Are we Manipulating the Constitution?

So, on the topic of the president’s added gun control measures … I have only one issue that comes to mind and to me, as a Constitutional Conservative, it is a dangerous path we are heading down.  This action has less to do with protecting Americans and more about imposing preferences.  Bottom line:  He wants to tighten restrictions on gun sales.  (OK, fine, I get that.)

But, when you decide to supplement (or add to, further define, etc.) the language of an Amendment to the Constitution by executive action, does that mean that other Amendments can be augmented as well?  For example:

  1. How about we prevent people from attending a church of their choice by firming up the language in the First Amendment so it defines exactly which church they can go to?
  2. Or, let’s say that the Fourth Amendment is a little too weak and we should allow for searches and seizures without a warrant … just because someone may be a little unstable and even more so if they have been accused of a crime in the past?
  3. Or, perhaps, we should make giving testimony against oneself compulsory, and disregard the Fifth Amendment? This would certainly make trials a whole lot speedier.
  4. Or my favorite, let’s automatically set everyone’s bail (for any crime) to $12 million just to ensure that no “alleged bad people” are free, and thus this will help strengthen the Eighth Amendment?

We are on a dangerous and slippery trend friends … and this particular slope invites tyranny to become the norm.  And for those who just don’t think it can happen here, I ask, “Why not?”  America (you and I) just allowed it to happen to the Second Amendment.  So, what’s next?

 

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Refugees and our Christian duty

Does the Bible give any indication as to our responsibilities with regard to the refugees from overseas? Actually — it DOES! 1 Tim 5:8 says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

 

Consider for a moment the amount of people in this nation who are homeless … or let’s get personal … how many in our families have real needs (not wants motivated by greed, but real, genuine needs) and are going without right now? If we are truly Christians, how can we extend hands of grace to everyone else and ignore our own?   So, to all the arm-chair quarterbacks in our nation telling us how we should behave I have one simple question … if we REFUSE to take care of our very own (to do nothing and ignore them is to refuse them), how are we measuring up on the supposed “charitable” scale then?

 

To quote a former parishioner of mine: “Better sweep up your own porch before you try to clean someone else’s.”