THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

November 12, 2012

A Reflection on the Election: America’s “New Society”

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Society in America has changed. Where the foundations of truth and goodness once stood, now is a mixture of pragmatism and pluralistic ethics. Our educational system, once the envy of the world, has abandoned the philosophy of our founding forebears and fully embraced the progressive agenda of its nineteenth and twentieth century reformers. The system has reared several generations in a sociology of growing antagonism toward the traditional family and church, and the propagation of a revisionist, postmodern worldview. Truth has become relative and goodness lost.

The election of 2012 proves the point. In what appears to be a fair and judicious process, the numerical results show a majority of pragmatic voters who do not know their history or the principles upon which America was founded. We voted our pocketbooks over our principles, and our devalued values over the historic, God-honored and time-tested virtues of Biblical morality. We have rejected the timeless truth and exchanged it for the lie of temporary comfort and safety. Our new society has bought into the oldest lie in the book, “Yea, hath God said…?” (Genesis 3:1)

Now, the church is to be the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), its guardian and support. Just as our nation’s chief executive, legislators, and judges are to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution, so the church is to preserve, protect, and defend God’s truth. Goodness and rightness are lost when the truth is compromised. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) Not much. History and God’s truth tell us that certain judgment is just around the corner.

We believers, who are the church, must remember who we are, we must repent, and must repeat the good works of the past, or God will remove our position as light bearers and leave us in cultural darkness (Revelation 2:5), to be tread upon like savorless salt (Matthew 5:13).

In the long term, our educational system must be recovered and reclaimed to once again teach the truth of the ages. In the short term, we must pray and act; pray fervently without ceasing, and act wisely and decisively without hesitation. The age-old foundations must be repaired and the old paths restored. (Isaiah 58:12; Jeremiah 6:16) If not the church, then whom?

Finney said the church must take “right ground” in politics. I believe he is right on this point:

The Church must take right ground in regard to politics…The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you, he does see it, and God will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.

                                     – Charles Finney, from Lecture XV, Lectures on Revivals of Religion

If there is no room for a third party in our current system and no time to change it, then the Republican party must be recovered, repopulated and reorganized before it is too late. Christians must enter the political arena with their message and a method to make America’s “new society” a renewed society.

August 10, 2012

Why Akin Won

One word characterizes the MO Senate primary win – integrity. Todd Akin’s constituency has learned to trust and appreciate him.

Akin and grandsons at election night victory party

Why? Because he is an honest man of his word, by the grace of God. (The Congressman will be the first to admit that.) The Akin campaign staff and volunteers are not just in it for the money, the win, or anything else. They are in it for Todd and the conservative cause he characterizes. He is honest, trustworthy, and approachable. There’s no dirt or skeletons. He is a man of conviction and principle. That is why he can be trusted even if one may not always agree with a particular vote. You know he is voting wholesome, Godly, traditional values.

Some are uncomfortable with Akin’s frequent expression of his faith. I think there is absolutely nothing to fear. He knows his American history and that our founding fathers believed in personal faith and in public reliance on “Divine Providence,” yet without any establishment of a national religion. Acknowledgment and establishment are two completely different things. You will not see Todd Akin cross that line. Todd Akin is a proponent of everything that has made America great. He acknowledges our historic trust in God as well as the Divine endowment of our inalienable rights. He is a protector of the family, the cell of our civilization, as well as a defender of our personal, political, and economic liberties.

You cannot buy trust. You cannot purchase true loyalty. They are earned. And Todd Akin has earned this win with his life and service. May God multiply his tribe and may God continue to bless America!

August 7, 2012

Responsible Voting

Filed under: leadership,representation,vetting,voting — danielhite @ 11:56 am
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Missourians, VOTE TODAY. It is your civic, constitutional, and Christian duty. Founding Father and First Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay explained, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

This may be the most important election cycle of our lifetime. Be prepared and informed. Vote your conscience, not your pocketbook. Vote your values, not your political party. Vote for the safety and security of your family, for that is the purpose of government. Support those who will protect your rights instead of provide for your needs. Americans do not need nannies or ninnies…we need real leaders. Pray, get informed, and vote. Your life and your family are depending on your choice.

A Biblical Principle for selecting representation:
Exodus 18:21 – Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.

July 28, 2012

40 Days to Save America

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Watch – Pray – Act

May 11, 2012

American Irresponsibility

Filed under: Liberty,self-government — danielhite @ 5:31 am
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In a fallen world like ours, the default position for civil government is monarchial at best and despotic at worst. Man longs for liberty as is possible only in a democratic republic, but that liberty only comes with the commensurate responsibility of virtuous, individual self-government. When I say “default position,” what I mean is this: without responsible self-government and like representation, our republican form of government will not stand. Liberties will be lost, and there will be a gradual slide back into tyranny. This is what Franklin and others meant when they stated that a republic must be maintained by a virtuous citizenry–our form of government is “…a republic, IF you can keep it.” Americans cannot take back their government without a mature view and expression of  moral, individual self-government. Otherwise, to protect society, the “nanny state” must intervene. It already has. The question is, does America have it in her to grow up and take seriously her God-given responsibility? Can she “keep” the republic? This summer and fall will tell the tale.

February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to my favorite President

George Washington…”first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Although largely forgotten by most Americans, Washington’s “Farewell Address” is still remembered and read in its entirety on his birthday every year in the U.S. Senate. I encourage you to read his prophetic words as they speak to the great concerns of our country even in 2012. Washington’s protective ideals for America are a template for contemporary governmental reform. I challenge you to read his words and see if it is not so. If his message is read and heeded, I believe George Washington will be “first in the hearts of his countrymen” once again.

Link to George Washington’s Farewell Address

February 10, 2012

“We have a stewardship over a great inheritance”

Two great inspirational speeches from the CPAC conference going on in Washington DC this weekend:

No comments…just an Amen.

July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011…Still much work to do

Filed under: Liberty,providence — danielhite @ 12:01 am
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The Libertarian Examiner is reporting on a poll that reveals only 42% of Americans know the year of America’s independence–1776. With younger people polled, the figure is worse. (Poll results)  We have much work to do.

This is the bold proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776:

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

God, not government, endows us with rights. From our God-given right to Liberty comes:

Individual…

  • Liberty of Conscience– (the right to our own opinions, beliefs and convictions)
  • Religious Liberty– (the right to religious activity according to the convictions of conscience)
  • Liberty of  Action– (the right of self-expression and protection– to speak our mind; peacefully assemble; bear  arms, etc.)
  • Economic Liberty– (the right to acquire and control our own property)

Corporate…

  • Civil (or political) Liberty– (the right to determine the form and process of our own civil government)

These individual and corporate liberties are precious to us as Americans because they were purchased and protected with the blood, sweat, and tears of our forefathers who committed to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. The absolute least we can do is remember July 4, 1776 as well as those conflicts and wars where American lives were (and are) on the line to protect these liberties. Take some time on July 4 to remember and return thanks to God who superintends it all.

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” – Psalm 33:12

December 31, 2010

2011: Living the American Dream

Filed under: Liberty,spiritual heritage — danielhite @ 5:59 am
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What is the American Dream? Before we can live it, we must first define it. Is there a Mexican or Canadian dream, a French or Japanese dream? I’ve never heard of anything other than the American Dream. Unlike other nations that point to their unique ancestral land, ruling class or ethnicity, shared history or religion, America has never derived her purpose and meaning from those things that have characterized other nationalities.

The American Dream is sometimes characterized as material prosperity (“a chicken in every pot”), or home ownership, or the land of opportunity. Certainly the American Dream is more than material gain or business success. There is something more that sets America apart and distinguishes her as an exception among the nations. America is exceptional because of what she stands for, not just because of what she does. America is certainly not perfect, but her ideals set the standard for not only our country, but all the world.

English writer and apologist G.K. Chesterton stated, “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.” America is an idea, a creed, and that is why there is an American Dream. Our creed and dream are born out of the Declaration of Independence which was written to “a candid world” subject to “the opinions of mankind.” The Declaration espouses ideas such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” and that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Notice these truths of equality are “self-evident” and apply to “all men,” not just all Americans. Jefferson called the Declaration “an expression of the American mind.” One’s mind is the stuff of which dreams are made. Our Pledge of Allegiance declares “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” These ideals are the stuff of which dreams are made. Our founding fathers knew that if this fledgling country would survive the war for independence, it would become a light to the rest of the world, even as the Statue of Liberty still symbolizes. Our dedication to these ideals bears a great responsibility for us to carry not only at home but abroad.

Finally, as we see in our Declaration creed, faith and freedom go hand-in-hand. Our inherent rights come from our Creator. In order for liberty to exist, there must also be a  moral faith. The term “creed” does have ecclesiastical overtones. Religious liberty is a hallmark of our republic, and with good reason. The Father of the Constitution, James Madison, once said:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Faith is at the root of freedom and must be protected and nourished. These ideals are what real American’s desire, they are for what patriots live and die, and for what the signers of the Declaration committed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. This is the dream of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Katherine Lee Bates:

O beautiful for patriot dream, That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.

I am praying that 2011 is the year that we Americans dream again and give expression to the ideals we hold so dearly and closely.  I am praying for a renewed reliance upon God, a spiritual awakening, and a rebirth of liberty. I am praying for America and for Americans that we live the American Dream once again.

December 7, 2010

The Infamous Date

Today as we remember the event that brought America into World War II–the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor military installation on December 7, 1941–I was drawn to revisit President Roosevelt’s dramatic speech, “A date which will live in infamy,” delivered to Congress on the following day. Roosevelt concluded,

“…we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.”

Sixty years later, September 11, 2001, this generation saw another attack which would indelibly write another infamous date on America’s calendar. But this time the attack would be upon a civilian target and from a more nebulous and subtle enemy. President Bush concluded his address to Congress with these words:

“I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them. Fellow citizens, we’ll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may He watch over the United States of America.”

America does have a date with destiny. Her history, virtue, and resolve shape her future. Remembering this day and others like it should strengthen us, our faith, and our determination to seek God’s providential hand of protection and blessing and a renewed reliance upon His infinite wisdom and guidance.

November 29, 2010

Economic Liberty

You know, if America goes the way of a socialistic system, there will be no such thing as a Black Friday or  Cyber Monday. Although you run the risk of materialism in all its expressions, capitalism is still the best system all the way around–because of choices, choices, and more choices. Government will do its duty when it protects the choices (freedom) of the American people. And Americans will do their duty when they make responsible choices in their elected officials as well as their purchases.

November 16, 2010

McCaskill’s Dilemma

(AP Photo)

Will Senator Claire McCaskill “take a bullet” for the President or for Missourians?
We shall see very soon.

November 11, 2010

To Our Vets

Filed under: defense,Liberty,military,Uncategorized,veterans — danielhite @ 1:22 am
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On this Veteran’s Day… 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(This song never gets old.)

October 29, 2010

Voting is a responsibility, not just a right

David Barton gives us a Biblical basis for our voting responsibilities in America. Take a few minutes to think on Matthew 6:33:  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. As believers, when we focus on righteousness first, economic stability follows. Take 10 minutes and watch this video…you will be glad you did.

October 15, 2010

Let your voice be heard

Filed under: Uncategorized,voting — danielhite @ 4:27 am
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VOTE!  It is your right and responsibility.

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