Radio broadcast 24 July 05, Talking Points Series: Is Freedom Christian? Broadcast – War is biblical CW – Intro As usual we are going to give you some updates related to previous programs before beginning this program on war. To start with we are going to give you information related to the subject of Eminent Domain. Ford – For years foreigners have been reinvesting some profits made out of America back into America. Most people do not know most nations do not allow foreigners to buy real property, but this is not the case in the good ol’ USA. There are now more rich foreign investors than ever before. Thanks to American industry going overseas and restrictions on our citizen’s free enterprise, the number of American millionaires decreased by 100,000, while at the same time the number of foreign millionaires increased by 200,000. Foreign investments and upward valuations of property, with increased property taxes, have caused people on lower incomes and social security to leave their former hometowns. They cannot afford to live there anymore. This is starting to happen right here in our area. In at least some places increases in property assessments are also serving to cause the welfare rolls to increase. As speculated with the Supreme Court eminent domain decision, it's starting too look likely "development" is going to be the next investment choice of high-income foreign people, those places where private property is taken from its true owners and awarded to developers of high-end scheme projects. Some Americans are helping foreign investors and people with deep pockets to put the squeeze on their “fellow Americans.” I for one am disgusted with people whose greed apparently “knows no bounds.” People who are profiting of the sale of America would sale their own mothers for another nickel in their pockets. Earlier this year, in Miami, real estate marketer Melissa Rubin took some South American clients to a party to promote a new condo that developers hoped to sell before a shovel hit the ground. Even by Miami standards, the party was exotic. There were tigers, chimps, human flamethrowers, jumbo TVs, and the usual red-carpet food and drink. There was also a bikini-clad woman covered in chocolate. In many cases, buyers are trying to get their money into a dollar-denominated hiding place. A lot of South American investors are either rich from the drug business or from the poverty of the people in their native countries. CW – A lot of the things done to promote American property is close to being like old fashioned debauchery. That says a lot about the people doing the selling and buying. Ford – Yes it does. A lot of these people are not nice people and they are looking for retreats if things go bad in their own countries. In Miami, some condo buildings have as much as two-thirds of their units owned by foreigners. Call it America for Sale. Although there are no numbers readily available indicating how much foreigners are pouring into the United States to buy condos, there are some eye-opening anecdotal signs: - In Las Vegas, wealthy foreign buyers, mostly from Mexico, have snapped up 12 percent of the condos at Icon, twin 48-story towers that are now almost sold out even though they won't start construction until next month. - New York City real estate brokers estimate up to 33 percent of new condos sold in the city are going to non-Americans, especially Europeans, who one broker describes as "very aggressive." - Asian buyers including Vietnamese are jumping in, too. Real estate agents are flying to Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur to talk up the property market. Several new Miami condos have Asian names such as Mei, the mythical Chinese symbol for beauty to appeal to Asian buyers. Part of the allure of American real estate is the cost. While prices may seem high to Americans, to Europeans and others the real estate feels like a bargain, particularly when figured in euros or pounds sterling. Miami has a history of attracting Latin American investment. The weather reminds them of home, and they've visited Miami's shops for years, lugging home everything from appliances to designer sneakers. In addition, Spanish may be the first language of south Florida instead of English. And the South American elite view Miami as a safe place to stockpile dollar-denominated assets, whether in cash or real estate. Almost every Latin American who buys a condominium here has in the back of their mind, 'That's my safe refuge. If I have to leave, that's where I can go.' " CW – What you are saying is serious, but you were also telling me about a link between eminent domain and euthanasia. Ford – Yes, it seems almost unreal. But this was not my idea. I am just sharing what I learned from others. Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak, known as The Medicine Men They claim the Kelo v. New London case strikes at the heart of our freedoms and, if left unchallenged, imperils our right to life itself. Let's look at the conclusions of the court. In the Kelo decision, the nine justices on the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the city of New London, Connecticut, could take away Susette Kelo's property, including her house, and transfer it to the New London Development Corporation, a private business, for possible real estate development in the future. Their conclusion is a frightening "revision" of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which explicitly and plainly limits government in the prohibition "nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Public use includes projects such as public roads or public buildings not private real estate development. It may seem a stretch to get from government-taking-private-land to government-taking-a-person's-life. Yet the attitudes and policy positions used to justify this taking of personal homes strike us as transferable to the control of government over individual life. For example, Claire Gaudiani, former president of the New London Development Corporation, tried to justify the destruction of Kelo's neighborhood by saying, "Anything that's working in our great nation is working because somebody left skin on the sidewalk." Obviously, Gaudiani preferred that somebody else's skin be left on the pavement, not her own. CW – There are a lot of people who don’t mind if other people get hurt just as long as it does not happen to them. Ford – That’s right. People being hurt by developers has been going on awhile. Several movies have been made that had a theme concerning people being hurt because urban revitalization and such. This type of justification began in the 1954 Berman v. Parker case when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the social engineering goal of revitalizing "blighted" urban areas was enough to allow condemnation of buildings and property for real estate development. The Constitution's "public use" requirement was transmuted into "public purpose." Subsequently, as the Institute for Justice notes, "public use became public purpose, which then became public benefit." Taking property because it's blighted or could serve some "better" use has parallels with allowing killing of some human beings because they are weak and "marginal" so that others can "get on with their lives." A court condemned Terri Schiavo to death precisely because her life was deemed too blighted to preserve. Mothers are now allowed, nay encouraged, to abort their unborn children if they are deemed inconvenient. This latest Supreme Court decision provides new excuses for taking private property, and potentially opens the door to another justification for ending human life. Most individual parcels of land provide relatively little tax money for the government. Our Supreme Court has now ruled that a local government's quest for more money is a good reason for allowing them to remove a private person's property and hand it to another private entity, based merely on a possibility that it might make the local government richer. Following a similar logic, sick or infirm people whose needs are "too expensive" could be required to forfeit their lives in the name of the public benefit. This concern is not an abstract fear. Poverty and weakness are already justifications for euthanasia in some countries. For example, the Netherlands affords few protections to an individual who is construed to be a financial burden to the government or a family. American state and federal judges and courts are achieving euthanasia goals through the back door of the utilitarian judicial thinking used in the Kelo and Schiavo cases. Our courts are becoming agents of the destruction of our "unalienable rights." If the courts continue to alter and abolish our Constitution, we, the People, must "alter or abolish" the courts or suffer further loss of "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." CW – What you have told us is kind of scary. Imagine what it is like for people trying to cope with a world falling apart without the Lord Jesus Christ. Ford – Yes, in a world with this kind of mindset, and which is also full of terrorism, wars and rumors of wars, a person without Christ must find life a very insecure experience. CW – Speaking of wars, the subject of this broadcast. You had promised to share some things about the subject of war. Ford – My pleasure. The business of war was my business for much of my working life. Needless to say, I have spent a lot of time not only training for war but thinking about it. Will Durant, philosopher and chronicler of philosophy once said: “Science tells us how to heal and how to kill; it reduces the death rate in retail and then kills us wholesale in war; but only wisdom – desire coordinated in the light of all experience – can tell us when to heal and when to kill.” His mistake was that he did not reach for the source of all wisdom whose book is called the Bible. There he would have found the true wisdom concerning the practice of war. CW – I take it that you are not opposed to war? Ford – Not at all. War is the necessary evil of a fallen world. War is not confined to the world of men either. The Bible tells us that with the rebellion of one-third of the angels, there was war in heaven. Scripture teaches us that in the endeavors of men who would serve God there is a continuing spiritual war taking place between the evil forces that would keep men from doing so and God’s holy angels. CW – Sounds like you have been doing some thinking about the subject of war. Tell me how you got started with the process of defining your ideas. Ford – I was motivated to try to systematize my ideas about war and what I was doing first by encountering the war protestors when returning home from overseas. I had been a supporter of fighting communism before entering service but their mindless opposition to the Vietnam War encouraged me to not be as they were. Doers without understanding of what they had undertaken. CW – Yes, I remember you won the VFW Voice of Democracy award for your High School. I saw it in your office. Ford – That was a long time ago, but it was a great honor. I have tried to be worthy of it. Anyway, later I was on a flight to the West Coast to act as a war games controller. I was in uniform, quietly reading my Bible. As we traveled with the lady in the seat beside me engaged me in conversation. She asked me if I were a Christian? I said that I was. Then she told me that so was she, but she was a pacifist because of her faith. I told her that I was a military man because of mine. This got her curiosity up and she asked me how that could be? I told her that the USA was the greatest missionary sending nation in the world; not only that it was the greatest protector of religious freedom in the world as well. A nation like that deserves to be defended. This Kansas farmer’s wife told me the usual line that goes “if everyone would disarm and lay down their weapons there would be no more war.” I told her that people who do evil are not going to disarm and for that reason neither was I. Then I pointed out that the only reason she could hold her pacifist notions in safety was because there were people like me standing in the way of those who would come and take their farm, enslave her and her husband or worse, and make them labor for their pleasure. No nation that ever depended on the good graces of another has long been free. CW - That is interesting. Did you convert her? Ford – No person who has held emotion laden delusions ever surrenders them willingly. But when she left the plane in Chicago she certainly had something to think about, and we parted amicably. CW – Tell me about the subject of war and how it relates to the Bible. Ford – You would think God would have used a warrior like David to make a fundamental statement about war in the Scripture, but He did not. Instead, He uses Solomon, the king whose reign was characterized as one of peace and construction instead of war and destruction. Solomon said: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. CW – Ecclesiastes chapter 3. Some people think that is a very negative book. Ford – I think people who hold that opinion are in error. Ecclesiastes shows me where people go wrong when they rely on their own understanding instead of seeking to know and apply the wisdom of God. For many people the study of this book helps them to put life into context. It concludes with the words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” The sureness of righteous judgment is foundational teaching of Scripture. It is only negative for those who hate and are at war with the true God. CW – Do you think that in every war one side hates God? Ford – In every war there is a wrong. It does not follow that in every war there is a right. Remember Will Durant? He misidentified wisdom as “desire coordinated in the light of all experience.” Had he but read the seventh chapter of Ecclesiastes, he would have found his definition of wisdom severely lacking. CW – Has America always been involved in just wars, wars on the side of God? Ford – No. I think much of America’s wars have served God’s purpose, and that many have gone to war have done so with the highest of intentions, but this does not mean we have always been in the right. I do think that the first and second World Wars were fought on the right side, in God’s will, even though the motives of some of our leaders was questionable. But I think we are better served talking about the principles for making war than analyzing specific wars. CW – Yes, let’s talk about the principles for making war. Ford – First of all, I think we should make it clear that while people often use their Christian faith as an excuse for pacifism, God does not present Himself as a pacifist in the Bible. In Exodus 15:3, you have recorded their a song of Moses in which he says: The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name One of the titles of God is “the Lord of Hosts.” CW- Tell the audience what the title “Lord of Hosts” means. Ford – It means that He is the commander of armies. In other words God has His own armies which He commands. The church is also presented as part of God’s army in Scripture and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Captain or commander of the Host. Some people want to make out Jesus to be a pacifist but the Word of God teaches that when He comes back in Judgment He is bringing His hosts with Him, and He is coming as a conqueror. He came the first time meek and lowly as the suffering Savior, the next time He sets foot on the earth it will be as the conquering King, Messiah Lord Jesus. CW – So when He comes back there will be a war against evil. Ford – Actually it wont be much of a war. Though He is coming back with the angelic armies and the previously raptured church, He is going to defeat all the armies of the world drawn up against Him all by Himself. CW – Why do you suppose the Lord Jesus is going to do all the fighting at that time? Ford – During the ages the angels have been involved in spiritual warfare with satanic forces, and since creation men have struggled with evil sometimes at God’s express command. Sometimes God has intervened directly such as in the delivery of the Jewish people from the bondage of Egypt and in the destruction of Pharaohs army in the Red Sea. But nothing men or angels could ever do yielded final victory. Wars to end all wars do no more than restrict evil or set it back for awhile. The Mystery of Iniquity continues to work. God has scheduled two direct confrontations with evil that will settle the matter of evil and sin for all eternity. CW – That is an exciting thing to look forward to. In our previous broadcasts on the subject of Is Freedom Christian you have said there were parallels between spiritual principles and things we see in the world. I suppose that you are also going to tell me that the wars of men are a shadow of the spiritual? Ford – Yes indeed. I think that sometimes the wars of men are a reflection of spiritual wars, unseen wars between angels and devils that are taking place at the same time. I have some evidence that this is true, and perhaps we can talk about this later if our conversations take us in that direction. When we open up the subject of war for discussion, we have broached no light subject. For instance I do believe that God has been actively involved in the life of America since its beginning, which also includes the subject of America’s wars. I think there are purposes in what God allows to happen and in what He disallows. We knew when we first discussed this subject that one thirty minute period would be inadequate to cover the subject of war and the fact we have just began to discuss the very most fundamental principles of war in this session proves it. CW – So in this broadcast you have claimed: 1. God is not opposed to war when it suits His purpose. 2. God is the commander of armies. 3. There are principles on which going to war is based or justified. 4. Wars can serve God’s eternal purposes. Ford – Yes, that’s right. CW – Do you have anything more to offer before I close out this broadcast? Ford – Yes, Government has one essential responsibility that it must meet or it is no longer a viable government and needs to be changed. That is it must exist to protect the people. It is for this reason God gives governments the “power of the sword.” Regarding that Alexander Hamilton said "Of all the cares or concerns of government, the direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single hand. The direction of war implies the direction of the common strength; and the power of directing and employing the common strength, forms a usual and essential part in the definition of the executive authority." - It is because this statement is true that we give our President the title of the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. George Washington knowing that the battle is the Lord’s said of the American Revolution: "Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions - The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us..." and, Ronald Reagan reminding us of the heritage of our past with the hand of God upon it said: "If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual." - All of this is important to our discussion of the subject of war. CW – concluding remarks.
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