, per Morton’s statement. The backlog of immigration cases across the country has the courts so clogged that immigration judges are being told to close the cases, even without consent from government prosecutors. But we’re going to send the Romeikes back to Germany? The Justice Department doesn’t have the time or resources to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation violations but they have all the resources they need for this case? A Christian family living in Tennessee wanting to homeschool their children? Remember, in 2011 there was a policy introduced to give the Department of Homeland Security discretion which deportation cases to pursue. They picked this one.

Romeike v. Holder has little or nothing to do with the deportation of the Romeikes – that’s just a casualty. This case is about the parental right to homeschooling. While many great people are out their rightfully focused on fighting to ensure the Common Core curriculum doesn’t get shoved down our states throats, this administration is working to tie up that last loose end to ensuring 100% compliance for students in states that adopt common core. That is, according to Eric Holder, “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool.” In other words, parents do not have a right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

In my next post, I’ll go over the Justice Departments case for deportation as well Germany’s defense of their compulsory state education program. It is important to understand where this is heading in our country.

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All Your Children Are Belong To Us

A lot has been made of Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC Lean Forwardcommercial where she declares that “we need to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents and families” and we need to “recognize that kids belong to whole communities”.

 

According Mrs. Harris-Perry, once we recognize the collective ownership of the children in our community, we’ll begin making better investments in public education. It’s great that it has been brought to the forefront of public discussion but my biggest issue with the discussion is “where has everyone been?” All she’s done is verbalize what’s been going on globally with our children for decades and in the United States at least since the mid-nineties. Make no mistake; this is a Common Core Public Education announcement more than an MSNBC promo for her show. And it sounded the bell for the final chapter in Marx’s ten point plan in the Communist Manifesto – literally the tenth point.

“10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.” (Emphasis added).

And so our free education is brought to you by, with your tax dollars, The Federal Government, Microsoft, General Electric and countless other “industrial producers” that have a vested interest in seeing that your children understand the world as the future they invision and not the God centered family centric individualism you think you have a right to instill upon them. The Melissa Harris-Perry video makes it fairly clear – you may be the baby producer, but the children belong to the community. And the community believes in education as a collective social process where everyone learns from the same exams and believes in the same social order.

You may be teaching God’s justice or equal justice at home but your children are being taught social justice at school. You may teach your children about the second amendment right to bear arms, as the Founders intended, but your children are being taught that guns are the problem with our society – not the lack of faith in God. You may teach your children that salvation is personal, that your salvation is between you and your God. Your children are learning about collective salvation. You don’t believe in global warming? Wait a couple of years and your children will be laughing at your “ignorance”. Evolution. LGBT. Abstinence. Every year my son spent in the Chicago Public School System was a year I spent trying to “un-teach” what he was learning at school until I finally just pulled him out and put him in a Christian School. And I fear that will not be an option with tomorrow’s “community” children. And I fear that option will disappear sooner than you may think.

While we’re focusing on the mostly federally centered Common Core program and whether or not states will reserve the right to maintain their sovereignty with regards to education, we need to keep an eye squarely focused Romeiki v. Holder case. This case will be the sole focus of my next post but the implications of this case the way I understand it and the very fact that the Justice Department finds it necessary to pursue it should be factored into every Federal Education program discussion – whether called Common Core, Race To the Top or No Child Left behind. It’s a case involving a German evangelical family who was granted political asylum in the United States from Germany because they were about to have their children taken away from them for homeschooling them versus Germany’s compulsory education system. Apparently, in Germany the children’s education has belonged to the community since 1938 and our Justice Department feels the need to spend the time and expense getting this family’s children back to their community. Who was running Germany in 1938?

For those of you needing a refresher on Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”, I’ve taken the liberty of presenting an excerpt of some paragraphs that were relevant to Mrs. Harris-Perry’s video. I can’t help that his writing is as painful to read as Mrs. Harris-Parry’s video is painful to watch. Remember, both personalities start with hatred and envy as the foundation of their worldview.

“Abolition [Aufhebung] of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists. On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution.

The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital. Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty. But, you say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.

And your education! Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention direct or indirect, of society, by means of schools, &c.? The Communists have not invented the intervention of society in education; they do but seek to alter the character of that intervention, and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class.

The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour.”

The Biblical Foundation of Our Constitution

By Publius Huldah

The English Puritans who came here in the 1630s knew that the Old Testament has a great deal to say about civil government. And they came to build thatshining city on a hill.

They did not come here to escape from the World, to wait for the end of the World, and to surrender it to evil.

And so – we became a shining city on a hill. The fundamental act of our Founding, the Declaration of Independence, recognizes the Creator God as the Source of Rights;1 and acknowledges that the purpose of civil government is simply to “secure” the Rights God gave us. The Constitution we subsequently ratified was based on God’s model of civil government as set forth in the Bible.

That is why our Country was so much better than what the rest of the World has been.  For the most part, we followed God’s model for civil government; other countries didn’t.

The blessing which flows from God’s model is limited civil government which is under The Law. That is why our Liberty Bell quotes Lev. 25:10 – “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.”

In this paper, I will show you Six Principles which come from the Bible and how our Framers applied them. In a future paper, I will show you Six Biblical Principles Thomas Jefferson listed in the Declaration of Independence, and how those Principles are also incorporated into our Constitution.

1. The Civil Authorities are under the Law. 

The Bible: God is The Lawmaker – the kings are to apply God’s Law. 2

  • Deut. 17:18-20: The king is to write out a copy of God’s Law. He is to have it by him and read from it all his life so that he may keep, observe, and apply it.
  • 1 Kings 2:1-4:  King David on his deathbed tells Solomon he must conform to God’s ways, and observe his statutes, commandments and judgments, as written in the Law of Moses.

The parallel in our Constitution is that the Constitution is the Supreme Law which the civil authorities are to obey.

Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary defines “constitution”:

“…In free states, the constitution is paramount to the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controlling its power; and in the United States, the legislature is created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.” [boldface added]

Our Constitution is the Standard by which the validity of all Acts of Congress, all acts of the Executive Branch, all judicial opinions, and all Treaties is measured and judged (Art. VI, cl. 2).

Do you see?  Law comes from a higher source than the civil authorities. The “Rule of Law” prevails when the civil authorities obey that higher Law – be it God’s Law or our Constitution.

Tyrants, on the other hand, claim that they are the source of law.  The Roman Caesars, Stalin, Hitler, the dictator of N. Korea and Obama all claim that their  will is “law”. Consider Obama’s usurpatious executive orders and rules made by his executive agencies. This is the “Rule of Man” – when the civil authorities deny they are subject to a higher law (be it God’s Law or the Constitution), and hold that their will is “law”.

2. Civil Government has only limited and defined Powers:

The Bible: When you read through the Old Testament, you see that civil government is limited to:

  • Military matters
  • Enforcement of only a few of God’s Laws – the laws to which a penalty for violation is attached (laws against murder, theft, bearing false witness, negligence, etc.).
  • Judges are available to decide disputes between the people.

Most of God’s Laws are a matter of individual and family self-government (e.g., charity, family welfare, education, don’t drink too much, work hard).

The parallel in our Constitution is that it is one of enumerated powers only:

All other powers (except those listed at Art. I, §10) are retained by the States or the People. Self-government” means that as individuals, we govern ourselves in accordance with the laws of God [or the “Natural Law”].  It doesn’t mean that we elect representatives to manage our lives for us!

Tyrants claim the power to do whatever they want.

3. Civil Government is divided into Three Parts:

The Bible: Isaiah 33:22 says The Lord is our “judge”, “lawgiver”, and “king”!

The parallel in our Constitution is that the federal government is divided into three branches: Judicial, legislative, and executive.

No human can be trusted with all three functions, so our Constitution separates them into three branches, with each branch having checks on the powers of the other branches.

Tyrants seek to exercise all three functions. Obama is making Congress irrelevant: When they refuse to pass a law he wants, he implements it by “executive order” or “agency regulation”.  He’s making the judicial branch irrelevant by ignoring their decisions which go against his will.

 

4. The Civil Authorities promise to obey the Higher Law.

The Bible: The king promises to obey God’s Laws and to apply God’s Laws in the kingdom; and the people pledge themselves to this promise:

  • King Josiah’s covenant at 2 Kings 23:1-3:  King Josiah called all the people together and in their presence, read aloud to them the Book of the Law which had been found in the temple. Then King Josiah entered into a covenant with God that he would obey him and keep his commandments and statutes as written in the Book of the Law.  And all the People pledged themselves to this covenant.
  • Joash’s (via the priest Jehoiada) covenant at 2 Kings 11:17 and 2 Chron 23:16.
  • David’s covenant at 2 Sam 5:1-4 and 1 Chron 11:1-3.

Our Constitutional Oaths of Office:

  • Art. II, Sec. 1, last clause: The President promises to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”.
  • Art. VI, last clause: All other federal and State officers and judges promise to “support” the Constitution.

5.  When the Civil Authorities violate the Higher Law, We must Rebuke them!

The Bible: The prophets rebuke the kings when they forsake God’s Law:

  • Samuel rebuked King Saul (1 Samuel 13:10-14)
  • Nathan rebuked King David (2 Samuel 12)
  • A Man of God rebuked King Jeroboam (1 Kings 13)
  • Elijah rebuked King Ahab (1 Kings 16:29 – 1 Kings 17:2; 1 Kings 18:16-20; 1 Kings 21:17-29)
  • Elijah rebuked King Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:1-18)
  • Elisha rebuked Jehoram, King of Israel (2 Kings 3:1-14)
  • The prophets warned of the pending destruction of Jerusalem because of the sins of King Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10-16)
  • The book of Micah.

The Black Robed Regiment of Our Revolution: Some 237 years ago, our pastors were leaders in bringing about our Revolution.  They understood that the English king and Parliament were imposing tyranny on us in violation of God’s Law.

In the Declaration of Independence, we rebuked the British Crown when we itemized our grievances and recited how we had petitioned for redress and had warned that if they didn’t stop the usurpations, we would separate from them.

But today, we don’t have enough clergy with the knowledge and the spine to rebuke the federal government. Many don’t know what the Bible says about civil government,3 and they don’t know our Founding Principles and documents. Too many of our clergy just want to escape or withdraw from the World, avoid controversy, and preserve their 501 (c) (3) tax exemption.

The Catholic Priests are speaking out about being forced to provide contraception and abortion pills as violations of their religious freedom. But they should be denouncing the HHS rules as unconstitutional exercises of undelegated powers. 

Their goal should not be to carve out an exemption for themselves from rules they don’t agree with; but to enforce The Constitution for everyone.

“Rebuke” does not consist in saying, “I don’t agree” or “It violates my beliefs.”

A proper rebuke points out the Higher Law being violated, and demands compliance with that Higher Law – not with one’s personal views. 

Because the Priests have focused on their religious beliefs, instead of on biblical/constitutional principles; the discussion in the media has been about the percentage of Catholics who use birth control – the implication being that since most Catholics use it, the Priests are out of touch.

But if the Priests would say:

  • Obamacare is unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers delegated to Congress – the medical care of the People not being one of the enumerated powers; and
  • The HHS rules are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers granted to the Executive Branch, and as in violation of Art. I, § 1 which provides that only Congress  may make laws; 4

Then, they would make a proper Rebuke.  And the discussion would be where it should be: on the enumerated powers of Congress and the unconstitutionality of rule-making by executive agencies.

So! The purposes of Rebuke are to Warn and Teach:

  • To warn the civil authorities of their violations of the Higher Law, and
  • To educate the civil authorities and The People about the Higher Law.

The Constitution is a theological document! It is the job of our clergy – Catholic, Protestant and Jewish – to know this. And to defend God’s Word as expressed in our Constitution. God requires our clergy to take an active role in protecting the People from a civil government which violates the Higher Law – be it God’s Law or our Constitution which is based on God’s Law.

We The People must also rebuke the federal government when they violate our Constitution. We do it by posting on line, talking to friends, family, and everyone else within our spheres of influence. Stick to Principles – avoid personal opinions. Cite the provision of our Constitution they violated; or as is usually the case, show that what they have done is not an enumerated power. When they have town hall meetings, rebuke them there. Watch this magnificent woman and see how it is done!

6.  The Peoples’ Obligation to obey the Civil Authorities is conditional upon
the Civil Authorities obeying the Higher Law.

The Bible: As shown by the Scripture at Principle 4, civil government is a covenant between God, the king, and the People.  God makes the Laws; the king promises to obey and apply those Laws; and the people pledge themselves to the Covenant.

Out of this relationship between God, the king and the people, arises the peoples’ obligation to protest lawlessness on the part of the king.  If they don’t protest, God punishes the people because of the misdeeds of their kings – the people will suffer if they go along with the unlawful acts:

  • God sent a 3 year famine because Saul put the Gibeonites to death (2 Sam 21).
  • God sent a pestilence which killed 70,000 Israelites because David took the census (1 Chron 21 & 2 Sam 24).
  • God (via Elijah) sent a famine because Ahab & his house forsook the commandments of the Lord (1 Kings 16:29-33, 17:1, 18:1, 18:17-19).
  • God struck a heavy blow at Joram’s people because of Joram’s wickedness (2 Chron 21:1-14).
  • God visited 4 dooms upon Jerusalem & the Southern Kingdom because of the sins of Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10-17 & Jer 15:3-4).

The parallel in our Constitution is this: When Congress makes a law which is outside the scope of its enumerated powers, it is no “law” at all, but is void; and we have no obligation to comply.  Alexander Hamilton says this over and over in The Federalist Papers.  Here are a few examples:

“…If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify…” (Federalist No. 33, 5th para). [boldface added]

“…acts of … [the federal government] which are NOT PURSUANT to its constitutional powers … will [not] become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such…”http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fed33.htm (Federalist No. 33, 6th para). [boldface added]

“…every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act …contrary to the Constitution can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm … that men … may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.” (Federalist No. 78, 10th para). [boldface added]

Hamilton also tells us that Congress can’t usurp powers unless the People go along with it! In Federalist No.16 (next to last para), he points out that because judges may be “embarked in a conspiracy with the legislature”, the People, who are “the natural guardians of the Constitution”, must be “enlightened enough to distinguish between a legal exercise and an illegal usurpation of authority.

So!  Hamilton applies the Biblical model of what WE are supposed to do when the federal government acts outside of the Constitution. We are to recognize that their acts are “void”, and We are to take whatever prudent measures are necessary to enforce the Constitution.

What can We do?

Hamilton tells you to LEARN the Constitution; demand that federal and State officials obey it; and don’t go along with them when they violate it!

READ our Declaration of Independence and Constitution until you become familiar with them.  Stick to original sources (e.g., The Federalist Papers) and beware of the ignorant know-it-alls with their crazy theories.

REBUKE officials and judges who violate the Constitution! Specify the violation.  Usually, the violation is that what they did is not an enumerated power.

ELECT State & County officials who will nullify unconstitutional acts of Congress, executive orders, & judicial opinions.  Here are Model Nullification Resolutions for State Legislatures.

TALK to your pastor, priest or rabbi – we all share the Old Testament. We must dust off our copies and read them; renounce escapism & defeat; renounce the unbiblical doctrine of socialism (listen to Fr. Andrew!); renounce the unbiblical doctrine of divine right of kings – the false doctrine that God granted autonomy to the civil authorities; declare independence from the federal government and throw off the chains of the 501 (c) (3) tax exemption!  Start being the Salt & Light we are called to be – the Watchmen on the Wall. PH.

Endnotes:

1 Here are express references to God in our Declaration of Independence:

  • …The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…
  • …endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…
  • …appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…
  • …with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence

Our Constitution at Art. VII, last clause:

  • …in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…

2 “Lex, Rex” – the Law is above the king!  Not “Rex, Lex”.

3 Romans13 must be read in pari materia with everything the Bible says about civil government! The false doctrine of “divine right of kings” is based on ignoring the numerous Old Testament provisions addressing civil government. Romans13 actually says that the civil authorities are God’s ministers and agents, and if we are “good” we have no cause to fear them; but if we do “evil” we do have cause to fear them.

So! When reading Romans 13, Titus 3:1 & 1 Peter 2:13-14, we must keep in mind that it is God who decides what is “good” and what is “evil”. God never gave civil authorities the power to define “good” and “evil”; and God never gave them autonomy. Bad theology is, and has long been, the cause of much evil.  And Pride keeps it going.

4 Article I, §1 says:

“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Only elected Senators (Art. I, §3, cl. 1) & popularly elected Representatives (Art. I, §2, cl. 1) may exercise legislative powers. Our Constitution doesn’t permit unelected bureaucrats to make laws. Federal judges have disgraced the Bench by permitting rule-making by executive agencies.

May Meeting of Christian Patriots USA

Everyone Welcome!
Guest Speaker
Richard A. Gillis, CFP

Mr. Gillis is President and owner of Capital Programs Advisory Corporation, a Money management firm, with a successful career that spans more than forty years. A citizen Patriot and Born Again Christian, his passion is the Culture War raging throughout America as well as within the Sanctuaries of Churches all across the land. His message is a wake up call to churches, Christians and patriots in all walks of life — CHOOSE FREEDOM OR PREPARE FOR TYRANNY. True Christianity is being marginalized and could soon be forced underground unless we stand up for our founding principles and our Christian heritage.

“At the core of our [financial] woes is a society that has forgotten God. There are supposedly 90 million Christians, but only a remnant is resisting the onslaught of debauchery that emanates from lost, corrupt souls. Church leadership is deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to calling out the evil committed by society, as well as by its leadership.” ~R. Gillis

Join us
Monday May 14, 2012
7:00 P.M.

Ravenswood Baptist Christian School
4437 North Seeley Ave., Chicago, Illinois
(773) 245-6076

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

From: Dr. Phil Stringer, Pastor of Ravenswood Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois
Subject: Re; Seed Chicago October 6 – 13,  2012

How would you like to take a missions trip to every country in the world without getting a passport or paying for an international plane ticket?

Fifty years ago Chicago was  a center for evangelical Christianity. Today Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam are main stream  Chicago religions. Evangelicalism is rare and Bible believing Baptists are even more rare. Each of the 73 different official branches of Islam has a mosque in Chicago. Most of them more than one. There are only a handful of independent Baptist churches in the city.

According to a daily newspaper in Brisbane, Australia –  Chicago is the most international city in the world. The Stringers are the only adults on our block that were born in the USA. The whole world is here in Chicago.

During a recent Bible conference in Wisconsin, I was hearing about massive  distributions of Scripture portions in major cities in foreign countries. The Lord burdened my heart about having such a campaign in Chicago. We have set aside eight days for just such a program – October 6 – 13, 2012.

Even though our church has very limited resources and manpower I have committed us to distributing 1,000,000 [that’s one million] Scripture portions  during these 8 days. Pastor Mark Smith of Faith Baptist Church, Tacoma, Washington and James Hoffman of Bearing Precious Seed, Wyldewood Baptist Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin are guiding me through the planning of this program.Both of this men have participated in massive Scripture distribution campaigns in other countries.

We are in the early planning stages now. After my January trip to India and The Philippines, this project will be number one on my priority list. We recognize that many of the contacts that we make through this campaign will not be geographically close to our church. We will run this campaign through our church but we will be providing contacts to fundamental Baptist churches all over the Chicago land area.

Please put this campaign on your prayer list now. Please pray that God will  move in a great way during these eight days.

Perhaps you could come for all or part of this program and be a volunteer for Scripture distribution or door to door soul winning.

Perhaps you could help with the many expenses of this plan.

Many more details will be coming out near the end of February.

May God begin to work in the hearts of Chicago land residents even now.
Pastor Phil Stringer

Please forward a link to this announcement to all your friends, especially those living in Chicago area.

Natural Law and Economic Prosperity

Benjamin Franklin, at age 81, addressing the Philadelphia Convention, June 28, 1787 said, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God Governs in the affairs of men.”  After years of studying American History, the writings and biographies of the Founding Fathers, the Bible and America’s founding documents, I came to the same conclusion; as did Madison, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson; and when I consider the changes that have taken place in America, just during my lifetime, I am forced to also agree with Jefferson when he said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

America did not become the foremost nation on earth for over a hundred years due to the wisdom of man, but by the Providence of God. George Washington firmly believed this when he took over command of the militias surrounding the Port of Boston in 1775. The signers of the Declaration of Independence believed this when they signed their name to that document in 1776, fully realizing the consequences if they were wrong. James Madison expressed the same belief when he wrote in Federalist Number 37, “It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”

For the first 80 years, America flourished and prospered believing itself to be an exceptional nation, especially blessed by the providence of God. This began to change with the Civil War, and a generation later, we began our long journey from a nation of religious, political and economic liberty to a secular nation that looked to government, rather than God, for the blessings of life. Today we find ourselves on the verge of Godless socialism, where faith in God is tolerated but not celebrated; where “busy-body politicians” restrict individual liberty at all levels of government, and the government takes the fruits of our labor from us, to be given to others.

There is ample evidence in our four-hundred-four year history to believe that our founding documents contain God’s plan for America based on “the laws of nature and nature‘s God”. When we ignore or reject the principles prescribed in that plan, we suffer the consequences. The best example is perhaps the Civil War; NO, I am not saying that the Civil War was a judgment from God. What I am saying is that had America accepted and abided by the principle that “all men are created equal” as stated in the Declaration of Independence, there would have been no reason for a Civil War with its devastating destruction of property and the loss of 500,000 lives would not have happened; not to mention the 100 years of racial strife engendered by the backlash from the “radical reconstruction” period after the war.

The problems we are facing today are due to our failure to honor the principles on which our nation was founded as outlined in our founding documents. Political correctness and the “nanny state” has devastated our culture. The primary reason for this is that we no longer honor God as the source of our blessings as a nation and no longer teach our children to keep his commandments. Our government system is failing due to our departure from the precepts of the constitution and the principle of the rule of law for our elected and appointed officials. When we exempt our leaders, from the President on down, from the necessity of following the law, is it any wonder that the citizenry is become less law abiding with each passing generation? Among the major problems we face today are our economic problems. The genesis of these problems are even more evident that those of our culture and politics.

We have rejected the principle of spontaneous order that governed our economy for the first century of our existence. Instead, we have turned to a form of central planning by government for the economic decisions we make. America is not the first country to believe that central planning is the way to prosperity, and it will not be the last. The problem is that it has never been successful, and in fact, it can never be because it violates the economic laws of nature. In a spontaneously ordered economy in nations such as ours, millions of people make billions of economic decisions daily, based on their perception as to what is in their own best interest. The principle of spontaneous order arranges these decisions into a natural system that results in the highest possible level of prosperity for the maximum number of people.

In a centrally planned economy, government bureaucrats attempt to predict needs and organize resources to provide for an equal distribution of goods and services to everyone. The result is inefficiency, shortages, and a general decline in overall prosperity. Central planning does not and cannot work because no individual or collection of individuals has the intellectual capacity or management skills to anticipate and fulfill the needs of any group of people larger than those of an individual family. Even that does not always result in everyone’s satisfaction.

The principle of spontaneous economic order is the foundation of our capitalist system. The liberty of individuals to make their own personal economic decisions and live with the consequences is protected by the Constitution in Article I, Section 10 and defended by Jesus in Matthew 20: 1-15.  The current trend of the American government away from free market capitalism and toward the socialist ideal of a centrally planned and bureaucratically directed economy is not sanctioned by our Constitution or by the Judeo-Christian traditions of our culture. This trend must be reversed if we are to regain the liberty and prosperity we have lost over the past 100 years. American exceptionalism is not yet lost, but it is getting harder with each passing year to distinguish America from all the other nations of the world.

America’s New Awakening

By Jerry McDaniel

When I look at the history of America, I see the benevolent hand of God guiding our footsteps through its founding and through its many episodes of progress and backsliding. By God’s providence, the Founding Fathers left us the most perfect plan for government ever devised on earth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

From the very beginning God has blessed us, from small boatloads of His people scattered about the wilderness of this great Continent, thousands of miles removed from the civilized word, through prosperity, depressions, war and peace to become the greatest and most powerful nation on earth. Like the “mustard seed” in Christ’s parable, we grew into a mighty nation and the oppressed of the world found comfort in the shelter of our branches. For generations America was the “light of the world”. Today that light is growing dim.

I believe our founding documents contain God’s plan for America. Whenever we have strayed from that plan, we have paid a terrible price. The Declaration of Independence declares that “all men are created equal”. Yet, we tolerated the sin of slavery in our midst for seventy years. The price was a Civil War with 500,000 lives lost and much of our southland devastated. Less than a generation after the Civil War the secular god of socialism reared its ugly head. For over a century we have been moving away from God and His plan, embracing instead, the false god of socialism. Through apathy and ignorance, America chose in 2008 to abandon the plan given by our Founders and embrace the socialist promise of “hope” in a dependence on government without the restraints of our founding documents or principles.

Our hundred-year slide from constitutional government to humanistic socialism has not only changed our governmental and economic structure, it has also led to drastic changes in our culture. The structured civil society based on moral constructs drawn from Biblical teachings and incorporated in our founding documents, has given way to a hedonistic culture engaged in the pursuit of pleasure, rather than “the pursuit of happiness”. Our national sins of abortion and sodomy continue unabated and threaten to undermine the very foundation of our society, the family unit. Our survival as a free nation is threatened on every side, from within and from without. As Thomas Jefferson opined about the sin of slavery in his day, “…Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever..; The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a context…”

Jefferson continued in the same paragraph, “I think a change already perceptible” as he observed the increasing awareness of his fellow citizens of the inhumanity and inherent immorality of slavery. A similar awakening is becoming perceptible in America today. The “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington last Saturday drew hundreds of thousands of patriots from all over the country. The theme of the rally was faith in God and the Constitution, calling again for a national commitment to God and the Constitution. The large number of people who attended and the attitudes expressed are symptomatic of what has been happening throughout the country as more and more Americans are awakening to the perils we face.

In the four years I have been “blogging” on the Internet I have noticed a change taking place that bodes well for our future. That change can best be seen in the progress of the tea party movement and in the subjects of public debate. When the tea party protest rallies began to spring up all around the country, at first the subject was taxes and spending on the part of the federal government. The mainstream discussion was focused on fiscal responsibility, smaller government and lower taxes. Within the past year or so that conversation has expanded to a demand for a return to the Constitution. Conservatives are no longer calling for just a smaller government. Today they are calling for the constitutionally limited government planned by our Founders. Americans are rediscovering the Constitution as never before and it is now a part of the mainstream political discussion.

Along with the rebirth of interest in the Constitution, there has been a corresponding interest in our founding principles. Patriots are starting to reconsider the role of God and religion in the founding and governing of America. Discussions of the relationship between faith and governing are no longer limited to Sunday morning Church service and private conversations among family and friends. It is beginning to appear as a companion subject in our mainstream political discourse. America could be on the verge of a new religious, as well as a political awakening. If so, it will again mirror the growth of the tea party movement.

Just as the current political awakening sprang up from the masses expressed in the leaderless tea party movement, with a reluctant political class forced by circumstances to go along, so also, may be a coming religious awakening. The origin of our national motto, “In God We Trust” is lost in history. The Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Keys in 1814 is one of the earliest instances we have of its use. A phrase in the fourth stanza says, “And this be our motto: In God is our trust”. In the joint resolution by Congress in 1956 making “In God we trust” our official motto, it is presented as a self-evident truth, “In these days when imperialistic and materialistic Communism seeks to attack and destroy freedom, it is proper” to “remind all of us of this self-evident truth” that “as long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail.” That observation is just as relevant to today’s progressivism, as it seeks to attack and destroy freedom, as it was to communism then.

As Thomas Jefferson indicated and the tea party movement shows, individuals acting in concert with others is the best guardian of our liberty. Our return to a constitutional government will only happen at the behest of the people. America is so far removed from the Constitution in our laws, and so immersed in the quagmire of socialism that a return to the solid foundation of our founding documents and principles can only come from the providence of God through the urging of His people. In Matthew 13, Jesus says “ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt hath lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of man.” Have we, as God’s people, indeed lost our savor? Are we finally to be cast out and trodden under the foot of socialism? That is the question we, as Christians must answer.

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