An Imaginary World
Once upon a time, government was a far away thing that people were largely unaware of except when wars were being fought or infrastructure, like railroads or highways, were coming to their area. People knew they had to be self reliant because there were no agencies to turn to, no federal or state assistance to care for them when they had families to feed, and charities were comprised of locals who wanted to help people out of the goodness of their hearts, if they existed in an area at all. In that time, people lived, as they do today, according to Gods law or contrary to it. But they usually suffered the harsh consequences of their misdeeds and we didn’t apologize for it. Today, anything goes.
In 1902, the federal governments revenue accounted for 2.71% of the Gross Domestic Product. Include state and local taxes and the total burden then was about 7%. Today, that total is over 35%. Before the permanent income tax was imposed in 1913 the government got most of their tax dollars from real estate and other property taxes. Today it is derived primarily from income taxes. With steadily high unemployment and so many of those who are employed working for the government, whose only income is gained from taxing people, the math isn’t hard to do. Government, bureaucracies, and pension liabilities continue to grow at an alarming rate, and big brother is in your life to stay.
My primary fight for the last few years has been for the protection of our constitutional rights. I have seen a huge push by progressive liberals to transform America into a socialist ideal, because their evil leaders have convinced the sheeple that this is the height of compassion and humanity, to level the playing field so that no one has more than anyone else. My fear of losing my rights and of America being remade into this communist dream has motivated me. But last night I listened to a speech entitled “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gun Fight” by Ted R. Weiland, and it got me thinking.
A persons worldview makes all the difference when we are speaking of rights, responsibilities, and governance of those things. Weiland asserts that the Bill of Rights, and, indeed, even the Constitution, were written by men to govern men. But those things defined as rights, such as the right to bear arms (which assumes a right to protect and defend oneself and family, as well as the right to put down tyrants) were assigned to us by God as responsibilities, not rights. This begs the question, are we neglecting our responsibilities to God in lieu of accepting the rights granted to us by men who would presume to tell us what we may or may not do?
Before you go into a rant defending the system our founding fathers put into place, let us explore what this fantasy world might look like if we were to accept what God has deemed to be the things we must do to live righteous lives, and if we were to reject the notion that man can transform God’s commands to be responsible into rights delegated and regulated by sinful man.
How might the world be different if those of us who called ourselves Christians actually lived a life based on the examples Jesus Christ gave us? Would the churches still be strong influences in our societies? Would the government endeavor to remove God from the public square and replace Him? Would those in need turn to churches for aid and guidance instead of Uncle Sam, who has made it legal to rob us of our earnings in order to place a hook in the mouths of those who are happy to worship at the altar of the false god of government? Would American prisons be bursting at the seams with desperate people who are not dissuaded from their criminal activities by the fear of real judgment? Would the progressive agenda be able to get a foothold in society with their humanist agenda of self service and pleasure?
I don’t know the answers to all these questions. What I do know is that this once great nation is suffering a moral decline that has us on the brink of total collapse. Churches are now fearful that the government will take away their tax exempt statuses and pastors receive letters from Uncle demanding that they refrain from speaking to their congregations about elections. The Catholic Church has stopped doing adoptions because of government mandates that affect their ability to do their righteous work in accordance with their biblical beliefs. Christians across the nation are under attack by unbelievers who are willing to allow society to degenerate into Sodom and Gomorrah in order to defy God and worship self. But many Christians, instead of standing firmly on their Foundation, are busy trying to convert non believers in a manner that makes Jesus Christ anything but appealing to them. How many of us are missing the log in our own eye because we are busy seeing the speck in someone else’s?
If you’re a Star Trek fan you will be familiar with the term “brave new world.” I’m pretty sure that is how progressives view the path we are on. If Weiland is right, we have been on an inevitably declining course since the beginning. I know I will hear from the non Christians who will caution that not all conservatives are Christians and that I should be careful not to promote such a thing. This is all I can offer you. I am a Christian and I believe in the bible. I do not believe it is any Christians right or responsibility to force anyone to worship God. But I do believe it is our duty to live as God commanded us to live and to be active in the political arena so as not to allow our morality to be determined or governed by politicians or liberals. God is our moral compass. And our responsibility is to Him, not to the progressive agenda, and not to Uncle Sam.