Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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A Republic--If You Can Keep It

After the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What have you given us?” His famous response was, “A Republic, if you can keep it.

Most focus on the fact that the Founders had established a Republic—a point that needs to be continuously made. But seldom do we ponder seriously his wise admonition that it must be “kept”, for the reality is that in a fallen world, it requires toil and sweat to grow and maintain both crops and Republics. Just as weeds will take over an untended garden, so will the relentless tide of political and societal weeds destroy our liberty and freedom if we are not diligent to tend our Republican garden.

If one were to step back and assess the health of our nation today, it would be easy to bemoan what appears to be a loss of rational civility—witness the recent call by a congresswoman to personally and publicly harass anyone in the current administration. That call was immediately carried out as an administration’s family was harassed and refused service in a public restaurant. Personally, I am increasingly fearful of the unchecked hatred that is openly seething in the left—with absolutely no accountability from the blue media.

These are tenuous times for the Republic.

So what do we do to “keep” it?

Well, other than the obvious: prayer, which the Scripture calls us to, the number one task that we have is to insure that our children are well schooled in the principles of liberty and freedom, which I believe are biblical principles—God’s design for the state. And, we have a responsibility to speak of them to our neighbors.

“These are the things that you shall do: speak the truth to your neighbor...” Zecharaiah 8:16

And third, we need to speak of them in the public square. When you can, write an attractively winsome letter to the editor or use some other public forum to graciously speak the truth. There was a time when most of the nation understood these principles—but now they are no longer taught in our schools. Instead, political and societal weeds are sown in our children’s minds throughout all academia. Those weeds are sown continuously from every quarter as well—especially from the media and the morass of entertainment—the fountain from which teens consume 9 hours/day and adults six.

That’s a lot of weed seed.

Teach and promote the foundations. Resist the false notion that the “keepers” are the elected officials or the cleric.

We are the keepers of the Republic... if we can.

P.S! addendum. Facebook refused to let me "boost" this post (Facebook doesn't release posts to all followers of a page, charging a fee to "boost" it to more followers). They refused because it was "political". Here we are, ironically on the  4th of July, facing the increased hostility towards those who express opinions from a biblical or conservative perspective. I believe Facebook has the right to refuse service to anyone, but if they censor this one, which is so benign, what will they do when I speak directly against things I believe are biblically wrong? Take note, we are going to have to find other means to communicate with each other as Internet companies like Facebook and Google use their worldview leanings to only allow postings favorable to their worldview.

 

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  • Regina Brown

    Regina Brown

    Thank you, Del. This truth message needs to be spread far and wide.
  • Richard Loesch

    Richard Loesch

    Very disturbed to learn FB doesn't honor the 1st Amendment (even if it's not required to) when the opinion rendered is civil in tone. It is a true shame no longer to honor civil dialogue. Nevertheless, keep on. Fiat Pax!
  • Rick Wertz

    Rick Wertz

    I agree that 'the unchecked hatred that is openly seething in the left—with absolutely no accountability' is a concern. A loud minority is being given a lot of coverage and civil discourse is the casualty. Keep up the God work and know prayers continue.
  • Georjean Allenbach

    Georjean Allenbach

    Thank you, you continually inspire me to be encouraged! We have the Truth! How grateful I am to you for always putting it in such practical terms! Keep pressing on, we are with you!!!
  • Allen Gunning

    Allen Gunning

    Social media is not a benign gift. It can and has been corrupted. There seems to be a price for everything. This media's price ultimately threatens liberty.
  • Dave Mills

    Dave Mills

    I, too, bemoan the loss of rational civility in our public discourse. But we need to apply that standard across the political spectrum. Having a president that leads by example with taunts and insults to his opponents (whether from the same party or the opposition party) is not much better than a congresswoman that encourages her supporters to taunt and insult her opponents. Unchecked hatred on the left and the right needs to be opposed.
  • Hugh Davis

    Hugh Davis

    Why are the comments slanted against those who seek to hold the president accountable? Why the jab at the mainstream media even as Fox news spews out anger, hatred and lies? Please, be even handed as you are asking the press to be. Do conservatives no longer weigh out what they hear from news media and research issues? I've been a conservative all my life, but I can no longer put myself in that camp when I see the lack of thinking, the use of lies in the service of their agenda, and how they call others on behavior that they themselves are guilty of. . .
  • Ernie Garza

    Ernie Garza

    It takes more than just prayer. It has to go deeper than prayer. Somehow to be an effective witness in speaking the truth we need to become like clean conduits joined together as one body of Christ. In preparation for this, we need total surrender of our hearts to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am talking about inner revival in each Christian. Then we can become clean conduits of peace, comfort, truth. This was brought out so beautifully in the intro to the Truth Project by Dr. Del Tackett as he read from Isaiah 6. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 3 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.