Democracy, Fascism, or Tyranny?

I see many changes in our nation today. One change of concern is the governmental interference in the exercise of our first amendment rights. The government appears to be moving towards a more fascist rule instead of a representative republic. I’ve seen it in what is and isn’t allowed in the public square and on public platforms. Because concerns over fascim have increased, I looked up the definition this morning, and it appears that the unknown editors of truth were busy re-writing the definition of this term. The page for fascism was broken for a time. I’ve seen this before with the google searches for certain terms and definitions. When big government or big tech changes ‘on the fly’ the definitions of words and terms to suit their agendas, we have a big problem. The definition of fascism by wikipedia, for some reason this day, seemingly had to be removed, edited or adjusted. Perhaps due to the reporting this morning on fascist type actions being taken by the federal administration or perhaps not. We may never really know.

According to wordnik.com Fascism is “A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.”

Today we see the federal government exercising coercion, suppression, and oppression in coordination with private social media companies and various reporting platforms to monitor, suppress, cancel, and blackball American citizens from their constitutional right to free speech across all social media platforms. The federal government has decided that it knows what’s best and best for us. They have decided that anyone who doesn’t follow their current party line or politically correct policy should be squelched as determined by some unknown and unidentified governmental senior officials. Citizens are being disavowed, and disallowed to exercise their right to free speech. The administration is taking names, writing them down, and telling social media platforms to cancel them. It sounds kind of like what happened to the last president. He had said that if they could censor and silence him as president, they could do it to anyone. It appears they are. Biden said that those who are opposed to vaccines or don’t want to take a vaccine are killing people. It seems that if someone in power doesn’t like what you say and do, they can and will censor and remove your rights to free speech.

Without the exchange of ideas (even bad ones) and the ability to respectfully discuss and debate the issues of the day, we are effectively under a fascist system of government. The president’s press secretary admitted today in a press briefing that her and the administrations thoughts and beliefs on appropriate treatments for the virus trump any Big Brother tactics the administration is now using to limit, restrict, and cancel the speech of our fellow citizens on social media platforms. In fact if someone is deemed to have posted misinformation, she says that they should be banned altogether and across all social media platforms. In other words, the first amendment is not as important as the administration’s directives on what is and is not true about the virus and methods of dealing with it.

Never mind that during the course of the virus, government leaders in the field of science in the highest offices have said at one time erroneous statements they believed to be true and then completely reversed their statements and mandates to say the exact opposite idea or policy. We heard that we shouldn’t wear masks, then we should, and now maybe we should mask again. Where’s the discussion and the debate on the facts? The government says follow the science, then they don’t follow the science. Federal recommendations say no mask is needed if someone is vaccinated, but if we get on a plane, we all must wear masks even if vaccinated. What about all the representatives from Texas who were shown on a plane without masks. Do only democratic politicians get to go without masks on planes?

Is it only senior governmental officials and politicians who get to determine what is true and truth? It appears so. Now it is clear that the social media platforms and most news outlets are also in government’s back pocket to do their bidding. What happened to the free press? Ask the Cubans, Russians, and Chinese – if they will talk to you. As far as our government officials? What standards do they hold to anyway? Are they known to be truthful, ethical, honest, and trustworthy? Are they right? Are they always right?

“Let them die.” This was the shouted statement of a federal employee yesterday at a Fairfax, VA education meeting when talking with parents about people who oppose the teaching of critical race theory. It appears that this is the next shot over the bow of anyone who disagrees. This call for death by a federal employee to some American citizens this week and many more politicians calling for and encouraging violence and destruction over the past year seems very dangerous and divisive. Why do they want us to be fearful and divided against one another? Mark 3:24-25 Jesus says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Is the goal of some in power to pit us as citizens against one another. President Lincoln and others have quoted this verse. It was true in Jesus’ day, Lincoln’s, and today. Is this the road tyranny?

Tyranny is defined by dictionary.com as “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.” Is this what we are seeing? Is this what we chose in our elections? Is this the government under which we want to live? Is this the government of, by, and for the people? Is it????

Unfortunately, it appears that there is a hard push by many elected officials for fascism at a minimum and for tyranny if they can get it. Is this what we want? Is this what we voted for in our elections? There is a proverb that says, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Is this what we are seeing?

I pray that our nation and its people will seek what is true, stand for what is right, support one another – loving their neighbors as themselves, show patience for a variety of thoughts and ideas, sincerely debate to seek what is right and true in order to share positive and unifying ideas that promote the general welfare for all of us in these still, for now, United States of America. I pray we won’t let evil rule or win in our homes, churches, communities, and nation. Let’s say no to division, divisiveness, and destruction in our homes, community and nation. Don’t let the devil and his followers win in his desire to steal, kill, and destroy. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Let’s look to and listen to Jesus. In I John 3:7-10 John says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” Lastly, I pray that we will all seek to do right and serve the Savior who ultimately sets all things right and saves us eternally from our sins. May God bless you and may God bless America.

Robin Robbins House ©️
7/16/21

Judge Correctly!

When the time for the Feast of Tabernacles had come and Jesus’ brothers asked him to show himself to the world publicly, Jesus told them that His time was not yet come. Jesus’ brothers went on ahead to the feast without Jesus, and the Bible says that at this time “even his own brothers did not believe in him.” Jewish leaders were looking for Jesus and among the crowds of people at the Feast of Tabernacles people were talking. The Bible said that there was widespread whispering about Jesus. Some said that Jesus was a good man while others believed He wasn’t good and deceived people. No one would, however, speak out publicly for fear of the Jewish leaders. It seems like some things never change.

About half way through the eight day festival, Jesus did go up to the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem and began teaching in the temple courts. The Jews there were amazed at Jesus’ teaching. They wondered how He had so much learning without being taught. You see, Jesus, was not of the elite or powerful. He made his entrance in the manger of a barn and by all accounts wasn’t wealthy or part of the elite in society.

In reply to their questions as to how Jesus knew so much Jesus said, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

Jesus goes on to say that because he did one miracle in healing a man, they were all amazed. Jesus reminded them that by the law of Moses newborn boys are circumcised on the Sabbath (even though it is a declared day of rest) so that the law of Moses may not be broken, yet they were angry with Jesus for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath. Jesus goes on to say, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

In today’s society, people are all about following the latest or greatest popular person. How many followers someone has is a thing of status. Jesus, like some today, was somewhat a phenomenon. He had many followers who were fascinated by Him. He was unusual and “amazing” to some and someone to be feared by others. People throughout the region were talking about Jesus. The powerful in politics and religion were watching for Him. Some feared Him and His influence on the people since the things He did and the words He spoke did not match up with their belief system and expectations. Some feared Jesus would show them to be the fraud’s they were. Some feared that He would take away their power. Some just didn’t know, but they still distrusted Him.

We have this same situation happening today in our political and religious world. The common man and woman on the streets are discussing whether someone should be able to have presence or platform from which to speak. Publishers and politicians are banning speech that they don’t like or agree with in order to cancel their effect on others. Like the threats against Jesus, some are calling for the death of those they do not like or agree with on issues. Today, Dr. Seuss’ own publishers decided that some of his works need to be removed from the public square. Why? What is behind all the censorship of thoughts, ideas, and words? Can we no longer stand to see the truth of history? Can we not acknowledge a viewpoint that isn’t in lock step with our own?

The Bible begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It is a bold statement. It is how the Word of God begins. We must each decide if this is a true or a false statement. We will choose to believe this is right or wrong. In the same way, Jesus challenged those in the temple courts over 2000 years ago to check out what He said. Jesus said that anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether His teaching comes from God or is from him only. Jesus said that those that knew the will of God would be able to verify that He spoke on behalf of His Father who is God almighty.

There is a challenge today for the Christian and the non Christian to decide whether what Jesus said is true or false. We must each decide whether what he preached was right or wrong. Jesus confronted those in the temple courts about their inconsistent enforcement of the law of Moses. Do we today see the inconsistencies in how things are decided? Do we see the contradiction in our own conversations and behaviors between how we treat one person or idea over another?

Jesus admonished those listening to him in the temple courts saying, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” I think this advice needs to be repeated today. What we see is not always as it appears. The only way to know for sure what is true is to seek the truth in the consistent message revealed throughout the Holy Word. Jesus tells us that those who choose to follow God’s will – will know whether what Jesus preached and taught was of God or not. How is that? It is because they will see and come to know the will of the Father written in the Word of God.

When we judge things today, do we stack it up against the standard of the Word of God? Do we have the will to do the will of God? Are we judging by mere appearances or seeking to judge rightly? Each of us makes decisions and judgements every day about a myriad of things including one another. Are we judging rightly as the Righteous Judge and Lord would want us to do, or are we jumping to conclusions without all the evidence?

Do we give people the grace of time? Do we look below the surface of appearances to the motives of their movements through life? Have we tried to get to know one another and their circumstances, or do we dismiss people out of hand? Are we willing to walk in someone else’s shoes for just a minute to see what paths they must tread? Are we interested in our fellow man enough to change our point of view to try to see what things look like through their eyes? Has someone “offended” us and unbeknown to them been written off? Do people get a second chance with us? Or a third? Or seventy-seven times? Jesus told Peter to forgive a brother or sister not just seven times in a day, but seven times ten times in a day when they repent. Do we accept those who are sorry and repent for wrongs they do – intentionally or not? Are we so perfect that we can’t stand to put up with any imperfection in those around us? Are we so prideful and pious that we won’t be in the presence of those called pathetic in our society? Do we use our power or position to ‘put out of mind and sight’ those who don’t share our ideas and beliefs? Did we write off a friend because they told us the truth or we felt they were just too much trouble?

Who are we to stand as king of the hill to look down pridefully at anyone? Don’t we, each and every one of us, have our own problems and missteps to overcome? Do we have any charity/love for our fellow man? Will we give it and show it?

Jesus calls us to judge correctly. Can we? Will we? And if we do, I know our God be pleased. Just as Jesus spoke not on his behalf but on the Father’s, can we as Christians and children of God not do the same?

We can, if we will, choose to follow God, and if we will learn His will, we will know that Jesus’ message was true and His ways are right. What an awesome world this could be if we would judge correctly.

Think on these things…

Robin Robbins House©️
3/2/2021

The Bible passage reference is from John 7.