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 Copyright © January 2005

The Hope of Our Nation Born Again...

Let us Awaken to the Responsibilities of our Faith....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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 And yet, as the vain and self-absorbed criticisms of the left attempt to soil this most sacred holiday,  stripping it further of any religious value under the vain pretense that it may intimidate others, I can't help think that we've allowed all this to occur without nearly a whimper. 

 I am so tired of the dirt of the "political season" and so very thankful for the rest and good will of the "Christmas Season."  It has reminded me of the reality of bigger and more important things, reminding me from whom our liberty and welfare come. 

And yet, as the vain and self-absorbed criticisms of the left attempt to soil this most sacred holiday,  stripping it further of any religious value under the vain pretense that it may intimidate others, I can't help think that we've allowed all this to occur without nearly a whimper.  And more outrageously, we have continually allowed our own rights to become belittled and redefined apologetically. 

Indeed, the minority continually becomes adversely emboldened and less and less tolerant of the majority----insisting upon their rights to be extolled above that of others----all the while believing that the rights of the rest of us can be quashed without effect.  In turn, our own religious rights to freely practice and proclaim Christianity are now becoming more and more profaned and persecuted. 

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How is that religious and non-religious minorities are bequeathed such generosity yet they aren't admonished to offer just reciprocation?  Religious minorities should be reminded that their freedoms have been consistently ensured by the Christian majority for over two hundred years----to bite the hand that feeds you is never wise.  Tolerance is, after all, a two way street.....      

 Since the majority of us in America are professing Christians, it seems odd that we, who are largely tolerant of the religious rights of other non-Christians, are experiencing less and less tolerance from the other minorities amongst us.  How is it that religious and non-religious minorities are bequeathed such generosity yet they aren't admonished to offer just reciprocation?  Religious minorities should be reminded that their freedoms have been consistently ensured by the Christian majority for over two hundred years----to bite the hand that feeds you is never wise.  Tolerance is, after all, a two way street.....      

This is even the more absurd, when historically, it was just this Christianity and its Judaic roots, this same sublime Christian theology (without an overriding and dominant denomination practiced amongst our Forefathers) that formally sought to express itself in the Declaration of Independence.  Therein, the "rights" of our individual freedoms (and those most certainly included the religious freedoms of personal worship) and the pursuit of happiness were "rights" bestowed and endowed upon us by our Creator, by the very public God of the Judeo-Christian heritage---not by any government empowered by the liberal mentality, nor any other religious understanding. 

Such an important assertion had never before become the foundation of any government.  Although the Declaration of Independence summarized the same philosophical truths published previously by John Locke and the Continental philosophers, as well attested to previously in the Virginia Declaration of Rights, no other government was ever compelled to be that courageous or fair minded to instill these "self-evident truths" into the very fabric of their government. 

In the past, all other governments were organized around the assumption that the people's rights were given to them by the government----God had no part in it. The Declaration of Independence made it plain that all that was about to change....God and His Laws were and are an integral part of the foundation of this country and cannot be stripped from its history. 

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That God was the source of our freedoms and rights, and not government, was never before claimed so loudly and bravely---because it formally established the line of vested authority---from (1) God to (2) Individual to (3) Nation or government, in that specific order and no other.  It also formally proclaimed that every right and power of man came from God and nowhere else.

The revealing proclamation witnessed in the Declaration led our Forefathers to naturally conclude that all people have the right to worship the God of their conscience, even if were defined differently than their own, without the intervention or persecution from any people or party, including the government.  Indeed, never has there been a freer nation upon the face of the earth that allowed the free worship of its citizenry.

But that God was the source of our freedoms and rights, and not government, was never disputed, and was never before claimed so loudly and bravely.  In fact, such an affirmation formally established the all important line of vested authority---from (1) God to (2) Individual, and then from (2) Individual to (3) Nation or government, in that specific order and no other.  It also formally proclaimed that every right and power of man came from God and nowhere else.

Here, most distinctly, governments are the third in line of this inheritance, third to benefit from the graciousness of our Creator----they are benefited and thereby empowered only after the individuals rights are secured and acknowledged as coming from their Creator. 

In this light, how others can insist to strip away the presence, notions, and teachings of God from our government----a government which is directly derived from and organized around the principles declared by God through the Judaic-Christian Scriptures, who, amongst other things, is first acknowledged as the Creator from whom all "rights" come and cannot be arbitrarily divested? 

Yet, the very same Judeo-Christian rationale from which these remarkable ideas found in the Declaration stem, those same religious beliefs that have given and secured for us these "rights," now strangely prove to be illegitimate and unintelligent to some.

This is a mystery then....since the Declaration itself relies upon God as the ultimate benefactor of our rights and powers.  Furthering the mystery, these very precise delineations are then followed up and reaffirmed within the Constitution and then even more asserted in the Bill of Rights. 

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So watch this closely----Liberal Mindsets from the Left have begun to set dangerous precedents:  When we allow our God to be stricken from our government and public places, we act to erase the one Antecedent and source of our given rights and powers. Subsequently, we then default our rights and privileges to come from some manufactured government----witnessing by abstention that government, not God, is the author of our freedoms.    

True to this lineage, it is clear that the government has legitimacy only because it is third in line, accepting indirectly of the Creator's beneficence through the people, and only by the people.  

In first giving individuals these "rights," the Declaration reminds us that the Creator has designed governments to be subservient to the people, and not the other way around, and that the subsequent powers which may become later invested therein, are, in turn, only "lent" to the government by the people themselves.

So watch this closely----Liberal Mindsets from the Left have begun to set dangerous precedents:  When we allow our God to be stricken from our government and public places, we act to erase the one Antecedent and Source of our given rights and powers. 

Subsequently, we then default our rights and privileges to come from some manufactured source of our own making, even the government itself----witnessing by abstention, that government, not God, is the author of our freedoms.  

The third in line becomes, through the deception of the Left, the first in line.  That government which we have crafted and made by our hands, has since become lifted up in our minds and made greater than the hands that first shaped it..., even an idol usurping the God of the Universe.

 

Truly, we should all feel offended-----Just as if we've been standing in queue at a store, and then without reason, the line changes so that service from the rear is now honored before those who are in front. 

Yet in general, Christians have become so passive and unaware as to what is happening right before them.  Although our churches are generally well populated, we are quickly and darkly adopting the same profile of the Europeans, who, for the last century have only held the thinnest veneer of their faith up to the world.  We too are becoming increasingly more secular, allowing the very tenants of Christianity to become diluted and repressed.

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Although generally well-meaning, most will say that they believe in Christ but have no understanding as to what that should really mean beyond the fact that He exists and has provided for the propitiation and atonement of mankind's sins.  I would submit, that even Satin knows that, and is probably better versed than us because of his defeat. 

Today, as the year 2005 begins to unfold, most Christians have only a rudimentary idea of their faith, and most do little to increase it.  Most are unprepared to express their understanding about their relationship between God and themselves to any depth or to any degree of clarity.  Very few ever wish to delve more deeply into the sacred teachings evidenced in the Scriptures beyond that of Sunday School, feeling satisfied and convinced of that their salvation is secure because of being told it is. 

Although generally well-meaning, most will say that they believe in Christ but have no understanding as to what that should really mean beyond the fact that He exists and has provided for the propitiation and atonement of mankind's sins.  I would submit, that even Satin knows that, and is probably better versed than us because of his defeat. 

No, I think that being a Christian means much more that simply professing His Name or making a socio-religious statement, although such a profession is a good starting point. 

To me, it's truly a matter of understanding the character and manner of Jesus Christ Himself, of the "Goodness" that He passionately loved in the Father, of the "Goodness" to which He was rigorously obedient, of the "Goodness" to which He dedicated His Life for our welfare and salvation, of that "Goodness" that made Him so very happy. 

And to do that, we must actively and passionately study Him and everything that is "Good" around us.  We must remember that everything that is "Good" testifies of Him in this world.  Everything that is "Good" or persuades us to do "Good" is from His Eternal Pattern, a Pattern that exists and resonates throughout and within all things in the creation. 

More to the point, His "Goodness" calls to us, wanting to reshape us after His Image, wanting us to draw near and see for ourselves that only His "Goodness" will make us happy.  Only ears that have deafened and hearts that have hardened miss the grand symphony continually playing around us.

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Being a Christian means having an active Spiritual life of prayful introspection and self-examination----indeed, attempting to be a Christian without these beneficial habits is like trying to sail the oceans in a leaky boat..., and just as foolish!  Yet, so many Christians today attempt such a folly and berate any who disagree with them. 

As I speak about this in my latest book, "The Winds of Forgiveness," to be a Christian should mean for us that we want to be "Good;" and then practice that "Goodness" in everything that we think, say and do..., passionately and not halfheartedly as so many do today.  And that should mean to become better and better each day of our lives, even to be perfect like Jesus and His Father in Heaven are perfect.  It should mean that we are passionate about ferreting out the "bad" and "mistaken" within us so as to become obedient to His "Goodness" instead.  It should mean us standing up to be counted!

Being a Christian means having an active Spiritual life of prayful introspection and self-examination----indeed, attempting to be a Christian without these beneficial habits is like trying to sail the oceans in a leaky boat..., and just as foolish!  Yet, so many Christians today attempt such a folly and berate any who disagree with them, thinking that we don't have to be so involved.  But to the contrary, it means that and so much more!

It should mean that we are finally mature enough and firmly reality-tested to realize that from Christ and His Spirit comes all things that are "Good."  Or said in another way, from "Goodness" comes all the blessings of inspiration, all the treasures of increase, all the benefits of harmony, beauty, strength, courage, love, faith, patience, wisdom, and of course, any happiness that is worth its salt....  even all the things that the Apostle Paul wrote about.  And we should want to make that "Goodness" a breathing and conscious part of our every action.

It should mean that we arise each morning to do better than we have done the day before----striving to become more understanding, thoughtful, helpful, patient, long-suffering, and charitable.  It should mean that we are becoming more intelligent by His Spirit, that we think more clearly and succinctly, that we no longer see through the glass darkly, as Paul so graphically related. 

Such makes it requisite for us to know more about "Goodness." And most importantly, practicing that "Goodness" within our lives every moment the best we possibly can would then consequently bring us closer to God, becoming ever more transposed into His Character and Manner.  It means that we should want to right the wrongs where we see them in our daily lives, eagerly and willingly strive to make things better in ourselves first, then our families, our neighborhoods, and communities, seeking to instill the loving attributes of "Goodness" in all that we do.

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Subsequently, when we speak about Christ, we must necessarily speak about "Goodness" and what it is, how it manifests itself, what is "Good" and what is not, etc. We cannot divorce the two, as Christ and Goodness are the same things... as He was the perfect manifestation and revelation of the Goodness of His Father. 

 Subsequently, when we speak about Christ, we must necessarily speak about "Goodness" and what it is, how it manifests itself, what is "Good" and what is not, etc. We cannot divorce the two, as Christ and Goodness are the same things... as He was the perfect manifestation and revelation of the Goodness of His Father. 

Being "Good" should not be a religious hobby but rather a devout way of life...  It should not be something that we become conscious of only on Sundays, or when we say our prayers.  Rather it should be the continuing focus of our daily lives, of our business and social and political lives. 

And for it to be that ever-present, we must have already learned to love "Goodness" more than anything else in life.  And that takes work, and study, and self-examination, and honesty, and humility.  It is not won simply by professing His Name, or by belonging to some denomination, or paying your tithe, or by other works.  How foolish, spoiled, and self-absorbed to think otherwise. 

Yet this very foolishness has led us to the condition in which we find ourselves today.....unprepared and passive and woefully quiet to the assaults upon our very freedoms.....not seeing that we should be standing, teaching, exercising, and fighting for our freedoms on a continuing basis.....of how sacred they are, remembering the blood that was spilt and is being spilt for us today.  Not having developed the notions and strengths of the passions of our faith, we think it will all be done for us, as if by magic. 

The worst enemies amongst us are those that capitulate, equivocate, and accommodate to the enemy of His Word.  Having lost the ability to discern between the "Good" and the bad, and moreover make it a crime to judge between the two, these have become a scourge and plague amongst us. 

Who knows but God may well choose another people to raise His Name to the world when He tires of our laziness.  He may well choose to bless others more than us when He observes that our faith does not grow but lingers on the tree and dies in its adolescence, before it is ripe.  He may well choose to no longer protect us, as He witnesses that we have become so thankless to His enduring beneficence, and only used His previous blessings to exalt ourselves above His Throne, stupidly thinking that we that are the architects of our own prosperities.  

Lest these things come about and prove more true before our eyes, let us repent, each of us, and seek to become the person that the Lord intends....each of us in the way our conscience would direct us.... each of us worshiping anew the Lord our God in the freedoms given to us in this Nation...., even by and through the God of the Universe that was, and is, and will always be.  In that way only, I think, may we expect a Happy and Wonderful New Year!

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. An expert in a number of fields including Forensic/Criminal Psychology, Child and Family/Relationship Psychology, and Neuropsychology.  He has also served as an expert scientific advisor, product innovator and formulator, and professional consultant to the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

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