ROBERT F LAWRENCE
PO BOX 515
FOUNTAIN FL 32438-0515
February 8, 1998
You and I are quite in agreement that going to jail for marijuana is not the path we
choose at this time.
The thing that Jim Tranmer has been articulating so very well the last few years is that the nature of the American government is such that asking it for the right to smoke marijuana is just seeking a permission slip from Satan.
When I first saw the plastic I.D. cards being issued to the patients in California, I got the same eerie feeling I did when I first saw bar codes appearing on the products in the grocery stores.
I began to suspect early on while meeting various people in the "hemp movement", that many would gladly accept a big fat red, white and blue tattoo right smack dab in the center of their forehead if it meant they could legally smoke marijuana. I heard a lady on C-Span declare that she would proudly accept a silicon chip implant device on her hand if it identified her as a legitimate American citizen.
Bible prophecy reveals clearly that some of us will not only have to go to jail, but some will be killed if we do not allow ourselves to be numbered and marked for buying and selling. While Jim wisely sees the hopelessness of pleading with a machine, we have also noticed that those patients who are allowed the priviledged plastic cards are being placed onto state registeries. If there is any immunity granted to some, it will be much like the mobsters who wreck your home and business and then come back and sell you protection.
It is an honorable thing to "Deliver the poor and needy" and to "rid them out of the hand of the wicked", but marijuana legalization does not exist in a vacuum. When we consider the inevitability of the continued progress of technology, coupled with the inherent sinful nature of man, America is destined to fulfill the prophecy. "You and I have a date with destiny" Ronald Reagan (666).
Why would we even desire to stop such a grand catharsis? The purging and purification of the earth must come to pass. When I saw the identification cards being issued to the medical marijuana patients and more of the same being written right into all the initiatives headed for the ballot, I realized that whatever we do, can only help to fulfill the prophecy and never stop or delay it. Our work to 'free the herb' through politics and legislation can only facilitate placing a bar code on God's herbal gift and setting up sick people for the 'mark of the beast'.
This little 'plant of renown' has been a catalyst for many of our generation who had become so separated from our own souls that we may well have remained forever in that misery and confusion that continues to imprison most of the institutionalized population of our world. However, attempting to incorporate that true freedom into the old wine skins of human government, religion and economics is pure folly and extreme vanity. It is much akin to mixing our drinking water with dirt. The truth is polluted and the institutions become invigorated and even stronger. Jim Tranmer may well be one of the few men in America who is not in prison. He is certainly one of the most free souls I have ever met.
Right before being sentenced to Federal prison for 35 years, Jim testified to the judge who was about to pronounce his punishment. In an uncharacteristic voice, not typical of Jim's usual cordial tone, he told the Federal Judge,"TO FIGHT AGAINST GANJA IS TO FIGHT AGAINST CREATION. AMERICA IS A SPIRITUALLY SICK NATION. YOU CANNOT WIN A WAR AGAINST CREATION". Only moments later, on that same day, July 26, 1994, my family and I were in our car in front of the Federal building, when we witnessed a loud explosion and a very bright flash of light. A large pelican had flown into the power line, shutting down the electricity for the area around the court house. The bird had given his life to temporarily cut off the power source for those buildings including the Public Library. The event seemed so dramatic at the time that I wrote several letters about it and somehow the story was picked up by the wire service and was talked about on various radio stations around the country. We just received a letter from a friend last week that they had heard the story on the intermet, now 3 & 1/2 years later. My wife, Asia, was inspired by the event to include the following in a song that she wrote & recorded, which was recently played on WBAI Radio in New York City. The song, BURN BABYLON, appears on a pro-Hemp Compilation CD along with various other artists from around the country to raise money for MAINE VOCALS. The song can also be found on a collection of original songs that ASIA titled NUNBERLESS IN BABYLON and recorded in our little solar powered home studio. Here are a few lyrics from "BURN BABYLON":
:THE WAR ON MARIJUANA IS WAR ON GOD'S CREATION
GOD'S CREATION IS FREEDOM, MAN'S CREATION IS CONTROL
ARMAGEDDON IS NOT A WAR AMONG THE NATIONS
ARMAGEDDON IS A WAR BETWEEN GOD'S ARMY AND MAN'S
GOD'S ARMY INCLUDES CREATURES OF THE NATUPAL WORLD
SUCH AS LOCUST AND BIRDS AS WELL AS ANGELS
JOEL TWO-TWENTY-FIVE, REVALATION NINETEEN
JESUS IS COMING ! WHERE DO YOU STAND ?"
Asia often speaks of the Second Coming of
Jesus back to this earth, though many tell her that it is foolish to wait for Him. I
do hope that as things continue to develop, others will consider joining us in living
"numberless in Babylon" and in our watching with patience and faith as the
coming days reveal that the restoration of all things is at hand.
Lots of love toward you Carl for your sincere concern for those suffering and imprisoned unjustly. In the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ
ROBERT F LAWRENCE
PO BOX 515
FOUNTAIN FL 32438-0515