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What is Truth?

There is a story of a man who stopped in front of a jewelry story every morning, setting his watch and then heading off to work.   Finally, the jeweler came out one morning and said, “Each morning you stop here, look at the front window of the store, set your watch, and move on.   You don’t come in but you always pause here.  Why do you do that?”

The man said, “I work at the factory down at the end of the block.   One of my jobs is to keep time and blow the factory whistle at starting and quitting time.   I set my watch to your clocks here in the window so I know when to blow the whistle.”

The jeweler smiled and said, “Isn’t that interesting?   I set these clocks to your whistle.”    If we apply this to our land we see how far  we have moved into moral relativism and away from basic Constitutional principles.   A free people cannot long embrace a philosophy of slippery relativism that says, “Oh well, it’s all relative anyhow.”   There comes a time when we must face the truth and its moral implications for our lives.

Our Founders were schooled in Scripture.   While they were not all evangelical Christians they went against God’s Word with an uneasy conscience.  The chief author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson said, “Our Freedom is Rooted in Our Faith.”   This is etched in stone at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

The United States Constitution is the oldest in the world and the greatest ever written.   During its writing in the summer of 1787 they were at a point of giving up when Benjamin Franklin rose to say, “Sirs, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs the affairs of man.   If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice can an empire rise without his aid?”    Franklin proposed that clergy in Philadelphia be invited to lead them in devotions before each session.   A new tone was set and the result was our Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address is considered the best ever written.   In 1 1/2 pages he made eight references to God and  Scripture.   Of the address he said, “God governs the world.”   Jack Kennedy quoted Isaiah 58 and Romans 12 in his address.  In paragraph 2 he said,  “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

Jack Kennedy was a Democrat.   But his party has changed.   Today it is a party that sees the Constitution as expandable as in we will make it say what we wish it to because the Constitution blocks our lust for power.   This is especially dangerous when this thinking finds its way onto our Supreme Court in a person like Elena Kagan.    

The Heritage Foundation Morning Bell of June 28 notes that as Solicitor General, Kagan asserted before the Supreme Court that government  could ban political pamphlets.   But the core of the 1st Amendment is the protection of political speech.   This logic could have banned Thomas Paine’s Common Sense back in 1776.

On the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms, Kagan argued that the Supreme Court should not even hear the case of the District of Columbia’s complete ban of guns.   In this context she lumped the National Rifle Association with the KKK as bad guys.

The brilliant George Will asks a question related to the 10th Amendment and States Rights which he would propose to Elena Kagan.  In Federalist 45, James Madison said:  “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.”   What did this Father of the Constitution not understand about the Constitution?   Are you a Madisonian?  Because of the doctrine of enumerated powers are there any limits on the federal government?   Can you cite some things that, because of the doctrine, the federal government has no constitutional power to do?

The brilliant Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, has said that the Constitution limits Federal power, that the Constitution is not expandable and can be changed only with care that our rights be protected.   The not so wise President Obama has nominated a woman named Kagan who does not understand this.   Neither does the President.  These are dangerous times for our liberty because we are led by dangerous people who do not understand liberty.   What to do?

First, as we near Independence Day let us declare a new dependence upon God–the Author of our liberties.   On the other side of that same coin let us declare ourselves independent of anything that damages ours being one nation under God.   That includes Far Left philosophy.    Third, let us work tirelessly for men like Ken Buck in Colorado and Bill Brady in Illinois who understand our freedom is rooted in our faith.  Fourth, let us have the same steel in our backbones that our Founders had.    Fifth, and most important, let us commit to pray daily for our nation, our leaders (and those who will lead), our troops and our families.

Which will it be?   A watch set to a jewelry store clock that times a whistle that sets the jewelry store clocks?   Or God’s Absolutes written into the soul of our nation and our Constitution?

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