From Jim O'Brien
February 23, 2018

Hi Friend,

Fear of God

There was a day when a schoolteacher would refer to an undisciplined student as needing the "fear of the Lord" instilled in them. It meant that God was the basis of good discipline. To fear the Lord meant that respect for authority would also transfer down to parents and teachers.

God instructed Moses to deliver His words to the children of Israel, "Now this is the commandment...that you may fear the Lord your God...that your days may be prolonged." (Deut. 6:1-2) In other words, respect for laws that protect the rights of other citizens is essential for any nation to endure for an extended time.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught, "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' (stupid person) is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matt. 5:21-22)

Something happened this week that should incense all right thinking people. There was a "town-forum" in Florida to discuss the recent tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

One of the people on stage being questioned by students was United States Senator Marco Rubio. Whatever one's politics the office of senator is one deserving respect. It ought to be honored by educators who are responsible to pass on that sense of respect to students.

In front of 5,000 people high school junior Cameron Kasky insulted, falsely accused and slandered a senator of the United States-one of the highest offices in the country. The crowd reaction was applause.

It is appalling that a public school system would tolerate such disrespect. But tolerance is too small a term for this circumstance. I suspect that it was encouraged, maybe scripted, by someone in the school system.

A little known fact of American History is that the tripartite form of government comes from the Bible. That's right-the fundamental structure of the U.S. government is based in the Bible.

Isaiah writes, "The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawmaker, the Lord is our King." (Isaiah 33:22) The Founding Fathers used this statement to form the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government.

God gave the privilege of making laws to His people. When God promised that Judah would be the lawgiver for Israel He reaffirmed that man is made in His image. Animals don't make laws-human governments do. Making laws is a God-like quality reserved for the human species.

Whatever one may think of Marco Rubio, he is a lawmaker in the U.S. Senate. That authority goes all the way to the Third Heaven. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1)

Both events that occurred in Florida grew out of a similar thought process. It is a fundamental disrespect of the lawgiver. When the killer Nickolas Cruz walked into a school and murdered 17 people his actions were motivated by his lack of respect for other humans. When Cameron Kasky mocked Senator Rubio he disrespected the right of other humans to have differing opinions. Do we think there is a difference between what Cruz did and what Cameron Kasky did?

Jesus Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, said "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' (you stupid person) is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:21-22)

It ought to be clear to Christians that respect for lawmakers is inextricably linked to fear of God. Teaching children to disrespect a Senator is to open the path of descent into chaos!

The irony of this is that today's kids will inherit a lawless world. CNN is sending our children on a suicidal mission.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien