One month from now, Americans have the privilege of going to the polls to elect their leaders. Nearly one hundred nations in the world do not allow that privilege.
Many of us possess the right to vote, but don’t value it enough to use it wisely.
I have a friend, who, when he was young, reminded me of Clark Kent. He was talk, dark, handsome, soft spoken and deeply committed to “truth, justice and the American way.”
That friend has an idea for the 2014 election…
His name is Bill Burtness, thinker, author, and missionary who has written one of the best books I’ve ever read on civil government. His book explains how government works and how liberty is lost in a society.
Bill not only writes, teaches and speaks in many places, he also trains political science majors in the nation of Kosovo.
I mentioned that nearly one hundred nations on this planet do not allow people to elect their leaders. At least, they don’t have “real elections” as we know it. The youthful demonstrations taking place in Hong Kong right now are over this issue. The Communist Chinese government in Beijing is calling the shots on who can run for office in Hong Kong.
The students are saying no–and protesting in the street. They want the true freedom to choose their own leaders and not be governed by communist puppets.
We shall see if they prevail or if another Tianneman Square massacre is coming.
Other nations that don’t allow “We the People” to govern include Muslim states (over fifty of them), other communist regimes like North Korea, Viet Nam and Cuba, and various monarchies such as in Nepal or Brunei.
Question: What do most of these nations have in common?
Answer: They are poor and oppressed (especially women and children).
Then there is the United States of America where a “5000 Year Leap” took place two-and-a-half centuries ago which produced the world’s freest nation.
In a short space of time, the US became the wealthiest, most religious, and most prosperous nation in the history of the planet.
Today that freedom and blessing is at great risk because many Americans don’t know where liberty originates, nor they they care about maintaining it.
They show their apathy by not voting. And many of those who do vote are grossly uninformed and end up electing people that only hasten the nation’s demise.
My friend, Bill Burtness, has an idea.
It’s called the Education for Liberty Project.
During this month and for the remainder of your life, I encourage you to follow Bill’s wise words and example. Our response will determine whether America remains a free nation, or joins the list of tyrannies that have cursed people’s lives from the dawn of time.
The Education for Liberty Project
“I’m not even going to vote. It’s just the lesser of two evils!”
FRUSTRATED WITH POLITICS
A pastor in one of our city-wide pastor’s meetings recently voiced this frustration felt by many Bible-believing Christians at this time, not knowing how to approach the quandary we find ourselves in and feeling our single vote as impotent. Evidently, there were some 20 million believers who felt the same way in recent elections, and that adds up!
Unfortunately, this has become a self-fulfilling prophecy of cultural decline, as Godless policy has been implemented at every level of civil government in our nation, for many years, while we scratch our heads.
The Scriptures tell us about ancient Israel’s decent into chaos and violence in Judges 2:7 & 10, “There arose a new generation that did not know the Lord, nor the things He had done for Israel.” Their problem was they had not been taught.
That is our problem as well.
We believers have not been taught the original thinking of the American Founders. There is now a need for a huge education movement in our day as our culture has become more secularized and postmodern. We believe this movement has begun, but there is much work to be done, especially at a grass roots level. Thus the
EDUCATION FOR LIBERTY PROJECT!
America at its founding was unique on the earth – the people could for the first time as a nation govern themselves under God in the area of civil government. We could choose those who govern us! Thus the opportunity to “hire” the best in the land periodically to be our representatives.
But, we must want the best. That is a matter of our personal character. And we must find the best, and get them into office. That will take some effort.
The Education For Liberty Project is a grass-roots vision to help remedy this dilemma, challenging believers with four key elements:
PRAY – STUDY – VOTE – SERVE.
1) Pray, daily. This is the beginning point! If we are going to be delivered, it is only God who can deliver us. We need His intervention. Our wits are not good enough. We know prayer changes things. God’s people must turn back to Him. In II Chronicles 7:14, God tells us that if we do, He will forgive our sin, and He will even heal our land. We must see a new Third Great Awakening in America.
2) Study, regularly. Like Ezra, who studied the law of the Lord, practiced it, and taught His statutes in Israel, Ezra 7:10, so must we put forth some effort to learn, practice and teach God’s ways for nations. Study the Bible and the Biblical worldview. Learn the Biblical principles America was founded upon. Apply them in your family, church and civil government. Teach them in your sphere of influence.
SELF-EVIDENT TRUTHS by Bill Burtness is a resource textbook, written in simple terms especially for Christian Americans to study and teach, to help renew a practical understanding of how America was designed to work. It is about how to have a free nation. It is about philosophy of government, not politics.
The least expensive and easiest way to begin your study is the PDF e-book you can download now for your computer or portable reading device. Hard copy available at Amazon.com.
Learn, and teach your family, friends and co-workers.
3) Vote, always. And vote wisely. A studied vote is a crucial action step. Actually, though “voting for the lesser of two evils” may be a helpful way to look at it, we are actually “voting for the best available option in this particular election,” not for a minimum of evil. (Acts 1:21-26) If the choice is really that bleak, we need to find better individuals to run for our representatives in the next election cycle. Voting intelligently is the most basic part of governing ourselves under God in the civil sphere. This is what America is all about.
4) Serve, as the Lord leads, however possible. This is a long-term frame of mind in a free nation. There are many local positions where we can begin to serve in the civil sphere – election judges and pole watchers, precinct committee and political party leadership, school board or city council, local, county, state, national representatives, and more. As the Lord leads, each position is a place of learning and service to the Lord and the community.
Our representatives must be the most Godly, Biblical, intelligent and capable servant leaders in the land. (Matt. 20:25-28)
TAKING THE LEAD
The basis of law and government comes from God and the Bible. Without that basis, we only have man’s greed, power hunger and opinion directing nations. So the charge for restoring America lies at the feet of Bible-believing Christians, many of whom refrain from voting. Since we believers have the instruction Book, we must take the lead. Refraining from voting is in itself a vote. But how do we cast an intelligent Godly informed Biblical vote?