The curse of the Total State is something of a package deal. Samuel’s warnings in 1 Samuel 8 were meant to deter the people from breaking God’s laws revealed in Deuteronomy 17—lusting for a “king like other nations.” Just like the king forbidden in those laws—the king who has a standing army, a large treasury, international […]
Restoring America One County at a Time Chapter 9: National Defense 9.2.a. How Freedom Was Lost (A Tale of Two Rebellions) In regard to original intent, a mere Amendment would not be enough to withstand the military powers its larger brother, the Constitution itself, gave to the new central government. This problem is best illustrated […]
Restoring America One County at a Time Chapter 9: National Defense 9.2. How Freedom Was Lost The destruction of the early Puritan-American views of the military, of voluntary militias, etc., as described previously, began with the first skirmish of the first world war—not World War I, mind you, but what was perhaps the first true […]
Restoring America One County at a Time Chapter 9: National Defense 9.1 National Defense in a Free Society (Part 2) Raising an Army Picking up from our review of the first major passage on preventing the warfare state, the second relevant passage covers both the laws for a militia and for waging warfare, all found […]
While to today’s mind it presents a nearly radical picture, the biblical teaching on war and military are the only proper place to find foundations for the topic, “National defense in a free society.” Indeed, the biblical direction is so opposite from what we have known and come to accept as normal, that were it not God’s Own Word, many Americans would refuse even to tolerate hearing it for a second. But hear it we must, because change we must.