WISDOM FROM SCRIPTURE
“Listen now to [me]; I will counsel you, and God will be with you… choose able men from all the people–God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain–and place them… to be their rulers… If you will do this, and God so commands you, you will be able to endure. and all these people also will go to their [tents] in peace.” Ex. 18:19-23 AMP
“Choose wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men… and I will make them heads over you.” Deut. 1:13 AMP
“Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Prov. 14:34 Amp
“When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.” Prov. 29:2 AMP
“They set up kings, but not from Me [therefore without My blessing]…” Hos. 8:4 AMP
“That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.” Job 34:30
WISDOM FROM THE FOUNDERS
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ [Exodus 18:21] The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” — Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337, 49.
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” — John Jay (1745-1829), Original Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, President of the American Bible Society
“But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” — Samuel Adams
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” — Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.
“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.” — Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character… When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.” — Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education to which is subjoined a Brief History of the United States (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823), pp. 18, 19.
“Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation… [And t]he people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.” — John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. IV, pp. 266, 277.
“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.” — Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108, from remarks made at a public reception by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, on October 5, 1840.
“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad… But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn… [T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones.” — William Penn quoted from: Thomas Clarkson, Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn (London: Richard Taylor and Co., 1813) Vol. I, p.303.
“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation… it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” — James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, “A Century of Congress,” July, 1877.
WISDOM FROM FOUNDING ERA CLERGY
“Consider well the important trust… which God… [has] put into your hands… To God and posterity you are accountable for [your rights and your rulers]… Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you… [L]ook well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust… Think not that your interests will be safe in the hands of the weak and ignorant; or faithfully managed by the impious, the dissolute and the immoral. Think not that men who acknowledge not the providence of God nor regard His laws will be uncorrupt in office, firm in defense of the righteous cause against the oppressor, or resolutely oppose the torrent of iniquity… Watch over your liberties and privileges – civil and religious – with a careful eye.” — Matthias Burnett, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803), pp. 27-28.
“…From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare… Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators… If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations… Never give countenance to turbulent men, who wish to distinguish themselves and rise to power by forming combinations and exciting insurrections against government…” — “The Republic of the Israelites, an Example to the American States,” by Samuel Langdon, Concord, New Hampshire, 1788)
“Those who rule over others must be just, ruling in the fear of God. They ought to be so in their private capacity; maintaining a care to exhibit in their conduct towards all they are concerned with, a fair transcript of that fundamental law of the religion of Jesus, as well as eternal rule of natural justice. They must be just in their use of power; confining it within the limits prescribed in the constitution they are under. Whatever power they are vested with ’tis delegated to them according to some civil constitution. And this, so long as it remains the constitution, they are bound in justice to conform themselves to: To be sure, they ought not to act in violation of any of its main and essential rights…” — Rev. Charles Chauncy, May 27, 1747, Boston
“The Church must take right ground in regard to politics… The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them. They must be honest men themselves, and instead of voting for a man because he belongs to their party, Bank or Anti-Bank, Jackson or Anti-Jackson, they must find out whether he is honest and upright, and fit to be trusted. They must let the world see that the church will uphold no man in office, who is known to be a knave [a base, unscrupulous swindler], or an adulterer, or a Sabbath-breaker, or a gambler. Such is the spread of intelligence and the facility of communication in our country, that every man can know for whom he gives his vote. And if he will give his vote only for honest man, the country will be obliged to have upright rulers. All parties will be compelled to put up honest man as candidates. Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter but the time has come when they must act differently, or God will curse the nation, and withdraw his Spirit. As on the subject of slavery and temperance, so on this subject, the church must act right or the country will be ruined. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you, he does see it, and he will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.” — From “Lectures on Revival of Religion” by Rev. Charles Grandison Finney, 1835
WISDOM FROM OTHER SOURCES
“The qualifications of a candidate should not be issue-oriented as much as character-oriented. They should be ‘able’ and ‘experienced’ men of course for the position which they seek. Beyond that, Scripture says they should be men who ‘fear God,’ that is, they should be Christians, as affirmed by John Jay. They should also be ‘men of truth’ and ‘wise and discerning’ men. This means that they should be Christians with the Biblical worldview — men who reason from absolute truth, not human wisdom. Many candidates may claim to be Christians but do not hold to a Biblical worldview. Former President Jimmy Carter was example of a Christian whose mind was unrenewed by Scripture and thus reasoned and governed from a ‘humanistic’ worldview. Finally, Scripture says that our representatives must ‘hate dishonest gain.’ This means that beyond a correct worldview, they must have Christian character, a godly home life, and pure motives.” — From page 265 of “America’s Providential History” by Mark A. Beliles and Stephen K. McDowell of Providence Foundation
Know any other maxims from Scripture or history on this topic? Feel free to share them in the comments section below. We’d love to see them!
Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. The elitists, power-players and special-interests in both parties have prostituted themselves for power, reputation, kickbacks, special favors, pomp and circumstance, and whatever else feeds their lusts. They exchange the timeless, self-evident principles of America’s founding for their own interests (or the interests of their “buddies”) and do not care about “We the People” until they need our votes (which many voters gladly give in exchange for a government check in one form or another). They love their seats of influence on their various committees and sell their souls – little by little at first – for the promise of even more power, which tends to corrupt the unprincipled. They profane common sense, spend money they do not have (actually, they have no money besides what the taxpayers are forced to give them), break the law they took an oath to uphold, break campaign promises they made to garner our support, and “frame and hide their unrighteous doings under [the sacred name of] law?” (Psalm 94:20 AMP)
We’ve sold our principles for power in our parties and this is especially true in the GOP. We’ve always known what to expect from the Democrats; at least they say what they believe. The establishment candidates in the GOP, on the other hand, tells us what we want to hear. They run as Conservatives who love freedom and the Constitution, but then, when they’ve won because we believed them and voted for them, they revert to who they’ve always really been – big government Progressives who love power and money. And this isn’t new. We’ve been betrayed and lied to by “our own” since the dawn of the Progressive Era in the 1890s. And those who think Obama and the Democrats or McConnell and the Republicans are the problem, do not understand that the real problem is big government Progressivism, along with the nefarious love of power and money. The political, ruling class in both parties (i.e. McConnell, Pelosi, Christie, Obama, Bush, Sanders, McCain, Biden, Graham, Clinton, Tillis, Boxer, Burr, etc.) are all the same. They play us for fools, trying to make us think the Rs and Ds are so different, when they’re not. They try to convince us that their party is the solution and the other party is the problem, but they are both the problem. They are both progressive. They are both irrelevant.
This is why I left the GOP. I am done with the games. I am done with the parties [Note: The Founders WARNED us against the parties!]. I am done with the false choice and voting for “the better of both evils” when “the better” has proven (ad nauseam) to be no better than its counterpart. When will we stop letting them play us for fools? The first time they fooled us, it was “shame on them.” The next time they fooled us it was “shame on us.” Now, after they’ve fooled us election cycle after election cycle (thanks, in large part, to our short memories and blind loyalty) for the last several decades, do we not deserve the appropriate title of “fools”? When will we stop this madness? When will we stop believing that doing the same thing over and over and over again will somehow produce a different result? Are we insane? It’s time for us to stop empowering them with our money, volunteerism, votes, etc. It’s time to do what we’ve never done before.
To my Democrat and Republican friends, leave the parties. Visit your local Board of Elections and switch to unaffiliated. This will allow you (1) to be free from both parties, (2) to be free to choose which party you can vote for in the Primary just as you can already do in the General, (3) to be free to vote for candidates and issues rather than be enslaved to a party that doesn’t hear you or define you, and (4) to be free to remain engaged in party activities without being isolated and limited to a party.
Then, after you’ve switched, research each and every candidate. Stop listening to what they say. Talk is dirt cheap! Instead, study their voting records, their track records, what they’ve done. By their fruit you will know them. Then, when the time comes and a viable candidate appears, who matches your personal values, vote for them on their own merits, not because they have an (R) or a (D) or an (I) behind their names but because they are aligned with your personal values. And, if there’s no candidate in a particular race who meets your standards, vote by not voting. In the end, our vote or non-vote may not change anything but at least we’ll finally be true to ourselves as responsible stewards of our votes before our Maker rather than before a party.
Unfortunately, too many of us still put too much blind trust in our politicians at the expense of being reasonable and objective and of holding them to the high standard of their oaths of office, as well as to their campaign promises. We give a pass to our favorite party and politician(s) and scold the other party and politician(s) whenever they’re guilty of the same infractions. We’ve allowed the parties and many politicians to become gods to be worshipped rather than servants of “We the People.” We need leaders who are humble servants (Proverbs 16:17-19; 18:12). Those who cannot be questioned or held accountable bring shame and dishonor to their office and insult those who gave them their trust. At some point, “We the People” need to see our leaders for who they really are, regardless of their political affiliation, and we need to resolve to rid our city, county, state and nation of their rule if they fail to pass our personal smell tests. But that requires us as individuals — if we are wise and honest — to become the people our posterity and our nation are worthy of. Until we change, nothing will change. If we continue to put our personal interests above principle and continue to put short-term pay-offs above long-term solutions, we will get everything we deserve. I pray we wake up soon. The clock is ticking.
— Written by Joel M. Killion
Have you ever considered the current state of our political party system? Have you ever wondered what our Founding Fathers would say if they saw what the parties have done to our nation?
George Washington, in his farewell address, warned us of the many dangers of political parties (Taken from Source)…
[Political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests. However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion… the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it…
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Francis Hopkinson Paris (Dated March 13, 1789), wrote (Source)…
I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore I protest to you I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much farther from that of the Antifederalists.
John Adams, in a letter to Jonathan Jackson in October 1780, wrote (Source)…
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
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Know any other maxims from the Framers on this topic? Feel free to share them in the comments section below. We would love to see them!
Last night’s monthly meeting for August was great! As always, we covered a lot of material. If you want to know what we went over, you can download a PDF version of our Agenda by clicking here. As you will see from the Agenda, we talked about many areas where everyone can get involved in some way or another. I want to encourage each of you reading this to find one thing on the Agenda (under the “Involvement” heading) that you can do. Then, do it well, with excellence, with all your might (use the CONTACT FORM at the end of this post to let us know how you can help). None of us are super-heroes. We can only do what we can do. But, if we use our God-given talents to do one thing (or two or three things, depending on what you have the passion for) that will help our cause, it will bring us that much closer to victory. During the meeting, we also talked about educational opportunities and several upcoming events, which you do not want to miss.
We also had several visitors, who, as I told them, won’t be visitors next time they come but will be family. As those who are involved in the Tea Party understand very well, we are a family. Like all families, we don’t agree on all the issues or on how everything should be done. Yet, we share a unique bond because we are in the trenches together, fighting for our freedom and for the future of our children and grandchildren. Why? Because we believe in something. We believe in God and all He has provided for all of us in this great Country. We believe in the principles of liberty and freedom. We believe in that which has motivated every man and woman in uniform, since our founding, to sacrifice so much for our nation. We believe in what our Founders gave their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to provide for us. And we are standing together for a great cause that empowers us to make a difference so that America is bettered by our work each and every day. So, when we gather, it is remarkable. As I always say, I feel closer to my Tea Party family than I do to any church I’ve ever attended. It is truly amazing!
One of the things we talked about last night is that we have to study and begin to implement some of the tactics of the opposition but do it morally, ethically, and for the Truth. So, I told you that I am reading things like The Coming Insurrection (The Invisible Committee), Rules for Radicals (Saul D. Alinsky), Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book (Mao Tse-Tung), The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels), S.T.O.R.M.’s Reclaiming Revolution booklet (To print this out for free and read it for yourself, click here), etc. As I have been studying these things, I have been reminded of how clever and cunning the Serpent still is today, especially compared to us who are Christian Conservative/Libertarian types. It’s time for us to use purified versions of their tactics for our cause. If you want to read and study these books, you can borrow them from our Library, which is being facilitated by our friend Bobby Aycock.
Also, here are some updates:
Thank you all for your support and tireless effort in our mutual cause to restore America to her God-ordained purpose as the city on a hill she was founded to be. We have a lot of work to do that will never end because freedom requires eternal vigilance. For those of you who have not yet plugged in, please come to our next monthly gathering on September 5 at 6:00pm at Western Sizzlin. Let us not wait until we and our children are living under totalitarian rule to wake up and get involved – at that point, I can assure you, it will be too late. Wake up TODAY! Get involved TODAY! I know you “don’t have time”. None of us have the time for this. But we make time for what is important to us and freedom is very important to all of us. So, use the CONTACT FORM at the end of this post to let us know how you can help.
Let me leave you with a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Your Companion in Liberty,
Joel M. Killion