The Sacrifice

What is a sacrifice? Is it just killing an animal or bringing some of your bounty? No. It is giving up something valuable. God asks for the firstborn and the first fruit. Why? Because you are left to trust He will prosper you.

Yet, He tells us also to love Him with all our being. So, is it really a sacrifice if we are at this level? For at this level, we realize that the “earth is YHWH’s and all of its fullness.” We understand that we truly possess nothing. We are provided what He has given for His purposes and not our own.

So, we must assess what we need. Our temporal self tells us we need food, water, clothing, and shelter. And indeed, they are necessary. But these are not our true needs, for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that is spoken by God, and true shelter is under the shadow of His wings. He can bring water from a rock and has called us to cloth ourselves in righteousness.

What then is most valuable? Is it a sacrifice to offer what is not mine? No, for that is no sacrifice at all. The true sacrifice is laying our heritage as God’s children on the altar of dust to the gods of man only to receive what is in their empty hands.

The World At Present, Not To Come

Why do we do good? There are many answers to this question. Some would say, “well, if I do good then good will come to me” while others would say, “if I don’t do good then when I get caught, I’ll be in trouble.” But though both are good reasons to do good, they are not the proper reason to do good.

So often what we do is done with the hopes that we might be rewarded. And so it is when it comes to religious matters. The greatest focus, whether one recognizes it or not, is salvation and going to heaven. Sadly, religion is full of ceremonial deeds that are often included in the lists of what is good. But is that what delights the Creator? Is that truly what He desires of us? The answer is no.

Religious expressions tend to make us feel we have done something that draws us closer to God. Whether it be prayer, praise, sacrifice, faith, etc., they are but religious actions that have little worth. Why? Because they are either sincere or, as is often the case, an external self-righteous act. Though they are good things when they are genuine, and they build us up, God Himself does not need these things to feel any sense of self-worth or gratification. God is eternal and spirit. He cannot be considered in the light of the human experience.

God is good. He does not do good deeds but rather good emanates from Him just as rays from the Sun. This, though, is not so with us. Though we have the potential to do good, we are also prone to do wrong, of which God cannot.

 So, back to the title “The World at Present, Not To Come.” Why do I say this? Because the Almighty never says we are to focus on anything other than this life. He placed us here to tend and care for the earth, to be fruitful and multiply, to rest in awe of His majesty each Shabbat, and to do good. We do good because that is what we were created to do. We were made in His image and likeness, thus, we are to be like Him, as Jesus said, “ Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

This being said, we must recognize that the world is broken and becoming more and more empty of what is truly good and being filled with what is not. We should heed the words of God who said “I have called You for a righteous purpose, and I will hold You by Your hand. I will keep You and appoint You to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations, in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.”[1] What then is this light? We are told, “Your word YHWH is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” The way of light is the instructions given by the Most High. They define what is good and bad, not the philosophy of men. It is the way of YHWH that is right and good.

We are not created to go to heaven nor is going to heaven the goal. The goal is to focus on this world, to do those things God has instructed us are good which is light. Light does not speak, nor does it need too. It is seen and opens the eyes of others to see. The wise speak what is necessary, not to convince, but to spread light. It is doing that is what we must do. This world needs those who are bearers of that light which leads them upon the right path to fill the world with good. We are called to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and make the lame walk, care for the orphans and widows, love the stranger, and love our brothers and sisters. In all of this we fulfill “love YHWH your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your possessions.” We must not set our sights upon what is in God’s judgement but rather upon today. It the world of the present that must be filled with the light of God’s goodness.

[1] Isaiah 42:16-17

Right to Bear Arms

In such a hectic and oppressive time, this is a topic that is becoming rapidly of more significance than for many decades. Strangely though, the necessity of retaining this has been turned into a matter of safety from that which it was to be protected for.

Notice the word protected I used. The Bill of Rights in which this clause is written are not rights given by a government or, for that matter, men. They are endowed upon men by their Creator. Thus, they are a reminder to the government that they are obligated to protect them being that is their sole purpose of existing, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, “that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”

The foundation of this endowment is life, liberty, and property. The government is responsible to secure that we can live a life free from being accosted by others through the theft or destruction of what we have earned, built, or invested in without our consent. And that is where the right to bear arms is a check given to individuals to protect themselves apart from any other authority, especially the government.

An important thing we must consider is that the government has emasculated this gift given by God through regulation. How so you may ask. Well, “Arms” consists of any defensive weapon or armor; such as swords, knives, hatchets, bow and arrow, and of course, guns. Today you could add things to this list such as machine guns, rocket launchers, missiles, explosives, fighter jets, battleships, etc. This last list is the evidence of oppression. Our supposed government we have set up to protect this right has hindered it by its own power through regulating what “arms” we are allowed to have. What a strange idea to think that the most fundamental reason this right was to be protected was regulated by those it was established to be a check for power.

In DC vs. Heller it was set into precedent that, as opposed to the idea of it being applicable only to those in a militia, it is an individual right. This would seem to be common sense though seeing the rights given by God were given to each individually. But that is not all. There was also a terribly negative conclusion made that allowed the government to infringe. What was it? Scalia stated that, “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.[1] Thus, the Supreme Court established that the Federal Government determines what weapons we are allowed to bear. His statement “those in common use at the time” was deduced from United States vs. Miller which concerned a law passed called the National Firearms Act. This Act stated that certain weapons must be registered, in this case a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18”, to be transported or sold with a $200 tax (this was in 1936. That’s a lot of money). The opinion spoke of a distinction drawn between military weapons and those used by a militia, which is where his statement comes from.

There is an enormous list of cases and laws pertaining to our right to bear weapons that have been limited according to the Supreme Courts opinion in opposition to one of the main purposes of protecting this right. Laws such as this were passed through the use of fear. The NFA was passed due to organized crime using military type weapons and these restrictions have and continue to eat this right away. We have just this year seen President Trump pass an executive order concerning bump stocks which was ignited by a shooting.

It is through fear that the government picks and dissects those things that hinder their complete control over us allowing them to reign as Kings with our rights being nothing but pen on parchment. We must not surrender the only thing that will keep them from enslaving us. It is the fear of us having the power to fight back that hinders their complete usurpation of the inalienable rights given by God. We must not, for any reason, surrender our “right to bear arms.”

[1] District Columbia vs. Heller

“Teach Them Diligently to Your Children…”

To teach, O’ what a most fearful responsibility for those who are called to do such. And here we are, God Himself is calling for fathers and mothers to teach their children. But is it just fathers and mothers? Is it not grandparents and the elders in the family and community? Of course, it is. We as a people MUST teach our children!

But what does He mean by teach? We have two great masters to “teach” us. Moshe and Yeshua. We are to disciple our children. The Almighty says that you are to “speak of them when you sit in your house or walk along the way. When you lie down and when you rise up.” And this is what the two master teachers did. Their disciples were with them at all times. Always being taught the way in which they were to go. But the most profound tool they used was their public and private practice of ethic and moral excellence. Their humility caused their words to resound in the ears of those who followed them.

What then are we to teach? The words given by God through which we show in action our love for Him and His creation. And these words or things, not law, given to us are the source for the liberation of man. They, if they are exalted as the societal norm, will create a just, prosperous, and free people. They are the principles that formed the ideas of those who created the United States form of government.

But as is glaringly obvious, they are not. These liberating and foundational guides have been trampled and burned by those who are lovers of pleasure rather than good. They believe feelings, desires, and wants, determine what is moral and ethical. They have no true foundation and cannot but spit and revile against those who desire to live in a truly free society. For, as Yeshua said, “you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Freedom is not doing that which we wish or desire to do but rather, doing that which will bring no harm to my fellows, whether it be physical or promulgating immorality.

It is a heart of love and gratitude toward the Creator that is foremost in what our children must learn to bring change and morality back into our homes, communities, States, and ultimately, Union. For if we do, then a respect for others and their property, an acknowledgment of harmful practices being unacceptable, and justice being truly blind,will mend the gaping wounds that have been allowed and they will begin to heal.

But God’s people must remember that it is said, “when my people, called by my name.” We are to pray and seek His face. And must do so while He can still be found. For the day draws nigh in which He will turn away and will turn a deaf ear to us.

As God’s people we must “teach them diligently to our children.” We must “speak of them when we sit in our homes or when we travel, when we lie down and when we rise up.” We are to “write them upon the door post of our house and upon our gates.” They should be such a part of us that we “bind them as a banner upon our hands (what we do, joining these words to our actions), and they shall be for symbols between your eyes (they are to be continually on our mind, as David said “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.”)

Let us return to the old paths, not of technological advancement, but of a moral and liberated people.

Don’t Turn Back, Enter In

We are told that God brought Israel into the desert to test them and see what was in their heart. He brought them to a place where there were but two options: to complain and go back to the life they once lived or to go forward and receive the promise, trusting He would do as He had been all along.

 He was bringing them to a “good land…in which you will never eat bread in poverty, and you will not lack anything in it.” But they also would have to battle nations far more numerous than themselves. Yet, what was it that God was concerned the most about? That they would say in their heart, “My power and the might of my hand have produced all this wealth for me”, forgetting that it was He who “gave them power” to do so. He called them to “bless YHWH your God for the good” He has given them.

All along His afflictions they faced were “in order to test you, for it to go well with you in your future.” His focus was not on the present situation or when they entered the land. Rather, it was on the future of the nation. It’s longevity and prosperity being continued. He disciplined them as a father does a child, “training them up in the way they should go.” He knew their weaknesses and fears. So, He proved to them that He was more than able to do all He promised. But it was not believing the promise He gave that was His desire but rather was that they should “take care, lest you forget YHWH your God, by not keeping his commandments, his regulations, and his laws…”

These commandments were not just ceremonial or moral but also the removal of things that would ensnare them into worshipping the gods of other nations, thus, turning them away from His ways to serve their desires and passions.

So, it is with each and everyone of us. Some God has just delivered from bondage and darkness. Other have entered into the desert. Others have come to the land, while others have entered to possess it. We are all at different stages in our walk with the Creator and are daily hearing that carnal inclination calling us back into the ways of those who’s god is pleasure and fulfilling their own desires.

But we must not turn back! For we have been delivered and have started the journey. We have experienced His freedom and heard of His faithfulness to those who have gone before us. He has proven to us that He will never leave us nor turn away from His children and all He desires for us is good. He has given to us a land “flowing with milk and honey”, abounding in the riches He has promised.

However, we must enter in. We cannot forget that He is the one who “gave you power to produce wealth” and He will give us victory over everything that would keep us from enjoying it. Again, we are commanded to enter in and take possession. That great enemy who seeks to bring us back into bondage and cause us to be cast from the land must be slain daily. Let us go forward without fear knowing that “if God is for us who can be against us.” Go and possess the land! Daily let His words be written upon your heart. Meditate upon it always and do not be drawn away by those carnal passions that we war against. Sit quietly before Him and listen carefully to His voice. For He is a living God and has not ceased from speaking to His children.

“We the People…”

“We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of the blessings to us and our posterity, do for the more certain security thereof, and for the better government of our State, ordain and establish this Constitution” North Carolina Constitution Preamble

“We the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, do establish this Constitution” New York Constitution Preamble

“We the people of of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.” California Constitution Preamble

“We the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberties, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.” Pennsylvania Constitution Preamble

Why did I give these beginning paragraphs of these State Constitutions? They are evidence that even the most progressive (in destroying liberties their Constitutions were to protect) States at the present time acknowledge that their freedom comes from Almighty God and that He is a necessity to maintain them. As John Adam’s said, “our Constitution is established for only a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Morality and virtue were core to the society of those who laid the foundation of the American form of government. Clearly many individuals did not live up to these standards but I am speaking of the American culture. They understood, even though they may not have been Christian, that the religious idea’s of Christianity (and the Bible itself) were essential to the preservation of a civilized and prosperous nation.

We must remember though that religion and morality were not and are not to be legislated by a government. They exist only to protect the rights God Himself has endowed all men with. We, the society, are responsible for sustaining and preserving it to be moral and virtuous. For this to manifest, or rather to be restored, there is no greater treaties on these subjects than the Commandments of God and the teachings of Jesus, and later his disciples. God instructed those who would cleave to Him to “teach them diligently to your children. Speak of them when you lie down and when you rise up…that it may go well with you.” He even commanded those that would be king to write them himself and study them all the days of their life. They are the corner stones of prosperity and freedom.

But sadly, by a small minority, these most necessary principles have been swept away and have been either corrupted or despised. Morality is no longer static and unmovable but is now progressive and ever changing to give acceptance to man’s vices and temptations. Morality, just as the laws of nature, exists to prevent chaos. They cannot change or what they uphold will collapse. And there is no greater evidence than what was poisoned the water of the United States.

So, now, just as those people who established the Constitutions above and in each State, “We the People” must remember and proclaim with gratitude that Almighty God has given our liberties. But these liberties can only be retained through the moral code given by that same God.

The acceptance of open perversion is embraced in general by both beloved Parties. They either are carried along with the current or gleefully create Tsunamis to completely decimate this nation. But their is a Party that stands boldly for those bedrocks we must with haste strive to recover. And that is The Constitution Party. Let us join together and fight for the nation we desire for our children!

Eat, Sleep, and be Happy

In such times as we are now facing I hear the cries of the people yelling at one another across a great divide. Yet, those on the right, despite their vitriol and outrage, they sit complacently behind their device of choice seemingly contented in their comfort and safety.

Of course there are those who stand up and make themselves known, but this is the few. Many times I have plead with those I know to have a meeting and make plans on action. Yet, it falls on deaf ears. Ben Franklin said, “Those who will give their liberty for safety deserve neither.” O’ how prophetic these words are, for we have surely chosen the later over the former and prove to not be worthy of either.

We wander about with our flock of sheep, afraid of what lies beyond the fields in which we feed. Where are the lions who roar with might to terrify the hyena’s cackling around his pride? They wait to feed off of the labor of his pride. But it seems he has left and now they not only feed on the labor of the free but also upon the free themselves.

This though is inevitable for a nation that packs away and discards the Almighty whom the forefathers exalted in for their success. Instead the give glory to men, armies, and economies that ebb and flow with the tides. Filling their storehouses is the goal forgetting that what has been established is not for themselves alone but also their posterity. For they are those whom the torch of liberty is handed.

It is He who prospers and protects a people! But with the fools blinded by conceit and contempt of their Creator, deny Him and lead the nation into the abyss. They slay with their lips those who revolt and grafitti his name. And the little sheeple, shout with disgust while they hide behind their little fences. And we want to be a free people? Surely the dissolution of the rights given by God is an intolerable act and should give rise to a righteous revolution against those oppressors who have stolen the blessings of our posterity and trampled down the courts of the holy places of the Most High.

It is only upon the foundation of truth that a nation can prolong its days. And that foundation is the liberty that the Great Liberator has endowed His creation with. We must turn back to Him as our help and defense. We can no longer “eat, sleep, and be merry.” It is time to stand boldly and defiant to those who would completely extinguish the flames of freedom.

Why is Truth the Seed of Liberty?

The truth is not always something that is the appropriate response to every situation. In instances where one could be hurt it would be immoral to truthfully respond if they are in your protection, unless, of course, it is the police and the refugee is really a fugitive.

But this is not so when it pertains to the most necessary things that are the bedrock of a free and moral people. And those foundational principles are our right to life, freedom to act and do those things which benefit us (unless it harms another, thus, a moral people), and the right to possess property without fear if it being taken from us.

These are the hopeful rights the United States had insisted the government they created had no authority to infringe upon. Yet, here we stand as these rights given by our Creator to enjoy are trampled upon by those whom we have entrusted to represent our State in Congress and defend us against tyranny. How have we fallen so far from a people who blood was shed without fear that our posterity might enjoy these blessings? It appears, as history has testified to, that they have given them away for comfort and a false sense of safety.

We, the generation that has come to see the atrocities of our supposed government for the people must not sit by any longer. We cannot surrender our conscience for fear of the wolf overtaking the power of the fox. We are at a precipice in which we must revolt against the establishment and cast them all over the cliff for a new future. We must choose those who will fight the deep State and fearlessly destroy the citadel of the elite. Neither Republican or Democrat stand with the Founders. So, we must search out those who do.

Be a rebel and not a sheep, so that our children might see the rebirth of the Republic that is founded upon life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!