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Monday, January 2, 2012

What Happened To Our Grace? (a good friend's post)

From Fuchs:

What Happened to Our Grace?
    Even the ancients understood good government is a gift from the gods. Why does it appear as if many of today's Americans yearning for the kind of liberty our fore fathers cherished think they are exempted from thousands of years of wisdom, neglecting the sole reason God created us?

    A religious revival  known today as the "Great Awakening" began auspiciously in the early 18th century after the decline of a particular joyless utopian form of puritanism. Along the way to being evangelized by the Gospel a majority of colonist came to understand and believe that God gives us grace and we receive Gods grace for our salvation when we worship God, do good and oppose evil.

    "The Great Awakening was a formative moment in American history, preceding the the political drive for independence and making it possible." As John Adams was to put it, long afterwards: 'The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the mind and hearts of the people: and change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.'

   "The Revolution could not have taken place without this religious background. The essential difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution is that the American Revolution was a religious event, whereas the French Revolution was an anti-religious event. That fact was to shape the American Revolution from start to finish and determine the nature of the independent state it brought into being." The moral significance of this fact is American Exceptionalism.
  
    Throughout mankind's history governments were formed by self appointed elites, under-appreciated intellectuals, or through brute force. Only once has a popular government been formed by the masses, soon after the ink dried on the Constitution many so-called better men began tearing down that very document. Since then the United States has stumbled through human nature and history with short bouts of immorality, but we were always grabbed by the ear by a more virtuous majority who still knew and understood that liberty meant that you do what you ought to do and not what you would like or desire. Eventually, for many, virtue devolved into moral relativism, the 7 deadly sins have become the 7 cardinal virtues, as Vanderleun succinctly pointed out. Some of us (with merit) blamed the nanny state progressive movement that began 100 years ago in an effort to remake the Constitution into a living document, others think it began with Gramsci's Grand Plan exploiting our fallen human nature thereby undermining the foundations of Western Civilization. A combination of both?

    Suffice to say that it doesn't matter at this point in time exactly when our downward moral spiral began,  we can only blame ourselves if the Hand of Divine Providence protecting this country has been removed. We wanted to taste sin! And we did. Our inalienable and endowed rights guaranteed by the Constitution to protect us from an over reaching government have become footnotes of American history,  corrupt politicians pass laws designed to protect themselves and crony conspirators from citizen's exacting retribution for their political, economic and social malfeasance, trading our liberty for their security.
 
    Takuan Seiyo lamented in his Meccania to Atlantis series how the left successfully formed their own communities by co-opting every possible institution that served their progressive agenda while conservatives were left empty handed. He overlooked the Christian community in the United States.Roughly 70% of the American population claims to be Christian. Granted its a fractured community, the last count I heard that there were at least 30,000 different protestant denominations with a new one forming almost every day. That could potentially amount to a huge number of people that can be influenced, many of whom might benefit from this little history lesson about grace if only you would share with them.

    We cannot give what is Gods to give and we can never take Gods gifts, that's what Adam and Eve did, that's what collectivist do. Our future is French if we remain apathetic and disregard our duties and obligations toward our spiritual life, however I am optimistic that many minds and hearts can be changed over the next several months. My Jesuit pastor once said we are just like horses, you can lead us to water, but you can't make us drink, even though we thirst. Lets be exceptional again.

Quotes from Paul Johnson's " A History of the American People".
  
    Friend Fuchs

10 comments:

  1. TL there is every bit of truth imaginable in what your contending.

    Maybe it is our saving grace, we have to rediscover. Just as the timeless hymnal says.


    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    that saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost but now am found,
    was blind but now I see.

    'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    and grace my fears relieved;
    how precious did that grace appear
    the hour I first believed!

    The Lord has promised good to me,
    his word my hope secures;
    he will my shield and portion be
    as long as life endures.

    Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
    I have already come;
    'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    and grace will lead me home.

    Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.

    The world shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun refuse to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Shall be forever mine.

    When we've been there ten thousand years,
    bright shining as the sun,
    we've no less days to sing God's praise
    than when we'd first begun.

    John Newton, 1779

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  2. Well written.

    Agreed.

    Thanks

    Mozart

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  3. The essence of Liberty is believing in it. Believing in Liberty is believing in something better and larger than yourself. For how can you stand for something with your heart and soul if you do not believe in something larger?

    This is the insidious nature of what tyranny in its form we are faced with in America today represents, it is anathema to its success that we of the people loose our spiritual and philosophical way, where that evangelical intimacy with a higher power of good and right, with our redemption in living color, is replaced with something that has no value when the shit hits the fan.

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  4. Awesome post!Even for those who don't believe in my God if you live by the 10 commandments you will be a better person. So many peoples moral compasses spin but don't point at moral behavior! I personally don't believe in organized religions of any sort. But love and believe in God intensely!Awesome post!!

    China
    III

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  5. A very well written discourse. I have only one point of disagreement. You cannot lead a horse to water if the horse does NOT want to go. It is much stronger and stubborn than you are. Only when the horse wants to be lead to water, will it go.

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  6. I read this thing about Grace and it at the same time gives me great hope and burns my arse.
    But there for the Grace of God I go I don't pick up a rifle and shoot my way into that cesspool on the Potomac.
    Satisfying as that might be, it be a cold day in hell before I would consider it. And you know why?
    Because bad and evil and corrupt and demented as those who are running this country into the ground, it boils down to doing the right thing for the right reason.
    Somebody has to, to the last bitter end, respect the rule of law and principles of Republican Form of Government when all around you have lost their minds. Because no matter the long train of abuses, to the point of no return these charlatans, perfumed princes, and traitors wish to take us, somebody has to hold the line. After that the only rules are there are no rules. And winning takes precedence over everything.
    But it is not that day. Not yet.

    So,
    It is plain dumb laziness and hubris that got us here today.

    You know what dumb is? Well I'm going to say what dumb is.
    Obama is what he is,and make no mistake he is a lot smarter than the idiots who voted for him. He got you millions of suckers to do so, right? So by any standard of logic, the real stupidity lies somewhere else. You can blame this illegal alien usurper and his ilk, the dead elephants and their lickspittles, all you want, but it is the brain dead 53% of Americans who voted for this empty suit who exemplify how little grace exists in so many, 53%, who are the worst domestic enemies this Republic has ever faced. When you voted for the won, you threw everyone under his bus.
    What is wrong with all you folks who voted for this destructive heartless man and his kind over the decades? I mean, what where you thinking when you pulled your lever for the lies and subterfuge? Was your brain disconnected from your sense of basic right and wrong? How could you do this to the hundreds of millions of your fellow Americans who had the common sense and wherewithal to know better than to buy into the platitudes and lies, the unmitigated bullshit? The con. The Big lie.
    It is a real question damn it!
    I want answers how so many where so mentally retarded they voted for this con artist.
    You all who voted for the crooks and tin pot tyrants before and up to obama handed this country, on a silver platter, gave em lock stock and barrel an open season hunting license on this here Constitutional Republic, gave to an entire shadow society of hateful demented 60's rejects, crazed ex domestic bombers, wannabe Maoists and Marxists, 80's drug demented college radical mental retards, demigods, and reject radical social extremists, all with some brand of politically correct psychopathic axe to grind, gave them the keys to not only this nations life blood of principles of rule of law, but our entire system of prosperity and intrinsic wealth, a blank check enabling the transformation of America into essentially a dictatorship where a chosen few and their criminal buddy's are able to run wild, bleed us dry of every last dime, and then abscond with the riches you slaved for over an entire life, scott freaking free.
    Are you flippin' crazy or something?
    Thanks for worse than nothing you dumb SOB's!

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  7. MtTP,

    While I mostly agree, I have to say this; Its not entirely the students fault when failing, teachers must hold some responsibility as well.

    It has been less then a year since I "woke up". In over 30years of living in this country not once did anybody sit down with me and attempt to open my eyes and tell me what has really been going on. I spent 3 decades being told the government knows best. It was my own inititive that lifted the vale.

    Before you lay blame soley on 53% of America, consider how many of them have ever heard anything else besides what's spoon fed to them by government channels?

    Truth of the matter is, its 100% of Americans who are to blame for the condition our country is in.

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  8. Redwulf,
    Dude your right, it really is us who are the greatest threat this Republic has ever faced. Yup, things would not be as they are if not for us.

    There are no excuses. Times up.

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  9. It took the actions of only 3% to give birth to our nation. Most likely, it shall be the same again. Let us not worry about blame, finger pointing, or faults of the past.

    We are where we are. I see too many of us fighting amongst ourselves or complaining about the situation we're all in. (Myself included) Such things only weigh us down or bring disparagement. Our energies and emotions will serve better on doing everything we can to do what needs to be done.

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  10. Just what would the benefits of grace be?

    Grace would help you dig deep down inside yourself and give you the willpower not to put the barrel of your revolver against the roof of your mouth ending the hopeless despair you feel while trying to endure the next, upcoming Great Depression.

    Grace will steel your resolve not to shame yourself in that moment of indecision as you step off your porch to confront tyranny. Read Civil War vet's diaries and memoirs, better yet, watch "Gods and Generals". For if we are willing to die for the cause of good then we already have grace.

    It goes without saying that if we had an abundance of grace we wouldn't need this discussion.

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