“What is that in your hand, Moses?” God asked the 80-year-old shepherd standing in front of the burning bush, up on Mt. Sinai.
“This thing? Why, it’s a rod, a shepherd’s staff, Lord,” the startled Moses answered.
“Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. And when Moses did, the rod abruptly turned into a writhing serpent! Moses, like any of us would, jumped back.
Then God said, “Reach out and grab its tail.”
And tentatively I expect, Moses reached out and grabbed it. And it turned back into a rod, a shepherd’s staff, in his hand.
“Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors … the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob … really has appeared to you” (Exodus 4).
I hope you know the rest of the story. From then on, as Moses confronted the most powerful sovereign in the world, Pharaoh of Egypt. As he announced the incredible plagues that would finally convince the Pharaoh he had no choice but to release the 2 million Jews he had enslaved for 400 years, as he led the freed Jews to the Red Sea where God used him to part that giant sea and allow the hordes to cross on dry land, and later in the wilderness when he struck the rock and life-giving water poured out – that rod was the sign, the symbol of God-given authority Moses wielded over and over again.
What’s my point?
Right now, and from the first moments after the American people voted for Donald Trump to be our next president, there have been unruly, angry, defiant crowds of protesters in city streets, clogging freeways, rioting and some breaking into stores. College and even high-school teachers and principals have allowed, even urged, young people to skip classes and join the protest groups, becoming lead items on the daily and nightly news broadcasts, creating a very troubling – and decidedly un-American – appearance of a voluntary citizen uprising.
It is not that.
It is an organized, initially funded and supported campaign waged by ultra-liberal, socialist-minded shadow figures who are determined to control our government by whatever means it takes.
I believe investigation will show: 1) most of the young demonstrators, certainly the high schoolers who aren’t of age, didn’t actually vote in the election; 2) with rare exception perhaps, none of these protests originated with the majority of protesters. Certainly on the campuses, there was an announcement on social media that “a protest will be held, starting at a certain place. Come join it! Make your voices heard!” These announcements were placed by unknown organizers (much like “community organizers” from the recent past); and 3) the violent attacks on innocent people in these crowds were purposely done to provoke more violence and unruly disturbance.
If you’ve watched some of this on TV (and how could you not, with the compliance of almost all news media?), you’ve seen thousands of young people wandering around, carrying placards and signs (most of which they didn’t create, they were conveniently handed by “somebody”), looking kind of dazed and purposeless, as if wondering what is this really all about – and what is it supposed to do, to accomplish.
Exactly. What is it supposed to accomplish? Overturning the election, the expressed will of the majority of the American people? A revolution in the streets and campuses of the country? More violence, anarchy, repudiation of the whole democratic voting process? What? What?
As I’ve watched this continue and fester, I’ve been reminded of the outcomes in the past, when angry, alienated, half-insane “protesters” tried to take things into their own hands – and take down the president they didn’t approve.
Why, it almost seems “American.” It’s what we do, when the election doesn’t go the way some want – starting with Andrew Jackson, when Richard Lawrence’s gun misfired twice in 1835.
When John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre in 1865.
When Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield four times in 1881. And anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President McKinley in 1901. When assassins tried to kill Teddy Roosevelt in Milwaukee. Franklin D. Roosevelt was shot at five times in Miami by a bricklayer who wounded four and killed the mayor instead. There were attempted shootings of Harry Truman and Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. More lately, even Presidents Bush and Bill Clinton and, yes, Barack Obama faced assassination threats. Why, that’s what we Americans do if we don’t get our way politically, right?
No, no, no! That’s not what real Americans do! That’s what idiots do. That’s what brainwashed young people do, egged on by teachers and disaffected politicians and, in some cases, what paid and financed anti-democratic government thugs do.
Well, what should we do, if we don’t get our way at the polls?
Look back at our history, over almost 300 years. Look back to the Framers of the Constitution, our Founding Fathers who deliberately created a government of, by and for the people, who could reject and elect their own representatives every two or four years. They knew not everybody elected would appeal to or satisfy all the voters – so they purposely gave us an orderly plan by which we could patiently and thoughtfully change whatever we in the majority didn’t like.
And America became famous for its “orderly transitions” from one administration to another, from one party in control to the other, from one president to the next – without the violent revolutions and rebellions and crazed anarchy that had historically brought about social change in all previous nations.
Though our original “tea party” became violent – because it was throwing off a violent and repressive dictatorship – our more recent “tea party,” which I called for here in 2009, has always been peaceful though powerful, considerate of others, motivated by democracy not demonstrations of violence and destruction. It has been a conservative groundswell of voters, newly energized and aware that we hold the power – the ability granted by our Constitution, the symbol of authority given by God, the rod, the ballot – by which we can determine our government, our national policies, our very leaders!
Protesters, demonstrators, throw off the insidious influence and deception of those anarchistic organizers. Get back to your classes and your jobs. Scrap those stupid, hateful signs. Get ready to wield the real rod of authority in our next elections. And, meanwhile, pray instead of protesting!
God says in His word, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished” Romans 13:1-2.
That was true when Obama was elected. It’s true now. Let’s be a “nation under God” again, and He’ll work it all out for us. Believe it.