Rob McCoy: ‘God gave man dominion; He wants us to govern’

By Michael Hernandez

 (Editor’s Note:  The American Legacy Series continues with a lecture given by Councilman Rob McCoy every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 14, Newbury Park.  All are welcomed to explore “the origins of our American Government, how it is relevant, and how it is shaping our future.”) 


NEWBURY PARK—“God gave us this concept of dominion:  be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:26-28)—this means govern.  The Lord gives man dominion.  He wants us to operate and establish government,” said Rob McCoy at the 7th American Legacy lecture at Godspeak Calvary Chapel.

“In the Declaration of Independence we have the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—four references to God—which became the inspiration and groundwork for the Constitution.”

In his opening remarks, McCoy shared his experience facilitating a mock City Council meeting  for Conejo Valley elementary school children.   “Why not teach civics to kids?  I would like to do a three-month high school class outside the school day, giving the top 10 students who complete the course a $1,000 scholarship.”  McCoy stated that he already has a sponsor willing to write the check.

“As the State is stronger, the individual is weaker.  As the State becomes as big as you want; it can take everything away.”

McCoy had the lecture audience review the first four Articles of the Constitution and the number of sections they contained:  Article 1 on the Legislative (10 sections); Article 2 on the Executive (4 sections); Article 3 on the Judicial (3 sections); Article 4 on the States (4 sections).

“What does this tell you?” stated McCoy.   “The judicial is the least dangerous branch of government.   It can be defunded. This has happened three different times in the history of our nation.  The legislative is the most dangerous branch because we directly elect legislators.  This idea of majority will can be dangerous.

“We are called to this idea of dominion but more importantly—that we rule in a pluralistic society under the constraints of a Constitution—as men and women who have equality—through dignity.   This is the brilliance of what we have been given.”

McCoy thanked the lecture audience:  “You are an inspiration for me, as a city councilman who loves this country and this city.   We have a gift we have been given by our founders.”

McCoy was asked what would he wish the most for the city council?  “Come to city council meetings once a month or at least, six times a year.  Speak, let the city council hear you and know what you believe.  Thank them.  Build civility.”

­(Editor’s Note:  For complete video link to week 7 of the Legacy Series go to:


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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