Sunday, January 15, 2006

Shall We be Like all the Nations?

I’m sorry it’s Sunday and I feel a sermon coming on.  Our text for today:

1 Samuel 8: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  6But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.  7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  8According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.  9Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.  10And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.  11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.  12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.  13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.  14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.  15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.  16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.  17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.  18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. 19Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

My nation is this the place you have come to because you are afraid of a few terrorists?  Is fear why you are happy and even egar to have a King rule over you? Are you really willing to give yourself to a King?  Before you decide to tread further along the path of tyranny, remember that your fathers said unto you:“

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Back in the olden days when women were just getting liberated, Virginia Slim told them that they had come far enough to kill themselves with their own cigs.  No longer did they have to rely on the Marlboro man.  “You’ve come a long way baby,” is supposed to be a sign of progress.  I’ve come far enough in life to have noticed that not all going and coming is actual progress.  There are plenty of times that you just have gone the wrong way and going back is the way of progress.

The United States has come a long way since Tom Jefferson and friends argued over just how to word the declaration of independence. But much of the way we’ve come isn’t necessarily progress.  The Right Impeachable George W. Bush and his pirate crew have come to a place where they laugh at the idea that they derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed”.  They derive their just powers from military force, in the same way that the original King George, who inspired these words of our fathers, did.  The new King George makes law by fiat, like the original.  And by simply making a statement at the signing of a bill of law, indicates that he the King does not have to abide by that law.

This leads me to believe that the time has come to dust off the declaration of Independence.  I know that is going back down the trail a piece, but when the trail you are on is leading to tyranny there is no point in going on. We have long been under the illusion that the government is the country, and now we are adding to that that the King is the Country.  Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury I submit to you that you are by right citizens and not subjects as the pirates on the poop deck would have you believe.  Do not say to yourselves, “but we are at war”.  The war is the instrument of these tyrants.  The instrument by which they hide the way back to liberty.  You were either born with these words in your bosom, or you took them unto your heart.  Subjecting yourselves to the fiat of a King is not for you.    

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