Land of the Mandated, Home of the Vaccinated

Mandating vaccinations opposes freedom

The Bible tells us that Christ set us free for the sake of freedom. In Galatians 5:1, God’s word states, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” If as followers of Christ, we desire to remain free, we should first find freedom from our sins. Secondarily, we should secure the physical freedoms He has blessed us with as well. For example, we should maintain the freedom to choose whether or not we are immunized.

For various reasons, there are those who believe that vaccinations should be mandated by the government. Mandating vaccinations opposes the freedom that God has already given us in order to choose to glorify Him with our bodies. We’re responsible and accountable to God for what we eat, drink, and medicate ourselves with. Gods word declares, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Mandating vaccinations is unreasonable

Most Christians and of course most Americans are aware that there are known risks involved with not receiving vaccinations. What may be understood to a lesser extent is that there are also known risks involved with receiving vaccinations. According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are serious health concerns associated with measles vaccine reactions. “As of November 30, 2018, there have been more than 92,844 reports of measles vaccine reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following measles vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 457 related deaths, 6,902 hospitalizations, and 1,736 related disabilities. Over 50 percent of those adverse events occurred in children three years old and under.”

There are additional risks to those who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as autoimmune disease and genetic mutations. Since there are risks to being vaccinated, the “shut up and take your vaccines” argument isn’t really helpful or valid. It would be great if there were a reasonable explanation as to why it would be a good idea to allow our government the power to force people to get vaccinated but it’s doubtful one actually exists. Vaccinating ourselves and our children is our decision to make based on our relationship with the Lord and how we apply His word to our lives. On the other hand, forcing people to vaccinate is simply unreasonable.

“Save The Storks” Saves Lives

The message of life

God is the creator of life (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:7). God commands us to not take the life of an innocent human being (Exodus 20:13). God declares that our life on earth begins in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16). Based on God’s word and His nature, we can logically conclude that God is pro-life. In other words, scripture reveals that God considers an unborn child to be a living being and should be given every opportunity at life…

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3

Save The Storks fights passionately for unborn children, which is in itself remarkable. What seems to be uncommon about this organization is how they fight for unborn children. They don’t organize their employees or volunteers to stand and picket in front of abortion clinics. They don’t use foul language or violence to express their views. Instead, they use weapons that are honoring to the Lord. Those weapons are innovation and love (Ephesians 4:15). They love on mothers by providing a service to them and educating them about the life of their unborn child via technology.

Political activism

Educational organizations are motivated for various reasons. And often times certain organizations will emanate a negative tone through their ideology. There may be specific organizations that come to your mind in a negative sense depending on your own experiences. However, there are also some organizations that prefer to help others learn in a more encouraging and loving way.

By providing an educational and medically related service to pregnant women, Save the Storks is demonstrating the value of compassion for life. Instead of organizing angry protests or violent demonstrations, they are fighting an extremely intense political debate by demonstrating care and love for the life of others. Their core values of innovation and love are demonstrated by the work they do. In a time in which politics can be portrayed so negatively, Save The Storks strives to be a positive influence in the lives of others in the middle of a heavily debated political discussion. This represents a better way forward for organizational political activism.

Saving lives

What defines the beginning of human life? What does it really mean to have a choice? Save The Storks has asked and answered these questions in regards to life in the womb. Through ultrasound and other high-tech tools, technology has provided a magnifying glass to scientifically prove that an unborn child is a living being.

Save The Storks has saved over 1,000 babies from being aborted by being proactive in educating expectant mothers in regards to the baby that lives in their body. They partner with pregnancy resource centers to provide those considering abortion with alternatives that allow lives to be saved. According to Save The Storks, four out of five women who choose to board a Stork Bus, decide to choose life for their baby.

Save The Storks is an organization that cares for life by finding value in every individual, man, woman, and child. They promote life and they are committed to providing truth through technology so that mothers and fathers can better understand the life of the unborn child. There are a variety of ways to get involved and help Save The Storks save lives. Please consider volunteering and/or donating to this amazing organization.

Why Voting Third Party Makes Sense More Than Ever

The two party system has failed

The Democratic Party was founded around 1828. The Republican Party was founded in 1854. And those two parties have dominated American politics for the last 162 or so years. Through the years Americans have witnessed lies, scandal, failed policy, and in some cases even tyranny to some degree, with the two party system. And both Democrats and Republicans have contributed to the failures in the oval office. While arguments can be made about which party is “better”, neither party seems to be loyal to the Constitution.

The truth is that as voters, we have been more loyal to a party than we have to the Constitution. It can be argued that as voters, we have been more loyal to a party than our individual consciences. Instead of voting for a candidate who represents our values and beliefs, we vote for the lesser of two evils. And to be honest, it is getting more and more difficult to tell the difference between the two evils. The current election cycle is a great example of this, as the likely nominees from both parties (Trump and Clinton) do not represent Constitutional ideals.

A competitive Constitutional party is needed

Neither Democrats or Republicans hold themselves to standards higher than their own party. It seems as though the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party view the Constitution as their standard, at least, to a higher degree than Democrats and Republicans. Whether it is the Libertarian party or the Constitution party, we should at least consider voting for a candidate from a party that has a standard higher than itself.

We must realize that no politically established party will be perfect, but we must also be willing to hold those political parties to reasonable standards. The Constitution is the standard that God established for our nation (Romans 13:1). Therefore, our government should be held to that standard as well. When we allow political parties to represent us significantly short of that standard, our government will ultimately fall significantly short as well. We need to remember the importance of selecting men of character for office. “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” Exodus 18:21

A third party candidate could win, eventually

We all know that 1% of the popular vote is not nearly enough to even be considered competitive in a Presidential election. And yes, we may not elect a third party candidate this year, but maybe we could in the near future. We need to resist the temptation to believe that a third party candidate cannot win the election, because they won’t get enough votes. You are only in control of your own vote, so stop voting based on polls and media guidelines and starting voting according to your faith.

While it may not seem like a third party candidate has a viable chance to win a Presidential election any time soon, it could be more likely than you may think. Gary Johnson ran for President as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2012, and he received more votes than any other Libertarian nominee in the history of the party. He only received approximately 1% of the popular vote, but it was the most successful outcome for a third party candidate since Ralph Nader finished with almost 3% in 2000. And many Libertarians are expecting a dramatically improved outcome in this year’s election.

What would happen, if individually, we changed our thought process when it comes to voting? What if more and more people started voting their conscience as opposed to party line? We need to be in prayer about who God wants us to vote for, regardless of the outcome. May we never forget the words of John Quincy Adams, when he said…”Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.


Five Attributes a Presidential Candidate Should Possess

Find a candidate worthy of your vote

Like it or not, a new president will be elected in just over a year.  Over the last few months, presidential hopefuls have been announcing their candidacy.  The general election will be held on November 8, 2016 and there are already close to twenty candidates among the two popular parties.  It seems like there is so much time between now and then.  However, the primary elections begin February 1st, so it isn’t that far off.  We should be prepared to vote for the candidate of our choosing.

Some people vote for the most charismatic candidate.  Some vote for the candidate who tickles our ears the most.  Is there any biblical wisdom in voting based on such intangible measures of a candidate?  Voting is important and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  “We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature…” John Adams

So what makes a candidate worth voting for?  Noah Webster said it this way… “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character. . . . When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.”

Five attributes that make a candidate worthy of your vote

There are many aspects of a candidate to consider when voting.  Of course, there is no perfect candidate.  Only Jesus is perfect.  However, we aren’t looking for perfect.  We are looking for the best.  What exactly do I mean by “best”?  Here are five attributes a presidential candidate should possess…

  1. The candidate supports the US Constitution in words and actions
  2. The candidate has a confessed relationship with Jesus Christ and demonstrates it by his actions
  3. The candidate demonstrates concern for our individual freedoms
  4. The candidate should have prior experience in government
  5. The candidate should be just and have a good balance of confidence and humility

Candidates that possess all of those attributes are hard to find.  The truth is that most candidates are self serving and care most about their own bottom line.  There are few candidates who clearly serve others first and care about our liberty.  The greatest challenge for us as voters is being able to identify the candidate that does.  The chances are, if a candidate has a strong relationship with the Lord and supports the Constitution, that candidate will support your freedom to live your life as God has called you to.

Candidates that have no government experience seem to be gaining a lot of traction recently and that makes sense, considering how career politicians have abused their power.  However, not all politicians have abused their Constitutional authority.  If you don’t believe me, then please research Justin Amash (R – Michigan).  Experience in politics is not the problem.  Dishonorable experience in politics is the problem.  There is usually at least one presidential candidate out of the entire field in every election who has served honorably.  If your selection comes down to two equally worthy candidates, then I recommend voting for the one who has honorable experience as opposed to none.

Choose carefully

In Proverbs 14:34, God’s word declares that “Righteousness exalts a nation”.  And it is so true.  The American experiment will fail, if the people (including our leaders) are not living righteously.  Our governing body would be wise to heed God’s word regarding government leadership… “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” 2 Samuel 23:3

God’s word tells us that righteous leadership is good for the people.  “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2  And our founding fathers believed that selecting Christians as leaders was vital to our freedom.  “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay

We need to be careful when we vote.  Many candidates are cunning and crafty with their speech and can be deceiving.  Do your best to find an honest candidate.  Select the candidate who stands for truth, even when no one else is standing.  It takes a lot of faith to vote for the candidate who may not have the best chance, but also represents your beliefs more closely than the others.

As you consider who you will vote for, I encourage you to remember the following words from John Adams… “It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures.  Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly… and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party [loyalty] and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.

Why the U.S. Constitution Still Works

The forgotten governing authority

As citizens of this nation, the U.S. Constitution is our governing authority.  Therefore, according to God’s word, we are called to be subject to it.  “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1

Yes, God established the Constitution as our governing authority.  Why does it seem that so few Christians understand this simple truth?  When speaking to other Christians about our governing authorities, I am surprised at how many of them believe that the President is our governing authority.  Have we forgotten that the executive, legislative and judicial branches are all subservient to the Constitution?

It is almost like the Constitution is this forgotten document that used to mean something and all of the sudden, the President is King.  Is the Constitution dead?  As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend”.  Despite the government’s disdain for following the Constitution, there is evidence to suggest that it is still alive.

First of all, we still have freedom.  Yes, many of our freedoms have been lessened or eliminated.  However, we still enjoy many freedoms that most nations couldn’t even begin to understand.  Secondarily, even the President acknowledges the existence of the Constitution every now and then.  In his most recent inauguration he said, “Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution”.  Congress still debates the constitutionality of law.  And court decisions are still made based on that rule of law.  Despite all of the lawlessness occurring in our nation, the Constitution is still our governing authority.

Why our nation is struggling

First and foremost, we have turned our backs on God.  The Constitution was made for people who have a relationship with God.  John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  We must remember that, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…” Psalm 127:1

We have turned our backs on the rule of law.  This nation was entrusted to the people and we have not fulfilled that great responsibility.  Many of us have given up.  Maybe we don’t think God is big enough.  Maybe we think that he doesn’t care.  Either way, I believe that our own apathy towards government is part of the reason for the problems we face in our nation.  The more we turn away, the worse it gets.

We have believed the lie that the Constitution is a “living document”.  The “living document” argument is a distortion of the truth that some government officials use to ignore or alter the rule of law.  The meaning of the Constitution was never meant to change.  By accepting the “living document” lie, we have given our government a license to abuse the rule of law.  The founding fathers believed that the Constitution should be strictly adhered to and so should we.

Why the Constitution works

Here are five reasons why the U.S. Constitution works for our nation when it is followed…

  1. It allows us to worship God as individuals in our own unique ways
  2. It was written by men who acknowledged God as a higher authority than government
  3. It reinforces the God given rights we already have
  4. It helped allow our nation experience a greater amount of freedom than any other nation before
  5. It separates the powers of government into three branches to prevent abuse

We have forgotten that one of the greatest rewards of liberty is the freedom to worship God.  Our Constitutional form of government has allowed for that liberty and we have taken it for granted.  With God’s help, rescuing the Constitution would be a big step towards our nation’s recovery.

Of course, sharing the Gospel and living as Christ teaches, are the most effective ways to renew hope for our nation.  However, holding our leaders accountable to the Constitution will also go a long way to restoring hope in the land of the free.