Friday, April 19, 2013

Champion of Justice

Friends, I want to speak about this last year and why I believe it's a significant series of events that has awakened and brought to pass changes in the human race that will stand for generations as a testament to the pursuit of justice.  The Lord champions causes of justice, and there are plenty of those happening this year!

Earlier this year, the issue of civil marriage was put before the people.  So many times have the religious right just preached doom and gloom of society embraces same-sex civil marriage.  And friends, nothing of the sort has happened.  I will agree that God is moving in our land, but, he's moving one person at a time, touching people whether directly or indirectly through others.  There is a reason why same-sex civil marriage became the law in Washington State and two other states.  It's because people know other people who are gay more than they did 10 years ago during the mid-2000s.  As people learned and got to know those who are gay and interacted, talked, and connected with gay couples, more people started throwing up their hands and are going "who cares...seriously."  The issue of Same-sex civil marriage is a civil law issue, an issue of justice...and if there's one thing that God rests behind are issues of justice.  He speaks about justice all throughout scripture such as Proverbs, the Gospels, and the Epistles.  I believe, friends, that God has championed the cause of Justice in our nation, and that people who strive for justice get the tail wind of the greatest judge.

The second issue that I believe where we are "slaying a great whale" of deceit is the myths of the 2nd Amendment.  The 2nd amendment has been given a status that is unheard of in any society.  Guns are an idol to some people, that they would sacrifice the safety of others just to own/keep them.  If you haven't guessed, I am openly hostile to what people CLAIM the 2nd amendment says.  The 2nd Amendment does NOT protect the private citizen to own guns...but protects the people who are part of a militia to own guns.  The item of the bill of rights that is out of date the most is the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment was written with the idea that we would not have a standing military, which the founders greatly objected to. We'd have a nation of reservists with their own weapon, reporting for duty during times of invasion. So logically, the 2nd amendment makes sense "A well-regulated militia, necessary for the security of a free state..." now computes. That statement's context was for the purposes of repelling foreign invasion and suppressing insurrection. Again, we have the national guard, and the US Military, and do not need the 2nd Amendment anymore. It is a relic. To interpret it as anything less than that is to ignore the words of the founders regarding it's purpose. If you don't believe me, go read "The Federalist" and that should clear that issue right up.

The Federalist #29, James Madison:

"It requires no skill in the science of war to discern that uniformity in the organization and discipline of the militia would be attended with the most beneficial effects, whenever they were called into service for the public defense. It would enable them to discharge the duties of the camp and of the field with mutual intelligence and concert an advantage of peculiar moment in the operations of an army; and it would fit them much sooner to acquire the degree of proficiency in military functions which would be essential to their usefulness. This desirable uniformity can only be accomplished by confiding the regulation of the militia to the direction of the national authority. It is, therefore, with the most evident propriety, that the plan of the convention proposes to empower the Union "to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by congress."

Of the different grounds which have been taken in opposition to the plan of the convention, there is none that was so little to have been expected, or is so untenable in itself, as the one from which this particular provision has been attacked. If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia, in the body to whose care the protection of the State is committed, ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions. If the federal government can command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of force. If it cannot avail itself of the former, it will be obliged to recur to the latter. To render an army unnecessary, will be a more certain method of preventing its existence than a thousand prohibitions upon paper." - The Federalist #29

So, if I may be so bold, I believe this time in history is a time where myths, legends and other such "tall tales" about the laws of the land, our history, and religion are going to be discharged as obsolete.  The new generation, my generation is steadily asserting itself and it's values as the norm, and the old values are on their way out the door.  Clinging to "tradition" just because it is the way it's always been is unjustified when the rights of others are threatened.  It's time the myth of the 2nd Amendment's divinity and prominence be ended.  This isn't about me saying God is going to end "The 2nd Amendment" but, it is me saying that success tends to favor the just cause...and I think and believe that this is a just cause.


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