4 July 2010 (Rishon/Pesach)|
Day #111, 5934 AM
Fourth of July Thoughts
St.George, Politics, and Chauvanism
I am not an American or a secularist so it might seem a little strange that I should be talking about an American public holiday especially as in the minds of many Britons this might well be called 'Colonialist Rebellion Day'.
I don't think I have ever before spoken anything about our English National Day, 'St.George's Day', and whilst I love my country, I care little for secular moedim, even though I think there is good Christian cause to observe it: George was a brave Christian soldier who protested against Rome's persecution of Christians - he was tortured and beheaded in A.D. 277 at Lydda in the Holy Land for his outspoken faith, something definitely worthwhile remembering and emulating! It became our national day in 1415 and so has been with us for over 600 years and is observed modestly, without a great deal of fuss, every 23 April. And ironically, George wasn't even English but from Cappadocia in modern-day Turkey! But by far the most 'fun' side of St.George's day is the story of the town that was being terrorised by a dragon to which a young princess had been offered, and her rescue by gallant George having slain the monster. As such, then, George is a type of Christ who slew Satan the dragon, and delivered us, the Bride from the devil's thraldom.
However, for millions of Americans today they will be celebrating their Independence Day so befroe St.George steals their thunder, I will pass onto other matters.
I realise that for those who do not believe in a God, or perhaps believe in a different one to the one I do, that it is important to believe in something and it is equally as important to do something about what we believe in. So the interest, attention and energy that Americans put into the Fourth of July I can well understand. I can also understand why people get absorbed in politics so I thought I would today answer the question: Are Messianics Evangelicals Socialist or Capitalist? What is our politics? Are we one, the other, or a mixture of the two? Or something completely different?
Well, the short answer is that we are 'something completely different'. We are Theocrats, meaning, we believe in the Rule of God by Yahweh-Elohim, the God of the Bible. That means we believe in His Torah and in His Son as Regent. And though many states throughout history have claimed to be 'theocracies', such as Catholic Europe, we don't believe any of them were true biblical ones. They were, if anything, tyrannies. And whilst that is not to say that there was not much good in them, they were so far away from the ideal as to be overall repugnant.
One sabbath day the apostle Paul was at the synagogue in Antioch and the leader of the service sent a message to him, saying:
I could so easily get into a political or nationalist fracas today but I feel rather I should give words of encouragement instead, especially to Americans whose liberties are seriously being undermined by the present administration which seems hell-bent on destroying the country. I don't think, moreoever, that there is any na´vitÚ involved here - what's happening has been well planned, and the goals are anything but encouraging to the American people. I see little of what is being legislated as having anything to do with the will of Yahweh. This is causing much unrest and fear in the people as they anticipate a dark future. And I for one certainly believe that if the USA gets subverted, it will be a major setback for freedom in the world.
"If you have anything encouraging to say to us, by all means speak up" (Ac.13:15).
Since we do not live in a theocracy, and since no political party that I know of in any country stands for that theocracy, then it seems to me that it is barely possible to support any political party's agenda these days, though I have found one in my own country. To me the fundamental issue in politics has to be whether liberty is being pursued or not because as far as the world in general is concerned, Yahweh has granted mankind the freedom to choose what he will. It seems to me that we must support any politics that grants the people that right, even if they choose to reject God and His laws. So in giving a political answer I have to say that I am a libertarian. This means I must reject all systems built on totalitarianism, whether left or right. It means that I must say 'no' to both international socialism (communism) and national socialism (fascism, nazism). These political philosophies stand in radical opposition to the divine mandate given to man to choose freely for himself so long as he does not try to impose his beliefs on others.
As a libertarian, and seeing how historically the centralisation and concentration of power invariably leads to oppression and tyranny (as is now happening in my adopted country of Sweden), I have to say that I believe in the right of local communities to decide what they feel is best for them. This means I believe in local, popular democracy and the decentralisation of power. I believe in confederate rather than federal systems. And had it not been for the slavery issue, I would almost certainly have taken the Confederate side in the American Civil War. Mind you, I wouldn't have taken the Unionist side either because it represented greedy, exploitative capitalism.
Which brings me to the next question: am I a capitalist? If by that you mean the free enterprise of the little man, yes, absolutely. If by that you mean corporate capitalism, no! In the same way that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so I believe that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim.6:10). There should be a limit on how much money a man ought to be allowed to have for the pure and simple reason that too much money corrupts. In that respect I am a socialist, but not a 'social democrat' but what I would rather call a 'Jubilee Socialist'. Jubilee Socialism is not stealing from richer people to give to poorer people (with all the abuses that that has resulted in over the decades) but the cancelling of all debts every 50 years and the compulsory return of ancestral lands and homes to the original family owners. That is the Jubilee Principle taught in the Bible and I love it!
Now I realise that it would never work under any man-made administration. For one thing, it can only work if everything starts fair. I just don't trust people who want to universally redistribute the wealth of hard-working people to lazy ones. And no righteous system can work so long as we have the existing banking system which is one giant con (see The Creature from Jekyll Island). Unless currency is based on precious metals like gold and silver and not worthless paper, we will never have a safe economic system. And we have to eliminate usury too (Lev.25:36-37).
I hestitate, having said all this, to say that I am a hybrid capitalist-socialist for I am not that either. I believre the only fair and workable system that will not abuse people is the one found in the Bible. So I have pretty much stayed clear of politics for the last 20 or so years until recently when fascism in Sweden started threatening my way of life.
Today is America's Independence Day. And whatever you may feel about how that independence was achieved, or about the many Illuminists involved in the founding of the United States whose design was, and is, to make it an Illuminist State under the guise of a Christian nation, what matters now is that Americans fight for their liberty by speaking out and demanding their freedoms back, as their Constitution guarantees them. Freedom is a natural right given by Yahweh and not something that governments can 'grant' or 'deny'. For what, after all, is a government, but a small group of people? They exist to do the people's bidding which they are absolutely not doing any more. They ares erving the interests of an Úlite who do not care a fig about the people.
When the people fear the government, you know something is wrong. The only safe political system is when the government fears the people! And when the people fear, respect and obey God...well, then you have Paradise, but that must wait a few more years yet. In the meantime, those of us who have submitted to Him must continue to yield and be useful to Him.
Yahweh is no respector of people (Ac.10:34) or of nations. There is no chauvanism - no arrogant attitude of superiority - in the Kingdom of Heaven. No one group of people, no gender, no language, no race, no country is 'superior' to any other. We are, in the final analysis, permitted to boast only of one thing - Yah'shua our Messiah and His Salvation (Gal.6:14) - all other boasting is evil (Jas.4:16): "Let no one boast in men" (1 Cor.3:21).
May you have a blessed Fourth of July however you may observe or not observe it!