Sunday, August 26, 2012
Somebody’s Been Prayin’
In several previous blogs, I exhorted Christians to pray the prayer suggested in 2 Chronicles 7:14 by the Lord:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (NIV).
In the case of Brandon Raub’s unwarranted incarceration in a psychiatric hospital for “psychological evaluation,” God has answered an mother’s prayer for the release of her son, a decorated Marine hero who served valiantly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As determined by federal judge W. Allan Sherret, Raub’s detention was invalid, even though ostensibly in compliance with applicable Virginia Emergency Custody statute § 37.2-808.
On August 24, The Blaze reported, “Earlier today, 26-year-old former U.S. Marine Brandon Raub was released from a psychiatric facility via a judge’s order, who ruled that the government had no legal grounds to hold him.”
The battle is not over as Raub’s attorney, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, is reported to be planning a civil lawsuit for the treatment Raub received.
On August 24, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, “Hopewell Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett found that a document ordering Raub's transfer this week from a Hopewell hospital to the Salem VA Medical Center was faulty and ‘so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.’”
Military members and veterans organizations are concerned for this abrogation of constitutional rights. There is a concern that people with military experience are being targeted by the government to deprive them of their 1st Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
As I said in Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging at the end of each chapter, “But God . . . !” The fact is that God is still the one in charge and will not countenance the attempts of governments to divert His plans to bless believers.
Despite this government’s implementation of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Acts passed after 9/11/2001, God will prevail!
The NDAA that President Obama signed quietly at the end of 2011 continues to provide for the unwarranted incarceration of individuals identified as a threat or in support of al Queda. We can expect that this government will continue it’s practice of enacting “under the radar” policies that will further deny basic rights to citizens without the benefit of constitutionally mandated separation of powers; i.e. ruling by fiat or unilateral caveat. They continue to expand the powers of the Executive branch and thus circumvent the legislative process dictated by the Constitution.
The saying, "all it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing," is attributed to Edmund Burke, an Irish politician and philosopher about the time of the American Revolution. It is no less true today! We can either remain “sheeple” or stand up like men and women who care and work to have the rights of citizens restored by the due process of law.
The preponderance of Christians tend to rely solely on God to advocate for them, but God expects believers to rely on Him while also doing everything within their power to effect the necessary changes to their governance. Our nation’s founding fathers recognized this and made the English ruler recognize the basic rights of the colonials in America.
When triumph comes, we can truly say, “somebodies been prayin’.”