- - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In 445 B.C., Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to repair the badly damaged and dilapidated city walls. He had convinced the Persian King Artaxerxes to allow him to travel to Jerusalem to undertake this monumental task. By recognizing the problem and being willing to do something about it, Nehemiah got the entire project (which was full of danger and numerous obstacles) completed in only 52 days, a truly magnificent achievement for which Nehemiah gave thanks and full credit to God.

In my opinion, radio host and author Mark R. Levin serves as a modern-day Nehemiah in writing his new book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.” The problems of an overbearing and overreaching federal government, professional political class and runaway spending are all identified and well-researched. Mr. Levin’s plan of action for a convention of states to discuss, propose and hopefully ratify several important amendments to the Constitution (a process fully authorized under Article V of the Constitution) is reminiscent of the plan of action Nehemiah successfully undertook to repair the walls of Jerusalem. For sure, “Often God uses one person to express the vision and others to turn it into reality.”

Let us hope there are enough concerned citizens in our country willing to help in this effort, regardless of the obstacles, to bring about the changes needed in our government. This is the only way we can return to the wise intentions of our Founding Fathers.

PAUL GARDINER

Hoschton, Ga.