Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It runs in the family- a great post on Consent of the Governed

This is by my niece, Linda, who blogs as High Meadow Lady. She has titled it "Do You Consent?"
First she gives background:
If you've read any of the original writings of the Founding Fathers, you saw that history clearly records that the Founders established our nation upon Biblical principles. As they wrote the Declaration of Independence, and then the Constitution, they drew upon Scripture to instruct them in the ways of wisdom and liberty.
The Declaration states that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed -." In the years prior to the American Revolution, 1 Samuel 8 was a favorite text preached in churches throughout the colonies. The same passage was Thomas Paine's primary theme in his pamphlet "Common Sense."  

The Israelites decide they no longer want to be a Theocracy, they want a king like all the other nations, so they go to Samuel to ask him to appoint a king for them. Samuel goes to God about their request and He tells him to grant the people their request, for they have forsaken God as their king and want to go after other gods. But - and here's the kicker - God gives them advance warning about how a king will reign over them.
[....... ]
The nation of Israel consented.......
........American Christians have consented to the government we now have.
........The government is not "them," it is "us." "We the People" have given our consent. Will you continue to consent, or will you withdraw it?
Go read it all here. I am a proud auntie and you will see why.

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