I am not from Alabama, but I am a citizen of Heaven. After reading a report from Fox News, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/18/new-ala-gov-just-christians-family/?test=latestnews I merely have to raise my voice to say Amen, to this apparent Christian man, who refuses to put aside his Christianity because he happened to be elected governor.
Upon reading the story the first things to come to my mind were the addresses of Nebuchadnezzar after his repentance, and David’s instructions to Solomon upon his death-bed.
Upon Nebuchadnezzar’s repentance he said, ”
I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. (Dan 4:34-37 ) – Just a reminder, Nebuchadnezzar stated that in his official capacity as King!
Then I think of David, as he ready to leave this world, instructs his son Solomon by saying, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2 Sam 23:3
Of course there will be the worldly critics who know nothing of absolute truths, and hate anyone who does, but it is past time for some things to be said, and to be said in official capacity, and I am thankful that Governor Bentley has enough courage to say them.
Spring boarding from this event, there are certain undebatable facts that every person needs to have cemented into their hearts and minds.
#1 – Faith and Truth are not a matters of preference! You either place your faith in that which is true, or you place your faith in that which is not true. Truth is the Word of God, not the wishes of men. Wanting something to be true, will not make it true. Disliking what is true will not keep it from being true. Truth IS, and all else is a lie.
#2 – Faith and Government CANNOT be separated! As I have said in a previous post, there is not a law in code, that is not a product of what someone believes. Our laws against theft, embezzlement, extortion, etc, are on the books because we believe the truth that it is wrong. Our laws against murder are the same way.
The divide in this country right now cannot be any clearer. There are the liberals and socialists that believe that the Government must provide for and fix all socioeconomic problems that people face. The liberals and the socialists do so based upon their “FAITH” that it is wrong for one man to have more than another man. They believe that the government should take from those that have too much, and give it to those who haven’t fared so well. The entire debacle of Obamacare is a product of someone’s “FAITH.”
The other side of the equation is those people who believe that the government should stick to the assignment that God gave them. National Security, Domestic Tranquility (crime fighting), and general fairness in the marketplace. The other side believes that no man has a right to anything he did not help to produce. Our side believes firmly in helping people who CANNOT help themselves, but not those who will not.
#3 Faith and Truth ARE KNOWABLE – For anyone to say, as George Soros did in a full-page article several years ago, that “No one is in possession of absolute truth;” is most likely the most arrogant thing any man has ever said. What he asserts is that since “he” doesn’t know it, then no one does. Since there is a large element of society that does not have the capacity to comprehend, and understand the truth, then there is no one that does. Which of course is not true. I just finished drinking a bottle of water, and without doubt, debate, or discussion, it was in very fact, some of the truest and purest water in the world. Now you can’t KNOW that because you didn’t drink it, I did. O taste and see tha the Lord is good!
To Governor Bentley statements, what he said is simply the truth. Whoever does not know Jesus Christ as their Savior is not going to heaven; is not in God’s family, and does not have a brother/sister relationship with those who are. Those are merely factual statements. Apparently Alabama has a “fact stating governor.”
Now those facts and that truth is not so, because I want it to be. Those facts and that truth is so, because God decrees them to be. Like it or not truth is fixed, and all men must adapt to it. Praise God for Governor Bentley’s statements, how wonderful it would be, if more governors and rulers would be so bold. Without hesitation, it would categorically be a great change worth making.