by Drew Foster –
Former Mayor, East Amwell Township, N. J.
“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts4:19,20) This was the Apostles John and Peter’s response to the Sanhedrin, the supreme council having religious, civil, and criminal jurisdiction, after the council attempted to silence them with regard to sharing the truth about Jesus. Why should we be…why are we…any less bold about the truth, all truth, especially in a nation where our Founders mutually pledged to each other, upon signing the Declaration of Independence, their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, and who directed us to do the same if we desired to protect our freedom?
The Declaration of Independence states, “[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce [the citizens] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Fifty-six men signed this Declaration, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence [God].”
If God is truth and God is the Supreme Judge, then why are we cowed into inaction and silence by evil? If we follow the convictions of our Founders as our example and, even higher, the convictions of John and Peter, and ultimately of Jesus Himself, then we have no excuse. Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek,” so you sit and let yourself be oppressed and robbed of freedom by what you know is wrong? Read the context of His statement, and then move on to John 2:15,16, “So [Jesus] made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, ‘Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!’”
And at Luke 22:36, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘…and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’” According to Greek scholars, this word “sword” more specifically refers to a saber, the sort used in self-defense.
Jesus clearly recognized the threats that we would face and the physical defenses that we would have to employ. So, I repeat the challenge – why are we cowed into inaction and silence? What is our excuse, when we have the finest examples in all human history who spoke and acted boldly?
We have no excuse. There are, however, some reasons, and Dr. Stephen Baskerville, in his latest book, The New Politics of Sex, explains them in exhaustive detail. Dr. Baskerville’s premise is that the feminist movement of the 1960s was not about equality but rather about power, and that the lust for power has, while continuing to use sex as a foundation, affected our entire society. It has been allowed and supported by the courts, despite fundamental conflicts with constitutional protections, and has permeated every level of government, schools, churches, families. Here is a brief glimpse, from page 24, of what is well documented in the book’s 400 pages:
“While I have cast this issue in terms of the sexual ideologies of feminism and homosexualism, these ideologies have achieved their spectacular success largely owing to the acquiescence, unwitting complicity, and even active collusion of people who see themselves as conservatives. Indeed, the key to understanding the success of the Sexual Revolution is to understand that it is not radicals but conservatives who have not only allowed it to triumph unopposed but in some instances facilitate its rise to power…The triumph of sexualityism therefore has not arrived through its most extreme ideologues. Rather, much as Stalinism inherited and transformed the practices of czarist absolutism and Russian nationalism, the triumphal phase of the new feminist and gay politics comes by politicizing the very institutions that earlier, ideologically pure feminists renounced: motherhood, marriage, the family, the church, the state. Feminism’s neo-puritanism ‘should not be mistaken for a nostalgic return to Victorianism,’ insists Patai. ‘On the contrary, its best fit is with the dismaying history of twentieth-century totalitarianism.”
The erosion of freedom and the corruption of our civil and governmental institutions, and of our society as a whole, has less to do with aggressive advances from the left than with the ignorance, spinelessness, and silence of the right. At some level we all understand this freedom and corruption dilemma, although few of us can truly recognize it and articulate it, and even fewer will act to challenge it. The understanding, though, this deep need for honesty, freedom, and justice, really, might help explain President Trump’s election victory. One thing that is undeniable is that he cares little about what people think of him, and he cares deeply about speaking out on what he believes to be true and right and good.
Where is the judicial system in all of this? It is very much like the gang that Jesus chased out of the temple with a whip. It has turned the courts – the places that, by law, are reserved for seeking justice – into markets. By compromising morals and by ignoring constitutional restrictions, judges, lawyers, and allied bureaucracies make tremendous profits. The already profitable family court industry welcomed, I’m sure, the idea of same-sex-anything-goes marriages, for their inherent instability will certainly bring in more business. Court decisions that trample the rights of business owners and city clerks to act according to their deeply held moral and religious convictions (remember Barronelle Stutzman, Kim Davis, and others) is more profitable than sending the message that the Constitution means what it says and that the courts will uphold it. And, even entertaining the absurd discussion that there are more than two genders, let alone 31 as the folks in New York City believe, is indicative of a system that is acting well outside of its mandated authority, and is exercising self-proclaimed power and control.
Invariably, today, discussions about power and control and the loss of integrity in our government institutions, especially the judicial system and its most devastating subdivision, family court where concern for healthy family structures and the welfare of children are thrown to the wind, settle on sex – male vs female vs 29 other gender descriptions. It seems that Dr. Stephen Baskerville has, indeed, boldly exposed the truth in his honest, perceptive, politically incorrect style.
If Dr. Baskerville can speak the truth, loudly, then so can we…so MUST we…if we want to preserve what is right and good and just, and that for which our Founders pledged and many sacrificed their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
“Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.” Psalm 119:43,
“I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness… I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right!” Isaiah 45:19 (emphasis added)
God is the Judge!
NWS – 28 October 2017
by Drew Foster
Former Mayor of East Amwell Township
Drew Foster has served on both appointed and elected positions in municipal government in New Jersey, ultimately serving as Mayor of East Amwell Township.
Email comments and questions to Drew at: Acts41920@hotmail.com