Why Christians Aren’t Laughing At Lance
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” (Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779)
When have our national leadership prospects seemed more disfigured?
It appears there are two guns pointed at our heads, one is locked and loaded, the other may represent a spin at Russian roulette, but the mathematical odds are clearly better. But there’s more, follow along for two minutes here, and consider a different angle, with a biblical precedent.
Donald Joseph Trump appears to be a loathsome, sexist, crude, loudmouthed, narcissistic bully with a checkered and questionable past. Yet he is not a criminal, and even a full roster of his alleged wrongdoings and misdeeds fails to compare to the Clinton legacy. The harsh, real politic implications of what’s ahead will require tough decisions, especially to retain any hope of constructionist meddling and legislating from the bench and a constitutional quorum on the Supreme Court. Trump represents the only possibility for a more favorable outcome.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has a 30-year track record of compromise, corruption, collusion and contempt for law and truth and she comes with the incomparable baggage of a former president for a husband who brought unprecedented shame to the Oval Office of the White House under impeachment proceedings, and a track-record of equally contemptuous behavior not the least of which is his known behaviors as a sexual predator who in facing multiple charges, was also accused of rape and settled out of court while he was disbarred from practicing law even as he and his wife hustled hundreds of millions of dollars into their charitable foundation while serving their personal interests through a sophisticated global syndicate of influence for sale. And that’s just for starters.
The voting public, the body politic of the United States, is faced with little inspiration, and among those who are cognizant enough to realize the perils we face, grave concerns over damage control of our republic.
My friend Dr. Lance Wallnau uniquely suggests Trump is a “wrecking ball” and could be an “instrument” of God’s purposes. An “anointing” from God means sacred consecration, sanctifying, ordaining for a special role, office, or purpose, it does not necessarily imply God’s approval on moral behavior.
For example, Samson foolishly failed God morally, arguably by lust, but even though he was blinded as a result, God used him at a moment of apparent failure and humiliation, even as he was seen as entertaining and amusing to the Philistine elites, to be the instrument by which he destroyed the temple of the Philistine god Dagon, and brought down the Philistine lords (the political elites of the corrupt Philistine establishment) with it in judgment, even as Israel had fallen under their rule (Judges 16:23–30).
This act of judgment might have been accomplished by other means, through the obedience of God’s people, but when they fail, God is able to accomplish His purposes in other ways, even when it does not appear to be consistent with man’s ways or expectations, and certainly not politically correct.
We didn’t reach this presidential election and this point in American history overnight. It has taken us years of neglect and decades of indifference to the integrity of our political leaders, acceptance of compromises and corruption of persons meant to represent us in elected office, and unwillingness to become more personally engaged in governance from the local level to the highest levels of appointed authority. We reached this point of presidential election leadership crisis through our own collective failures. No finger-pointing, it all ultimately comes back to each of us. We are urgently in need of awakening else we are in danger of facing judgment.
In our once noble republic and representational democracy the burden of moral responsibility for the constancy of protecting ideals depends not on those in power alone – the burden rests on the shoulders of those who placed them there by election or appointment as well. Our executive exercise of government has become hostile to its origins and increasingly feeble, yet our ideals as a nation are still noble, and worth respecting and preserving even as symbolized by our flag. We are fighting on principle for things forgotten in corrupted current practices and virtually unknown in our public schools as a result of a systemic failure and appalling ignorance among our young.
“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.” (Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1794)
As a nation we have paid a dear price in blood and treasure to establish our independence and to maintain the freedoms we have enjoyed for 240 years.
Our nation is uniquely endowed with a sacred wisdom by a constitution wherein law and principle rule us – not simply humans who’s moral failings historically lead to the abuse of power and tyranny. The division of those powers and a system of checks and balances was constitutionally designed to give us every opportunity to protect any one person or branch of government from dominating the others.
The ideal is that reason, wisdom, justice, goodwill, and moral conscience would prevail in a great gathering of responsible governmental units from local village and city councils, to state governments and a federal government to form a more complete, indeed a more perfect union. However, when a nation becomes subject to its worst inclinations towards selfishness, that union is frayed in the center cannot hold.
“It’s is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” (Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805)
Now we have reached a new century, and we have too often failed exert the effort necessary to faithfully maintain the vigilance necessary to preserve and protect freedom and exercise its stewardship responsibly unfettered by government abuse. Federal indebtedness alone may be our undoing.
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” (John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819)
The subtle erosion of our constitutional system of government, and the quality of governance we have simply tolerated in our distraction, pursuit of other idols of personal “sacred” importance, and failure to engage in government personally has led us here. We are wise to pause and reflect in this critical time for the sake of our future and that of future generations.
“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” (James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 10, 1788)
As a result of going down a path of our own design and selfish ambitions, we face the terrible prospect that what we have exalted in our own wills and allowed through our own neglect will indeed visit us in ways we can scarcely imagine. Consider how many innocent human lives have been destroyed merely because they were inconvenient or got in the way of our sometimes ruthless ambitions. Whatever idolatrous objects our greed has propelled us toward, none of them will satisfy us without the true love and peace of God. Whether we have sought gold or silver, demanded pleasure or licentiousness, convenience or collusion with ethical compromise, the result is always misery at someone’s expense – crime, abortion, sex trafficking, broken families, educational failure, poverty, despair, loneliness, euthanasia but always a devaluation of humanity.
“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both.” (James Wilson, 1791)
We can return to nobility again, but only when we exalt the virtues and values that established this great nation through a genuine faith in God. It will require that we become thoroughly reacquainted with the transcendent laws and principles of justice, wisdom, forgiveness, healing and love that our benevolent and merciful Creator has provided for our happiness and welfare.
Meanwhile, our hand is forced to exercise the greatest privilege of our democracy in voting.
Soon we will exercise that privilege, and discernment must disclose the person who is an instrument to preserve what’s left of our liberties so that we may rebuild. It will require greater engagement from all of us.
We are working together with other like-minded men and women of faith, reason, goodwill, love of God and country, and patriotic commitment to its highest ideals — on tools to enable greater exercise of vigilance, engagement, and responsibility. I’m looking forward to sharing more about what those tools will provide soon.
“Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free….” (Joseph Warren, American account of the Battle of Lexington, April 26, 1775)
Thanks for your prayer, and let us continue.
Your Friend, Gordon Pennington.