To take something away from this article, it matters not if you believe in God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the Easter Bunny…because the principles I am going to speak about are written in the laws of nature and in the conscience of each individual man.
The Apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Romans that individuals “…shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness…”
These divine laws are fixed in our universe; it matters not if you are a theist, atheist, or humanist. Whether you believe in God or not, these moral and natural laws are absolute and hard-wired into our DNA…and they leave no room for debate.
Thus, I will not be advocating for one political party over another, one political ideal over another, one government over another. This article is about the inherent principles that should guide our relationship with government. As Francis Schaeffer said, “There is no difference between an authoritarian government from the right or left; the results are the same.”
I submit that in our government today there is no right or left, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal…there is only good versus evil, right versus wrong, and truth versus deception. And while it is still in our power as Americans to choose good, to choose right, and to choose truth we must do so–over party loyalty–and we must choose these things over pragmatism.
Frederick Moore Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said something that is eerily indicative of our society today. He said this, “Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes.” But we cannot have freedom without foundation or we will have freedom which leads to chaos. This is not the freedom I am advocating.
Moral absolutes must serve as the foundation of our government. I believe there are two sets of values driving the political discourse today: the ever-shifting values articulated by Justice Vinson; and the Biblical absolutes anchored in the sacred text.
George Washington said in his farewell address 1796,
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.”
These moral supports are not found in any political party. They are found within, in our conscience, placed there by a Divine Law Giver…and it is the duty of each one of us to exercise that conscience in the voting booth. The responsibility to cherish the principles of morality and religion, Washington said, does not fall just on the politician. No, it falls equally on the pious man.
“We, the people” are the pious man. We are the government. The Constitution reads “WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES…” It is our responsibility as pious people to protect it, to fight for it, and to elect those who will stand with you to do the same, regardless of party affiliation. Further, and more importantly, we must run out of the halls of our government institutions those who would try to subvert it.
Our government is full of such subversives. Political activism is not just “speaking truth to power.” The internet is full of videos where people speak before legislators lecturing them on what our Constitution is supposed to mean, as if such legislators are innocently ignorant of what the Constitution says.
Ignorance is not their problem. The problem is that they know their actions violate the Constitution and our values. They already know what we believe and why. The problem is that they don’t care. This apathy is calculated and deliberate. They don’t need to be educated. They need to be exposed and replaced by someone who shares our values. The only way to deal with subversive politicians is to vote them out of office.
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