Appeal to Heaven

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare has left me, quite frankly, forlorn.  I feel like tearing my clothes and sitting in ashes as I watch personal freedom disappear.  The Supreme Court, being the highest court in the land is the final arbiter and what it says goes.  There is no other court in which to appeal.  Or is there?

I am reminded of a flag from the Revolutionary War.  It was flown by naval cruisers commissioned by George Washington in 1775.  It is a white flag with a green pine tree on it and the words, “Appeal to Heaven.”  It was and is a call to prayer.  If you know anything about the Revolutionary War and America’s Navy, you’ll understand why this was on the flag.  The modern day comparison of a British war ship and an American Cruiser would be like an M1 Abrams tank verses a pick-up truck with a machine gun mounted in the bed.  Appealing to Heaven was the only option for the American Patriots.

But it was the option that worked.  Our nation once again faces government oppression, this time in the name of “care”.  Now that the government is in charge of healthcare, do you think it will be long before they regulate what you eat, what you play, where you live, how many kids you can have and when you are too old to be affordable?  Already we get a glimpse of what is to come as New Yorkers are facing new laws about the size of soda they can buy.  Freedom is in danger and the appeals to the highest court in the land have failed.

But we would be mistaken and neglecting our heritage if we thought the Supreme Court had the final say.  There is a higher court still and you do not need a law pedigree to have your case heard in it.  Our forefathers were in the same position we face today.  They had exhausted their appeals to King George and Parliament and freedom had been denied them.  So they appealed to Heaven.  And Heaven heard their cry.

Now is the time for their descendants to cast their appeal heavenward and ask the Judge of Heaven and earth to deliver His children and restore their freedom.

Psalm 28

To you I call, O Lord my Rock;
    do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
    I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
    and bring back upon them what they deserve.
Since they show no regard for the works of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
    and I will give thanks to him in song.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

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12 responses to “Appeal to Heaven

  1. “It isn’t that we want others to have financial ease and you financial difficulties, but it’s a matter of equality. At the present moment, your surplus can fill their deficit so that in the future their surplus can fill your deficit. In this way there is equality.” 2 Corinthians 8:12-14 CEB

    Question 1: If we are a Christian nation, shouldn’t our policies uphold Christian values?

    Question 2: Why was Paul such a socialist, freedom hating liberal?

    • I am thankful for your response and the Scripture passage you included. I encourage you to read the passage in context. Did Paul mandate equality? I think not. 8:3-5 says “For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected…” And in verse 8:8 Paul writes, “I am not commanding you,…”

      Compassion is no longer compassion when it is mandated. Charity ceases to be charity when it is required.

      Read the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and think about these questions:
      Why does Jesus give the servants unequal amounts to begin with? Do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in this parable? Why? Is Jesus being unjust by taking from the servant with one talent and giving it to the servant with 10?

      Answer 1) You mean values like “Do not steal.” “Do not envy.” “Do not murder.” “Do not lie.”? Pehaps I’ll have to write a post that goes into further detail on this one. Good question.

      Answer 2) Socialist, freedom-hating, liberal Paul wrote, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’ We hear that some of you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12. Again context…

  2. I’m with you, Mike. I don’t like to admit it because I am usually greeted with liberal platitudes and the same look that I get when I admit that I don’t like pets. (For the record, I am not Cruella DeVille. I like animals. I just don’t want to live with them.)

    I do not profess to be an expert or even someone that cares that much about politics. But I’m clearly at a loss to explain how the Supreme Court could set this kind of sweeping precedent. What will happen to mutual assent in contractual law? Where will this end? How many other contracts will we be forced into at the expense of our freedom?

    There are all kinds of things that would be great for the country and its citizens. Wait until they tell our grandchildren, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had a cell phone, so they could call or be reached in case of an emergency? Let’s make it affordable. Heck, let’s make it free for the poor. The people that already have a provider can stay with theirs, if they wish, but they’ll still be paying for everyone else’s service. And if the time comes when they can’t pay their own bill, someone else will pick up the slack, right? And don’t worry about supply being overwhelmed by demand. If it does, the government can get into the cell phone business, eliminate all of the competition, and minutes can be rationed. Doesn’t that sound great? Then everything will be fair and equal.”

    Does that sound far fetched? Not if you look at the Commerce Clause the same way that the Supreme Court apparently does.

    I haven’t even touched all of the religious freedoms that are being stripped or ignored in the massive healthcare policy that Obama signed without even reading the entire thing! And can someone explain why there will be an additional new 3.8% sales tax when we sell our house because of Obama Care? Not that we’ll ever be able to sell in this economy, but a girl can dream…

    I understand the argument that without the individual mandate, the healthcare bill cannot be funded. Shouldn’t that be our first clue that it is not completely thought out or grounded on a solid foundation?

    This precedent will lead to all kinds of rulings “for the greater good” that can be rationalized by playing on our emotions and our compassion for the less fortunate, especially as believers. My appeal to heaven will be for Americans to be a little quicker to champion personal responsibility instead of an unattainable, mandated “equality”, no matter how warm and fuzzy it makes us feel.

    • Kim, thanks for your response. Very insightful and well said. You have nothing to fear from liberal platitudes. Let’s keep praying. If God is for us, who can be against us?

  3. Andrew David

    God is not for us, because we are not for God. Every time that Israel cried out for salvation, God neglected to answer them. Until, that is, they destroyed their idols and cast out the wicked and turned back to God completely. God will rescue his children, but the sad truth is that very few Americans are His children. Sadder yet, many who claim Him as their Father raise an idol on their flagpoles every morning. How many Americans spent more time reading politics than reading Scripture? Christ called us to sacrifice everything for Him. This includes your American comfort. This includes your self sufficiency. This includes your nationalism. This includes your citizenship. Whoever finds these things will lose them, and whoever loses them for His sake will find them, for there is no comfort like the Peace that passes understanding, there is none more sufficient then the Lord your God, and though the nations of men are like grass that grows up one day and dies the next, the Kingdom of God lasts forever.

    • Andrew -Thanks for the comment. I agree with you that we need to be for God if we expect Him to be for us. However, I don’t believe we are to write off our citizenship or our love for our country. We love the Lord first, of course, but we are also to love our neighbor. In order to do that best I think Christians need to be involved in the political process. We are to bring the truth of Scripture to our nation. Politics (boiled down) is deciding which values a society is going to live by. If we love our neighbors, we are going to want to have a say in the values our neighbors and ourselves share. It’s the whole salt and light thing. Am I reading you right?

      • Andrew David

        You’re reading me right. Of course we are called to love our neighbor, but to say that the way to do this is participation in the political system is quite a stretch. Do you suppose we can bring the truth of Scripture to our nation with a vote? How, by voting for politicians who support Scriptural legislation? Then we can bring Scriptural truth to the land with Scriptural laws? Consider Paul’s letter to the Galatians, my brother. If God’s righteous law is a trap for mankind, then surely man’s righteous law can only be an abyss! Can you win the heart of a rebellious child by giving him more rules? The world sees our love as judgement and oppression, and hypocrisy. We vocally support leaders who claim Christian values then end up being as crooked as the others. But the world only sees half of the picture. And when we push laws based on Biblical ethics they, without an understanding of grace, they see us as a people who preach a (mosaic) law we do not practice, and this is our downfall- we are a joyfully obedient minority preaching law to a defiantly disobedient majority. Our struggle is against the rulers and powers and principalities, not to become them! We must heed Christ’s example and separate ourselves from the establishment, and as He said, be as cunning as snakes and harmless as doves, for we are a little flock sent into a land of wolves. We must not become wolves. If Christ, the Holy and Perfect Son of God, humbled himself to the point of bearing the wrathful curse of our sin on the cross, I think the least we can do is humble ourselves to the point of abandoning our political convictions and the limelight of politics, and focus on making disciples for Him, one at a time, that His name might be exalted.

      • Andrew,
        Thank you for helping me understand where you are coming from. I admire you conviction and dedication to the Lord. Let me see if I answer some of your questions.
        I am not suggesting that political involvement is the only way to love our neighbor, but it is certainly not a stretch to think it is one way. Think of Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, and Dr. King as examples of Christians who stepped into the political arena because of love for their neighbor.
        And no, I do not believe Scriptural truth will be brought to the nation with a vote. I do believe that a vote is a result of how much Scriptural truth is in the land.
        And I do vote for politicians who support legislation that protects life, liberty, property. That is precisely the function of good government. God has institutied government for the good of society just has He has instituted the family and church. Each has a role to play in bringing order from chaos and taking care of individuals. Surely you are not for anarchy as your previous comment suggests? Withdrawing from society as you are suggesting is the fastest road to the abyss.
        Our struggle is not against flesh and blood. The powers, rulers and principalities Paul speaks of in Eph 6 are spiritual. Jesus tells us that we are to be in the world but not of it. We are to use His ways in commerce, art, government, education, entertainment, etc so that men might see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. That is what He means by being salt and light (Matt 5:13-16).
        I am all for making disciples of Jesus one on one. But do not think that Jesus was crucified because He healed people, feed 5000 people, raised the dead, and walked on water. He was crucified because he deliberatly picked fights with the Jews about Sabbath laws, His growing popularity, and His undermining their authority. In short, He was a political threat to them. He did not withdraw and become a hermit throwing stones from a desert monastary.
        I write this with no malice and I hope you are reading it this way. I encourage you to check out some books that will give you plenty to chew on concerning these matters. Wayne Grudem – Politics According to the Bible, Charles Colson – Kingdoms in Conflict, Eric Metaxas – Bonhoeffer, and George Weigel – The Cube and the Cathedral.
        Blessing to you.

  4. Andrew David

    I perceived no malice. The only life I have belongs to Christ, the only liberty I have is from His death, and the only property I have is stored up in heaven. Everything else is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Whether this land rises to righteousness or crumbles to ashes does not matter to me; I will keep doing what I’m doing. If they take my property, confine me, torture me, kill me, or crucify me, then so be it, I will sing His praise until my last breath. I did not suggest Christ was a hermit. I do not withdraw from the fight that needs fighting. But the fight in which I engage is not in the political forums or the ballot boxes, but in the hearts of my family, my friends, my co-workers, and every stranger I come across. How can you catch fish by telling the them how to swim? Christ did indeed make himself a political enemy of the Jewish establishment by subverting them at every step. But he did not seek to change them. He did quite the opposite: He let them be as they were, and time after time used their politicking as a clear example of how not to be. He did not teach the people over whom they had authority to defy or seek to change the authority, he taught them to submit, that in meekness they be an example of love and humility so that men might see their good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. Bonhoffer and King (I have to read Wilberforce) did indeed take on the political establishment, and gave their lives that the Name of God might be exalted in all nations. God will call to greatness whom he calls, but in general His children are called to submit. I am not saying “don’t vote.” I probably will. But like me, this nation lacks the power to change itself. We need God in the hearts and minds of our people, and then he will restore our land. Not the other way around. If you spend more time thinking about politics than thinking about God, or more time reading political gossip than the Scriptures, or more time talking to friends and strangers about politics than you do about the Savior who died for them then I beg you, brother, to evaluate your affections. If you are not willing to give up the security of your home and possessions and answer His call to, say, move to Yemen and watch your family die at the hands of Muslims that just one of their families might come to know Him, then I beg you, brother, to evaluate your allegiances. Do not admire my conviction, for I am a wicked man, but I beg you, brother, question your own.

  5. Andrew David

    Upon reading your other entries (I was linked directly to this one from facebook) I see that most of your posts are not political in nature and I commend you for that. Just be cautious about the weight you put on politics here. It is a strong idol to many of our brothers.

  6. Jim Campbell

    Here is perhaps niether a political or nor religious take on the subject. I, like 99% of the people that profess to be for or against “Obamacare” ,have not actually read one word of the actural law. Most people rely on other people (who we assume know what they are talking about) to decide whether the law is good or bad. There are two sides to this question.

    At this time there seems to be only two choices: the Democrats “Obamacare” and the Republicans “I don’t Care”. At the same time there is a large group of people (those that clean the nations restrooms, pick our crops, serve us cheap food, do all kinds of meanial labor that we all benefit from, or are just down on their luck) that have no health insurance. There are also a large group of people (many young people) that just would rather spend their money on other things than health insurance. But all of those people are by law accepted into emrgency rooms and hospitals. An those of us who do have health insurance pay the bill one way or the other.

    I am required to pay into Social Security, drive under certain speed limits, take off my shoes before I can fly in an airplane, and many other freedoms of choice that I do not have. I can live with a smaller Coke in NYC, and even live without a cell phone (yes it is possible). But living without health insurance is just down right unhealthy. Many people are in that situation, not by choice but because the cost of health care has gotten out of control.

    Obamacare may or may not be a good law or even help. But if not, what would Jesus do? I don’t think it would be “I Don’t Care”. And I have not heard anything about a better plan, just going back to no plan.

    • Hey Jim –
      I haven’t read it either. But neither did the people who voted for it. That should raise some red flags even among the most open-minded 99%. Another problem is that Congress exempted themselves from it. If it is a good law, why does Congress give themselves a free pass? A third problem is the violation of religious freedom. Devout business owners now have to fund procedures that go against their religious beliefs. Are they not entitled to freedom of religion? Do they not have the right to practice their faith in their own businesses?
      The Heritage Foundation lists a few more broken promises of Obamacare that you can check out if you want. http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/27/obamacares-top-5-broken-promises/
      Also, http://www.savingthedream.org offers a plan that does care.
      The Acton Institue has another plan as well: A Prescription for Health Care Reform. https://secure.acton.org/BookShoppe/main/title.php?id=674
      I don’t know anyone who wants to see people go without health care. But I don’t believe Obamacare will do anything but empower polticians, take away our freedoms, and bankrupt the country. That’s why I am appealing to heaven. Thanks for your thoughts. Hope to see you on the court soon. – Mike

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