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A counterprotester burns a Trump 2020 flag after supporters of President Donald Trump held pro-Trump marches Nov. 14,  in Washington. (Associated Press)

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.

  • Leviticus 25:10

As is the case with many Americans, I’ve watched with horror the violence and rioting that has gripped this nation for nearly six months now.  Substantial parts of many of our largest and most famous cities lie in ruins from the predatory acts of mobs affiliated with organizations such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa. 

These overtly violent and leftist organizations have, with the apparent consent of local government officials, loosed a reign of terror in America’s cities the likes of which most Americans never imagined possible. 

The Covid lockdowns are another assault on liberty.  As recently as the beginning of this year, who would ever have imagined we’d have government officials attempting to dictate how we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families, or attempting to interfere with our liberty to worship the Lord in our churches?  Yet the so-called pandemic has been used as an excuse for government to suspend personal liberties we nearly all took for granted, close down our businesses, put us out of work and make us dependent on the government dole.

To add insult to injury, they have slapped masks on us, which do little and perhaps nothing at all to slow the spread of the virus but are most effective when it comes to humiliating and dehumanizing people and showing them who’s boss. 

Then to top it off, the Democrats committed election fraud on a shock and awe scale resulting in a Joe Biden “victory” to which we’re all supposed to accede, no questions asked. 

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The link to John Robbins’ Trinity Review “The Religious Wars of the 21st Century” http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=226

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Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”

  • 1 Kings 1:5

Strange times these are we live in. 

It wasn’t very long ago that this author never imaged he would live to see a real-life coup attempt in his own country.  But that’s where we stand five days after the 2020 presidential election. 

There’s a great deal of noise and confusion in the media.  One says this, another says that.  For Christians, it is important to get one thing straight:  the Democrats are attempting a coup d’état

Just so we’re clear on our terms, Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary give this as the definition of coup d’état: a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; esp: the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.   Some may take issue with my calling what the Democrats are doing a coup, because it is not obviously violent.  I would respond by asking, what do you call the last six months or rioting, burning down cities, threatening the innocent, beating up and even killing them?  Is that not violent revolution? 

According to a September story in the Federalist, a report was released that estimated the damage caused by riots over the past several months amounts to $2 billion.  If true, this would make the riots of 2020 the most expensive in U.S. history. 

But going back before that, what about the threats, and actual acts of, violence unleashed on Trump supporters and conservatives during the 2016 presidential election and throughout the last 4 years?

This doesn’t even being to address the obvious Deep State resistance to Trump during his 2016 campaign, the period prior to his taking office, and since day 1 of his administration.  Don’t believe it?  Here’s a headline from the Washington Post dated 1/20/2017, Trump’s inauguration day.  It reads “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”  Or how about this story where Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow recounts the many statements by House Democrats, who began calling for his impeachment even before he took office.

In his Trinity Review “Why Heretics Win Battles,” John Robbins gave four reasons why dishonest, unbelieving men oftentimes win doctrinal battles in the church.  While Robbins comments are focused on matters of Christian doctrine, he comments have application beyond these issues.

I’d like to briefly focus on the last one: Christians are slow to recognize error and slower to take the necessary action to defend the truth.  Writes Robbins,

Fourth, and most important, those who believe the truth tend to be slow to recognize error and even slower to take the actions necessary to defend the truth. They lack both discernment and courage. This is the crucial matter. Christians cannot help the fact that the sons of this world are more shrewd than they are, or that false brethren do things subtly, surreptitiously, and coercively. But Christians can help how they understand and respond to such doctrinal and ecclesiastical subversion. Their lack of discernment stems from a lack of knowledge of Scripture, and their lack of courage comes from a lack of belief in the promises of Scripture.

It seems to me that may Republicans, Trump supporters and conservatives fall into the category of those who are slow to recognize the Democrats’ coup for what it is and are slower to call for the actions needed to put a stop to it.

There is a whole school of thought among conservatives that seems to say, “well, Trump lost the election, but at least the Dems didn’t get the ‘blue wave’ they all thought was coming their way; let us take solace in that.” 

Nonsense!

Tuesday’s election results were the most blatantly fraudulent thing this author has witnessed in his entire life.  And writers who write things of this sort are useless when it comes to defending freedom.  They fail to recognize the enormous election fraud and treason taking place right before their eyes.  And one wonders, were to see it, would they even be willing to admit it to themselves and others?

Ben Shapiro is one example of this.  His column “No Matter the Outcome, the Woke Lost” is a hopeless bit of feel-good for Republicans, who, if the Democrats’ coup succeeds, may never again hold the White House.  A Biden victory would be a devastating blow to the nation, even if he won honestly.  How much more when there is abundant evidence of widespread election fraud of the sort that is a specialty of the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion.        

In thinking about how Christians should react to the fraudulent election results, it seems to this author that there is at least one good example in Scripture of a coup that was thwarted before it got very far.  The attempt by David’s sone Adonijah to claim his father’s throne for himself.

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Former vice president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).NEW YORK TIMES (CUSTOM CREDIT)/ASSOCIATED PRESS (LEFT)

So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

  • Acts 14:23

They’re almost here.  The most fraught elections in living memory.  Maybe in the history of our nation.

With so much at stake, it seemed good to me to set in order my thoughts on Tuesday’s elections.

Should Christians Vote?   

“If voting made any difference, it would be illegal.”  One hears this quote from time to time.  In my case, it pops up occasionally in Libertarian authors whose works I’ve read.  But this is not a Christian idea.  It seems to contain the idea that no matter whom you vote for, you’re going to get the exact same result.  Admittedly, there is at least some truth to this.  But to dismiss all voting as a useless exercise is, in my opinion, a major mistake.  Voting is the Christian way of choosing men to fill government offices.  This is true in both church government and civil government.

In Acts 14:23 we read, “So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”  The Greek word translated “appointed” is kīrotonēsantes, which means to vote or to approve by show of hands.  Commentator Simon Kistemaker notes,

In Greek, the term to appoint actually means to approve by a show of hands in a congregation meeting. With the approval of an assembly, individuals were appointed to serve in a particular office.  In other words, the showing of hands was equivalent to choosing officials, in this case to serve in the government of the local church (New Testament Commentary, Acts, 525).

John Gill, commenting on this passage wrote that the election of elders and deacons was done by the members of the local congregation, “who by joint suffrages declared their choice of them by the stretching out, or lifting up of their hands, as the word [kīrotonēsantes] here used signifies, and not the imposition of them.”

Now both church government and civil government are creatures of God – as Paul notes in Romans 13, civil magistrates are “appointed by God” and are said to be his ministers – and as God has seen fit to establish republican government in both church and state, it seems a good and necessary inference to conclude that, not only does the Bible permit Christians to vote in the election of civil magistrates, but perhaps even that it is their civic duty to do so.  For if God has established a means of selecting officers, whether in the church or in the state, he has done so for the good of his people.  If we ignore God’s provision, we ignore it at our own peril. 

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If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 

  • John 8:36

Perhaps it’s trite to say this, but 2020 has been a very dark year in the formerly Christian West.  Here in the United States, we’ve experienced months of violent rioting. 

Marxist and racist rhetoric targeting white Americans pours forth from government, academia, churches, the mainstream media and businesses.  Indeed, such rhetoric has become a commonplace in 2020 America. And those who advance such ideas, far from being condemned in the public square, are lauded as courageous truth tellers.

Aggressive homosexuals have managed to push their agenda to the point that simply denying there’s such a thing as same-sex marriage, or that a man can become a woman, can get a person in a world of trouble both politicly and professionally.  A recent story in New York Magazine reveals how normalized homosexual practice has become in the United States. The story claims that, “roughly 30 percent of American women under 25 identify as LGBT.” If true, then a large minority of American young women have “chang[ed] the natural use into that which is against nature.” Can such a civilization long survive?

In their response to Covid, federal, state and local governments have routinely trodden underfoot what were, until very recently, thought inviolable personal liberties.  No let up to the lockdowns is in sight either.  In fact, governments throughout the West seem prepared to crank up their violations of personal freedom and property rights with ever more stringent lockdowns.  These lockdowns, supposedly designed to fight the spread of Covid, represent, in the view of this author, the imposition of arbitrary government on the formerly free nations of the West.  If those who have imposed these lawless restrictions get their way, arbitrary lockdowns, mask requirements, travel restrictions, immunity passports and forced vaccinations will become a permanent way of life.

Then there’s the matter of the presidential election, just nine days away as of this writing.  Americans are faced with choosing between two leading candidates. One, the corrupt, semi-senile, Roman Catholic Joe Biden – Biden most likely is a Trojan Horse for the Democrats to smuggle in the Monstrous Regiment in the person of the radical progressive and highly immoral Kamala Harris – and two, Donald Trump, who, for all his imperfections, manages to get some things right, holding to something like a traditional American understanding of personal liberty and economic freedom. Naturally, the corrupt national media blindly supports Biden and shows open disdain for Trump and his supporters. The winner for most exceptionally egregious example of media bias is NPR, which has, so far, refused to cover the explosive Hunter Biden email story linking Joe and his son Hunter to shady foreign dealings in Ukraine and China.  NPR’s Managing Editor for News  dismissed the Hunter Biden story, writing, “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories.”             

Indeed, America, and the West more broadly, seem to be at a major inflection point.  If present trends continue, it’s hard to see how Western Civilization survives much longer, if it isn’t already dead, except in remnant form. 

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Ron Paul’s Liberty Repot YouTube channel is consistently one of the best sources to learn the philosophy of liberty. Here’s a link to the episode I refer to in my podcast https://youtu.be/JpaLrSrS4RQ.

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Amy Coney Barrett and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

As if 2020 weren’t already tumultuous enough, the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has managed to stir things up even more. 

Talk, not only of Ginsburg’s death, but also of her replacement, has dominated the news since her death on Friday, September 18.  Perhaps the most notable feature of the discussion has been controversy about whether Donald Trump should name her replacement now or wait until after the November election.

This is a discussion that should not even come up.  The president has the right to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court and the Senate has a right to hold confirmation hearings.  About this there is no question.  The Democrats don’t like it, but their not liking something is not the same as it being illegal or unconstitutional. 

Noteworthy but unsurprising was the reaction of many Democrats to the possibility that Donald Trump would nominate a new justice to replace Ginsburg before the election.  Not only did they argue that a nomination of a new justice must wait until after the election, but actually threatened violence should the President and the Senate attempt to carry out their constitutionally mandated duties. 

And the threats of violence were not coming from some dark corner of the internet or from obscure people, but from several high-profile Democrats and progressives on Twitter and other high-profile platforms.  Reza Aslan, a writer who has written numerous books, produced a series on world religions for CNN and is currently a professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside, took to Twitter and threatened that, “If they [the Republicans] even TRY to replace RBG [Ginsburg] we burn the entire…thing down.” 

Canadian professor of Political Science Emmett Macfarlane tweeted, “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS.” 

Scott Ross, a member of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission tweeted, “If you can’t shut it down [the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice], burn it down.”

Playwright Beau Willimon commented on Twitter, “We’re shutting this country down if Trump and McConnell try to ram through an appointment before the election.”

In the pages of GQ, writer Laura Bassett threatened, “If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots.”   

It’s tempting to say that such threats have become the modus operandi of Democrats and progressives in recent years.  But in truth, Democrats and progressives have a longstanding tradition of using violence and threats of violence to get their way.  It’s how they roll.  Not for nothing did Samuel D. Burchard refer to the Democrats as, “the party whose antecedents are rum, Romanism, and rebellion.”  Burchard made the comment in 1884.  It was true then, and it is true today.

Since the matter of selecting a new justice is a matter of supreme importance both to Democrats and Republicans, and since the upcoming Senate  confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg, promises to dominate the headlines in the coming weeks, perhaps overshadowing even the upcoming election, it seemed good to this author to take the opportunity to weigh in. 

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