Manipulating the Bible and Misunderstanding our Representative Republic

There are candidates running for governor who seem not to properly understand Scripture, state sovereignty, our own American history, and our form of government. And because they do not, they are trying to scare people into voting for them, including fellow Christians. They make bold assertions about Romans 13 being a passage that handcuffs Christians and claim that not slavishly offering unlimited submission to the Supreme Court is sin.

This reveals some important things about these candidates:

1. They evidently do not understand how to apply Romans 13 to a form of government (representative
republic) where the PEOPLE are the “final authority.” Let me help by integrating our form of government with Romans 13:1-2 (I have written a white paper that explains this much further):

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities (Declaration of Independence: government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Thus WE, the PEOPLE, are the final “governing authorities).

For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God (In 1776-1783, God in His sovereign providence, allowed a form of government to emerge where the PEOPLE were the final authority).

Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. (The federal government and the Supreme Court have “resisted” the authority of the PEOPLE in Oklahoma and thus, have opposed the ordinance of God and brought condemnation upon themselves.)

2. A simplistic rendering of Romans 13 reveals my competitors’ lack of understanding of our very founding when brave men and women fought and shed their blood to establish a form of government (that God allowed) where the PEOPLE – not government hold all political power. Without Jefferson penning the 11 most important words in the Declaration of Independence, “Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed,” we simply would not have the form of government that we enjoy today. And let me make myself 100% clear so that no one misunderstands me: we, the people of Oklahoma, have the ABSOLUTE, unimpeachable, sacrosanct, and immutable authority to exercise our sovereign will OVER Washington D.C., including the U.S. Supreme Court, and our state government at 23rd and Lincoln. To deny this is to make a mockery of the sacrifices at places like Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, Brandywine, and Yorktown. To attempt to be politically clever and take this power away from the people of Oklahoma is wicked.

3. My competitors’ misuse of Scripture also reveals that they do not understand that there has never been a time in U.S. history when the people surrendered their authority articulated in the Declaration. To claim otherwise is to handcuff people to slavish subservience to a tyrannical government, such as Washington D.C. that has made the murder of unborn babies “legal!” How dare a candidate, running as a Christian, tell the people of Oklahoma that they do not possess the authority necessary to stop a holocaust that is happening in their midst, and then run and hide behind the term “pro-life.” If anyone is sinning, it is the person who claims to understand a passage of Scripture, and in doing so, uses their flawed understanding to paralyze the Christian community in order to score votes.

4. My competitors’ misunderstanding of Scripture is a glaring example of why they cannot be entrusted with the power of the governor’s office. If they do not understand the most simplistic and rudimentary role of government as penned by Jefferson that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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,” how can they properly lead our state? Government’s proper role is to “secure these rights” – not force the sovereign PEOPLE to bow before nine politically connected lawyers of the Supreme Court – lawyers who issue an EVIL decree that a baby can be murdered in the womb. Shame on the Christian community for embracing this idea.

I call on my fellow candidates to stop their incorrect use of Romans 13 to justify their unwillingness to abolish abortion. Stop hiding behind your “pro-life” (sometimes “very pro-life”) mantra and help me end this holocaust!

If you continue with your absurd interpretations of Scripture, interpretations that are 100% inconsistent with the foundational governing principles in our Declaration of Independence, you really should not be governor.

Gentlemen, let me remind you, there is a holocaust going on in Oklahoma. Monday morning, the suction machines will fire up and another 15-20 babies will be “legally” murdered in our state. How can you possibly defend your position when you are so biblically, morally, and historically wrong? We WILL ALL stand before God someday to answer for our silence and deception – think about that.

Consent of the Courts or Consent of the Governed?

Being governor is about more than fixing the mess at 23rd and Lincoln. It is about leadership and protecting the rights of the people from usurpation by the insatiable appetite of government. Government can be a force for good, but it can also be a force for great evil and I’m the only candidate who seems to understand or be willing to say this.

Running the state government, rooting out mismanagement and fraud, though a challenge, will not be the biggest challenge of serving as governor. Remember, I served in the legislature so I am familiar with the inner-workings of our state government. No, the real challenge will be protecting the rights of the people from governmental overreach and abuse.  

Unfortunately, most have been deceived into believing that the people are the servants rather than the sovereigns of the government.  But according to what Thomas Jefferson wrote in our Declaration of Independence, government is not over the people but actually receives its power from the people and serves at the “consent of the governed.”

Some of my opponents are even going as far as to claim that the Bible requires unlimited submission to government. By misinterpreting passages like Romans 13, they miss the point altogether.  They seem not to understand that in Rom 13, the Apostle Paul was promoting the general principle of submission to proper government – one that “punishes those who do evil and rewards those who do good.”  But surely these individuals would not insist that Christians, especially living in a representative republic, must submit to an improper government that punishes the good and rewards the evil.

Were the Hebrew midwives sinning when they defied Pharaoh and saved the Jewish baby boys – including Moses?  Were Daniel and his three friends, Queen Esther, and the Magi sinning for defying their governments?  Did Jesus sin when He defied Jewish Law by healing on the Sabbath?  Were the apostles sinning when they refused to obey the government and kept on preaching the Gospel?  Of course not!  

Additionally, does anyone believe that those who defied our federal government in the 1850s-60s to help slaves escape to freedom were sinning or practicing insurrection?  Were Oskar Schindler and the family of Corrie ten Boom sinning or leading an insurrection when they defied their government and helped Jews escape the Nazi death camps? Certainly not! Was Martin Luther King Jr. sinning when he led a movement to establish civil rights for African American? No! 

In a representative republic, the PEOPLE, not the government and the courts, are the final governing authorities.  At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln got it right when he said our government is “of, by, and for the people.”  The PEOPLE do not serve at the consent of Washington D.C. or the U.S. Supreme Court – it’s the exact opposite.  Hint:  I wouldn’t vote for anyone who hasn’t figured this out. 

Some claim that the states simply are not sovereign and that Washington holds all of the power.  If this is what we actually believe today, then we truly have fallen far from our founding principles.  Some cry that we’ll bankrupt our state by defending ourselves in the courts.  Do they truly believe that a free people must grovel at the feet of the U.S. Supreme Court waiting for their permission to enjoy “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?  Is there nothing left that we will stand up and fight for, regardless of the cost? 

The other candidates for governor are afraid of my ideas. That’s because they’ve bought into the lie that we’re no longer a free people.  So, they’re out there promising to tweak or better manage the mess at 23rd and Lincoln.  I’m not.  I’m running on big ideas and taking major action.

Big problems require big ideas. We can think big, and together, we can act big. Join me March 2nd-3rd at our “A Time for Justice” rally in OKC and see how I intend to restore true representative government to Oklahoma.