Our Government Is Not For A People Who Are Not Moral And Religious

We have not government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…..Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.  –  John Adams  [this quote came for a pamphlet published by Wallbuilders, Inc.  It says the quote came from a letter dated October 13, 1789]

Ever wonder what has gone wrong with our government?  John Adams’ quote makes it quite clear.  Our government was never intended to function when our citizens have turned their back on God.  In fact, I can’t function properly.  As a result, we get a government that is functioning as ours is now.

We have governments trying to tell businesses how to run their business, how much they have to pay entry level employees, how much profit they are allowed to make, etc.  We have local, state, and federal governments telling people what they can do with their own property.  We have judges making law against the wishes of the masses.  We have people who are dependant on government handouts.  We have people who think the government should protect us from ourselves.  When we spill our coffee on ourselves we file lawsuits against the company that sold it to us.  We file lawsuits against the manufacturer of the gun used by a criminal to commit a crime.  In our schools, we are more worried about a childs self esteem than whether or not they are learning the basics…reading, writing, and arithmetic.

I could go on but I think you get the point.  Our government is inadequate for the current state of our people.  What can be done?

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10 Responses to Our Government Is Not For A People Who Are Not Moral And Religious

  1. If W is the benchmark for religious morality, I would vote in Anton Levay as President with Aleister Crowley and VP in a heartbeat.

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  2. l3rucewayne says:

    I actually have an interesting plan to save America (with little confidence that it would work however) I’m just a bit too shy about it at the moment to post it. It needs tinkering, particularly the logistics of it. Maybe I’ll get it up soon anyway however for critical appraisal of the basic idea(s). Feel like reading an email of it?

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  3. Tom says:

    Sure, send it to me. I would like to read it.

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  4. l3rucewayne says:

    Done

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  5. Does this saving America plan involve banning reality TV? That might be a good start…

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  6. l3rucewayne says:

    lol, It is a potential side effect, but not specifically no.

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  7. Tom says:

    Banning reality TV is a good start or it could be a side effect….either way its all good.

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  8. Jesse says:

    Let me preface this by saying I read your blog a lot and find it interesting and thought provoking. Having said that…

    I think you are missing the mark here — what does judges overturning the popular will of the people have to do with God? When the Supremes outlawed segregation, they went against the popular will — feel free to defend Jim Crow laws democratically enacted. How often does popularity intersect with Christ-like behavior? Not very often.

    I thought we were called to be in the world but not of it. When you participate in power politics, make no mistake, you are of the world, not merely in it. When a politician runs attack ads, he is of the world. When he plays games with important issues, he is of the world. From our greatest presidents to our worst, from Lincoln to Harding, they have one thing in common — they were of the world — seeking earthly power with greater fervor than serving God’s will. We all try to tell ourselves that we are the rightous ones and “they” are the baddies. We ain’t and we aren’t much different from “them” when we are grubbing for defense contracts, electoral votes and school board seats.

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  9. Tom says:

    Jesse,

    Thanks for reading my blog. Your comments seem to be suggesting that you believe that Christians should not participate in the process of government. Did I read it wrong? If that is what you meant then I must disagree.

    You correctly point out that Christians are to be in the world but are not of the world. I agree with this but I need to make a distinction. Christians have dual citizenship. We are citizens of Heaven as a result of being adopted into God’s family. This is our ultimate destination and where our true citizenship lies. We are also citizens of the world due to the fact that we were born into humanity.

    Many Christians mistakenly believe that since we are to be in the world but not of the world that we are to take no part in the operation of the world. This is a false conception. God tells us in His word that He governs the operation of His creation and that governments (as we are discussing here) are His creation and that we are to subject ourselves to them. He is to be first in authority then comes the authorities He places over us. We, as Christians, are to seek to glorify God through the operation of our governments as well as all things. We can only do this by getting involved and participating. Many, perhaps most, people who participate in the various government agencies do so to glorify and enrich themselves. I won’t dispute that. It is due to our sinful nature. Sinful people do sinful things. But that does not excuse Christians from trying to change things.

    God calls us to repentance in all areas. If a person happens to work in a government position or be an elected official does not change that. In whatever position God places us we are to seek to glorify Him first. If we do that, He will bring revival to our country. What more could we ask for?

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  10. Jesse says:

    Thanks for the response to my response. It is not that I don’t think we should participate. I just think that we should participate very carefully. I think right wing and left wing evangelicals get too excited about “their team” winning and forgot who’s team they’re really on.

    I’m not trying to make this a partisan issue, but I must say that I have been very dismayed at the way politically conservative evangelicals have allowed themselves to be used by the current administration. I am dismayed by the way we have conflated patriotism with Christianity — that somehow this is God’s country any more than any other country is God’s country. And as much as I am a fan of Obama, he’ll likely do the same thing — string evangelicals along with religious rhetoric while doing things that aren’t very Christian. And because we humans like nothing more than being close to power, Obama evangelicals will do the same as the Bush one have — shrug their shoulders and tell themselves that this is the lesser of two evils — and oh by the way, thanks for the invite to the private tour of the White House.

    As the son of parents who had policemen and dogs attack them for merely asking that they be treated equally, I have no problem with participation. But like I said in my first post, once you move past fighting injustice, you start seeking power for power’s sake, not God’s.

    Thanks for the respectful exchange,

    Jesse

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