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Christianise the preamble.

November 17, 2009

Christianise the preamble.

1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5 and 77 – 78 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly.

2. I have in this article presented five (5) forms pertaining to the preamble of the charter of Lakewood, Ohio.

3. Form 1.

The present preamble of the second amended charter of the city of Lakewood is the following paragraph.

We, the people of the City of Lakewood, in the County of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, in order that we may have the benefits of municipal home rule and exercise all the powers of local self-government, do frame and adopt this Charter for the government of the City.

4. You might notice that an important person was not acknowledged in that preamble that is acknowledged in two (2) documents that are superior to the city’s charter, even (which are) the preamble of the constitution of the state of Ohio, and the holy scriptures that are expressed in the King James Version. You may find Ohio’s constitution at the following link.

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/constitution.pdf

5. Not to disregard the American constitution, although the word, God, is not mentioned in the United States’ constitution yet, his Son is acknowledged by a title, not by his name, when a date was expressed in article VII. And the word, religion, was used in the first (1st) amendment, which makes an implication of an acknowledgment of God.

6. For some reasons I recommend that the preamble of the charter of Lakewood, Ohio be improved. I am considering the present sinsome (Although Lakewood is not full of sin, we have some of it, which could provoke God to judge us. I believe that his judgment on our city has begun.) condition of our city. And I am considering the word of God.

7. Considering those reasons and more, I submit to the people of the city of Lakewood, for your consideration, a rough draft for a godly preamble, which is the following paragraph, (which appears later in this article to be form 5,) whose file name is 2009.11.04.2a.

We, the people of the city of Lakewood, that is situated in the county of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, do frame and adopt this charter for the government of this city. We, the people, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. Thus we desire to have the benefits of scriptural municipal home rule, and to exercise all the powers of local self-government. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

8. Of course some of you are thinking that that violates the separation of church and state so called by some. Although I cannot read minds to the letter, that was a response that I heard too often when I was running for Council-at-Large (councillor at large) of this city during the summer of the year of our Lord Jesus Christ two thousand and nine (anno Domini 2009). In my article called, Lakewoodites for McCartney, I wrote about that which some call the separation of church and state. But I have written somewhat about that in this article.

9. Additionally you might read some related articles called, Theonomic amendment, and, Theonomise the state’s constitution. Persons that claim to be Christians (Not every person that claims to be a Christian is a Christian. See II Corinthians 11:26 and other scriptures.) might read, Church discipline.

10. What if my proposal violates, so called, the separation of church and state, so called? If I may be forthright, if you think that any decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States are superior to God and his word, you are probably wasting your time reading this article. You can go back to watching television programming. Those of you that care about Lakewood, (and are not simply using this city for what you can get out of it,) and, more importantly, care about the good instructions that the Creator has issued, you may continue in this article. The rest of you can live your lives your way. To be blunt, you probably cannot be reasoned with.

11. But persons which have open and considerate minds, concerning that which some call the separation of church and state, do you wonder where that phrase came from? Generally that phrase these days is used by persons that seek to keep God’s guidance out of our every day lives. Those of you that that describes, where did you get that phrase (the separation of church and state) from?

12. It is ostensibly based on the establishment clause, which is the first ten (10) words of the first (1st) article of the amendments to the constitution of the United States of America. And it is based on that which the Supreme Court has recently (within the past few decades) said about that clause. Although that court is not always wrong, my opinion is that some of its decisions are not as right as they could be.

13. If any of you, including attorneys, would like to express your idea of the meaning of that which is called the establishment clause, you may.

14. Some have rightly gotten some bad impressions of some attorneys. When I mentioned attorneys in the previous paragraph, that was not in denigration. I have talked with and gotten to know some attorneys within the past few years. Although we don’t always agree, I have grown to like some of them. Some of them can be talked to, will listen, consider, and some (Thanks be to God.) will receive correction.

15. Much has been spoken of and written about the two (2) religious clauses [the first sixteen (16) words] of the first (1st) amendment of the American constitution by the United States’ Supreme Court, and others. We can be impressed by some of that. Remember, some persons have to justify their jobs. If matters were so simple that the average man on the street could figure them out, who would need judges? (But not all matters are simple.) Some matters are simple enough that the average person ought to be able to rightly judge it, (Consider I Corinthians 6:1-4.) such as knowing the superiority of the law of God, and the inferiority of man’s laws. (Any judge that doesn’t know that ought not to be judging any where in America, such as any judge that judges against judges, such as Roy S. Moore, that display God’s ten commandments in a courtroom.)

16. If the congress does not write any laws showing a bias or preference for any denomination of Christianity, or if the congress and inferior (lower) legislatures use the scriptures to be the foundation for their (and our) laws, and if a person told you that neither of those violates the constitution, would you believe that person? If the congress, or inferior legislatures, such as state or city, sought to advance Christianity by opening up a Christian Bible, (of the old and new testaments) and wrote their laws or ordinances based on what they saw in God’s word, (such as banning fornication based on I Corinthians 6:9-10,) and you were told that that is constitutionally permissible, (as though the constitution allows law makers to obey God) would you believe that?

17. Firstly neither the constitution nor the American Supreme Court are above God or his word such that they have any place to either allow or disallow you to obey God. But my point is about whether a society may legislatively express itself through its elected representatives to write godly laws without conflicting with the American constitution, or not. Although I think that it may, if it may not then the constitution ought to be amended (corrected) so that our society may; because I think that God (the Creator) and his law are above man (a creature) and his laws.

18. Based on some history that I’ve read, to paraphrase the two (2) clauses of religion of the first (1st) amendment to the federal constitution, one of a few similar ways that I think it could be written is the following. The congress shall not legislate to favour any denomination of Christianity more than any other Christian sect, nor may the fœderal legislature make any law to stop the unlimited practise of the way of the Lord Jesus Christ.

19. Although I know that some would disagree with that, especially nonchristians, presently we Christians are tolerating such a marginalisation of the way of Christ in American public life that Christianity has basically been rendered meaningless. I don’t plan to continue to tolerate a situation that I think is wrong. Erroneous ideas that are allowed to stand can produce problems. Error ought to be knocked over (refuted).

20. Although I think that a theonomic amendment to both our national and state’s constitutions could help, if that does not occur I think that I can argue for Christianity presently about things that pertain to this life, so that the practise of Christianity is not limited to the interior of church buildings, and slightly beyond.

21. The King James Bible was read in some public schools without sectarian comments. The ten commandments (or excerpts therefrom) were exclusively and prominently (not along with heathen statements) posted in some public school rooms. Nondenominational prayer was said in some public schools. Since all of that godliness was taken out of our public schools by the American Supreme Court so called, crime has entered, and a generation of irreverent children has grown up, some of which are writing the laws that they would like you and me to live by (which is not to imply that all of their legislation is wrong).

22. Damage ought to be considered when one judges. Some of the American Supreme Court’s decisions have caused a considerable amount of damage to the American republic, which produces grief, which ought to be redressed (rectified). See the first (1st) amendment to the constitution for the United States of America.

23. Although I think that proposing a Christian preamble to a city’s charter should be easier if the national and state’s constitutions are theonomised or Christianised first, (given a provision to make them to conform to God’s law and all of the scriptures that are presently applicable) I am presently proposing a Christianised preamble to our city’s charter, whether that is adopted soon, or in the future (such as after theonomic or theocratic or Christian amendments are made to our constitutions, or not). That is consistent with my effort to not only curse the darkness, but to light a candle.

24. Nonchristians came to America for a reason. Apparently God blessed America. Consider Deuteronomy 28. America was more obedient to God than recently. Recently due to America’s disobedience to God, my thinking is that God is probably punishing the United States. Consider II Kings 17. If nonchristians, whether they came here or were born here, would like to practise that which I think is a false way and idolatry, which could bring God’s curses on this country, they may and ought to leave this land if they don’t stop their ways. Although I don’t think that any way other than Christ’s ought to be practised any where on the earth that his Father created, (See John 14:6 and Revelation 11:15, and other scriptures.) I desire that a curse bringing (cursed) way not be practised here in America, because this is my home. There is a reason why heathen lands are cursed of God.

25. Nonchristian rule has been shown to be inferior. (A Judaist or Israeli citizen that I talked to in the state that is called Israel expressed a desire to come to America.) American history has shown that Christian rule is superior.

26. Christians and nonchristians are better under Christian rulership. You may consider the audio and visual presentation at the following link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0HhpEXuaMI

27. For your consideration some scriptures that I considered for proposing a Christianised preamble to our municipal charter are the following. Proverbs 3:5-6, I Corinthians 11:3, II Timothy 3:14-17, Luke 2:33, I John 5:7, Isaiah 40:28, Romans 13:1-10, Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Deuteronomy 28, Acts 5:29, Leviticus 26:3-4, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 1:1, and other scriptures.

28. My proposal involves the possibility of a risk. I am not necessarily looking to cause our city a financial burden by the possibility of a Christian preamble being taken to a court to decide whether it is constitutional or not, which is why I proposed church discipline, and a theonomic amendment to both the American constitution and Ohio’s constitution, in that order. See I Corinthians 14:40. But some things are worth studying and thinking about, proposing, discussing, arguing for, paying for, and fighting for. (Consider some divine history in the Bible, and some American history.)

29. Some of us like smooth streets, which have to be paid for. I desire a godly city and society that are God blessed, which might have to be paid for one way or another.

30. If you are satisfied with the present inferior state of affairs of your city and society, you can ignore this. (Consider Revelation 22:11.) But if you desire a better city and society, and if you desire it to be God’s way, you may consider this or a similar proposal. See Matthew 5:5-6.

31. There are a couple of ways of changing our charter. One way is to request the city’s council to make an ordinance to place the proposal on the ballot. That is the easy way for both the people and the council. The other way requires more time and work, which is to circulate a petition. For that you ought to consider our city’s charter, or parts of it, which can be found at the following link.

http://www.onelakewood.com/CityCouncil/CityCharter.aspx

32. Some articles that you might consider reading in the charter are numbered XIX through XXI, and section (§) 6 of article XXIII. You might also consider some of the Ohio Revised Code (O. R. C.) about petitions, such as §§ (sections) 3501.38, 3519.05 and 3519.16 of title XXXV (35).

33. Although a Christian preamble is not going to solve all of our problems, I think that it can help. It could be used to show politicians what the people think, and what God’s will is. Some politicians consider. But the burden to improve this city is not all on the shoulders of our elected office holders (officers). We, the people, have a responsibility to search the scriptures, find God’s will, and obey it.

34. For your convenience, some of the following paragraphs have the present preamble, and my proposal, in various forms to show that which is current, and that which I propose to change.

35. Form 2.

The current preamble of the city’s charter is the following paragraph. But the parts that I propose to be changed are emboldened.

We, the people of the City of Lakewood, in the County of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, in order that we may have the benefits of municipal home rule and exercise all the powers of local self-government, do frame and adopt this Charter for the government of the City.

36. Form 3.

The following paragraph is my present proposal: but the parts that I am proposing changing pertaining to the current preamble have been emboldened.

We, the people of the city of Lakewood, that is situated in the county of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, do frame and adopt this charter for the government of this city. We, the people, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. Thus we desire to have the benefits of scriptural municipal home rule, and to exercise all the powers of local self-government. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

37. Form 4.

The following paragraph is the combined current preamble and my proposal with the proposed omissions struck through, and the proposed additions underlined. Some of the word order has been changed from the current preamble.

We, the people of the City city of Lakewood, that is situated in the County county of Cuyahoga and State, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, in order that we may have the benefits of municipal home rule and exercise all the powers of local self-government, do frame and adopt this Charter charter for the government of the City this city. We, the people, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. Thus we desire to have the benefits of scriptural municipal home rule, and to exercise all the powers of local self-government. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

38. Form 5.

The result of that is the following paragraph, which is the same that I brought forth near the beginning of this article. It is my present proposal to amend the preamble to the charter of Lakewood, Ohio.

We, the people of the city of Lakewood, that is situated in the county of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, do frame and adopt this charter for the government of this city. We, the people, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. Thus we desire to have the benefits of scriptural municipal home rule, and to exercise all the powers of local self-government. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

39. My thanks to you for taking the time to read and consider this proposal.

Edward M. McCartney

Lakewood, Ohio

Posted on November 17 anno Domini 2009.

This third (3rd) edition was revised on January 9 A. D. 2010.

2009.11.17.1e.