29, '12 11:20 AM
By Regner Capener
Morning! I need to take a break from the series dealing with tribulation and
wrath for a couple of weeks to talk about the current state of our nation --
spiritually, politically and economically -- and talk about the crisis we all
face. I'll get back to our other series before too long.
portion of what I'm about to share has been shared before in several different
Coffee Breaksover the past eight years but we all
need the reminding and refreshing.
isn’t a one of us that would disagree with the premise that our entire body of
law, and our nation, are built upon the foundation of the Constitution of the
“We the people of the United States, in order
to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide
for the common defence, promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
reads the Preamble to the Constitution. From there we launch into the specifics
of that foundation to the laws our founding fathers saw fit to incorporate as
the starting place from which to build a cohesive nation.
I ran for Congress back in 2004, I made certain that folks understood I was
running as a Constitutional conservative. What I meant by that stance was that
I believe in not just limited government, but small government – government
that does not intrude upon the fundamental rights of its citizens, government
that isn’t in the handout business, but provides a hand to help its citizens
make a life for themselves and using some initiative to prosper according to
their individual skills and gifts.
I'm still registered as a Republican it seems to me that many of the party
leaders have abandoned the fundamentals upon which the party was founded,
becoming pretty self-serving in the process. I'm not a Libertarian simply
because the Libertarian platform goes too far in ignoring the spiritual
foundations of our nation and treats those foundations as an intrusion into our
Constitutional liberties. I'm not a Democrat because the Democratic party has
long since left middle America and become the party of deviants, aberrants and promoters of everything abhorrent to me --
first as a Christian, and secondly as one who espouses the core of how this
nation was founded and established.
purpose of my discussion today, however, is not to rehash a political campaign,
nor is it to get into the basics of the Constitution of the United
States, nor is it to debate our laws. I believe that our Constitution was
founded upon a Law that undergirds our entire society, and indeed, separates
the United States from
every other nation in the world.
in case you are thinking I’m going to say The Ten Commandments, you’re wrong.
The Ten Commandments certainly formed a fundamental core of the way in which
our laws were written, but what I’m talking about goes way beyond that.
me begin with a portion of the Mayflower Compact – an agreement entered into by
the folks who fled England
order to provide a way of life and a freedom they could not obtain there. (As
an aside, Della can trace her family’s beginnings in this country to one of
those original families aboard the Mayflower.)
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We,
whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord
King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France,
and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having
undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith,
(my emphasis) and the Honour of our King and Country,
a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do
by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one
another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and
Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid…….”
these settlers certainly had a reverence for King James, and England as
a whole, they sought something missing in their native land: the freedom to
worship God, and an opportunity to advance their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
with all of the basic fundamentals that make Christianity what it is. They
looked to the establishing of a colony away from the King, away from England,
and away from the Church of England with its rigidity in order that there might
be freedom to grow spiritually.
at each of the individual charters of the thirteen original colonies, it
becomes clear that – without exception – the freedom to worship God and serve
the Lord Jesus Christ was their underlying motivation.
of the arguments that I’ve engaged in with some folks during the past few
months has been over the recurrence of the phrase, “the Christian religion,” in
the body of many of our founding fathers’ documents. The argument raised of
course is predicated on Thomas Jefferson’s statement to a Baptist preacher
concerning “a wall of separation between church and state.” What most folks
miss – and what most leftists and liberals want to argue over – is that
Christianity is not a religion. It is not a dogma. It is not some kind
of body of theological ideas.
true Christianity – as our founding fathers saw it, was a deep reverence for,
and worship of, the Lord Jesus Christ. Folks could have differences of
understanding over some things and be a part of different church groups or
organizations, but the common denominator that bound our founding fathers
together was the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ. They defined the differences
that separated them as “religion,” but not the faith.
you understanding what I’m getting at? Some have supposed that there were deep
differences that divided our forefathers, that the division was religious in
nature, and that the colonies were established in order to ensure that the
Baptists stayed to themselves, the Quakers stayed to themselves, the Anglicans
stayed to themselves, etc., etc. Not true!
I have often commented to some of my friends – perhaps rhetorically – I am a
very strong-willed and outspoken person. (Of course, you’d have never guessed, huhh?) As a minister of the Gospel, and a preacher, I can be
verrry strong in some of the statements
that I make. Those remarks are not made in anger, nor am I trying to sell some
nutty doctrine. I do have strong convictions – convictions that are often based
in years of personal experience. That doesn’t mean that I can’t be wrong, or
that the Lord doesn’t still have to beat me upside the head with a 2X4 once in
awhile to get my attention. He does, and I change. (OK. No smart alec remarks from the peanut gallery!)
of those early forefathers were preachers. William Penn, for example, was a
Quaker. Just three weeks after his arrival (in 1682) in the colony that would
eventually bear his name, he called for an election of representatives to a
provincial assembly. Among Penn’s first laws passed by this assembly were
guarantees protecting the freedom of conscience. These laws permitted
Christians who were considered heretics in the
World to escape their persecutions for
worshiping God “differently” than some of their brethren.
Williams was from the Antinomians – a sect that eventually became the first
group of Baptists. A brilliant apologist for the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Williams was influenced by the Reformation and Martin Luther’s theses on faith.
Determined to ensure that the colonists had the freedom to worship God, he
labored long and hard to obtain a charter for the new colony of
Island and to establish laws and statutes that
would provide the colonists the right and freedom to worship the Lord as they
its present liberalism and the current attacks by some of its judges on the
institution of marriage) had John Winthrop (its first governor) and John Eliot.
so convinced that God had a sovereign purpose for this new land that while on
board the Arabella, sailing for America,
he wrote “A Model of Christian Charity,” in which he outlined the purposes of
England. He had a vision and what he felt was a deep understanding of God’s
purposes for the new colony.
Eliot, an ordained Anglican, but “nonconformist” minister, settled into this
newly developing colony to translate the Bible into the Indian tongue of the
local tribes, and evangelized the natives to such a degree that the
Massachusetts Parliament established, incorporated, and provided the necessary
financing to support “The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New
of course, you have the Moravians who settled
Carolina, and the Puritans who settled
don’t want this to turn into a history lesson, but it is important to see that
these original colonists all shared a common goal, and there was a common
thread in their objectives: the absolute right to worship the Lord Jesus Christ
as they saw fit without interference from government. To the contrary, as
colonial governments formed and charters were established, the common purpose
in each charter was to guarantee that – even if the local governments provided
the funding to accomplish it – the Gospel would be propagated, America,
the “ New
would be evangelized, and faith in the Lord God would be spread throughout the
Winthrop even took it farther by stating clearly that this new land was
established as "a modell of Christian charity," to
characterize the colonists' endeavor as part of a special pact with God to
create a holy community. He encouraged the colonists to "bear one another's burdens", and to view
themselves as a "Company of Christ,
bound together by Love." He told the colonists to be stricter in
their religious conformance than even the Church of England, and to view as
their objective the establishment of a model state. If they did so, God would "make us a prayse and glory, that
man shall say of succeeding plantacions: the Lord
make it like that of New England."
was this setting under which our Constitutional founders came together to
establish a single, unifying document which would combine the intentions of the
individual colonial charters and create a single new nation out of those
much has been made of Thomas Jefferson’s letter with the reference to the “wall
of separation,” few people seem to remember that it was Jefferson who, in 1786,
used the charter for the Virginia colony to draft a bill establishing
guarantees for the freedom of worshiping God, and setting the stage for the
First Amendment to the now-developing Constitution of the United States.
still remember that when Jefferson
President in 1800, he called for preachers from various churches to hold
worship services in the House of Representatives on a weekly basis. His
successors followed suit for many years thereafter.
in my document archives is a copy of a vision that George Washington had for this
country. The vision might be called by some “apocalyptic,” but he had an
experience in which the Lord allowed him to see some of the very events that
have unfolded in this country during the past few years. He carefully wrote the
details of that vision and expressed both his concern and his prayer that God
would spare this nation the horrors he was seeing.
overwhelming majority of our founding fathers shared a common goal. James
Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton wrote and published their discussions
abroad in what we now have compiled as The Federalist Papers. Though these
discussions take on just about every aspect of constitutional law, the same
common goal underlies those discussions.
was Noah Webster, however, who summarized our Constitution and all that went
into its writing when, in 1833, he wrote,
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the
religion of Christ and his apostles ... This is genuine Christianity, and to
this we owe our free constitutions and government ... the moral principles
and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to form the basis of all our
civil constitutions and laws."
where does this lead us in this modern age of doubt, skepticism, atheism,
humanistic teaching and rampant attempts to rewrite our Constitution and Laws
so as to eliminate all reference to Jesus Christ, to God Almighty, and/or the
prevention of anything that could by the remotest stretch of the imagination be
termed “government sponsorship of religion?”
truth is that our spiritual underpinnings are the entire reason for our
existence as a nation. Were it not for the prayer that bathed our beginnings,
were it not for the faith expressed by our founders, were it not for the
absolute trust in God and the declared intentions to build a nation in which
the Lord Jesus Christ would be honored above all else, it is fair to say that
we would not exist today as a people.
Psalmist David wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose
God is the Lord, and the people He hath chosen for an inheritance.” (Psalm
a crisis at the moment – a crisis of faith, a crisis of trust in the Lord. We
have allowed authority to folks who hate God with a purple passion. They have
taken advantage of that authority to create laws and statutes that are
unconstitutional, that rip away at the very fabric of our existence. We have
tolerated – in the name of freedom and liberty – leaders who, with every fiber
of their existence, hate the spiritual underpinnings that became the foundation
of our nation. We have permitted organizations to exist -- such as the ACLU --
and even provided funding for them, that are systematically destroying the liberties
our forefathers shed their blood to guarantee.
have permitted our educators to stand in our nation’s classrooms for decades
and undermine our spiritual heritage, attempt to rewrite and revise our
nation’s history, defame and slander many of our founding fathers with false
accusation and/or innuendo, and destroy the trust of our youth in the very
fabric of our constitution. We have allowed liars to stand in public and – in
the name of constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech – use that freedom
to attack any elected leaders who express their faith and trust in God.
years ago we elected a Muslim for our President, a man who has no compunction
about lying and pretending to be a Christian, and all the while demonstrating
through his actions, his hatred and disdain of the God we know, love and serve,
and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now we as a nation are paying the price for
that insanity. We are swimming in a sea of debt, spending pretend money to
finance social programs that are supposed to be the purview of the body of
Christ -- not government -- and ripping away at the social fabric of our nation
by encouraging the murder of the unborn and approving deviant alliances between
same sex partners while pretending that this is an acceptable "alternative
lifestyle' to which we can append and ascribe marriage.
are spiritual laws that are higher than that of our Constitution. There are
laws which our forefathers obeyed and utilized as they set our foundations in
place which, if praying Christians and believers today do not get a hold of,
will bring this nation down. We will fail as every other nation in history if
we lose sight of those laws.
those who have the opportunity do not seize this time to reverse the laws and
trends that have ripped away our liberties to speak out publicly in the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ and honor God, America is headed for the kind of woes we
have seen other nations suffer.
right to free speech in this nation is not a guarantee of anarchy. Contrary to
the opinions of some, free speech is not a right to treasonous proclamations by
those in public leadership. The right to worship God, to praise His name and
honor him by public leaders is not some constitutionally-prohibited breach of
an imagined “wall of separation.”
we continue to tolerate the observance of this mythical wall, we will most
assuredly – in less than a decade – see the end of the American dream our
founding fathers sought to build. Come on people! Stand up and be counted! Get
your act together. Challenge the God-haters with their agenda. No matter what
it costs you personally, get involved in the process to reverse the
disintegration of our spiritual fabric.
Whewww……. OK. Got a bit
preachy, there! Can’t help it, though. Every bone, every cell, every corpuscle
in my being says, “NO! YOU WILL NOT!!” to those who seek to remove our
the coming days or weeks, I hope to be discussing some of the particular ways
in which we can bring these trends to a halt – ways that every one of us have
at our disposal. In the meantime, have a good and thoughtful day. Meditate on
of all, be blessed today. Be blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed
coming in and blessed going out.
Blessings on you!
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
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