The Double-Edged Sword of Executive Orders :: By Bill Wilson

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Now don’t get me wrong, because I am not saying that anything that men or politicians write is even close to the Word of God, but there are some earthly parallels with presidential executive orders. Think about it. Executive orders cut for and against people, they are powerful and live to regulate, and they certainly reveal the thoughts and intents of the heart of those who write them. The ex-“president” often used executive orders to undermine the intent of the law; so does the current president.

For example, the intent of the heart of the ex-“president” with regard to border security resulted in an invasion of undocumented aliens and so-called “refugees” from terrorist sponsoring nations. He did so by ordering enforcement offices to “stand down.” The result has been crime and destruction for many citizens.

The current president has issued executive orders to reverse these policies, many of which have been overturned by leftist-appointed judges of the previous “president.” The result, however, has been a 60 percent decline in illegal aliens coming to the United States. While those who agree with the ex-“president” claim racism and bigotry, the heart of the current President is to protect Americans first.

The ex-“president” refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, a law defining marriage only between one man and one woman. This led to a Supreme Court decision that allowed marriage to be redefined to include individuals of the same sex. He amended 30 executive orders of other presidents, changing their intent or purpose.

The current president is busy issuing executive orders to undo those issued by his predecessor. President Donald Trump, for example, signed an executive order to nullify a previous order on climate change that nearly shut down the coal industry. Trump claimed that the executive order of his predecessor put people out of work with unnecessary regulation using unproven science.

The previous “president” used the Internal Revenue Service to hold his opponents in check by not approving non-profit statuses and Gestapo-like fear tactics for political speech by religious leaders. Trump is also undoing that. In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, Trump will issue an executive order directing the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” on enforcing IRS policies against religious leaders speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit.

This relaxes enforcement of a 1954 law called the Johnson Amendment that prohibited government-approved not for profit organizations to speak about politics or candidates. Executive orders, you see, can be used for good or for bad. They can uphold or undermine law. But one thing for certain, they reveal the intent of the heart of those who issue them.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson