Worldview Bulletin: How Should We Then Live? A Nation in Crisis

Our nation is in crisis. The source runs far deeper than the current events which are terrible symptoms of a greater problem.

I am sobered and anguished watching the videos from the tragic attack on our nation’s Capitol Building. It is reprehensible. We can point fingers all day long, but we all have allowed anger, hatred, and animosity to boil over to this extent. These extremists disrespected the very fabric of our national heritage through their violent behavior. It is not about what extremist group did it, it is about that things got this far that it happened. This happened here in our nation, an attack on our Capitol.

I want to hear more Americans concerned for what their beliefs could cause in America. The Founding Fathers were consumed with posterity. What would generations hence learn from them, say about them, carry on because of their legacy and sacrifice? They took painstaking efforts to preserve their letters and writings so that we could learn from their wisdom.

We cannot reduce national discourse to Facebook memes. We cannot depend upon social media to the extent that we feel lost and silenced without it. The Founders had no internet. They could not reach the world in an instant with a knee-jerk reaction. They had to meet in a room with no air-conditioning and hash out their differences to work out our most cherished documents, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison worked to create a series of essays, known as The Federalist Papers, to run in the New York newspapers to inform the public about the merit of ratifying the Constitution. This took time, deliberation, and thought.

Letters were written by hand, copied by hand, and carried by hand to their recipient. Thought took time to communicate. It was precious, not careless.

Preserving our liberty means preserving honor, history, integrity, civil discourse, robust debate, and conduct befitting men and women created in the image of God.

FAKE NEWS

We have lost trust in the institution of journalism in all its forms. The mainstream media has lost at least half of the public’s trust. It has become indefensible as a source of truth.

Journalists are to be a safeguard against government overreach. They are to investigate and inform as they did in breaking the Watergate Scandal (see the masterful film The Post). When we have lost all trust in the mainstream media, we enter new dangerous grounds. When public institutions fail to serve the people to benefit their own interests, the people look for underground sources.

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The Link Between The Confederate Flag & LGBT

SupremeCourtIt’s no coincidence that the Confederate Flag has come under attack only days before the historic LGBT ruling. The Confederate Flag is the emblem of State’s Rights. Yes, State’s Rights to own slaves, but we cannot ignore the States Rights issue any more than we can ignore the slavery issue. As a reader of American antiquarian books written by the Founding generation, I understand and have high regard for the proper balance of sovereignty of the States and the Federal Government. When the balance of power shifts to favor one at the detriment of the other we have a recipe for disaster.

While the celebrations, lamentations, and debates swirl around the recent Supreme Court decision, State’s Rights and consecutively citizen’s rights hang in the balance.

Why do I link the attack on the Confederate Flag to the LGBT movement?

I believe it is a prophetic sign to the real travesty at hand. It is a strategy of war for a combatant to remove the symbols of captured-civil-war-confederate-flagrebellion, promise, or liberty. We saw this when Rome sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. We see this when ISIS destroys the historical artifacts in the cities they conquer. We saw this on 9/11 when Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

I do not profess to know that the attack on the Confederate Flag is, in any way, part of the game plan of the LGBT activists, only that it is a sign worth paying attention to. I do not believe that it is naturally connected. Honestly, I think the LGBT movement is Read more