Re-Visiting pre-Election Concerns

“There’s growing concern that under President Obama, the United States of America will turn into the United States of Europe. ” – Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”

Please, please, God, let me be wrong…

Reading the above article recently, I saw exactly what, during the 2008 election campaign, I had feared might become true being put into words by Jay Sekulow. Then Senator Obama’s charisma concerned me. Hitler was charismatic. Jim Jones was charismatic. Jesus gets your attention, He can be riveting – but I doubt that He would be called charismatic. Charismatic people have a magnetism that can draw you…in the wrong direction. Too late, you realize you were duped.

People love to be caught up in the swell of emotion, passion, purpose. It feels good and offers {false?} hope. It is almost a resurrection. From despair or just plain same-old, same-old, we are thrust into the apparent promise of a new tomorrow…but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the truth – the hidden agenda, hidden perhaps even from the one enacting it, (at first, anyway…) If you know the Lord, and look to the Spirit of truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13), then you need to be doing that now.

Reading Bible prophecy, it is often commented that the United States of America does not appear to be represented. Prophetic studies are not my strong suite, but even I have noticed that. It has been suggested that America becomes absorbed into the European Union, and I fear this may be so. I cannot bear to believe it, but I can see how it could happen.

Please, please, God, let me be wrong…

President Obama is embarking on a new and troubling direction for our nation. Many are calling it the “Selling of America” – surrendering our national sovereignty – our constitutional framework – all in the interest of international cooperation.” Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”

In recent days and weeks, watching broadcasts of our new President speaking, I experienced the first flicker – barely a flicker, even – of my pre-election concerns reviving. I thought, It’s just me. But it isnt’t just me, I see now, after reading the transcript of Sekulow’s interview with Glenn Beck. There is not always a place for a spirit of ‘co-operation’. Sometimes open-minded, boundary-blurring initiatives can allow for the swallowing up of that which should not be swallowed up. So, while “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12: 18) is godly counsel for sure, there are apparently times when it is not possible. There are times when what seems to be a blessing is not that at all, but a curse in disguise.

We who see things in this light are in stellar company. Consider the following –

“…believe me, fellow-citizens…history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” – George Washington, from his Farewell Address, 1796

Upon leaving his second term in office as President, coupled with years of military strategic and combat experience, Washington counseled retaining always national sovereignty. He counseled avoiding permanent alliances, partnering with ‘favourite nations’, which he believed would lead to “…concessions to the favourite nation” which ultimately would prove injurious to the one conceding. Washington foresaw “unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained.” And he also considered such attachments to foreign nations to provide the potential for the “illusion of an imaginery common interest in cases where no real common interest exists.” Washington saw the betrayal and/or sacrificing of national interests, presenting itself as “gild{ed} with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good…”

A wolf in sheep’s clothing?

For “extraordinary emergencies”, Washington allowed for temporary alliances, but otherwise, he adjured young America to “have with them {foreign nations} as little political connection as possible.”

I know it is a different world now, an age of terrorism, nuclear threats and world-wide economic disaster. International cooperation is mandated for the securing of international safety, but how far should America take this? Can we safely ignore George Washington’s directives in the process? I don’t see how anyone can think that we could…yet some do. (Related topic)

Read Jay Sekulow’s article.

All quotations (except Jay Sekulow’s) are taken from Washington’s Farewell Address, found in George Washingtin: In His Own Words, Harrison & Gilbert, editors.