Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bill of Grace

Get a hold of a copy of "The Shack" (Young). Worst case, you've had a quick read which will inevitably come in real handy for a friend. More likely, you'll enjoy this page-turner, and it will be a conduit to change the way you live. Then pass it on. Now here's some context for our discussion:

Mr. DeMint is spot on: "We can argue about how to rein in the federal Leviathan; but we should agree that centralized government infringes on individual liberty and that problems are best solved by the people or the government closest to them" (originally in the 5/2/9 WSJ).

The issue posed to me, via Young, is that individual freedom shouldn't be the ultimate goal. For the U.S., for human politics, maybe. But for the human soul? We grant that freedom to our deepest-seated values. We set our brains to process certain values daily, and even minute-by-minute...and to satisfy our responsibilities to those values. On what or Whom do you spend your mental energies? For some, that's God. For others, it's their kids. For others, it's a sense of security. To what or Whom do you grant your freedom?

Still quite young in world history, our country is experiencing growing pains:

James Madison in The Federalist:
“”The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.”
The founding fathers believed in a balance between state and federal power. This state sovereignty movement clearly arises from the belief that the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government and that it’s time to restore that lose balance.

My question for you is: are you ready to allow a sovereignty movement in your soul?

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