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Aug
10

Legal Does NOT Mean Moral!

Legal Does NOT Mean Moral! In much of Western Culture, there is a belief that if something is legal, it must be morally acceptable. Why do people think this way? In a previous post, I talked about how Friedrich Nietzsche shifted our cultural vocabulary away from speaking about morals (which are objective), to talking about “values,” (which are subjective). When morality becomes relativized (the belief that there is no objective moral truth, only personal, subjective opinions), there are only a couple of options left for a civilization to keep itself from being hurled headlong into the abyss of anarchy (making up your own rules), hedonism (living for pleasure), and utter chaos. Civil Law (which restrains society) will either be based on an objective moral law (which can only ultimately come from God), or man’s subjective opinions. Our society has rejected the concept of objective morality because it necessitates a moral law-giver (God), and the notion of a God to whom we owe our allegiance and submission has become reprehensible to many. So that leaves us with human opinions. If a society is detached from an objective moral law, the people will be governed by: 51% of the majority opinion in a country (a Democracy). An monoarchy (rule by a king, queen or dictator) An oligarchy (rule by a small group of elites who control everything) A representative Constitutional republic. Our nation has been, in concept, the fourth of these options. We are to be governed by the Rule of Law, and not by the mere whim of our leaders, or even of the people themselves. We have a couple of written documents from our nation’s Founding Fathers: The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. In a so-called “secular” society, that refuses to acknowledge God and be internally governed by His moral law (Self-Government), these documents (and the laws that have emerged from our law-makers since that time, have become, by necessity, a kind of moral plumb-line, or secular Bible for the American people. Therefore, whatever is established by a written man-made law or code becomes in the minds of people the definition of what is right or wrong, or acceptable and unacceptable. The problem with this, however, is that humans can be wrong, and their opinions can change. Today there are many things that are deemed legal. and therefore, at least subconsciously for many, moral and ethical. Abortion and homosexual marriage used to be viewed in our society as moral...
Jul
4

Life, Liberty and…Happiness? Really?

Life, Liberty and…Happiness? Really? In his Two Treatises on Government in 1698, John Locke properly recognized and explained that the main goal of government was to protect the “life, liberty and property” of the citizens. Locke said: “The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property.” This was the commonly held view of early Americans. It was, in fact, for this very reason of the violation of property that they revolted against England. Therefore, it is disappointing and spurious to consider a shift in thinking that was introduced by Thomas Jefferson (some suggest it was Benjamin Franklin’s idea) into the wording of the Declaration of Independence. (The change was accepted by the editorial review committee for the Declaration: Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.) “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Words matter, and this “liberty” taken within the wording of the Declaration (a document that is a kind of fixed moral reference point for many Americans) has helped to bend the American experiment away from the creation of Capital, to the pursuit of Hedonism. Now granted, the early American citizens took the phrase to primarily refer to the creation and preservation of wealth, but many in our society today see the phrase more as a protection of the sexual indulgences. This is much of what is wrong with contemporary Libertarianism. That subtle shift in thinking plays a major role in leading your nation being a leader in Free Market Economics, to the slippery slope of economic Socialism. The prohibition against stealing is addressed in the 8th Commandment (whether by the citizens or the government itself), and it is for the punishment of this and other crimes against Life, Liberty and Property, that God created government (1 Peter 2:14). Allowing citizens to create wealth through the Providence of God (Deut. 8:18), may, of course, produce a by-product of satisfaction or happiness, but making happiness (in and of itself) a chief end or pursuit is neither a Biblical concept nor a sound basis for government. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is also the Site Editor for...
Feb
9

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore Alabama’s Chief Justice, Roy Moore, is in the news again. A few weeks ago, a federal court in Mobile, AL ruled that that state’s ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional. Today, that ban is to be lifted, allowing for same-sex couples to obtain legal marriage status in the state. Justice Moore has encouraged probate justices across the state to defy the federal court order, claiming it is unconstitutional. This harkens back to a scene played out on the national news twelve years ago. On November 13, 2003, Justice Moore was removed from his position for refusing to obey a federal mandate to remove the 10 Commandments monument from the state courthouse. On Nov. 6, 2012, Moore won election, once again as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It is unknown at this time how much cooperation Moore will receive from the justices in his state, and how many will risk defying the federal court order on constitutionality. For a bit of background on the case that launch Justice Moore into the national spotlight, here is an essay I wrote in 2003, summarizing the 10 Commandments case, and it’s importance for jurisprudence and the rule of law in America. The Rule of Law In 2003, one of the most memorable judicial scenes in American history, Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, lost his job and his appeal to keep a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state Supreme Court building. The irony was thick in this case, and we must be certain that the profundity of what took place doesn’t escape us in all the political bantering surrounding the event. A nine-member Court of the Judiciary (known to the press as an “ethics” committee) issued its unanimous decision to remove Justice Moore from office. According to CNN, “The ethics panel said Moore put himself above the law by “willfully and publicly” flouting the order to remove the 2.6-ton monument from the state judicial building’s rotunda in August.” (Emphasis mine) In an interview with CNN, Justice Moore said, “The issue is: ‘Can the state acknowledge God?'” he said. “If this state can’t acknowledge God, then other states can’t. … And eventually, the United States of America … will not be able to acknowledge the very source of our rights and liberties and the very source of our law.” “When a court order departs from the law and tells you what you can think and who you can believe in,”...
May
4

Why Government Needs to Get Out of Healthcare

Healthcare is not the domain of the civil government. Medical expenses, above and beyond the ability of an individual or a family to pay, falls into the category of a charitable need. In this essay, I will seek to outline how God has directed these needs to be handled in the Scripture. In the Bible, God has created various spheres of government: The Individual, the Family, the Church and the Civil Magistrate. Each of these spheres has been given authority over separate and distinct spheres and should never cross the jurisdiction of the other. This concept is called the doctrine of Sphere Sovereignty. When Paul was talking to Timothy about the care of widows in the church, he puts the responsibility squarely on the individual (in particular on the man) to care for widows who are in financial need (this falls under a charitable need). “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8, ESV) If an individual and/or family cannot or will not care for their own relatives, then Paul directs the church to  provide for widows who meet the necessary requirements for church care: “If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.” (1 Timothy 5:16, ESV) What should be done for people who have no family and cannot find help within their local church? Well, they should find another church. Never is the Civil Magistrate given the role of being involved in charity. “For (the Civil Magistrate) is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:4) “(The Civil Magistrate is) sent by God for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (1 Peter 2:14) The civil magistrate’s role is one of force, and the Bible forbids the concept of force ever being used for charity. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV) You can learn more of why government funding of charity (legal plunder), including tax-payer funded healthcare, is immoral HERE....
Jul
19

Eric Holder wants to make Zimmerman pay.

As disturbing as the recent Zimmerman trial has been, the most shocking part of this story may still be unfolding. A Florida jury acquitted neighborhood watch citizen George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal-shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has decided that the jury got it wrong, and that Zimmerman still needs to pay, saying, “we must not…let this opportunity pass.” Implying that Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated and that he may have committed a civil rights crime, Holder is preparing to try Zimmerman again for the same crime! This is ironic given the fact that the FBI had previously conducted a lengthy investigation that found no evidence that Trayvon Martin’s death stemmed from racial motives. This is a violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . .” The issue at hand is NOT whether we agree with the jury or not, or whether or not they got it right in their decision. It is about upholding and respecting the Rule of Law. If anything appears to be “racially” motivated here, it seems like Holder’s actions. Eric Holder has also taken an action against the Romeike family from Germany who sought asylum here in the U.S. so they could homeschool their children for religious reasons. Holder has declared that the family should be shipped back to their country, where the compulsory attendance laws were written by the Third Reich! Our friends at HSLDA are going to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. May God bless their efforts! Eric Holder is the same man who was found to be in contempt of Congress last year by a 255-67 vote! Our Executive Branch of government is out of control, with our President making an astounding number of Executive Orders and creating an alarming number of Executive “Czar” positions. Be assured that Holder is not going to be taking significan actions like this that are not fully encouraged and supported by his Boss. Because of his blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and our Rule of Law, he (and his Boss) should either resign, or be impeached from his office. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference...

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