14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5, NKJV
One wonders if there is any more Orwellian named entity than the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Yesterday Joe Biden crossed the Rubicon, and sent a small army of heavily armed FBI enforcers to raid the residence of President Trump, allegedly looking for classified papers President Trump had in his possession after leaving office. This action is unprecedented in U.S. history, and is likely to precipitate an end to any pretenses that we still live in a free republic. The course of wisdom, then, is to prepare for what comes next.
It’s frustrating that so many Christians in the U.S. today take for granted the freedoms we possess, and assume that things will never change. For most people the idea that the government would repudiate their most basic liberties, and would actively curtail those liberties, seems unthinkable; something no more likely than invaders from Mars making earthfall in tripod walking war machines with heat rays. It is something impossible to believe could happen, hence they see no reason to prepare for when it does happen.
The government response to the Covid 19 panic of 20 should have opened our eyes, however. As we have seen earlier, state and local governments felt themselves free to trample the freedom of Christians and Jews (but not so much Muslims, for some reason) to assemble and worship. Through all of this our Department of Justice, even under the Trump administration, did little or nothing. Even more egregious was the decision of most church leaders and members to go along with the shut down of worship. I remember as a child how many an old-timer would lead the church in prayer, including thanks to God that we could worship “without fear of harm or molestation.” At the time I supposed that prayer was given in thanks to God for government protection, but now I am forced to wonder if there wasn’t a flip side: If we fear there may be “harm or molestation” we aren’t going to show up.
At this point harm and harassment are nearly, but not entirely, inevitable for the nation as a whole. In heavily liberal enclaves this harassment is already well under way. What should we expect, and how should we prepare?
First of all, we need to realize that the government is not coming to help. We also need to realize that the written law of the land is on our side, but that we live under a lawless executive bureaucracy that has no concern whatsoever for the law. Case in point, the FACE act…
The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE or the Access Act, Pub. L. No. 103-259, 108 Stat. 694) (May 26, 1994, 18 U.S.C.§ 248) is a United States law that was signed by President Bill Clinton in May 1994, which prohibits the following three things: (1) the use of physical force, threat of physical force, or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person who is obtaining reproductive health services or providing reproductive health services (this portion of the law typically refers to abortion clinics), (2) the use of physical force, threat of physical force, or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person who is exercising or trying to exercise their First Amendment right of religious freedom at a place of religious worship, (3) the intentional damage or destruction of a reproductive health care facility or a place of worship.
The FACE act has three parts, which, broadly speaking protect: 1) Abortion clinics and access to those clinics, 2) Places of religious worship and access to those places, 3) A prohibition on attacks on abortion clinics, churches and reproductive health care facilities.
Part 1 is stringently enforced by the federal government, and especially the FBI. If you live in a state where abortion is still legal, and you attempt to block access to a clinic, you can expect to be quickly arrested by federal agents, usually (but now always) from the FBI, and aggressively prosecuted by the DOJ.
Blocking access to a church building, however? Or burning a house of worship used by a church opposed to abortion? Burning a crisis pregnancy center that provides abortion alternatives? Although all these activities are also specifically prohibited by the FACE act, you will search in vain for a single instance of federal prosecution for those who are currently engaged in these crimes.
Likewise, as is already well documented, to protest an ongoing case outside the home of a federal judge is a federal felony. If, however, you are engaged in a small-scale riot outside the home of a Supreme Court Justice who voted to overturn Roe, you can rest assured that Merrick Garland’s DOJ not only will NOT prosecute you, they will provide FBI assistance to you should any private citizen attempt to quell your “protest.” If, on the other hand, you were to show up outside the home of one of the three justices who voted to uphold Roe and begin a similar protest, you can rest assured you would be hauled away in chains in less than fifteen minutes, and most likely join the J6 prisoners languishing indefinitely in federal detention.
What then, should the church do? For that matter, what is the church even capable of doing? To hear most of our contemporary leaders speak on the matter, the answer is nothing and nada. I might suggest that we begin by reading Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians….
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.
I Corinthians 16, NKJV
What can we do? First of all, keep the assembly, pray together as a church, sing hymns, and partake Holy Communion. We are specifically commanded not to forsake this service. No human being on the face of the planet has legitimate authority to forbid the assembling together of the church for worship. We often speak of our “Constitutional rights,” forgetting that we do not have such rights because the Constitution grants them, but rather because God Himself grants them; the role of the Constitution is simply that it acknowledges what God has already given and pledges to protect it.
We must accept the likelihood that the federal government, and many state governments, will soon move to restrict the freedom of religion even more so than has already occurred. We must accept that the law of the land will be disregarded, as we have already seen happen. We must accept that under the regime now occupying D.C. Christian martyrdom may soon become a reality within this country. What should we do?
- Pray. 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44
- Trust. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [d]bear it. I Corinthians 10
- Worship. 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10
These are my thoughts of the moment. More to come, Lord willing.
The Wombat doesn’t fear the IRS… https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/09/watching-the-herd-stampede/
RS McCain on the crisis…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/09/the-persecution-of-donald-trump/
Local cops don’t like the FBI either, SO SUPPORT LOCAL COPS WHO ARE STANDING UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT!…. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/09/fk-the-fbi-and-fk-the-doj/
Mike’s quote is right on target today… https://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/2022/08/quote-du-jour_01061958984.html
John C. Wright breaks it down here…. https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/08/trump-raided-by-feds/