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Friday, August 22, 2008

228 Years Of Tyranny

On this day in 1775, King George III declared the American colonies to be in open rebellion.

As the saying goes, he who defines wins, and one man's rebel is another man's patriot. George had the wrong view of the responsibilities of civil government. He had, obviously, not read his history, or studied the "New York best seller" list from the colonies. If he had, he might have noticed that one of the most popular books was Lex Rex, or the law and the prince, by Dr. Samuel Rutherford, a Scottish pastor and Westminster divine. This book was originally written in response to the idea popular among the Stuart tyrants, that the king was over the law, or Rex Lex. Rutherford contended that the Ultimate Law, the Bible, was over the king, and he could only use the powers the God had given him. King George was stepping outside his jurisdiction and the colonists responded by taking up arms, as their Scottish and English ancestors had against the Stuarts.

Two hundred and twenty-eight years later.

The year is 2003.

A gentleman by the name of Roy Moore has been in the headlines for quite some time, for not removing his Ten Commandments monument. With a long history in the judicial sphere, Moore clearly understood the jurisdiction, underlined in the Bible, of the civil government. He knew that the Ultimate Law was over the law of man.

But on this day, just five years ago, he was suspended from office....for acknowledging the Law of God. The federal judge was inffering that we can get along without ackowlegment of God's Law, or Rex Lex!

So what? It was just a rock!

But Judge Moore understood that the acknowledgment of God's Law is the foundation of morality. It is the foundation of everything. If we do not acknowledge God, we are selling our birthright for a mess of lentils! From a purely practical standpoint, think how much judgment we open ourselves up to!
So where were the American people? After all, they had been so united against the tyranny of George III, why were they not so united against the tyranny of our federal government?
Many Americans supported Judge Moore. But the vast majority didn't think much of it.

Why?

Have you taken a look at the New York best sellers list recently? What can we learn about biblical government from Harry Potter?
I don't agree with Judge Moore's ideas 100% but he sure hit the nail on the head when it comes to the importance of acknowledging God.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Son3 said...

228 years and still standing! I guess Constitutional Republicanism works! Only when we stop spraying pesticide do the termites destroy.

We need more men like Judge Moore, not more compromise.

Good post!

August 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment!

Still standing....but barely!

August 22, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

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