Reality and Hope
Are we still the United States of America?
Have we ever been?
Sovereignty: 1) the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority. 2) supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community. 3) a sovereign or independent state, community or political unit.
We certainly are not a Democracy.
Democracy: a government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. A state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
No, we are not a Democracy. Until we discard the electoral college and allow for elections to be decided by popular vote – a free electoral system – we will not be a Democracy. Until our society is characterized formally across every state by equal voting rights, equal pay, a cessation of repeals of all gained rights, and equal treatment under the law for all our citizens we will not be a Democracy.
We are, based on our current government’s systems and actions, a Republic.
Republic: a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
As long as we are at the mercy of interminable, multi-million dollar, lobbyist-laden election campaigns, we will remain a Republic whose vote is exercised by these kinds of representatives. We will remain continually at the mercy of corporate money when it comes to local propositions, congressional bills, and administrative appointments.
Until there are basic changes in Washington, we the people will never be vested with the supreme power of a true Democracy.
On the other hand…
The results of our election are not the salvation of the universe or the end of the world. If you follow Jesus, like me, we have a King more important than any president.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
If you follow Jesus, like me, you live and work for the kingdom. We still need to be the light and love and compassion of Jesus. We still need to be his hands and feet. We still need to be, as He was, living water and a safe place for everyone.
My brethren, please understand we as Christians have not been under attack. Just because laws have become inclusive doesn’t mean you were “discriminated” against. Just because one person or group gains freedom it doesn’t mean you lose it. When Jesus, on the Sabbath, invited a leper into the temple and healed him, He did not “discriminate” against religious leaders. He taught that compassion was more important than dogma and doctrine. He taught that love was more important than hate.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
Jesus did not refuse anyone, did not condemn anyone (except dogmatic religious leaders), He did not shame anyone, He did not exclude anyone. He loved, He forgave, He embraced, He offered grace. It was only after this people chose to repent, chose to give their lives to Him.
Stand at the crossing, and consider the ancient path, for it is good and it leads to Me. Walk on this path, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)