Monday, December 14, 2009

Hanukkah, Morality and The People's Response

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Last week Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. was asked by CNSNEWS, "Is it morally right to use tax dollars from pro-life Americans to cover insurance plans that cover abortion?"

Her answer? "Is it morally correct? Yes, I believe it is. Abortion is legal and there are certain very tragic circumstances that a woman finds herself in."

Asked the second time, Feinstein said, "Please, we pay for a lot of things we may or may not agree with..."

Translation: If it's legal it's moral.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., agreed and said it would be "morally wrong" for members of Congress to vote against the health care bill.

So, who defines morality?

If the US Congress passes a law, does that affirm it to be moral, even if it is in indirect conflict with the basis on which our legal system was developed and our Constitution framed?

All law is based on something. If not the Judeo-Christian principles which our Founders held, what then?

All law is based on either man's ideas or God's principles.

While English law was a combination of Roman-biblical law, with a bit of Enlightenment influence, the colonies choose what they felt to be a better way. Colonial law was far more biblical than that of England and was conceived with the desire for self-rule based on humanity's moral responsibility to God. The Founders believed that God was the ultimate source of law. Walk around Washington DC and read the inscriptions on and in the buildings.

They believed man's law must have it's origin in God's revelation. They believed any law that contradicts biblical revelation is illegitimate. It was from this that they declared their independence. They believed that it is the creator that endows man with rights, which human laws must be framed to protect.

They believed there is a law, a system of absolutes, derived from biblical principles, that transcends man and his institutions.

We have wondered far from our Founder's beliefs, with some members of Congress now suggesting that if they pass a law, the effect of the law is moral---because they passed it. To oppose it is "immoral", even if it requires people to pay taxes to kill unborn children.

During these days of Hanukkah, I'm reminded that ancient Israel once faced a similar circumstance.

In about 167 BC, Antiochus IV Epiphanes decided to forbid the observances of the Jewish faith and commands in the land of Israel.

The Greco-Syrians occupied their land and had been systematically attempting to Hellenize the culture and force pagan practices and beliefs on the Jews and their children. Massive cultural assimilation was under way using fear, intimidation, reeducation and the redefinition of basic social constructs.

Laws were changed with out regard, to support the new morality.

The Jewish Temple was mocked and desecrated.

With a small army, led by a motivated Judah Maccabee, the large army of the Greco-Syrians was defeated. By 165 BC, the Maccabees were triumphant. On the 25th of the Hebrew month Kislev, the Maccabees reclaimed their holy temple and decided to "re-dedicate" it. Hanukkah means "re-dedicate".

Judaism had defeated the hedonistic Hellenists and restored the nation to one that properly accepted God's authority.

Lights were lighted and are said to have burned long past the supply of oil for the lamps. Eight days. A miracle.

Some have likened the current "tea party movement" to that of the Maccabees. Most Americans---Jew and gentile, find great inspiration in the account of Hanukkah.

In America, our cultural battle is not unlike that of the ancient Maccabees, except ours is fought through the legal and political systems of our country.

Some may ask, "Who will be our American Judah Maccabee?" Certainly our country needs leadership. Fortunately we have the opportunity to choose at the ballot box.

Perhaps it is not a Judah Maccabee that is needed so much as people from every walk of life to feel the call---sound a clear message and begin to take back the country. In America, under our systems, perhaps "re-dedication" will precede the battle. Re-dedication will lead to the restoration of those Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded and has thrived.

James Russell Lowell was once asked by the French historian Francois Guizot, "How long will the American republic endure?"

Lowell's response? "As long as the ideas of the men who founded it remain dominate."

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Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. There are far too many people in government that have no heart, no concern for anybody. A pregnant mother who's thinking she might have a difficult road in front of her is just a possible liability to them. They would rather pay her to kill and take such a worry off the mind of those in government. They think it will help their next year's budget. They don't care. Jesus is crucified in them.

    Yet Jesus lives. God knows every soul Jesus came to save, even those not yet born. On the cross Jesus knew he would see them in the kingdom one day. They were killed before they had a chance to live the life he came to give them, a life of love, goodness, truth, mercy, justice, kindness, patience, and faith. I hope we all get to see those 50 million or so, or as many as Jesus saved.

    We will praise God in the dark and he will give us light.

  2. For Gary it is moral to drop bombs on children (if they happen to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time...), etc. all in the name of National Security of course....

    For me, that is murder (you made the decision to drop bombs that you KNOW will murder children - if that is not outright intent - IS culpable intent) and it is murder !! Jesus rejected this by stating that we should not do evil in order that "good" might result...

    Do I have to pay taxes to support the War in Iraq??? Does Gary think I should have to pay taxes to support the war in Iraq? Yes - you bet he does - every cent the Bush administration levied on me...

    I would say that Romans 2:1ff applies very specifically in this case. You can read it yourself.

    May God help us to not hide behind phoney legitimizations for violence. And, nearly as much, to not judge others who do the same as we are doing....


  3. My son in law put it
    this way. If it comes a choice between his wife and the kid the kid loses.

    My son in law right!!!!

  4. "If it comes a choice between his wife and the kid the kid loses"

    Your talking about life ? What if the choice was between Mary and her kid ? Legally your son in law is right. The problem from this view Ralph is you and your son in law are taking the authority over life and giving their personal beliefs in determing who has a larger right to live. I can say your right , or someone can say I am right on this issue , my belief is that life should not be decided by me or you. Only God .

    In the meant time the best thing we can do is work together and help those in need I guess.

    Merry Christmas by the way.



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