Some Reflections on this Recent Election.
The question keeps recurring, at least to me – Why? With the greatest framework for success and liberty in human history given to us at our Founding, and the track record of this blueprint actually working in the real world, in history – a history with as much reality in it in our case as in any other; with a great population of intelligent hard-working citizens, both native-born, and immigrants, and with unimaginable and vast natural resources for the production of goods, and the energy sources here at home to transport ourselves and those goods, with the wisdom to design systems of national defense that were unequaled in the world and the capability of defending so much of the rest of the world, as well from the darker impulses that have sprung up and flourished in so many parts of the world – with all of this in hand, why are we so easily letting these blessings slip away – actively throwing them away, possibly forever?
We have been blessed with so much historical empirical evidence, so much wisdom from even secular ancient (and not so ancient) history, let alone our own history, as well as a Biblical history that has now been found to have solid evidence for its veracity, that it should be painfully clear what works and what doesn't. It should be clear to even a casual observer which beliefs and actions have lead ultimately to the prosperity and rise of societies and their ability to spread goodness to the world around them; and how and why greatness does not often happen, or stops happening. I say all of this with eyes wide open – with a clear understanding that our world, our souls, our hearts as individuals (and as the aggregate known as the human race) are profoundly broken, and so very far from the perfection of our original creation, but a Father in Whose image we were made, did not leave us alone in our chosen fractured exile. He not only gave us wisdom in His words in ancient times through Moses and Joshua, but later, even more by the revelation of His Son.
The words of God our Father spoken through Moses and Joshua speak to us even today of the principles needed to live by as individuals, and as societies – principles that would keep us from needless destruction. In these words we are encouraged and lovingly warned about the need to love each other, and treat each other with respect; to respect each other's property, and care for the truly needy. We were to trust in Godly prophets and priests to help us organize as societies, to settle the inevitable disputes that would arise among us, and beyond all that, remind us Whose we are, Who we represent, and Who will ultimately be our Judge.
As if that weren't enough, He then blessed us with the ultimate Guide – Himself, in the person of His Son Jesus, the Christ. Once again, and now in even more stunning clarity, our Maker again spoke, and as well, personally demonstrated the principles that would be able to save us from our broken selves. We were implored to humbly recognize our imperfections, our frailties, and our utter dependence on God – for life, for every breath, and for true meaning and purpose, and focus for our lives.
Our lives were meant to be lives of service to our fellow man (each one a brother or sister of the one same Father!). This service was to be a voluntary choice to love one another (love being both a principle, and ultimately, a Person), molded after His decision (based on His character and personality – He really IS emotionally attached to and invested in us!!) to love us first.  As our example, He GAVE – Himself, for and to us. He would demonstrate that government is not our salvation (only God is), but is, rather, a necessary evil (the only thing worse than government being the absence of government (i.e. anarchy). We would be able to see, in the life and writings of Christ, and in the writings of His apostles, that a society can be blessed that declares as its foundation a belief in God, a belief that all mankind is created in God's image and endowed with God-given rights and responsibilities which are defined by God (not by government).
This society would understand that these God-fearing citizens are capable of organizing themselves, by a freely and mutually agreed-upon contract, for the exchange of goods and services among them, for equitable application of the laws that they would mutually agree upon (laws applied equally to all, fairly, without favor or prejudice). They would mutually agree on the need for and mechanism to secure their common defense and their borders, and would come to a mutual decision and process for caring for those among them who would be truly in need of assistance. These citizens would clearly understand that those who are capable and yet refuse to work and care for themselves should not be provided for by the common treasury, let alone even from private resources. It is not love that would foster, encourage, and subsidize sloth, and the inevitable dehumanization and entrapment in a dependent poverty mindset and circumstance that these actions would produce. These citizens would with reason predict, and then watch unfold, the reality that a society thus based should become the ideal, the envy of the world, the greatest moral force for goodness, and prosperity, and liberty that the world had ever seen – all of this would not come to them as a surprise.
The surprise, the unimaginable shock as it turns out, would be to watch this society so founded, turn a blind eye to history, to its own history, and to prior history with the lessons available regarding the reasons that great nations and societies fell. To have the clear and obvious history we have of our Founding as a nation, of the reasons our society was successful in achieving greatness in such a very short period of time (in historical terms), and then to have that narrative of truth either forgotten or discredited and denied, would be close to unimaginable – except that those of us who have been a part of this nation these last few decades have watched it happen!
There are plenty of villains in this story – everyone of these villains on some level being anti-God, and some variation of an atheistic Marxist at their core ("God either doesn't exist or doesn't matter"; and "Government is the source of all power, the arbiter and source of all goodness, and morality" which is defined as forced equality of outcomes, of, in reality, misery). Some of these pathetic villains have been strategically leading the charge, some have been willing and aware followers and promoters, and many, sadly, have been and are blissfully unaware of the darkness their allegiance to this secular religion, this belief system, continues to foster, aid, and abet. Their words, their money, and their votes are being used by sinister forces to undo and bring down what has been the greatest nation in the history of the earth, a nation built on a belief system and principles of societal organization and personal piety that resulted in the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.
It should come as no surprise that simple goodness has a hard time competing with the sophistication of dark lies and propaganda –  it has always been the case. It has also never been an excuse – for giving up, for not doubling ones determination to live a Godly life of meaning and purpose, for living a life of service, of living out the principles in the old and New Testament to truly love one another, for not being willing to stand up and speak the truth – in love – boldly, or to shrink from doing our part to present the wonder, the majesty and the beauty and the God-inspired brilliance of the principles enunciated and put into action at our Founding.
We are not told to retreat, to compromise our core principles, to “become as other nations” (as Moses and Joshua warned the people of their day). We are not ancient Rome, and neither are we present-day Europe. We are America! We take as our inspiration, not those who call for our retreat into the shadows of mediocrity, but rather heroes like George Washington who stood up to the tyranny of government in his day, and even after suffering terrible losses, humbly kneeled in the frigid blood-soaked snow and pleaded with God for mercy, and for victory. And with his head bowed, he repented his errors and mistakes, and asked again for the blessings and provisions of the true Father of his nation to be poured out on behalf of that fledgling nation, in their desperate struggle for liberty. Tyranny appeared to have had the upper hand, but Washington and his, by then, ragtag band of warriors fought on, with renewed confidence that if their cause was just and something that Heaven would choose to bless and promote, that no force on earth could ultimately stand against it. Their faith – and their action – won the day and set in motion the nation that changed the world for good.
We sustained a serious political defeat in 2008, a defeat for the principles we believe in so strongly: That our nation was founded on a belief and trust in The Almighty, that we are all created equal, and that liberty under God is our birthright, that limited government operating within Constitution bounds is best, that equality of opportunity is moral, and that forced equality of outcomes is not, that spending the wealth of future generations on ourselves and devaluing the currency they will have to use is evil, that the promotion of dependence and division is not a loving thing, that securing our defense and our borders is moral – and wise – that respect for innocent life should not be a controversial idea.
I'm sure we never expected to be handed another terrible blow this year, but we, like Washington at our founding, choose to fight on, with hope, and with confidence in our cause – and always with the greatest weapon the world has ever known – the love of God Himself! This Heaven-based love calls us to love not only our friends and family and those who see things as we do, but also for those who, for now, consider themselves our enemies – who, politically speaking at least, truly are our enemies, enemies of everything we hold dear. I must confess that praying for those who have made it their cause to try to destroy the things most dear to my heart has been a serious challenge, and a holy duty somewhat neglected too often.
As I have read the words of a trusted prophetic voice these last few days, I was reminded of not only my responsibility, but my privilege to pray for these political enemies – both from the principle of love and kindness towards them as children of my Father, but also because our prayers provide God with opportunities to touch those otherwise unreachable hearts in ways that otherwise might not be possible. I believe that our prayers, our words, and our actions have purpose, and have consequence.
So, I invite you to join me, to encourage me, in redoubling not only my efforts at speaking spiritual and political truth, but specifically in my decision to become faithful in praying for those who are currently blinded to the destruction of their ideas and actions.
Thanks again for never giving up, for your persistent pursuit of goodness and truth, for putting love into practice each and every day!
May God bless you and yours always, and May God bless America, and its leaders – (even as we take some time to humanly mourn the challenging and disappointing election results this year has brought).
Ricky Lee Jackson, MD

The question keeps recurring, at least to me – Why? With the greatest framework for success and liberty in human history given to us at our Founding, and the track record of this blueprint actually working in the real world, in history – a history with as much reality in it in our case as in any other; with a great population of intelligent hard-working citizens, both native-born, and immigrants, and with unimaginable and vast natural resources for the production of goods, and the energy sources here at home to transport ourselves and those goods, with the wisdom to design systems of national defense that were unequaled in the world and the capability of defending so much of the rest of the world, as well from the darker impulses that have sprung up and flourished in so many parts of the world – with all of this in hand, why are we so easily letting these blessings slip away – actively throwing them away, possibly forever?

We have been blessed with so much historical empirical evidence, so much wisdom from even secular ancient (and not so ancient) history, let alone our own history, as well as a Biblical history that has now been found to have solid evidence for its veracity, that it should be painfully clear what works and what doesn't. It should be clear to even a casual observer which beliefs and actions have lead ultimately to the prosperity and rise of societies and their ability to spread goodness to the world around them; and how and why greatness does not often happen, or stops happening. I say all of this with eyes wide open – with a clear understanding that our world, our souls, our hearts as individuals (and as the aggregate known as the human race) are profoundly broken, and so very far from the perfection of our original creation, but a Father in Whose image we were made, did not leave us alone in our chosen fractured exile. He not only gave us wisdom in His words in ancient times through Moses and Joshua, but later, even more by the revelation of His Son.

The words of God our Father spoken through Moses and Joshua speak to us even today of the principles needed to live by as individuals, and as societies – principles that would keep us from needless destruction. In these words we are encouraged and lovingly warned about the need to love each other, and treat each other with respect; to respect each other's property, and care for the truly needy. We were to trust in Godly prophets and priests to help us organize as societies, to settle the inevitable disputes that would arise among us, and beyond all that, remind us Whose we are, Who we represent, and Who will ultimately be our Judge.

As if that weren't enough, He then blessed us with the ultimate Guide – Himself, in the person of His Son Jesus, the Christ. Once again, and now in even more stunning clarity, our Maker again spoke, and as well, personally demonstrated the principles that would be able to save us from our broken selves. We were implored to humbly recognize our imperfections, our frailties, and our utter dependence on God – for life, for every breath, and for true meaning and purpose, and focus for our lives.

Our lives were meant to be lives of service to our fellow man (each one a brother or sister of the one same Father!). This service was to be a voluntary choice to love one another (love being both a principle, and ultimately, a Person), molded after His decision (based on His character and personality – He really IS emotionally attached to and invested in us!!) to love us first.  As our example, He GAVE – Himself, for and to us. He would demonstrate that government is not our salvation (only God is), but is, rather, a necessary evil (the only thing worse than government being the absence of government (i.e. anarchy). We would be able to see, in the life and writings of Christ, and in the writings of His apostles, that a society can be blessed that declares as its foundation a belief in God, a belief that all mankind is created in God's image and endowed with God-given rights and responsibilities which are defined by God (not by government).

This society would understand that these God-fearing citizens are capable of organizing themselves, by a freely and mutually agreed-upon contract, for the exchange of goods and services among them, for equitable application of the laws that they would mutually agree upon (laws applied equally to all, fairly, without favor or prejudice). They would mutually agree on the need for and mechanism to secure their common defense and their borders, and would come to a mutual decision and process for caring for those among them who would be truly in need of assistance. These citizens would clearly understand that those who are capable and yet refuse to work and care for themselves should not be provided for by the common treasury, let alone even from private resources. It is not love that would foster, encourage, and subsidize sloth, and the inevitable dehumanization and entrapment in a dependent poverty mindset and circumstance that these actions would produce. These citizens would with reason predict, and then watch unfold, the reality that a society thus based should become the ideal, the envy of the world, the greatest moral force for goodness, and prosperity, and liberty that the world had ever seen – all of this would not come to them as a surprise.

The surprise, the unimaginable shock as it turns out, would be to watch this society so founded, turn a blind eye to history, to its own history, and to prior history with the lessons available regarding the reasons that great nations and societies fell. To have the clear and obvious history we have of our Founding as a nation, of the reasons our society was successful in achieving greatness in such a very short period of time (in historical terms), and then to have that narrative of truth either forgotten or discredited and denied, would be close to unimaginable – except that those of us who have been a part of this nation these last few decades have watched it happen!

There are plenty of villains in this story – everyone of these villains on some level being anti-God, and some variation of an atheistic Marxist at their core ("God either doesn't exist or doesn't matter"; and "Government is the source of all power, the arbiter and source of all goodness, and morality" which is defined as forced equality of outcomes, of, in reality, misery). Some of these pathetic villains have been strategically leading the charge, some have been willing and aware followers and promoters, and many, sadly, have been and are blissfully unaware of the darkness their allegiance to this secular religion, this belief system, continues to foster, aid, and abet. Their words, their money, and their votes are being used by sinister forces to undo and bring down what has been the greatest nation in the history of the earth, a nation built on a belief system and principles of societal organization and personal piety that resulted in the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.

It should come as no surprise that simple goodness has a hard time competing with the sophistication of dark lies and propaganda –  it has always been the case. It has also never been an excuse – for giving up, for not doubling ones determination to live a Godly life of meaning and purpose, for living a life of service, of living out the principles in the old and New Testament to truly love one another, for not being willing to stand up and speak the truth – in love – boldly, or to shrink from doing our part to present the wonder, the majesty and the beauty and the God-inspired brilliance of the principles enunciated and put into action at our Founding.

We are not told to retreat, to compromise our core principles, to “become as other nations” (as Moses and Joshua warned the people of their day). We are not ancient Rome, and neither are we present-day Europe. We are America! We take as our inspiration, not those who call for our retreat into the shadows of mediocrity, but rather heroes like George Washington who stood up to the tyranny of government in his day, and even after suffering terrible losses, humbly kneeled in the frigid blood-soaked snow and pleaded with God for mercy, and for victory. And with his head bowed, he repented his errors and mistakes, and asked again for the blessings and provisions of the true Father of his nation to be poured out on behalf of that fledgling nation, in their desperate struggle for liberty. Tyranny appeared to have had the upper hand, but Washington and his, by then, ragtag band of warriors fought on, with renewed confidence that if their cause was just and something that Heaven would choose to bless and promote, that no force on earth could ultimately stand against it. Their faith – and their action – won the day and set in motion the nation that changed the world for good.

We sustained a serious political defeat in 2008, a defeat for the principles we believe in so strongly: That our nation was founded on a belief and trust in The Almighty, that we are all created equal, and that liberty under God is our birthright, that limited government operating within Constitution bounds is best, that equality of opportunity is moral, and that forced equality of outcomes is not, that spending the wealth of future generations on ourselves and devaluing the currency they will have to use is evil, that the promotion of dependence and division is not a loving thing, that securing our defense and our borders is moral – and wise – that respect for innocent life should not be a controversial idea.

I'm sure we never expected to be handed another terrible blow this year, but we, like Washington at our founding, choose to fight on, with hope, and with confidence in our cause – and always with the greatest weapon the world has ever known – the love of God Himself! This Heaven-based love calls us to love not only our friends and family and those who see things as we do, but also for those who, for now, consider themselves our enemies – who, politically speaking at least, truly are our enemies, enemies of everything we hold dear. I must confess that praying for those who have made it their cause to try to destroy the things most dear to my heart has been a serious challenge, and a holy duty somewhat neglected too often.

As I have read the words of a trusted prophetic voice these last few days, I was reminded of not only my responsibility, but my privilege to pray for these political enemies – both from the principle of love and kindness towards them as children of my Father, but also because our prayers provide God with opportunities to touch those otherwise unreachable hearts in ways that otherwise might not be possible. I believe that our prayers, our words, and our actions have purpose, and have consequence.

So, I invite you to join me, to encourage me, in redoubling not only my efforts at speaking spiritual and political truth, but specifically in my decision to become faithful in praying for those who are currently blinded to the destruction of their ideas and actions.

Thanks again for never giving up, for your persistent pursuit of goodness and truth, for putting love into practice each and every day!
May God bless you and yours always, and May God bless America, and its leaders – (even as we take some time to humanly mourn the challenging and disappointing election results this year has brought).

Ricky Lee Jackson, MD

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