The American Covenant Promise

February 27, 2009

By Jeffrey A. Ziegler
President SGI

 
He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant. Psalm 105:8-10
 
The overarching theme in Colonial-American life signaled an understanding that the sovereign God was creator of all things visible and invisible, and that He advances His rule throughout time and history by means of covenant. Meaning, that the God who created the universe, reveals himself in history, by laying down fixed-immutable ethical requirements, principles, and methodologies wherein His blessings may be known. To the colonial mind, God was distinct from His creation yet was continually intervening in the same. In relationship to these axioms, it was understood that God effects visible, concrete interactions, which include corporate and individual blessings; and negative sanctions relating to fidelity or infidelity to the same. Hence over time, early America held that God’s covenant keeping people or “seed” is blessed and accrues a cultural dominion over all spheres of life, even while the “covenant breakers” are accursed, diminished, and eventually disinherited in national life. Ergo, from the first settlers to the Washingtonian founders, the notion of covenant was understood as the great pivot around which history revolves.
 
Now the basis for such understanding is found in Genesis 12:1-3, 13:16, 17:1-13 and 22:17-18. Herein the “Abrahamic Covenant” is depicted. Historically when you hear of the Scottish Presbyterians, English Puritans, or Augustinian Germans speak of ‘The Covenant’ they are invariably referring to the promises made to Abraham. Indeed, there is much within this narrative that is rich in “nation building” vision and principle. For promised to Abraham is greatness, honor, material wealth, personal increase, and a vital offspring, in order to bless and govern the nations according to God’s precepts. It is instructive to note that God does not make the covenant with Abraham alone, but also with his children. This is significant for in turning our attention to the New Testament and Galatians 3:14-29, we find that through the finished work of Jesus Christ, all that are elect in God, The Church catholic, are now counted as Abraham’s seed or children and are therefore heirs of the very same covenant promises and world changing mission as was given to the Hebrew commonwealth. Hence, to colonial America, a sacred trust had been passed on to their generation, and therefore the American Vision was an imperative, a divine mandate to build a righteous “city shining on a hill’. Ours was to be a new free nation that would herald liberty throughout the world and signal the overthrow of tyranny throughout the nations.
 
Moreover, according to the theme verses in Psalm 105, the Abrahamic Covenant is to be enforced and active for at least a thousand generations. Meaning there is still a long way to go before the full progress of the Church global and specifically  the Church in America reaches its zenith. Practically speaking, Christians in America must reanchor themselves in the worldview of their forefathers and then plan for the perpetuation of the Faith and for the greatness of The American Ideal for many generations to come. The sacred trust of the covenant must not only be passed to the next generation, but our children must be given the advantage of standing upon our shoulders and advancing the Faith, the vision of America, and of righteousness even further than we. That this futuristic vision runs in antithesis to the “mortgage the future”policies of President Obama cannot be understated.
 
But Isn’t America A Secular State?
 
In fact “covenant thinking” and the primary doctrines of Christian Orthodoxy were once so pervasive and common in the embryonic stages of our nation that they were explicitly codified into colonial and state constitutions. As an example; the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina forbade anyone from holding office or to own property that would not acknowledge the God of the Scriptures. In 1703, the Carolinas made it illegal for anyone to “deny any one of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be God,” or to “deny the Christian religion to be true or the holy scriptures of both the Old and New Testament to be of divine authority.” Similar declarations can be found in nearly all of the New England colonial and state charters as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia.
 
Beyond these codifications, the founders in their own words give eloquence to this covenant-nation motif. They still witness to the unique character our nation was to herald.
 
George Washington
 
“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…. Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these United States… that we then may all unite unto him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed…. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions…to promote the knowledge and practice of the true religion and virtue…. Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd of October, A.D. 1789”
 
Notice the covenant language of Washington’s proclamation and its similitude to the aggregate passages we noted from Abraham’s covenant promise in Genesis.
 
Patrick Henry
 
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
 
On November 20, 1798, in his Last Will and Testament, Henry wrote:
“This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.”

Again in leaving an “inheritance” Henry exhibits covenantal thinking and the perpetuation of the vision!

 
John Hancock


“RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer…to confess the sins…to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression…and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed….And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.” By Order of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, John Hancock, President.


See here the covenant thinking in terms of the relationship between ethics and  economic prosperity!
 
Thomas Jefferson
 
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not … It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world … and I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”


Now Jefferson is thought of as the essential founder of the Democratic Party. Pitted against Obama’s bail-out culture of largesse, one must wonder if President Jefferson might resort to dueling pistols to regain his party’s and nation’s self-respect.

 
I can give many more such renderings from our embryonic beginnings, yet as late as 1983 The Democratically controlled US House of Representatives passed this incredible declaration!
 
“Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation of people. Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of The United States … Whereas that renewing our knowledge of, and faith in God through Holy Scriptures can strengthen us as a nation and a people. Now therefore be it resolved … that the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.” 
 
February 3, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan issued the above requested proclamation.
 
 
The Covenant Exists 
 
The American Covenant exists whether men acknowledge such existence or not. Positively, its riches, provisions of mercy and grace, grand vision, and manifold blessings stand ready to propel America into a new strapping “Golden Age.” Negatively it sanctions are like teeth which threaten to bite, sting, and bring us to ruination unless we turn from our perilous course of practical atheism. Recovering our heritage, thinking covenantally, and finally acting on that “New World” covenant may very well determine the fate of the American Empire in THIS generation!
 
“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God, and all professors for God’s sake. We shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whither we are going. And to shut this discourse with that exhortation of Moses, that faithful servant of the Lord, in his last farewell to Israel, Deut. 30. Beloved, there is now set before us life and death, good and evil, in that we are commanded this day to love the Lord our God, and to love one another, to walk in his ways and to keep his Commandments and his ordinance and his laws, and the articles of our Covenant with Him, that we may live and be multiplied, and that the Lord our God may bless us in the land whither we go to possess it. But if our hearts shall turn away, so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced, and worship other Gods, our pleasure and profits, and serve them; it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish out of the good land whither we pass over this vast sea to possess it. Therefore let us choose life,that we and our seed may live, by obeying His voice and cleaving to Him, for He is our life and our prosperity.”

— JOHN WINTHROP
 
 
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Imprecatory Prayer Proclamation to President Obama

February 21, 2009

As Barak Obama takes office we are reprising an initiative we launched in 1994 with President Clinton. It is called an Imprecatory Prayer Proclamation. It was used extensively by the early church Fathers notably St. Augustine and later John Knox in 16th Century. Our goal is to get 300 signatures before we go. Just email us through the SGI website at www.s-g-i.org

Best Regards and God Bless

Jeffrey A. Ziegler President: SGI


Whereas: The providential history of mankind is covenantal in nature, comprised of Divine blessings for obedience to the Law-Word of God, and negative sanctions for transgression of the same, and under consideration of the historic precedent of public covenantal proclamations regarding the unlawful actions of civil magistrates established by John Knox in 16th century Scotland, the combined members and associates of SGI have during the month of January 2009, conducted concerted and public prayer for the President of the United States, Barak Obama, along covenantal lines, having the Davidic imprecatory Psalms as our form and pattern.

This proclamation serves as a synopsis of our activity.

Resolved: To the end that the President of the United States, Barak Obama, fulfills his duties as the covenantal head of this nation along Biblical lines; we as Christ’s ambassadors pray and proclaim blessing. That is, if the President executes his duties in a fashion that would not be tyranny to good works and would uphold the abiding validity of God’s moral law as delineated in the Ten Commandments along with the justice-mercy ethic derived from the New Testament, we do declare that blessing, honor, and good success would be upon him, his associates and policies.

Resolved: In that the President of the United States Barak Obama has thus far sought the codification of behavior condemned in the infallible Law-Word of God, specifically homosexual “marriage” and tax-funded state-sanctioned murder in the form of abortion, we as Christ’s ambassadors proclaim negative sanctions. That is: if the President continues to hold in disdain the Law-Word of God by ratifying evil and by such ratification holds our lives as citizens of the republic in bondage to the same idolatry, we as Christ’s ambassadors do pray that Barak Obama would now repent and cease from his cruel persecution of innocent pre-born babies and his tyrannical oppression of God’s people who would not be part of his pro-homosexual agenda. If the President ceases not from his malicious cruelty, we then earnestly pray that his days in office would be few and another man take his office, and that the name of Barak Obama would remain a reproach to all succeeding generations of Americans.


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The Battlefield: Free Commerce vs. Obamanation!

February 21, 2009

By Jeff Ziegler

Wealth Creation or Bailout?


In the early morning light of the 21st century, American business culture evidences an insidious infection marked by the symptom of what could be described as a fuzzy relational and communal malaise. This weepy sentimentality has dispossessed the will to win, a desire to beat the competition, and to emerge singularly victorious in commerce. Such relationalism values a second-rate socialistic business ethic over and against the rambunctious spirit of enterprise, competition, and intoxicating ale of triumph once common in our great nation. In essence, Sesame Street has usurped Wall Street and there are no winners or losers just the marvelous mediocrity of the mushy middle. Hence a reliance on Federal power, interventions, bail-outs and a host of other blunt force tyrannical instruments have become the vogue not only among government elites, but also the executive class.

I recall a consultation with one of my customers. At the time we were engaged in the development of an aggressive marketing plan that would propel his business to far greater visibility. Inherent in the plan was the defeat of one of his chief competitors whose product line while similar was nevertheless inferior. My client was appalled that I actually spoke in terms of defeating his competition. “He has a right to work too!” he exclaimed. I responded that his competitors right to work was not at issue, it was whether or not my client felt it was his responsibility to guarantee his rivals success. My man certainly wanted to win, but not completely. He wanted to prosper, but not too much. He had a vision for expansion, but not if it meant the vanquishing of lesser opponents. Such double-mindedness is the Keynesian primordial ooze from which Obamanation has spawned.

Now, in the midst of recession, is the time to redefine our current business environs in a more traditional light. A world of winning and losing, of struggle and vigor, and the hope of prosperity and greater personal freedom. Decisively, this generation has a cardinal opportunity to envision a new golden era of strapping American enterprise, to rebuff defeatist ideals, and replace them with time proven principles that will reinvigorate a business world-view of victory!

After all, “You can’t beat something with nothing.”

Worldview?

The importance of having a fully articulated world-life-view is paramount in any successful business venture. By worldview I mean a set of beliefs and presuppositions that govern your sense of reality or how things work in time and history. It’s never a question of worldview or no worldview, but only a question of whose worldview has gained the ascendancy in your life or vocation. Fascists, Communists, and Socialists have a worldview. Christians, Muslims, and Hindus have a worldview. Environmentalists have a worldview and capitalists have a worldview. Children have a worldview that is dramatically at odds with the worldview of adults. The concept itself is inescapable.

Most people are something of a composite of various views. Subconsciously they attempt to harmonize these sometimes desperate elements into something unique for them. The common refrain “It works for me…” has a certain merit. Unfortunately, such amalgams rarely work long term in that the smorgasbord of ideas that form an immature world-life-view are often in contradiction. Some like this “dynamic tension” and tend to ride their own shockwave enjoying a time of success until the inevitable breakdown takes place. It is precisely at the time of breakdown that unhealthy and non-productive notions often enter into the life of an entrepreneur or the management of given corporation. In other words without a well thought out sense of reality, of values, and of your place in the business world, your life may be easily hijacked to places you never intended to go. Remember, if you are not conscious of any particular worldview governing your life, someone, some institution, or some circumstance will cheerfully supply one for you. The question then will be whether or not such views find you successful in the marketplace or utterly miserable, lost, and groping for the reasons why.

The American Way

The American economic miracle is a three-century exercise in applied worldview. There is no question that America has long been the world dominant standard for prosperity. To illustrate, while consulting with a member of the British Parliament, it was remarked to me in a rather nonchalant manner, that Europeans are rich, but Americans are that much richer. This is true not only in terms of the sheer size of our economy, but the vast array of economic choices that are available to us. The question remains why are these things so? Why has America prospered so much and for so long even when saddled by more modern innovations such as the “welfare state” and the ever greater encroachments of government regulation and burdensome taxation? The answer again revolves around worldview and the practical applications, ethics, traditions, and tactics, which are derived from the same.

We have all heard of the “Puritan work ethic.” But what exactly does it mean? Is it simply a call to frugality and saving? Or was there something endemic to the embryonic American colonial period that helped shape a dynamic vision of prosperity? In other words what was the worldview that birthed the most prosperous and industrious people in the long history of the world?

The colonial period in America was a distinctly religious time. Christianity dominated New England and the basic worldview birthed by such convictions formed an economic ethos that exploded into unprecedented material prosperity and political freedom. The cornerstone of this worldview was a belief in the transcendent nature of God as the creator and governor of life. Under this belief system man created in God’s image was handed the earth to dominate and to become productive. This productivity and “fruitfulness” was to then be utilized for the expansion of Christianity and its message. The colonial “Puritan” understood this creator-god to have given gifts, talents, opportunities, and spiritual blessings to each of the faithful in order achieve prosperous ends. At no time was the Divine seen as the direct dispenser of wealth. Each individual was responsible to use whatever talents they had to achieve as much they could for a greater end. Therefore the average colonial American saw striving for mastery and victory in commerce as a matter of eternal weight and significance. The ideals of excellence, craftsmanship, the accumulation of wealth, of leaving an inheritance and building a family legacy, of material and territorial expansion, all were generated by this religious fervor. Indeed, all of life was considered a gift from God, and man had the responsibility to preserve, develop, and rule the creation.

As a consequence of this “divine imperative” to economic growth, a limited system of government in the form of the American Republic was developed that would safely guarantee the personal freedoms needed to enjoy private property, work, and productivity, and in the parlance of Jefferson; ” … the pursuit of happiness.” The greater manifestation of this world-life-view formed a sense of economic, cultural, and political destiny that engineered the great westward expansion of the United States and the conquest of the continent. This overarching sense of destiny gave birth in rapid succession to the great Industrial Revolution, the age of invention, and the spirit of competition that was best exemplified by that “force of nature” Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt believed that is was through strife and the readiness for strife that a man or a nation achieved greatness. His was not a view that heralded conflict for the sake of conflict, but instead a striving for mastery, for dominance, and yes, for greatness.

Now I can hear the cacophony of commercial pacifists with a long whining list of what I call ” yeah buts.” The “yeah buts” will get you every time! Their carping will always sound the alarm of abuse and malfeasance that are at times exhibited in free markets and in the rarified air of freedom. Yeah, but what about the monopolies, the robber barons, child labor, the “greed” of the 1980’s or the more recent scandals with Enron or Worldcom? Nowhere have I suggested that the freedom to strive, to compete, or the desire for success and achievement in business is to be devoid of ethics! This is a subject that will be taken up more fully another time, but for now, suffice it to say that we are to battle with a sense of purpose, destiny and ethics that will not only see the accumulation of wealth but the enjoyment of the same with a good conscience.

Sphere of Influence

Few of us will be motivated by the idea of conquering a continent, as was the case with our forefathers. Yet, we all have a sphere of influence that takes into account geography, economics, relationships, and the role we are to play in shaping that micro-world. Do you look upon all you survey with a sense of destiny and leadership? If not, why not? And if not you, then who? Oh there will always be the armchair critic, the casual expert who will be all too glad to give you advice on why you won’t be able to achieve. These defeatist fear-mongers may even come from within your own family. But what of that sense of destiny, that nagging desire to achieve, and the impulse to be the head and not the tail that burns deep within your heart? That inward sense of achievement must be fed, nurtured, and directed.

A strategic worldview of victory must be translated into tactical plans for commercial and personal success. In other words “what you view is what you do.” If your world-life-view is one of doom and despair then you will accomplish little toward victorious results. But if you are intoxicated with a sense of destiny and a vision of expansion and prosperity, if you love the sting of battle and will not shirk from rigorous competition, if you wish to lead in your sphere of influence and to dominate the market place ethically, then you have laid the foundation for success and satisfaction. In fact you’ve decided to become a “John Wayne” while eschewing “John Whine.”

Having a fully articulated world-life-view is the key element in defining the battlefields of life. That is to be the one that establishes the rules of the game, who takes the initiative and makes the “other guy” respond to you! In political life, the paranoid candidate is always concerned about “opposition research.” Such insecure creatures are only assuaged when they think they have all of the appropriate responses to whatever their rival might do or say. For such, the idea of fielding their own agenda and even ignoring the opposition’s lesser ideas is somewhat foreign. Yet, the true statesman always stakes out the philosophical high ground and makes his opponents respond to his initiatives. The same principle is true in business and in all of life.

To possess battlefield awareness is to understand your reasons for entering into the arena of commerce. Surely, you want to prosper but to what end? What is your intention and objective? Once you have this understanding, prosperity has purpose and becomes the power to achieve the greater end. This pursuit is in no way a pacifistic endeavor. There will be obstacles, mind-numbing fatigue, seemingly indefatigable foes, and at times a sense of being overwhelmed. It is during these trials that the understanding of the purpose of your mission may very well be your only solace.

Prosperity is the power behind hopes and aspirations. It is a means to an end and not an end in and of itself. Once you see this you have a proper comprehension of the battlefield of business and commerce. What you will have developed is a core world-life-view of victory that will govern and animate all of your endeavors. Without such purpose you will be adrift and aimless, susceptible to the siren song of mediocrity. You literally can’t afford such anthems governing your life!

Charge!

Once, you understand your environs and have developed a world-life-view to dominate the same you are by default in leadership. “He who reads leads…” is an axiom that bears weight and significance. Yet, whether your personal character, fortitude, and courage can actually demonstrate what you know to be true is another issue altogether.


Leadership is a quality much admired in political and business ranks. Unfortunately, leadership is also quite lacking in today’s commercial environs and most especially in American political life. Much of this is due to the lack of the aforementioned “proper worldview.”


All leadership is driven by vision! It is the engine from which all other aspects related to success are advanced. Yet leadership is more than having a great idea or lofty dream. Leadership must be demonstrated by the courage to act, and maintained by an indefatigable will. These are the essential elements for effective statesmanship or commerce. Vision does not occur in a vacuum! It requires reading and development! This is far more than trendy periodicals, opinion polls, or the latest “Power Point” innovation from some faceless MBA! True enlightened leadership requires the reading of the greater works of philosophy, history, theology, science and that most neglected of documents, The Federal Constitution. In all, these will all act as a furnace to forge great thoughts, great ideas, and a mental acuity that is able to seize the day!


Moreover, effective leadership is able to translate strategic thoughts to tactical plans in a political context, ideology must be married to practical solutions. Add to this rhetoric, personal inspiration of your political base and an unquenchable work ethic and you have the right ingredients that will make others respond to you and your initiatives.

Now we come to that essential element of leadership without which nothing can be accomplished. Courage! Granted courage without knowledge is the realm of fools! Yet, knowledge uncoupled to courage has little value. Teddy Roosevelt penned 35 books and was the winner of The Nobel Peace Prize. His intellect was keen. But, it was that singular act of courage in the charge of San Juan Hill that created the platform from which his knowledge could best be employed.

Further, it takes many acts of courage to lead up to that “San Juan” experience. With TR, many personal challenges, heartaches, and confrontations were faced head-on, long before he led the Roughriders. This character development is evidenced in the deportment and stature of the statesman or executive. Courage becomes a dignified garment more than any singular act. Hence, a true leader is able to command the field, more by what he is, than what he says.


A courageous character is not built through confession anymore than standing in a garage makes one an automobile. The assails of life, the challenge of life, the strengthening of the heart through trial, and conflict, all these take our measure and cause our growth.

End Game

Worldview, knowledge, strategic thought and the courage to act, taken together are the minimal requirements for success in business or statesmanship.

Let’s face it: most of our societal interactions are hampered by minimalist expectations.

How many executives know the difference between the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes and Ludwig Von Mises? Have they read the Communist Manifesto? Have they ever heard of the “New Deal” or “The Great Society” let alone understand the combined deleterious effects these programs have had on economic progress? Do they have an understanding of unalienable rights as depicted in the bill of rights? No, these are not questions for the intellectual “elite” and in fact, are basic ideas, that even the marvelously mediocre of our culture once knew! Leadership can and must take the field and fill the vacuum created by our societal lack of knowledge. Without these principles the modern grey flannelled management minion is left to beat the air.

The executive, professional, or statesman that develops a worldview and philosophy of prosperity and cultivates courageous leadership to act upon the same, to him belong the spoils that only victory can bring. Herein is a foundation we can rely on for generations and not the hollow mantra of change Obama style.


Economic Freedom Creedal In Nature

February 19, 2009

SGI Statesmen Global Initiatives

                       

Jeffrey A. Ziegler President 

PO BOX 787 MADISON OHIO 44057

ceejz@ncweb.com 440-413-1264

 

 

Fredrick Bastiat’s Orthodox Economic Presuppositions

 

The Creedal Basis of Free Enterprise

 

By Jeff Ziegler

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With the inaugural address of Barak Obama upon us, we will undoubtedly hear grandiose swelling rhetoric concerning a myriad of salvific interventions of the Federal government into our current economic malaise. Many will embrace such “salvation” even at the expense of their own liberty. This devolution of thought is akin to a vertebrate metamorphosing into a jellyfish.

 

Yet as late as John F. Kennedy’s 1960 inaugural address wherein he stated that “… the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God” the concept of Christian Orthodoxy as foundational to human freedom was an assumed pinion of Western political thought. This notion is antithetical to the Obamanation motif which heralds the nihilistic homosexual John Keynes as a benign engine leading to Karl Marx as the ideal. The order which Kennedy acknowledged had many adherents. Yet its’ most ardent apologetic came from French economist Fredrick Bastiat who wrote his missive “The Law” in response to godless economic tyranny.

 

In examining Fredrick Bastiat’s economic theories (IE: Reagan Revolution) his theocentric worldview is an assumed fact of free markets. Yet what was once common knowledge is not so common today. Therefore, if we are to understand the economic theory of Fredrick Bastiat we have to understand his “creedal presuppositions.” For this discussion I will briefly outline these axioms using the familiar Nicene Creed.    

 

The Nicene Creed

 


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary And was made man; And as crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right of the Father; And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and  the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, And I look for the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

As depicted in the First Article of the creed, God’s transcendent nature is conclusively rendered. Meaning that God is the sovereign creator who established all things both visible and invisible and who is distinct and apart from his creation. Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16,17. Hence, the God who created you is the Lord and the giver of life.  It is God who sustains your body, your soul, your senses, your reasoning faculties. It is God who provides your sustenance, your house and home, your family and property. It is God who nurtures you and protects you from all evil. He does all of these things expressly for his divine pleasure and purpose. As the creature you stand in God’s image with a plenipotentiary role and divinely secured rights to increase and prosper.

 

Some of the basic concepts of liberty and freedom derived from the first article of Nicene or the notion of the transcendent- creator -God are as follows:

 

1) The right to life is a freedom granted by God. It is the transcendent-creator God who alone gives life. Any unlawful taking of life is murder. Therefore, if state sanctioned, state sponsored murder in the form of abortion is codified, you have a denial of God’s transcendence and have become tyranny to the unborn. Yet, this abomination is done under the aegis of a kind of humanistic “liberty” with rhetoric that is “pro-choice.” This so-called “liberty” is deity-denying and thus ends in the persecution and the death of the unborn. Beyond the immediacy of the horrid deed itself, such tyranny leads to the destruction of whole generations and thus a culture of death is perpetuated until that nation or culture is annihilated. Consequently, unless liberty under God is recognized, tyranny and death are the results not only for the unborn, but eventually, for the elderly, the sick, the infirmed and finally society as a whole.

 

2) The second major principle of liberty derived from the first article is that provision, and thus personal property comes from God and God alone. The same God that created the earth, gave man dominion over the it. Genesis 1:26-28 depicts man possessing ruling, and reordering the earth. Also, throughout God’s Law, the possession of land is a mark of God’s blessing and provision. Therefore, your family, your home, your property is a freedom and blessing that comes from God and not the state!

 

Ergo, all Fabian socialists, Marxists, Fascists and any other collectivist-statist ideals (Clinton) are attempts to usurp God and constitute a direct assault against personal property. How? If the state through coercive-abusive taxation, wealth redistribution or other paternalistic collectivist notions becomes your provider, in which you “live and move and have your being,” what right do you have to personal property? Who is your God? If the state gives, the state can take away, blessed be the name of the state. The denial of the truths expounded in the first article of the Nicene Creed is a denial of God’s transcendence and thus is a denial of the divinely secured freedoms of “life, liberty and property.”

 

The second article of the Nicene Creed establishes Christ as both fully god and fully man yet diminished in neither aspect. Meaning, Christ’s authority and rule is not confined to the spiritual or the unseen, but also extends to the visible-material world. For this reason, Christ’s Lordship is comprehensive in scope and absolute in power. In an individual salvific sense, we see it is Christ who has secured our redemption. Signifying, the elect have been made free from the power of sin, liberated from eternal damnation and freed from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13) So too, the redeemed have been delivered from the power of this present world system, liberated from bondage to Satan and the dominion of sin, and freed from the sting of death. (I Corinthians 15:55-57) Finally, the elect have been redeemed as Kings and Priests to testify of Christ’s dominion in the earth. (Revelation 1:6)

 

With the second article of the Nicene creed as a foundation, we in alliance with Bastiat can make the following deductions in regard to liberty.

 

1) Christ is fully god and fully man diminished in neither aspect. Which means His lordship and His plenipotentiary (governmental) authority is exhaustive. In other words, Christ’s rule is not confined to the invisible, for Jesus was incarnate into the visible-material world and so His rule extends to all spheres of life. This includes but is not limited to church life, family Life, economic life, and political life. Only in this context can notions of liberty thrive. Without the Crown and Covenant of Christ acknowledged, pluralism (many moralities) leads to the disintegration of society. It is instructive to note that tyrants tend to recruit religious pietists whose world-life-view confines the rule of Christ to the unseen or the spiritual (monasticism). In this context, the church would not resist the tyrant nor confront the tyrant with the claims of Christ, for the pietist denies Christ’s Crown and Covenant in the material world. Their belief holds that Christianity has nothing at all to say regarding civil polity or any other societal discipline. This notion has been contested with vigor by Pope Benedict in his landmark book “The Spirit of the Liturgy”.

 

2) As Christ saves and justifies the elect, they are saved from sin and delivered from religious coercion. The Reformation and recently Popes John Paul II and Benedict have signaled the end of political tyranny, for men have come to understand that it is God alone who justifies through the finished work of Christ and not the state nor any other institution. This emancipating ideal was not welcomed by those who wished the continuation of the slavish and feudal-political-economic paradigm of medieval Europe, nor is justification by faith and its resultant force toward freedom (Galatians 5:1) appreciated by statist collectivist tyrants today in whatever guise they don.

 

The third article of the Nicene Creed establishes one Holy Christian and Apostolic Church. The Church is the embassy of God on earth which represents his kingdom and rule through her Levitical (instructional) and Prophetic role. The Church is institutionally separate from the state. It must be free from all statist coercion to fulfill the Great Commission, which is to teach and bring under subjection through conversion all the nations of the earth to the claims of Christ. In the words of Cornelius Van Til “…the Biblical ideal or the sum of God’s will is the transformation of the world, every part of it, into a place of worship for Christ.” The Church under God is the primary engine for this global task of emancipation. 

 

Principles of liberty derived from the third article of Nicea.

 

1) The Church is under God. The state is under God. Both, must acknowledge God and perform their respective duties according to His law. The Church is to instruct and when necessary rebuke the civil magistrate as to the ways of Christ. The state under God must punish lawbreakers and protect the church so that she is free to perform her divine charter. The Church and the state are not institutionally mingled. They are separate from each other but are not separate from God.

 

2) The Church has been given all the divine means to accomplish the Great Commission. The finished work of Christ, the Word of God, the sacraments, and the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father will bring all things under the subjection of Christ. Thus, the notion of Gospel liberty being shed throughout the world is divinely guaranteed to succeed. The enemies of liberty have throughout history resisted and persecuted the Church, systematically seeking to silence her Levitical and Prophetic voice. The Church as God’s embassy has been the bulwark to bring justice, righteousness and liberty to the nations. She can not and will not be defeated by the tyranny of man. 

 

Humanism, Liberalism and Christian Orthodoxy

 

Humanism, replete with its own manifesto is a full orbed religion that aspires to the deification of man through statist, pagan and occultic influences. In repudiating Christian orthodoxy, principally the notion of God’s transcendence, Humanism becomes an amply articulated antichristian worldview. The humanistic notion of freedom elevates the state to the place of God and positions it as the author and protector of liberty. Thus from beginning to end, man is to be dependent on the state.

 

In operation, the kingdom of Humanism has touched every social institution in our nation including the Church. The power of Humanism practically applied could be termed “liberalism.” When found in the Church, liberalism attacks the orthodox ideal so as to reinterpret God in man’s image. In civil polity, liberalism becomes an imperialistic collectivist juggernaut that endeavors to knit all societal structures including the family and church, under its domain. We see this humanistic-collectivist belief principally in Genesis 13:1-9 with the building of the tower of Babel.

 

The world-life-view of Humanism can be depicted as a scientific-intellectual elite who has through time, reinvented God and ethics in man’s image; the antithesis of the Biblical record. Thus man as a kind of god engineers a “superior secular culture,” ever evolving into a forced egalitarian cooperative society: theoretically resulting in the utopian ideal. In this context the progress of the state is akin to divinity itself and therefore any religion that would impede such progress, or would attempt to decentralize its power is regarded as retrograde, fit for marginalization and eventual eradication. This was the anthem of the French Revolution (which Bastiat repudiates) and all other utopian social-political movements.

 

In comparison, Humanism and Christian orthodoxy viewed as life systems, are in constant struggle and combat, the results of which have profound effects on liberty and freedom. Christian orthodoxy agrees with the nature of the Kingdom of God in that neutrality does not exist in any area of life. The primary notion being that all knowledge has its genesis and application in an orthodox worldview and that any other man-centered idea, philosophy, political social theory, economic models, educational theories, indeed man’s civilization apart from the Western zenith, is at war with God. Therefore, the battle for liberty is between God’s order and man’s perceived autonomy or put another way between Christ and Caesar.

 

When autonomous man seeks liberty apart from God his tendency is first to revolution and anarchy. Hard on the heels of revolutionary chaos comes the political-social reordering of society, wherein anarchy is suppressed and messianic tyrannical statism is imposed (See Karl Marx and Das Capital). In such states virile expressions of the orthodox Faith are persecuted and the family becomes a factor of production. In other words true liberty is abandoned in favor of a secular religion and its resultant brutality. Could this happen in America? Has the process already begun?

 

Christian Orthodoxy and The American Experience

 

The primary doctrines of Christian Orthodoxy were once so pervasive and common in the embryonic stages of our nation that they were explicitly codified into colonial and state constitutions. As an example; the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina forbade anyone from holding office or to own property that would not acknowledge the God of the Scriptures. In 1703, the Carolinas made it illegal for anyone to “deny any one of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be God,” or to “deny the Christian religion to be true or the holy scriptures of both the Old and New Testament to be of divine authority.” Similar declarations can be found in nearly all of the New England colonial and state charters as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia. The advantage of explicitly incorporating Christian Orthodoxy into civil polity is threefold.

 

1) Recognizing Christ’s Crown and Covenant in the civil realm brings national divine blessing and advantage. Deuteronomy 4:1-8.

 

2) Explicitly tying God’s law to civil procedural laws, guards against civil polity (IE: The Constitution) being pirated by corrupt alien worldviews as represented by the ACLU, Act-Up, Move-On, Barbara Streisand and the whole of bitter lesbians, environmentalist-earth- worshippers and effete old communist employees from the East German government .

 

3) Greater prosperity and progress may be enjoyed as life, liberty and property is protected even while evil is suppressed. Read: FREE ENTERPRISE.

 

Christian Orthodoxy as expressed in early American culture recognized that the transcendent-creator God had made all things both visible and invisible. Indeed, all life was considered a gift from God and that God gave man the responsibility to preserve, develop and rule the creation. God was seen granting regenerate man with faculties and gifts as well as earthly resources in order to achieve Godly prosperity. Biblical law was applied however imperfectly, to protect and prosper this mandate consequently promoting liberty and limiting tyranny.

 

It could be argued that early American Christians were so successful in uniting orthodoxy and culture, and so enjoyed the blessings of the resultant freedoms that they began to allow anti-orthodox notions in the back door.

 

As an example; while one can find many Christian notions expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the fact that no explicit mention of God and Christ can be found in them shows the deleterious effects of enlightenment rationalism, deism and humanism in muting the language. While it can be argued that The Constitution is simply procedural law, and that as long as a Christian cultural consensus exists, it will be used to promote Christian liberty, the fact that no acknowledgement exists to God brings a myriad of trouble, much of which is being acted out before our very eyes. For while a largely Christian culture did exist at the time of the Constitution’s ratification, such a culture is no longer prevalent. Which means the Constitution and its “procedural law” is now more often than not applied with a pagan humanistic consensus.

 

The result is that our once assumed “liberties” are being systematically undermined and thrown down by those who would be tyranny through their messianic statist political agenda. Read : Change- Barak Obama.

 

Having laid down the foundations of orthodoxy we may now delve into Bastiat having his world-life-view. See the reference below. His missive while brief is still too long for this narrative. One last comment: when visiting Sen. Tom Coburn’s offices you cannot leave without a copy of Bastiat’s “The Law” and it might be further noted that this little book was stated to be the most influential over the “Gipper” President Ronald Reagan. Oh that a renascence of such prosperity may once again launch our nation into a golden era of strapping American power.   

 

 

See THE LAW: http://www.renewamerica.us/forum/misc/030126a.htm

 

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Together we are engaged in a grand adventure for future generations of Americans!

February 16, 2009

Take heart today. God is the sovereign over all. The last three elections have proven that a divided America exists. Yet even among the more traditionally “conservative” sectors of our nation, very few are self-conscience as to the immutable orthodox Christian and western ideals that built our great civilization. These notions are not amorphous or ill-defined in nature, but are instead robust concrete principles that have been and will again be transforming to all cultural opinions. What we proclaim are not nationalistic feel-good notions that herald a bygone era; but instead bedrock confessional orthodox thinking that touch economics, enterprise, government, ethics, education, and family. Nor will our efforts be marked by an ivory-towered think-tank motif, but will feature vigorous outreach in seminars, media, training, and action.

As you will see, our action plan announcement exhibits more than a resistance to the current statist-collectivist regime, but deals with the endemic conditions conditions which allowed our current malady to exist. In this light, our efforts will engage corporate America, including some of the largest enterprises throughout our country. We will instruct Capitol Hill staffers as well as the myriad of allied think tanks in our nation’s capitol. Our plan takes in the largest churches and seminaries in both Catholic and Protestant realms and also Heralds grand opportunities now open to us at various colleges and universities and even public high schools. The sports world is also an open and effectual door for us with many coaches that are allied with our vision.

Through our many years in public and private sector activities, combined with ecclesiastical alliances and national marketing/electronic media; we are poised for a national effort that all of you may participate in and restore our nation to its former glory under God. Read on and join us at SGI. Together we are engaged in a grand adventure for future generations of Americans!


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