Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The "Mettle" required of a United States Congressman

Friends, as I work closely with Curtis Bostic in this campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat, I need to relate things that I see to you. Just so those of you that don’t know him very well can get to know why I am teaming with him.  All of you who know me know how deeply I care about returning our nation to the Rule of Law. It is not only the right thing to do politically; it’s the right thing to do Biblically. You know that I have been teaching this to home high schoolers and adults all over for almost 15 years. You hear me say over and over again how we MUST care about the constitutional competence of the individual we elect to the United States Congress...and how we must vote for someone that has the integrity to do the "Constitutional" thing when it will not be popular.  We will NEVER begin to herd our government back inside the fence of limited government if we do not do that.

As I stand with Curtis every night at our meet and greet/drop in events around the Lowcountry, I get to see things up close and first hand. Permit me to relate to you what I observed last night. It was a stark reminder of what I'm talking about.

I won’t go into the specifics of the question because that is not as important as the substance of the question. Curtis was asked a question that went to the heart of what it is we are talking about with the hard choices of changing minds and adhering to the Rule of Law (United States Constitution). You see our government is a government of limited powers. The founders/framers clearly set it up this way; I would submit to you that it is also clear that God’s providential hand was guiding them. The founders/framers understood the system that they were coming from well, The Divine Right of Kings. This meant that men (Kings) were the law. The founders/framers for the most part operated from a Biblical Worldview, we know this because we know where their education came from. This is not to say that everyone of them were born again believers…surely some were not, but an honest look at history reveals to us that these men operated from a mindset that was formed from biblical doctrine. I would submit that even those that were not believers probably operated from more of a biblical worldview than most Christians do today, but that’s another discussion for another blogJ.

I tell you all of this so that you can understand how our founders/framers thought about government. Coming from a form of civil government that was under the Divine Right of Kings, these men understood the failings of that system because they understood the biblical doctrine of the Depravity of Man. In other words, men cannot be above law. With this mindset the founders/framers crafted a government under the Rule of Law, in other words they set Law above men. The great reformer Samuel Rutherford had written about this about century earlier in his book Lex Rex (Law is King) which was a radical departure from the prevailing thought of the day…Rex Lex (King is Law).

Therefore, the United States Constitution is the Rule of Law for our land. No man is above that Rule of Law. Not the President, not any of the 800 + members of the federal judiciary, and not any of the 535 members of the United States Congress. Every one of those people I just mentioned swears an oath to the Rule of Law (Constitution). They are not permitted to violate it, any of it…at any time. It doesn’t matter if they think that just this one time…they need to do something that is not authorized because they think it’s really, really important. Those of you that remember what the book of Judges in the Bible tells us…will remember that in Judges 21:25 we are told that “everyone did what was right in their own eyes”. If you think about this…you will quickly see the fallacy of men doing whatever they think is right at any given time.  The founders/framers understood this when they set law (the Constitution) above men.

Which brings me back to what I wanted to tell you I observed last night from my friend and our candidate. Curtis was asked about federal funding for something that I suspect most of us would think a worthy and good endeavor. It would have been very easy for Curtis to answer this question in a way that would have been “pleasant” to the questioner’s ears. But instead Curtis took the position that under the Rule of Law, and under his oath that he will take if God grant us favor and we win this election, under that oath…he would be bound to vote against any funding that is clearly not authorized under the Rule of Law. You see friends, if we really believe in the Rule of Law…we have to be willing to do the hard things in order to push our government back inside the fence of the Constitution. It will not be a painless endeavor, you simply cannot fix over 16 trillion $$ of debt with the flip of a switch. But if we are serious about stopping unconstitutional, and therefore ungodly spending (spending that violates the Rule of Law)…we absolutely must have people serving that have this understanding and this kind of backbone. Curtis Bostic has the mettle to do this and we need to give it everything we have to make sure that Curtis Bostic is the next Congressman from the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.

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