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A Defense of Civil Disobedience

 

When Properly Used

 

By Keith Hardine

Guest contributor

 

 

 

After being so inspired by the Movie, "The Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King-" particularly how in a fallen world called "Middle-Earth" every character had their flaws. Here a clearer picture was displayed right before my eyes via the silver screen, as to what my duty as an American must be here at home, to resist the terrorists from within. 

 

The Hero's being four little Hobbits who in possessing no special skills or pre-eminence, still allowed enough goodness to work through them. Thus, with the help of their friends, they triumphed over every relentless advance of evil to enslave them in the end.

 

I would consider it to be quite a sacrifice against such odds to- "Love your neighbor as yourself..." especially when "self" stands so much in the way of good success in this endeavor-Read (Romans chpt.7, NIV Bible)- which today offers us a real challenge to confront our weaknesses. Based on the recent events over a bad Alabama Court ruling concerning the 10 Commandments. In a letter to the honorable Justice Roy Moore, who by the way, represents the instrument of good in this case, I articulated my sentiments, with a real conviction, and a practical appeal to God for help in 2004. 

 

December 20, 2003

 

Dear: Roy Moore

 

Your Honor, I thank you for being obedient to the Biblical mandate to:"...Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has freed you..." (Galatians 5:1) even though in this case, it did cost you your seat as one righteous Judge in the midst of an Oligarchy of unrighteous Judges. But rejoice! You and God now have something more in  common.

 

I can truly see, how freedom brings with it a certain price; you have now boldly paid that price; but it's not over yet. It seems that we are once again confronted by a very subtle, yet sinister evil which continues to advance within our country, the false idea that our Constitutions have no moral authority that "The People" or the Courts are bound to respect. I say "The People" because-in agreement with the courageous Founders of this nation-"it takes a moral and a religious people," "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" upon everyone in  society; including those who ungratefully present themselves as enemies to such Blessings.

 

Concerning your critics and others who oppose you, remember Dr. Martin Luther King, who articulated a Biblical Worldview in his defense of civil rights stating:

"There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his  conscience tells him is unjust (the unjust law being any "positive law" that contradicts "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God)...

" And the important thing is that when he does that, he willingly accepts the penalty; because if he refuses to accept the penalty, then he becomes reckless and he becomes an anarchist... 

 

Inspiration poetry

There were those individuals in every age and generation who were willing to say, 'I will be obedient to a higher law.' It is important to see that there are times when a man made law is out of harmony with the moral law of the universe (God's Word)...So I think those who are willing to do it and accept the penalty are those who are part of the saving of the nation." [The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King, New market Press New York, Pocket Edition series,1964.]

 

I Keith B. Hardine, therefore "Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of my intentions..." do stand with you Judge Moore, in your continued fight to oppose the rules of an evil oligarchy, by asserting the true goodness of sound Doctrine in this and every other issue involving the preservation of America's Founding Principles. 

 

Although the Christian Worldview seems dwarfed by an onslaught of evil shouting from the highest pinnacles where reigns secular humanism, let us not to hastily discount the gentle whisper of Truth that is able to subdue and govern individuals as well as nations. 

"Truth though slow, is sure in its operation; like spirit, it is indestructible and unquenchable in its nature. No particle of it can be lost; sow plentifully, and a plentiful harvest will ensue; if not immediately, then certainly over time."

Dr. Benjamin Rush a signer: Declaration of Independence 

Keith B. Hardine

122N. Commonwealth Ave #302

Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA 90004

 

 

About the Picture Highlighting this Page

 

In this painting, Patrick Henry delivers his famous "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech, declaring his opposition to King George III's Stamp Act of 1765.  A decade later, as revolutionary sentiments surged in America, Henry declared "Give me liberty or give me death!" to the Virginia Convention gathered at St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia 


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