Posted by: reformedmusings | November 5, 2008

Our hope and duty under radical socialism

Some quotes from today’s Patriot Post:

“We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” –George Washington

“Most change in America doesn’t come from politicians. It comes from people inventing things and creating. The telephone, the telegraph, the computer, all those things didn’t come from government. Our world is going to get better and better, as long as we keep the politicians from screwing it up.” –David Boaz

“Conservatism always has been and always will be a force to reckon with because it most closely approximates the reality of the human condition, based, as it is, on the cumulative judgment and experience of a people. It is the heir, not the apostate, to the accumulated wisdom, morality and faith of the people. … Our challenge is not to retreat to the comfort of self-congratulatory exile but to sweat and bleed — and be victorious — in the arena of public opinion.” –Tony Blankley

And now a word from our Creator, the sovereign King and Creator of the universe:

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Note that God is our refuge and strength, our ever present help in time of trouble, not a nanny government. I used to have verse 10 come up on my computer in the old DOS days. I find it a great comfort.

Under severe persecution from the Roman church and constant threat of death, Martin Luther used to tell his followers to “sing the 46th!” He was referring to his great hymn based on Psalm 46, A Mighty Fortress is Our God:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

After the kingdom split on Solomon’s death, God’s beloved Israel suffered through 19 evil kings before the Assyrians conquered them. His beloved Judah endured 15 evil kings out of 20 before being sent into captivity in Babylon. How should we think that the United States is immune from His displeasure? After all, we have exterminated over 50 million children in their mothers’ wombs since 1973, and continue to do so at a rate of roughly 1.3 million babies every year. What do we expect? A laurel and hardy handshake?

So, let us place our hope in the Lord and act like we really believe that. Let’s continue to work for justice for all, especially the innocent children not yet born. Let us continue to fight for our civil rights under the 2nd Amendment. Let us continue to try to break the cycle of slavery in welfare dependency and the oppression of wealth redistribution. But at the same time, let us never forget to live out the truth of God’s absolute sovereignty:

Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

And likewise, we must never forget His endless mercy towards those He loves and chose before the foundation of the world. As the hymn writer Edward Mote (1797-1874) penned:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

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