Usually when a person hits the reset button on something, it is expected that the computer, phone, clock or whatever, will return to its original state. It is an opportunity to start over, as it was first designed. Unfortunately, with the new administration in our nation, “reset” seems to mean something entirely different.
In the near future we will be hearing more and more of the “Great Reset” or something similar, but it does not refer to a return to the U.S. Constitution, which was founded upon Biblical values, unalienable rights and limited civil government. Even a cursory look at the first executive orders after the inauguration demonstrates the command and control direction the President intends to take the nation (EO 13985, 13988, 13990, 13992, 139930).
How do we go about dealing with these changes? Some lessons from the past, in Habakkuk, and a look at our present, are certainly in order.
Take a few minutes to read through the book of Habakkuk to understand the politics of his day. The situation was so bad that all Habakkuk could do was to ask “Why?” (Habakkuk 1). “Why do You make me look at injustice?” “Why do You tolerate wrong?” His answer is couched in his trust in God and in God’s timing. “Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (1:5). His trust in his unfailing God moves him to pray (chapter 3).
The lesson is well stated in the footnote for 3:18 from the NIV Scofield Study Bible, “…Habakkuk’s love for God, like any believer, is not based on what he expects God to give him. Even if God should give him suffering and loss, he declares, he will rejoice in the God of his salvation.” We find that God uses these circumstances to “reset” Habakkuk and all of Israel to their first love and the purpose of their creator for them. Have you taken time to ask God to reset your life and first love?
In today’s political arena, everywhere one looks there is a move to centralize power in the government, locally, nationally, even globally. Concerning the Colorado Legislature, a former Colorado State Senator wrote in a recent post concerning dramatic changes to the legislature’s rules of procedure, “It is my opinion that they (73rd General Assembly) are not fulfilling the oath they took… to defend and obey that (Colorado) constitution. Instead they are creating a power vacuum which the governor and his bureaucrats are only too happy to fill.”
The “reset” we are seeing today is a rush to a new paradigm of government and culture which is abandoning the principles of life and liberty and replacing much of it with more centralized government control. In this small example from Colorado the people’s representatives have reduced their responsibility to represent the people and turned over many decisions to unelected government bureaucrats.
But what can be done? There are many ways we can each stand against this alarming trend. As citizens of the United States and our individual states, we still have constitutional rights to exercise against this tyranny. Don’t sit back and complain, get involved!
Remember Thumper’s advice to Bambi, “If you’re scared, just be scarier than whatever’s scaring you,” Reset yourself and work to reset our nation back to Biblical values, unalienable rights and limited civil government.
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