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"A Seat at the Table"
By Tom Hoefling
[COMMENT: Which table are we talking about?
God calls us, "Come, let us reason together..." (Isaiah
1:18) to discuss the issues of life (and death), the issues of covenant with
Him, the issues of being servants of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Those are political, global, local, cosmic issues. All of them.
God owns the table, God sets the rules for discussion.
All are invited, but on His terms, not ours. The terms: "The truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...." which will not happen
without the "so help me God" part. The plan of God is to draw us to
Himself with truth and love, the Sword of the Spirit, truth spoken in love.
What better agenda could there be?
So, Christians, who are supposed to represent God, are not to
be seeking a place at anyone's table other than that one. We should be
aggressively insisting on God's terms -- the truth, the whole truth, and nothing
but the truth. And then challenge the world, the flesh, and the devil to
get into the fray. We are on the offensive, but only if we are
truth-seekers and truth-speakers -- at any cost to ourselves. Short of
that, either God or Satan will put us right at the point where we are not
willing to speak the truth. Satan to draw us further into darkness by
confirming our sin, and God to challenge us right at our sin, to repent.
The Republican Party is NOT pro-life. It may have been,
but it is under the control of those who want to win elections, not save lives.
That is an anti-Christ agenda. If Palin is a Christian, as advertized,
then let her act like one. There is one and only one Christian position on
abortion -- the life of the
unborn child commands the same protection as that of a born child -- or of a
I would take exception to one comment of Hoefling below, that
abortion is the fundamental moral issue of today. Rather, government
control of our minds through its dys-education program is more fundamental, it
is a severe violation of our
Constitution. Government education will always, in long run, become a
mind-control program -- through which they can then brainwash us with nonsense
about abortion, homosexuality, etc. If we do not defend the real "table",
the public open discussion, the free-market of ideas, then we have already lost
the battle for life and for freedom. The real fundamental
question is, "Who is Lord, Jesus or civil government?"
Government education is always an enemy of the freemarket of
ideas which God commands. We MUST get government totally out of education and give it back to
All of which is to say that if we do not put God first in all
things, at all times, we will lose to the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Without God, we are no match for them. With God, they are no match for us.
NOTE: for the application of "truth-seeking" to the Bible and
the Church, see The Authority of the
Bible in a Scientific Age.
For years I've heard the "leaders" of the conservative movement
talk about getting us a "seat at the table." With the Republican nomination
of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate – from their
standpoint – they've reached their goal.
The first question I would
ask all real conservatives in America, though, is this: What's on the menu?
If you read the transcript of her vice-presidential nomination
acceptance speech on Wednesday night, the clear answer to that question is:
Whatever John McCain and his handlers say is available. Don't forget, they
are now the proprietors of the GOP establishment, and had the power to
control every single word in her prepared text, which she faithfully stuck
to other than one ad-libbed, and very funny, joke about hockey moms,
pitbulls and lipstick.
Now, anyone with any sense of the realities
of politics in America today, and the honesty to tell the truth no matter
its impact on their own personal political agenda, must admit that Governor
Palin's speech was a huge political success. She came across as a genuine
person with a very real, very attractive family, and a gritty determination
about her. And she certainly demonstrated an ability to effectively slice
and dice the Democrats, with a winning smile. I don't know if Barack Obama
will ever fully recover from the experience. Let's hope not.
of the substance? In keeping with the normal culinary proclivities of John
McCain and the George Soros-funded liberals who run his political
operations, there was not a single mention of the central moral question of
our day: the fact that – even though the protection of the God-given,
unalienable right to life is the foundation upon which American liberty
rests – every day in this country thousands of unborn children continue to
be brutally killed in their mother's wombs. Not a single word.
other primary purpose for the existence of government – as described in our
founding documents – is the protection of our fundamental liberties. This
generation has seen an incredible erosion of those sacred rights in many
areas, including the throttling of free political speech that was
represented by the McCain-Feingold legislation of a few years ago. But, of
course, this couldn't be mentioned.
Marriage, the most fundamental
of our civilization's institutions – the institution most necessary to the
fulfillment of the stated ultimate purpose of our Constitution, "to secure
the Blessings of Liberty to our posterity" – is now under constant assault
by the Left. But again, as measured by the content of Governor Palin's
speech, this critical issue of our time, one that the vast majority of
Americans agree with conservatives about, by the way, just doesn't have
enough importance to be considered for inclusion. No surprise, since John
McCain opposes a Federal Marriage Amendment to protect the natural family
and real marriage.
There was much talk in St. Paul about National
Security, and protecting our country from the terrorist threat. But again,
Palin's text neglected to mention, even once, the threat posed by the
ongoing unlawful invasion of our country by tens of millions of foreign
nationals, and the fact that no one knows who these people are or where they
came from. Again, this is not surprising, since the folks vetting the speech
work faithfully for the godfather of amnesty for illegal aliens, Senator
John McCain, and they very much want our national back door left wide open.
Throughout this convention, there was also plenty of lip service paid to
issues of money and prosperity, as always. Republican political operatives,
even if they don't believe in much of anything else, believe fervently that
your most pressing concern is your pocketbook. But again, not a word was
said concerning the only possible way to truly restore prosperity in America
over the long haul: fundamental tax reform. Sure, they promise tax cuts
(once again they're bribing you, buying your vote with your own money), but,
as has been the case for a very long time with Republican leaders, there was
no discussion of getting at the root of our money troubles. In other words,
the perverse destroyer of liberty, productivity and prosperity that we call
the federal income tax, stands undisturbed in any real way into the
Other than the obligatory "God bless America" at
the end of the speech, our Creator, the Giver of Life, the Author of
Liberty, and the Sustainer and Defender of everything we have and are, was
not mentioned once. No Scripture was cited. If you'll remember, even Bill
Clinton felt an obligation to at least mention the Bible, its timeless
principles, and the Lord, in his nomination acceptance speech.
have no idea if Governor Palin wanted to include any of these things, but it
matters little because in the end the room was swept clean by those who are
now running the Republican Party and the McCain campaign.
charitable to all those good folks who are now panting after the red meat
promised by this nomination. I know you're hungry for some real meaning in
your politics. But I'll not be shy about raising the warning flag: with John
McCain at the head of the ticket, you're not going to get to eat anything
you really need. In their own political interest, the compromised "leaders"
of the Republican Party are more than happy to let you, or Sarah Palin, pull
up a chair, but you'll only get what they decide is good for you. And that
won't include reliance upon God, the defense of traditional marriage, our
borders, or the principled protection of the unalienable rights to life and
liberty. They are embarrassed by all of that. The sign on the wall clearly
says, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." Those who insist
on the inclusion of these fundamental matters of national survival can
expect to be shown the door. As the hokey John Rich country tune "Raisin'
McCain" says, "Get on the train or get out of the way."
they are offering has none of the actual nutritional content that is needed
if the body politic is to thrive or survive. And, given the makeup of the
McCain team, and McCain's history in government, the American people are
about to be served up plenty of dishes that are fatal to the republic and
its indispensable historic principles.
As the intentional process of
driving God out of our public life and our politics continues to accelerate,
liberty will depart with Him – count on it – because, "Where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty."
As regard for the claims of innocent
human life is brought only to a place of derision, scorn or embarrassed
silence, don't be surprised at the rise of the culture of death in all its
As the limitations of our physical borders, the rule
of law, and the Constitution are ignored, don't act shocked when all other
restraints on human evil also melt away, stripping you and your posterity of
every last vestige of security, sovereignty and freedom.
I think it's time we start doing our political cooking at home again anyway.
And then, in that great American tradition, we can get together for potluck.
It will be safer, cheaper, more nutritious, tastier, and prepared by the
hands of those who actually know and care about us, and our children's
Let's rebuild our communities and our politics from the
ground up and restore true government of, by and for the people. Let's do it
in reality, not in highly-produced television extravaganzas. We're fools if
we place our faith in celebrity or personalities.
No. Faith in God, adherence to America's principles, and love for our
families, neighbors, and communities, first. That is the true hope for
Tom Hoefling is the Chairman of
America's Independent Party. (www.aipnews.com)
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Date Posted - 09/06/2008 - Date
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