Many of you have probably seen Honduras in the news recently, since their President Manuel Zelaya was legally removed from office. It appears the Organization of American States (OAS) is attempting to stiff arm the judicial and legislative branch of Honduras. The intolerant behavior of these socialistic leaders in Boliva, Nicaragua, and Venezuela is unbecoming. They scream foul play when the US pokes their nose south of the Florida Keys; but when one of their key pawns, Zelaya, is removed from power in Honduras they resort to international bullying tactics. How would they respond had Zelaya come from a different ideological persuasion than Socialism? Anyways on to a letter from a friend who is a citizen of Honduras.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” (Romans 13:1-4)
In Honduras there are 3 independent governing powers: judicial (the power to do justly on behalf of the people by a group of people chosen by the people); legislative (a group of people whose job is to look after the best interest of the society by voting in new laws); and executive (a group of people whose job is to obey and make others obey the constitution, the law, and other legal dispositions. The president fits into this group). In our government the check and balances do not allow one power to make a decision without the support and the approval of the others.
These are “the governing authorities,” referred to in Romans, that “God has established” in Honduras; “everyone must submit” to them–even, and most of all, the president. Manuel Zelaya, our former president, did not only disobey the law (which in it self is sufficient reason for him to be punished), but he was also disrespecting our other God-established authorities on national and international television—and that without shame. Personally speaking, what kind of president disrespects and makes fun of his own people?
What you hear on the news about the military taking over by force is not true!!! Honduran law, and any law for that matter, states that if you disobey the law you will be punished by the law. The military did not perform a coup d’état; Honduras is not under a military dictatorship. The army received from the Judicial Supreme Court and Congress of Honduras orders to arrest the President and all who were in power. Others who were like-minded were also arrested for violating our law and disrespecting our people. Then the military took the president and flew him to Costa Rica. Their reasons for doing that? I’m not sure, but I think it is because they wanted to be kind and not put him into prison.
We are not looking to pick fights. We are protecting and enforcing our law, and as a result, we, an independent, self- governing nation, now have Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, lead by Hugo Chavez, intruding into our affairs. By taking action of our own accord, we are proving to the world that we are taking a strong stand against communism and socialism. We have not been disrespectful to any other nation. We might be a poor, third-world country, but we have many citizens here who fear God and are not going to idly cross our arms and let just anyone—especially Hugo Chavez—control our country. In closing, contrary to what many news channels are saying, Honduras IS acting according to law.
Dear friends, please continue to pray for stability and terms of agreement from both sides.”