GOD IS THE COMMON THEME
by Sharon Rondeau
While inconvenient, the situation provided a unique opportunity for this writer to read three “real” books for which time did not previously allow.
The first book is entitled “From Sovereignty to Slavery” and was written by Dr. Everett Sileven Ramsey, who was put in jail by a Nebraska County Sheriff for having operated a school in his church without a state education license. Written in early 1983 as he sat in his jail cell, Ramsey detailed the advancing tearing in not only the state of Nebraska but also throughout the United States.
An accompanying set of DVDs titled “The Story of America’s First Padlocked Church” depicts Dr. Ramsey giving an address following his release from jail in which he reveals that that his sentence of 120 days was exponentially larger than that of a cattle rustler, an habitual drunkard, and other societal offenders. Both the book and the DVDs provide an eerie look into what America would be in the decades to come.
Dr. Ramsey decried abortion, which had been legalized for a decade, and predicted that euthanasia would soon be carried out in the United States. He called upon all Christians to speak out against a tyrannical government, to willingly serve on juries and nullified bad law, and to replace corrupt politicians with better ones.
On page 43 of his book Sileven wrote:
It is important for every informed patriot to sacrifice himself to buy and give away information to every possible neighbor, to be available to speak to groups, and to educate his servants….
One of the greatest needs in order to have freedom is for the total, absolute, and final power of the government to rest in the hands of the people In The Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers stated that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends (protecting life, liberty and property) it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
The second book we were able to read is titled “The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government” by David Barton, founder of wallbuilders.com. That work, too, calls upon Christians to participate in what is not only a privilege, but also their sacred duty, to vote conscientiously and regularly in order to maintain America on its Judeo-Christian moorings.
In the book, Barton illustrates how most, if not all, of the Founders demonstrated great faith in the Almighty and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and that their faith directly impacted the type of government the new nation was to have. Of particular note is Barton’s commentary on a statement made by Pres. James A Garfield, who was also a Christian minister:
Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If anybody be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next Centennial does not find us a great nation… It will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
Barton then concludes, “It is safe to say that we who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation today have done little to control its political forces. Consequently, our national policies do not accurately reflect the values of the nation at large.”
The third book, which we have not yet finished reading, is “Officer’s Oath: Why My Vow to Defend the Constitution Demanded that I Sacrifice My Career” and is the story of Lt. Col. Terrence Lee Lakin, who challenged the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as president of the United States. In reading every word which Lakin wrote, it is evident that faith is a major element in his life and that he called upon God to guide him through a monumentally difficult decision which ended his outstanding military career.
Lakin did not only ask that Obama release his long-form birth certificate, but also was aware that he might not qualify as a “natural born Citizen” because of his foreign-citizen father and apparent dual citizenship at his birth. On page 38, Lakin wrote:
The Constitution does not define the term “natural born,” but there is a pretty substantial historical record of what the Founding Fathers meant by the term. Basically, they wanted to assure that no future commander in chief would have divided loyalties.
Lakin also mentioned the investigation conducted by the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse, which determined early in 2012 that the long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form are “computer-generated forgeries.”