I realize that some may take offense to my position and contention. But I believe that our Founding Fathers knew the true source of Freedom and Peace. I believe that in their deliberations and labors to establish a viable government and a foundational document by which it would be governed the found it defined in a Bible verse. That verse is Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace (reproach) to any people.” I make no apologies in using the Bible to contend for the Free America established by our Founders.
My faith in God and in what I believe is to be His and our Founder’s intent for America is strong enough to weather any contentious arguments and vitriol hurled at me by those who disagree. I adamantly defend your right to disagree but would hope that rather than using vile language, and personal insults you would simply argue your position and accept the American and biblical precept and value that we have the right to believe what we believe. It may cost us dearly, even eternally, but we have the right to make that choice for ourselves.
I truly believe that our only hope as a nation or a republic is embodied in that Bible verse. There is another verse in Proverbs that is applicable, Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan.” Some would take that and say that the reason for the unrest and resistance of today is the wicked man is Donald Trump (their words not mine). They forget the things he has stood for in defending our Freedom of Religion and how Barack H. Obama did severe damage to our religious liberty while defending Islam and matters contrary to the Bible. The wicked man should be understood as an ideology, a philosophy, an agenda and it appears is becoming a political party in today’s America.
When I consider the possibility that Planned Parenthood has used means to keep the hearts of aborted babies beating in order to harvest organs, I am pierced through with both anger and sorrow. When I consider the statements of Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam regarding the extermination of a baby born alive in a botched abortion, I am shaken to my core. When I consider the move of the New York Legislature and the Governor of that state to allow abortion up to the moment of birth, my faith in humanity takes a severe blow.
If one does not view that life in the womb a human being but simply a blob of tissue and no different than a tumor, there is no remorse in ripping it from its hope of life. However, if you believe as do I and millions of others that that developing being in the womb is a human being, a human baby, you must be shaken deeply when you witness this insensitively regarding human life. The factual reality that 60 million babies have been aborted since Roe v Wade is mind-boggling to this American. That is one of the issues that draw me to the verse in Proverbs 14.
I don’t want to make this article totally about abortion, though it is a traumatizing subject for me. In America today, it seems that we have, almost daily, plunged deeper into the cesspool of hate and the thirst for vengeance and retaliation become so strong some believe that anything goes. A society that strips one segment of its inalienable and constitutional rights trying to force the rights of another group on everyone is not a righteous society. It is a self-centered and self-serving society that opens the door and beckons chaos, anarchy, and tyranny to enter.
Alexander Hamilton said, “People get the government they deserve.” That is a scathing indictment and I wish I could say it is unverifiable and untrue, but history suggests otherwise. In True Liberty and Freedom there are responsibilities and I do not believe we can have Liberty or Freedom without a measure of Righteousness. If a person becomes a criminal and ceases to live responsibly he will likely be arrested, tried, and sentenced to jail. That person failed in the fulfillment and exercise of their responsibilities. A baby has no responsibilities. The infant does not have to concern himself/herself with paying the bills or earning a living. Likewise, that infant has no liberties. That child does not get to decide where he/she is going to sleep, eat, or what they will wear. As that child grows older more and more responsibilities are given and more is expected. With Liberty comes Responsibility and that includes maintaining a standard of moral rightness and recognition of the Rights of Others.
James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the architect of the American Constitution expressed the view I am offering. He said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government. Far from it. We have staked the future upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves and to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Imagine that! He would find that today’s politically correct world would reject his argument and ban the Ten Commandments from any public building or monument.
When the government takes over and subsidizes anything it must also control that which it subsidizes. That has been witnessed in the world of education and that control of government has resulted in our educational system becoming one that bans all things biblical. In place of the Ten Commandments and the Bible we have Values Clarification, Gender Neutral Arguments, the Welfare State’s values proclaimed as humane and compassionate, and a one-world government view promoted. Hitler said in 1920, “Give me the minds of the children, and in one generation I will give you the Fascist super state.” Today, in education the Bible is our and Humanism, Communism, Socialism, and a godless and gender-neutral philosophy is taught.
At the risk of losing my entire audience, I suggest that this transpired because too many of those of us of Faith were silent too long and watched the erosion of our Freedom and the devaluing of human life and morality in America. I blame those of us who served as pastor and preacher for taking the assumed road of spiritual superiority and leaving politics to the politicians. I heard someone say that to say, “Don’t mix politics and religion” is like saying put fish in one barrel and salt in another.
If our character does not permeate our society and the values of moral rightness as taught in the Bible do not invade our halls and edicts of government, we will decay and drift farther from our original moorings. The liberties and freedoms sought and fought for by the founders will be lost or so tarnished and diminished they become unrecognizable. The Church and all Christians have a responsibility to warn of wickedness and set the standard in caring for the needy, addressing the issues of the hurting, addicted, bound, and afflicted. We must train up our children in the way they should go and give them godly and righteous examples to pattern their lives after. We must take the lead in addressing the politics of politicians and reclaim our nation and restore the principles of liberty, freedom, and moral rightness. Failure to do so will result in loss beyond most people’s ability to comprehend.
God bless you and God bless America is both my prayer and my desire!