The Central Oregon Constitutional Guard conducts weekly firearms training with the intent to defend ourselves if we need to, said Soper, an emerging leader in a national movement with growing distrust of the federal government. They call themselves patriots, demanding that the federal government adhere to the Constitution and stop what they see as systematic abuse of land rights, gun rights, freedom of speech and other liberties. Waco, Ruby Ridge and Oklahoma City were cited as examples of federal abuse. (Washington Post)
There seems to be no question that the federal government is trampling on the rights of citizens in pushing their agenda, so it’s time to ask the question, What is the Christian’s duty? Must he take sides in another civil war? What is “Christian patriotism”? asks Dr. Richard Ruhling, author on Bible prophecy, offering the following information.
Patriotism is love of one’s country. Christian patriotism is love of the Christian’s country, but he’s been born again, so that as Christ said, My kingdom is not of this world, or my servants would fight. John 18. When asked about the end of the world, Christ said to understand Daniel.
Our position in the image of Daniel 2 is represented by the toes, in a divided state, and of a crumbling nature that won’t hold together, and in these last days, “the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom.” That must have our focus. We cannot expect unity in the nations of this world.
It’s our duty to obey the laws of the land unless they conflict with God’s law that He promises to put in our hearts. If so, we will obey God rather than men, and will sooner disobey all men than break the least of His commandments. Congress should not make or uphold any laws that go against the Christian’s conscience. The wisdom and authority of God’s law are supreme.
The war between the north and the south 150 years ago is echoed in Daniel’s 11th chapter. Historically, kings from the north-Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome went through the Holy Land to fight Egypt, the king of the south. God’s people were caught in the middle represented in that imagery. So it is now. It’s a difficult position, but the Christian seeks to save lives, not take them and our foe is not our brother.
Polls show a tight race between presidential candidates. If one side wins, we would expect gun control and a loss of US sovereignty to a UN New World Order. If the other side wins, we expect a strengthening of constitutional rights. This nation is divided and one side cannot legislate for the other. Reagan opened the borders and we can’t turn the clock back.
But we can get out of harm’s way as much as possible by heeding Christ’s warning to flee the city when you see [military] as the early disciples understood it. Doing so saved their lives in 70 AD and it was a forecast of this world’s destiny. (Matthew 24)
Ruhling says if he lived in the city, he would withdraw his bank money and use the coming long weekend (Memorial Day) for a rural search to rent a place for survival because he believes the JADE HELM military drill last summar was a warning as so many other events. http://bit.ly/1n0n01M
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