Human institutions have their limitations. New ones are created and others fold every day. The U.S. Constitution is a document that has helped an institution through many tests. It has withstood those examinations because of the vigor of the people it guarded.
My friend, Bob, sent this idea to me. It is a good one.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
This plan enacted would make our leaders more like us. This has always been the goal of our Republic.
Because our leaders have become less like us, many new institutions are being formed. They are fashioned with good intentions.
One “institution” has been fitted with the name “TEA Party.” It is a group not unlike its predecessor.
Here is a quote from a recent rendering:
“The silence is by design, activists with the loosely affiliated movement said, because it is held together by an exclusive focus on fiscal matters and its avoidance of divisive social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.”
Like its precursor, the TEA Party efforts are on one front. At the time of the original tea party, there was one, major front. It was the crown. Volumes can be written on speculation about the crown’s fiscal and social reach. The subject would make a good thesis paper.
Any side one comes down on, the TEA Party is a human institution with weaknesses.
Until the root is dealt with, we will not be changed.
Let me be critical of the man-made institution that needs the most. It is called the “church” by many. I challenge the terminology. A meeting place with a name doesn’t define those who frequent it. Many religious places are silent on high issues. When so, they become the worst of institutions.
Because of the silence, freedoms once enjoyed by many may soon be gone.
18“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
The real church is a group of people. It exists worldwide. It is unchanged no matter what occurs in worldly institutions. Jesus called it His bride. It is not able to keep silent. It has yet to reach perfection, but it serves a fearless Leader.
Anyone who questions its Leader’s strength need only read the final six chapters of Matthew.
The true hope for America is in a restoration. It is the thing that has helped correct society in the past.
There are words of hope.
They come from the verse most used by Christian leaders in America.
It begins with “If MY people.”
The promise does not begin with, “If the government” or “If the TEA Party.”
“If” is the stipulation.
Waiting any longer will remove the opportunity, if it is not already gone.
We will be humbled either way.
12“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13And rend your heart and not your garments ”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.
14Who knows whether He will not turn and relent
And leave a blessing behind Him…
All 230 churches in the county have been invited.
I am chewing on the following article. I find it interesting. Please let me know what you think. – CR