Meeting Summary from January 13, 2014 – Sam Rohrer
More than 100 attendees were treated to an excellent presentation by Sam Rohrer at the SVC meeting this past Monday evening. One of those in attendance decided to write a summary of the meeting and then forwarded it to one of the SVC Planning Committee members. The summary so well captured the spirit and essence of what Sam Rohrer had to say that we want to share it with you.
Last night’s meeting was really well attended and Sam did a fantastic job of explaining the differences among a democracy, aristocracy, theocracy, monarchy and a republic. He described how our “republic” form of government came to be from the time of the founding fathers. He then went on to list the things that threaten to destroy a republic. And then, in the famous words of Ben Franklin, when he came out of the meeting in which the “the founding fathers finally came to agreement”, he was asked, “What have you done here?” His reply: “We have given you a Republic; if you can keep it.”
Then Sam went on to how we can keep it. Our “Republic” is in decline and his bottom line is that it is not just votes on one side or the other; but it is scripturally based that there is a transcendent God who is the ultimate law giver and the one to whom we are all accountable. If people lived their lives in the home, church and government, knowing and understanding that they are accountable to God, how different that would make our country.
Sam described his working with pastors and said that they should be brave, bold and speak out on issues. A question was asked if any rabbi or priests were involved in this. Sam said there were some strong priests; as yet no rabbi; but he suspected that as in all walks, there is always the remnant that God works with. Sam estimates that about 10% of the population “get it” as do about 10% of the churches & pastors and maybe 10% of the elected officials. God can and does work with that.
That is sort of a thumb nail sketch. One person thought we may have been in a church meeting. The place was full with more in attendance than anyone expected.
It was truly a lesson in history of how we came to be; where we are; and what we need to do to keep it.