Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Answer to Our Crisis!

Wisdom and warning, as well as the answer to our current national crisis, from the Foundation for American Christian Education...

Is Tyranny Lurking Around the Corner?

"Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
- Thomas Jefferson

Last week, President Obama addressed the 2013 graduating class at Ohio State University. In a feeble effort to educate the newly-coined graduates in citizenship, the President commented, “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems…. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”

Although on the surface the president’s attempt to encourage citizenship and belief in “good government” seems admirable, historically American citizenship is based on constant care of the principles that uphold liberty and by giving vigilant attention to the enemies of freedom.

In remembering our nation’s founding, we might recall that the reasons that sparked the Revolutionary War were based on forces of tyranny. Fortunately, the colonists were schooled in Biblical thinking—that the equality and rights of men are natural, essential and unalienable, and that the security of life, liberty and property should be the firm foundation of every good government.

Our aim should not be to serve government, trust government or even reject government, but our focus should be on improving our God-given talents and applying those talents to industry, education, business and government for the use and benefit of society. That worthy goal is best served in a nation that is free, and by individuals who are self-governed.

Self-government by a people strong in moral character, fidelity, patriotism and integrity is the first practice of citizenship, and naturally leads to an interest in the welfare of their fellow Americans. It is essential to know that tyranny does indeed “lurk just around the corner” and only the continual practice of the principles of liberty, vigilance and knowledge of our natural rights, secured by the Constitution, will be our first and possibly only protection against tyranny.

Do not reject the voices that warn of tyranny, but as foreshadowed by Thomas Jefferson that even the best forms of government can be perverted, be watchful to guard liberty, our most sacred trust.

[Emphasis mine.]

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