A Tale of Two Kingdoms — Who Will You Serve?

There are two kingdoms in this world — and only two.

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One kingdom is the material, visible, tangible one we see all around us. The other is usually invisible, intangible and spiritual. But both are incontrovertibly real, and they are inextricably merged. They overlap and interact continually, and we all experience both every day, every minute, of our lives....

So it is with the spiritual kingdom that rules over all things and persons, even the worldly governments of the material kingdom. If this earth, and indeed the vast universe, are created entities — as the vast majority of human beings have always understood, since, scientifically, material things cannot spring spontaneously from nothing — the Creator holds sway, complete and final authority over any and all created things.

Increasingly, many deny and rebel against the sway of the spiritual kingdom, try to “reason away” its very existence. But all that philosophical delusion doesn’t change the facts. Or the consequences of their denials....

The tracks of a deer in the snow prove the existence of the deer. You may never see it, but you know a deer passed that way. You can’t see electrical current, but one flip of a switch proves its existence and present power. A terrific flash of lightning, a bolt that splits a giant tree, an awesome heavenly sunset, the innocent truth in the eyes of a child — all prove to the open and honest observer that there is a Ruler in the invisible kingdom that dictates to the material one.

But there is something in most men that doesn’t want to answer to an invisible Power. They want to have freedom from any and all restraint, to be accountable to nobody, to do and say and proclaim “if it feels good, do it!” This isn’t new; our Founding Fathers recognized this inherent trait in man, and so they determined to create a structure in which citizens could have unprecedented freedoms — but with necessary restraints to their baser instincts.

So on May 25, 1787, they met in Philadelphia to create that structure. They debated and considered and conferred — and prayed — until September 15, when they laid out a shining document , a Constitution, that would establish a society providing freedoms but few guarantees. It was, and is, a perfect blending of the two kingdoms, a material government infused with spiritual guidelines.

You doubt this? John Adams, speaking for all, said “ We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion..Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson had underscored our allegiance to the spiritual kingdom in his Declaration…”all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (not the guarantee by government, but the pursuit).

So it was, and is, a Constitution for the material kingdom, based and founded on the Constitution of the spiritual kingdom — the Bible.....

Friend, we have come to a Moment of Decision. Just as our Fathers anguished over whether to continue serving an unjust king or mount a struggle for independence — we must prayerfully decide whether to mount the long and necessary struggle to regain the independence we’ve lost.

I quote from a friend Donny York, in his recent writing “The War for the West”, in which he details the ways we’re losing our way, our simple original form of government, and the individual freedoms that flow from it: “It’s come to this. There is no war on terror, no terrorist acts. There are only crimes against the government. There is, however, a war on Western Civilization.”

And there is now a struggle between the two kingdoms. One must dominate the other; either materialism will discard and trample the spiritual, with all the resulting consequences; or the spiritual will again supercede the material, with the God-ordained privileges, order and freedom we knew.

To which kingdom will you pledge your allegiance, your life, your sacred honor?