American Self-Government: Example #2

All of America’s early colonies had legislatures of their own. Most of them, from the start, had been allowed self-government in their charters. When the British government began to change the rules by taxing them without any representation in Parliament, the colonies reacted. Their first line of defense was the charters they had been given. When the British government dismissed their arguments, they turned instead to the idea that God had given each person the right to direct his own… Read more »

American Self-Government: Example #1

They were called Separatists in their native England. They got this name because they couldn’t abide being part of a state church where the government controlled the worship and doctrine. So they set up their own churches based on their understanding of how God wanted His church to work, following what they perceived to be the model in the New Testament. When they set up these churches, they had to start from scratch with church government. Consequently, they relied on… Read more »

The Greatest of All Self-Government Quotes

  Grotius: Father of the Law of Nations Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) was a Dutch Christian who became famous for his writings on how nations should relate to one another. There is a quote attributed to him that spells out how self-government works better than any other explanation I have ever read. Now, I haven’t been able to document when or where Grotius said this; that’s why I stated only that it is attributed to him. However, as I tell my students,… Read more »

Principle: Self-Government

In an age when we look to Washington, DC, for everything we need, we have forgotten one basic Biblical principle that was part of the foundation of this country. It is a principle simply called self-government. It’s not hard to explain. God has created each of us with the ability to make decisions. That is part of His image that He placed within us. Government, by definition, is “control and direction.” Whenever anything is governed, that means it is controlled… Read more »

The Kenyan Connection: Will This Be Ignored As Well?

Obama in Kenya with Odinga Here’s another story for the mainstream media to ignore (which it is doing admirably, I might add).  The man seated in this picture is Raila Odinga, current prime minister of Kenya, the second highest position in the government. How did he get there? First, by allying himself with the radical Muslims who wish to impose a fundamentalist Muslim society on the order of Iran. Second, by intimidating and killing his opposition. What role did Barack… Read more »

The Undecided Voter

A continual source of fascination for me is the “undecided voter.” I must admit that I am never undecided. Why? I have a certain set of principles that I believe are Biblically based. Those principles make it clear what type of government will be right and beneficial, and what type will be wrong and destructive. I don’t have to agonize over how I should vote. There is always this great “undecided middle” in elections, and they hold the key to… Read more »