America has pushed aside Christianity and let socialism takes root in its place, under the guise of providing for its citizens. The generation is at hand who will likely fall into the socialist ideal of becoming dependent on government.
For example – When Christianity and biblical teachings were in public (government-run) schools, children understood their obligation to be obedient to the authority of God. Now, rules are subjective. Granted, some rules need to be evaluated, however, right and wrong should apply uniformly to all.
Families who made decisions based on the Ten Commandments and other biblical teachings included the appropriate punishments for disobedience. Now, spanking (swatting, not bruising or bleeding) is considered abuse, yet name-calling and cursing are prevalent. Consequences for wrong-doing are often either put aside or softened to the point no lesson is learned or behavior changed. A generation who never faced consequences has no respect for authority.
Another example is allowing certain psychologists to suggest that we should allow each person to decide what is right for themselves. I’m not suggesting that psychology as a whole is not corrupt or evil. However, the study of psychology without God deeply molds our thinking into a pattern of looking to ourselves rather than the true source of wisdom-God. Without instruction from the Word of God, when parents allowed a generation to decide their own definition of good and evil, we handed them the power to believe they were God. Only God gets to establish the rules. Only God is God.
In recent years, rather than promote truth and freedom, the US government has taken on a more legislative role, mandating one law after another regardless of God’s laws or the Constitution. However, the more power any government has, the more easily it falls into corruption. Shakespeare recognized that absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
At this writing, Judeo-Christian ethics are under attack and often tossed aside for more “modern” thinking. American government was never designed to take the place of God’s leadership in our lives or to allow us to be a god. It was to work within a framework of godliness and to serve the people in five areas;
- establish justice,
- insure domestic tranquility,
- provide for a common defense,
- promote the general welfare, and
- secure the blessings of liberty.
This is the range and responsibility of American government.
The founding fathers, desiring to be free from absolute government control (tyranny), established the Declaration of Independence. They understood that all men were created equal. All lives mattered equally. They believed that God endowed each person with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-not financial success, or the latest fashion. Those are individual pursuits, not roles of the government.
These founding fathers believed that the government’s power came at the consent of the governed, not arbitrarily decided by the rulers. They wrote that when any government became destructive (of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. Abuses of power, and despotism have no place in a government of, by, and for the people.
In their written expression of their desire to be freed from unwarranted jurisdiction, they openly appealed to God, the Supreme Judge of the world, and counted on the protection of Divine Providence, rather than any other entity.
If we continue to steer this country away from God and give more power to human legislators, Shakespeare’s adage will prove itself on American soil.
President George Washington, in his farewell address to the country, looked ahead to the possibility of “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men … subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reigns of government, …to unjust dominion.”
Of the need for religion, Washington said, “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports … great pillars of human happiness … the firmest props of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them … where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths … in courts of justice?”
He hoped “heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution which is the work of your hands may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue.”
Washington said the unity of government which constitutes you one people … a main pillar of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of the very liberty which you so highly prize … respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty.”
We would be wise to listen and learn. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people, is vastly different from a government that mandates more than it frees.
In The Elijah Mandate, readers will see how America’s stage is set for the transition to a socialist nation. The Elijah Mandate, II, (coming summer 2021) will give a glimpse into what life in America under Communism will look like.