I received the following reply from Dr. Alan Keyes to my devotional “Despairing of Everyone.” You can read more of Dr. Keyes’ brilliant writing at his website, “Loyal to Liberty.” It is linked under my Citizen Action links.
The American people have the choice to turn away from the corrupt political system bent on their moral and physical destruction. They have the choice to seek out and support a candidate from outside the corrupt twin party system. Faith in God means doing what’s right and trusting in the Lord for the outcome. It doesn’t mean trusting to whited sepulcher lip-service and transparently deceptive evil, while deluding oneself with the forlorn hope that God will make Himself a liar in order to back up our spiritual foolishness.
It saddens me that even solid pro-lifers are tempted to treat the issue of respect for innocent life as if it can be isolated from the larger issue, the one that’s at the heart of America’s crisis. This larger issue is reflected in the fact that none of the candidates offered by the present corrupt way of doing politics is acting on God’s priorities. None of them truthfully represents the primacy of the moral/spiritual issues. They all put mammon in first place. Their fatal flaw therefore goes beyond how they deal with the life issue. It concerns their unwillingness to act, as America’s prevalent Founders did (i.e., the one’s who actually prevailed in the deliberations about independence and the Constitution). By declaration and example, these Founders made respect for God’s endowment of right and justice the first principle of political action, the never-to-be-forgotten context for all the laws, policies, decisions and actions of the American people. This doesn’t mean that they never accepted compromise. It means they never accepted a compromised understanding of politics that involved abandoning the truth in principle.
At present America violates the innocent life of nascent humanity because as a nation we have abandoned the priority that must be the basis for all human life-“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” By turning away from this priority we abandon truth in principle. This abandonment isn’t just about what individual politicians do or say. It’s about the understanding of politics on which all of them agree to operate when they accept the priorities and terms of action imposed by the twin-party sham. We cannot hope to restore the integrity of the American republic if we refuse to replace this corruption with a way of doing politics that respects its Founding first principle. The American Founders began by acknowledging God’s will as the source and rule for what is right. They did not found the republic exclusively on human calculation, power, wealth and self-worshiping pride.
Instead of party politics based on coalitions of purely selfish interest, we must return to the concept of politics that sees citizen action as a covenant of people of goodwill, that is, people drawn together (convened) by their determination to serve the common good defined by God’s endowment for humanity, and all creation.
If we do what in good conscience we are convinced God made us to do, we need never despair of success. Rather, we are called to persevere, however bleak the worldly wise perceive our hopes to be. “For God knows the way of the righteous.” So those who walk in His way may do so calmly trusting in Him for miracles.
I am grateful for Dr. Keyes taking the time out of his busy schedule to share these words. I am also thankful for the personal note he sent me with some encouraging words about my writing. Would to God that America would embrace Dr. Keyes’ words.
Copyright © 2011 David Jeffers
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