Happy 2012! Year of Jesus influencing politics!
There has been so much written about the world ending in 2012. Students of A Course in Miracles (modern day revelation from Jesus Christ) simply laugh, because they know the world will end only when they are ready for it to end.
But 2012 is an election year and maybe it is the world of politics and government as usual that is coming to an end. The Democratic and Republican Parties have been losing fans in droves. The Occupy Movement camps out for change. The Tea Party Movement works for change. More and more Americans are frustrated and increasingly furious about government schemes like ObamaCare. It certainly seems like 2012 might see a rapidly fading worship of government being replaced by libertarianism as the most vibrant new movement in American politics.
Americans are becoming increasingly sick and tired of government interfering in their lives in so many areas, annoyed by elitist "experts" who dream up Utopian schemes and use government to force productive citizens to pay for their experiments via taxation, inflation, and the obstruction of their own free will through government mandates.
In America, such meddling and controlling elitists are called "liberal progressives" probably because the European term "fascist" is too negatively emotionally charged. But called by either term, the principle is the same: men and women who wield government power truly believing they know what is best for everyone, and using government legislation and decree to force their will on those who might not make the same choices for themselves.
Americans exhausted and exasperated by such "know-it-all, control-it-all" elitists have been turning to the opposite philosophy: libertarianism, the protection of individual liberty. Libertarianism insists no force (or threat of force, or fraud) is to be used to advance political programs.
We see libertarianism gaining ascendancy in the still early achievements of the Campaign For Liberty or The Ron Paul Revolution as some have labeled it, revolution brought about by love, not force.
Which of these two mutually exclusive philosophies might Jesus Christ be aiding behind the scenes?
Connor Boyack, author of Latter Day Liberty: A Gospel Approach to Government and Politics would surely argue that the hand of God, so to speak, favors liberty. Although his book was written with a Mormon readership in mind, the principles he illustrates in the book are universal and can be taught in homilies and talks from pulpits everywhere.
But let's go further. Let's look at the actual words of Jesus Christ from A Course in Miracles, revelation for the 21st Century:
"This world will change through you. No other means can save it, for God’s plan is simply this: The Son of God is free to save himself, given the Word of God to be his Guide, forever in his mind and at his side to lead him surely to his Father’s house by his own will, forever free as God’s. He is not led by force, but only love. He is not judged, but only sanctified." (ACIM Lesson 125)
It's pretty clear where Jesus stands on the issue of achievements by means of love vs. attempted achievements by means of government force. The kind of change God plans for the world does not occur via government, but by the free will of each of us.
Besides teaching mankind to use love, not force, there are two other important points Jesus would emphasize:
(1) In this earth life, we learn lessons. We must be individually free to create the circumstances in our lives which will provide the lessons we need to learn. Elitists attempting to use government to save us from the difficulty of our lessons is contrary to God's plan for salvation.
“Only God’s plan for salvation will work.” (ACIM Lesson 71)
“I am under no laws but God’s.” (ACIM Lesson 76)
(2) Beyond learning our lessons, God's will for all of us is perfect happiness and prosperity, which we achieve by following God's guidance. When we are individually free to act upon the divine guidance we are hearing inside we lift up all of mankind's happiness and prosperity ... with no limits. One individual, free to follow guidance heard inside, can lift up hundreds of millions. Think Eli Whitney or Thomas Edison. By comparison, elitists attempting to use government to "redistribute wealth" and "safety net" everyone ... are actually seriously limiting, if not sabotaging, what is achievable.
“God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” (Lesson 101)
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.” (Lesson 100)
“God's Voice speaks to me all through the day.” (Lesson 49)
Americans say there is not much truth in politics any longer. But if truth be told, there are many ways in which Jesus is working for our spiritual, intellectual, emotional ... and political ... liberty. And there are many ways the presence of Jesus will be detected working beneath the surface appearances in American politics in 2012. So as we head into this new year, it's perfectly appropriate to feel the peace and joy that comes from pondering the following words of Jesus from A Course in Miracles:
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