Response to the Raid in Levi

Here in our little clan in Vermont, accounts were read aloud to our whole community about the recent raid in Germany. Interestingly enough, those reading had to keep explaining to the listeners, “In much of Europe, you are considered guilty until you prove yourself innocent. If their government deems you suspect in a crime, the responsibility is upon you to clear yourself of the charges.”

Our people, adults and children alike, were shocked and incredulous. They could not imagine such an unjust attitude on the part of governing authorities, because in this country a person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Yom Teruah (September 5, 2013) was indeed a Day of Awakening for many of us.

The all-powerful Creator, Himself, has never been a tyrannical authority. The concept of “inalienable human rights” is ancient — as ancient as the Creator giving commands and warnings to the first man and woman, but allowing them to make their own choices. And then He brought mercy to them in the face of the tragic results of their choices, by setting more boundaries that they and their offspring would have to choose to obey or not. And human history has marched on from there. Authority in the family and in human governments was set to support the family unit, protect peace in societies, promote normal hard work, etc.

Why would authorities with “right doctrine” strive to destroy citizens with “wrong doctrine”? What threat did the people of Klosterzimmern pose to any authority? Their lives and homes were open, visited even by thousands who year-by-year attended their well-received “Hoffest.” They were appreciated and praised by their neighbors in their local area.

This is a strange outcome for such people. Are “good citizens” only those who fall into narrowly-defined boundaries of behavior and thought? This reminds me of a children’s book called A Wrinkle in Time, popular in the nineteen-sixties in American schools. It describes a society where children who do not bounce their ball exactly in rhythm with “normal” children were re-programmed into synchronization.

Many of the state constitutions established in the new American colonies (before the national Constitution was written and ratified) were written expressly to protect citizens from excessive government interference. These early colonists had experienced quite enough arbitrary restriction of liberty, oppression of conscience, and confiscation of the produce of their hard labor. Their early documents clarified that government is to be the strong defender of freedom of conscience. Freedom of religion was not just “free thought,” but freedom of practice. The “pursuit of happiness” had everything to do with living a good life, raising your family and earning your living without government domination.

The inestimable value of such freedom was ingrained in the American temperament for a couple of centuries. The emotional attachment to the doctrine of “inalienable rights” is still strong among Americans, but the understanding of what our rights are, where they come from, and how to retain and practice them is waning fast. Even in public schools here in America, the Constitution and Bill of Rights are taught mostly from a dialectical point of view.

It is evident to me this very day: our inalienable human rights will be exercised at increasing risk to our personal freedom. Our children must be raised seeing us parents do this, but how very sobering to see the result upon our friends in Germany! Some of our European acquaintances living here in Vermont say sadly, “These things are coming soon in America as well.”

When I first heard of this raid and realized that individual social workers and police who raided our homes in Klosterzimmern and Wornitz were deceitful, dishonest, and illegal when measured according to their own laws, I was stunned. But why was I stunned?

Such a raid happened to our people, right here in New England, 29 years ago. At that time, a righteous man, learned in Constitutional Law, was sitting as judge that day. He returned our children to us with determination, conviction, and haste. Obviously he was placed in the seat of judgment on our behalf, by the Creator of All.

Even so, there were officials who knowingly and confidently compromised our inalienable rights in order to put an end to our community. They actually said so in published interviews. Such people are implacable, according to Proverbs 30:14. The issue was actually one of control, rather than the personal welfare of our individual children.

Since that time, our people have met law-enforcement and social workers who were present in our homes that day, who actually deplored what was happening, spent the day in great turmoil of conscience as they met our wonderful children, and struggled for years over the fact that their own government would do such a thing to innocent families, in violation of its own state and federal constitutions.

When I read the personal accounts of the recent raid, written by our friends from Klosterzimmern and Wornitz, I realized anew that our ultimate struggle is not against actual people, but against unseen spiritual powers which motivate and manipulate people and governments. I took hope that perhaps some portion of a government agency in Germany acted in haste from unknown motives, not actually in complete communication with and direction from their superiors on higher levels. And I wondered whether some of the police and social workers are now experiencing agonies of conscience, as they realize that they raided the homes and divided the families of good people. Perhaps they feel deeply responsible for whatever hurt might come upon those children while they are separated from their parents.

Surely justice must come in Germany for the good people of the Twelve Tribes, and even for the good people of conscience in all of Germany, who also stand oppressed by the threat of what happened to our households in Klosterzimmern and Wornitz.

Having said all of that, I will add that I came to visit the Twelve Tribes Community almost 29 years ago, soon after hearing about the injustice of the Island Pond Raid. The wonderful life of love and forgiveness that I found has fascinated and satisfied me ever since. My husband and I have been married for 27 years, raising a family of five children here in the Twelve Tribes in New England. Our two oldest children are now married and raising their own families in this Way. So I take hope that others also will be led to the Twelve Tribes through this situation in Germany.

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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