Thursday, December 16, 2004

Freedom in captivity

Hello all. Yes it has been some time. I don’t post very often but for some reason people still visit here. So just to warn you, if I haven’t written for a while my thoughts tend to bottleneck, but I must pontificate anyway. I still have visitors from IRS and Justice IP addresses. The truth is that I have thrown in the towel on “tax avoidance” for now. I need to clarify what I mean by “tax avoidance”. It is my desire to live as an upstanding member of the community, to be known as a man of integrity. But amazingly that is what got Dick Simkanin sent to Federal prison. So I will acknowledge that I am a slave in some respects. I will do what massa says. You see, my massa lets me do many things. (ok, I will stop with the massa bit because it is just us. But massa don like it when I sound intelligent) You see, I have an earthly master, and a heavenly Father. The earthly master has not been true to the covenant that established his authority, he has become a tyrant. Do not assume that you understand what a tyrant is. It is foundational to what we are discussing here. And don’t just rely on Thomas Paine. I have come to the conclusion that Thomas Paine was the Michael Moore of his time. He was aligned much more closely to the French revolution than with the American war for independence. He is also the father of our modern social security system. It was his idea. Don’t you think it’s working out nicely for the cause of freedom and liberty?

If you want to know what The War for Independence was about, try reading Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos; A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants. It was much more influential than Common Sense. I wonder why it is not even mentioned in government schools or most colleges and universities.

So my earthy master who is not even a rightful one does not like it when someone tries to walk in truth. In fact you can into a heap of trouble over it. So you got to be wise. Jesus said “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

So I am going to wait to fight and focus on raising my children. Each of us has a different role in the fight. I feel that my role is to enable my children to walk in truth. Joe Banister is fighting the good fight. David Champion is fighting the good fight. One might be in jail for a long time; the other is staying right behind his microphone every Saturday. I am not worried. I know that God is in control. I think that where the Tax Honesty movement misses it is that they what it to be over now. This nation didn’t just come into being, it was the fruit of the reformation of the church. Our fight for freedom is more than taxes, it has to have a multigenerational focus. Joe Banister’s organization was called Freedom Above Fortune. But many who call themselves patriots have put freedom above family, freedom above fidelity, freedom above faith in God.

So I recognize my slavery, but I also recognize my Deliverer. It ain’t over. Stay tuned.