Dave Welch is the founder and executive director of the U.S. Pastor Council and Houston Area Pastor Council, interdenominational and interracial ministries of and for pastors based in Houston, Texas. Over the past 24 years, he has held numerous leadership positions including founding executive director of Christian Coalition of Washington, national field director of Christian Coalition and executive director of Vision America.More ↓Less ↑
TYR’ANNY, n. – 1. Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty and oppression. (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
Take just a moment to ponder the following excerpt from an AP news article reporting the most recent act of judicial jihad by a liberal judge:
“A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday immediately stopping enforcement of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. …”
We had ONE judge again overrule the legislative and executive branches, as well as our military leadership and the will of the people.
Regardless of the issue, what we again have by a Clinton-appointed radical is complete and utter rejection of the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers and rule by the “consent of the governed.” The fact that U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips fired a judicial IED directly into the effectiveness, readiness and moral of our military in a time of war makes this, in my non-legal opinion, an act of treason.
Just as citizens of California are frustrated by the abdication of duty by their state attorney general and governor to defend and appeal liberal judges’ decisions on Proposition 8, the citizens of the nation are now in the same condition with our attorney general and president in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ruling by Phillips.
We are again reminded that our choices of governing leaders will have consequences for good or for evil. We are reminded that our nation has been undermined by poisonous philosophies that have set the stage for despotism – at this very moment – in all three branches of our federal government. James Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution,” warned us with keen insight of any branch usurping its limited scope:
The rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by any authority derived from them and are slaves. (Barton, “Original Intent”)
The raw arrogance represented by this Virginia Phillips should result in impeachment. She has proven herself not only unfit for judgeship but is in fact a “domestic enemy” of the very kind our military members take an oath to defend against.
In addition to the usurpation of authority, the blow against the values that represent the fabric and foundation of this county is even more egregious. Even the social engineers with much influence in our Defense Department understand caution is in order before throwing away centuries of historical military precedence.
Then-Gen. George Washington understood that even in his volunteer, ill-equipped Continental Army there was a great need for a moral order and respect for religious faith among the troops. His orders on July 4, 1775, stated:
The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the Army which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness. And in like manner he requires and expects all officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance of Divine services, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense.” (Federer, “American Quotations”)
From the beginning, our civil and military leaders have understood that a general moral foundation of behavior and conduct was vital in both civilian and military populations for two vital reasons. First and foremost, they understood that we do not nor want to fight our battles alone, but are dependent upon the favor and mercies of God.
We therefore cannot reject His authority over our lives individually or collectively, and then call upon Him in time of battle expecting results. In fact, God tells us explicitly:
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil (Isaiah 59:2-4).
Our loving but just God will not overlook our national spiritual and moral condition any more than He did for ancient Israel. We have been blessed by His grace far beyond measure.
Finally, if the people ourselves reject the basic moral virtues that lift us above the animals as central to God’s created design for us as beings “in His image,” there is nothing worth fighting for. Elevating sexual perversion to protected – and yes, it will be protected, not equal – status in our military effectively destroys the vital moral strength needed to withstand and prevail against the horrors of war.
On Nov. 2, 2010, the American people will face one more test as to whether we will any longer tolerate tyrants in the executive branch who display contempt for the Constitution; in the legislative branch who carry out the actions of that contempt; in the judicial branch as the executioners of the tyranny.
Let’s pray not and leave no stone unturned to assure not.