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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Religion, Family, Freedom: DC Rally - A Marker or a Ripple Maker?

8.28.2010.    My travel party and hundreds of fellow citizens boarded the first train from Van Dorn Street Metro station at 7:00 a.m., quickly filling the car to capacity.  As each station passed, the waiting crowds became larger, eager, bubbling with anticipation.  Evidently this was not going to be an ordinary August Saturday in Washington, D.C.

A diverse crowd emerged from the Smithsonian station at the National Mall.  A rainbow of races, an equal mix of gender, a variety of ages. Modern American experience suggests that tension and animosity would linger over such a crowd.  Yet, there was not a hint of discord.  No anger.  No bravado.  While most traveled hundreds of miles motivated by political and economic frustration, there was an aire of unity, solidarity and peace.

As hundreds of thousands paraded past the Washington Monument toward the great Reflecting Pool in a hushed, respectful yet purposeful pace, it became clear that in this moment, at this place, the American spirit of September 12, 2001 was emerging.

Parade of Americans March for Enduring Principles and Values
In the week following what is reported to be the 6th largest gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, the left-leaning and right-leaning media documented the speakers and the speeches, the attendees and the critics.  Yet unwritten is whether this rally will serve as a historical marker, noting the end of an American experiment in self-government grounded in timeless principles and values; or, whether this singular event will be a ripple maker, the proverbial stone dropped into a glassy pond?

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Any person who can answer that question with confidence has a wiretap into the omniscience of God.  But I am convinced that the 300,000+ who assembled at the Lincoln Memorial desire to be ripple making stones.  And I believe the assembly will succeed if and only if they are capable of restoring personal and spiritual integrity, and revitalizing both their families and their churches as co-equal, independent authorities along side (and not subservient to) government.

I am of the opinion that the successful American experiment in self-government is rooted in a proper balance of three guiding institutions that have influenced human behavior in every civilization in world history.  Virtually all civilizations have the Family Unit, Organized Religion, and Political Structure.

When the three institutions are out of balance, tyranny by the dominant institution results.  When properly balanced, no single institution is capable of abusing the other and threatening human liberty.

My 180 Degree Perspective on the First Ripple
As the sun rose and warmed the mall and its occupants, I soaked in the experience of patriotism and spiritual introspection.  I felt pride, comfort, purpose, unity, resolve, honor.  I paused to consider that I was surrounded by a throng of Americans who felt the same way; who manifestly understand what our Founding Fathers meant by the words "All men are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights. . ."  My fellow assemblers understood that the document that propounds these words is a legal instrument designed to ensure that the institution of government is properly checked and balanced by the People's solemn recognition of the institutions of God and Family.

My Proof to Family, Christian Brothers, and Fellow Citizens
That I Paid a Price, And Stood for Restoring Honor
on 08.28.2010
There are those who believe that Religion should not influence the public square.  I understand that point of view.  I believe that view is due in part to a proper fear that dominant Religious institutions left unchecked lead to tyranny.  But I also understand that Secularism is itself an institution of Religion -- one that defers massive moral authority to the institution of Government.  Pick your poison.  Or not.  It doesn't have to be a choice among tyrannical alternatives!

As Americans, we need to restore balance.  Indeed, we need to restore honor to the Family and Religious institutions that afford to us a good and limited government.  Family, Religion and Government working co-equally and independently will serve the general welfare, preserve our enduring liberty, and protect and defend the American experiment in self-government.

I pray that with this stone will follow many ripples.

1 comment:

Dave G said...

Thanks for helping us who could not go enter into the experience, and for giving us some things to think about.