Thursday, October 21, 2010
We have liberty-- so far
9:51 p.m. Today's project was to attend the Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party rally in San Diego with Steve. I've been getting their emails and other patriotic notices, but hadn't really considered attending. However, in a critical year for issues of high concern to us senior citizens and taxpayers, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to stand up for what we believe. Besides, we love to drive down to San Diego for a day away, and planned to give our grandsons in Chula Vista the Michael Jackson t-shirts we'd bought as early birthday presents.
I had been looking through the Tea Party Express notices and following them from afar since they began last spring when Steve attended a rally in Riverside. I really became concerned as Steve's Alzheimer's has progressed, in the light of rationed care included in the Healthcare bill. Of what productive, marketable value to the bureacrats is a person who will never work again, any more than a centenarian would go back to work? So we have been paying close attention. And the requirement to submit all of our personal banking information for the mandatory electronic debits to the government doesn't sit well with most Americans (70%) either. "It is God who gives you the power to get wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18), not the government! And God has first claim on all we produce (Malachi 3:10).
I even wrote to our two senators to ask them not to vote for the Healthcare bill, citing Steve's vulnerable condition. Furthermore, as a breast cancer survivor, I am grateful that we don't live in the U.K., where speedy appointments and early treatment are not available with socialized medicine, and the breast cancer death rate is 7 times higher than ours! My cancer was removed two weeks after detection in 2003, when it was only a millimeter in size. But Boxer and Feinstein didn't listen to the cries of the people. Our current Congress reminds me of Pharaoh in Egypt piling on the work and cutting the rations of the Hebrew slaves in Exodus. But One, the LORD God, heard His people's cries. And oh, what a mighty deliverance!!
We know from scripture that Steve is of inestimable value to God, no matter his disability, for He says to those He loves in Isaiah 49:15-16a,
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
See? I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.
Our nation was founded on the Bible, by God-fearing men and women. We have a national covenant of liberty, freedom to choose our lifestyle and goals, and to raise our families as we see fit. Productivity is a privilege for Americans, who love hard work and achievement. As I drive by foreclosed homes and boarded-up businesses, I cry inside, thinking of dispirited fathers of families who can no longer provide, as American industries are regulated out of business, or flatly shut down by federal fiat. And the poor on the WIC progam are the saddest victims of government control. Needy mothers may no longer use their card to buy potatoes--a filling, nutritious vegetable--on the sole command of a bureaucrat whose ruling came down yesterday.
I want my country back!
As Christians, we know that Jesus Christ Himself came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free, to save and keep us from slavery to sin(Isaiah 61:1; Romans 6:16). Paul, in Galatians 5:1 says,
Stand fast, therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Having been made free from my bondage to sin and death, why would I seek enslavement to an earthly master? We are not talking about obeying the law here. That is a Christian's duty. (Romans 13). But ceding my faith and concientious beliefs to a godless oligarchy is a whole different matter.
Thank you, Lord, that we still vote to elect our leaders, and may the many believers who are running for office this year throughout our nation be elected!
VOTE November 2nd!