The Late Great United StatesPosted: November 6, 2017
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –John Adams
In 1787, prior to the signing of the U.S. constitution, Ben Franklin had this speech read to the other delegates, being too weak with age to read it himself:
“In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Since 1979, I’ve been saying that we, as a nation, are headed for despotism. Really, I sensed it as early as 1973, but could not have articulated what I was sensing. I don’t see how any thinking, wide awake person can deny that this is now inevitable. I loved liberty. I refer to it in the past tense because I’m old enough to remember when we had it, or, at least, all such things being relative, far more of it than we have now. The reason for this can’t be stated any better than by John Adams and Ben Franklin in the above quotes. Man is corrupt; males, females, leftists, conservatives, gay, straight, all of us – our propensity is toward corruption, and our corruption comes from selfishness. Anyone who has ever raised a child, if they’re honest, knows that this tendency toward corruption is inherent – not learned. Indeed, resisting corruption is something that must be taught. No one needs to be taught to be bad.
Events of the last couple of days testify to our slide into despotism. Predictably, a leftist I know rejoiced that Rand Paul was attacked and had his ribs broken. A deranged man killed more than two dozen people in a church and in response people run to their soapboxes and express outrage at those with opposing soapboxes.
That second event, the church shooting, will serve to illustrate where I stand on the current state of affairs in this country. I love our Constitution, including the second amendment. I don’t personally own guns, but most of the people I know do. In the area I’ve lived in most of my life, there are, literally, many times more guns than people. None of the people I know have ever shot anyone. But this is irrelevant. Because despite the fact that many people, maybe even most people, choose to exercise good character (in spite of their propensity toward corruption), the nation, collectively, is rotten to the core. So while I do not advocate repealing the second amendment, or any other of our liberties, nothing can be done to escape the pit we are being pulled into. In practice, if not in theory, all of our liberties are being hacked away. They are becoming shells of their former selves.
I am using the second amendment only as a relevant example. My thoughts today, as a Jesus follower, are about how I must respond to the times I live in. What would Jesus do? He who laid down his life, not only for me personally, but for the whole world? Jesus didn’t come to create a Utopia on earth. He came to provide an example of how to respond to a broken world. He never commanded that we build a certain brand of society and then fight to preserve it at all costs. What if, to fulfill our calling, we need to lay aside our liberties? The thought horrifies me as much as it does you. Lord, help me. Help us.