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According to my worldview – which is based on the presupposition that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God – there is a law of what we refer to as “sowing and reaping.” Most people in this country have heard, “What you sow, that shall you reap,” or the secularized version, “What goes around, comes around.” The bottom line is that the principle cannot be avoided any more than the law of gravity.
As we witness an unbelievable level of breakdown in what we once called our justice system, it is time for some serious national soul searching – particularly by those called by God to shepherd His people.
Some of our most recent offenses:
- In the new mode of granting civilian status and constitutional protection to terrorists a la 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the government of “We The People” continues to prosecute our bravest and best for simply doing their duty. Brave Navy SEALs are the latest to join the ranks with some of our Marines as targets of their own government. The SEAL’s “crime”? An enemy butcher responsible for war crimes claims he was “punched.”
- Four police officers serving their city and the people are dead, murdered in Parkland, Wash. (south of Tacoma), at the evident hand of a criminal with a lengthy and violent rap sheet who should have been long behind bars, but was given clemency and a series of paroles.
- Prosecuting CIA agents while giving a pass to subversive Islamic radical Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as he preyed upon our military.
- Our Congress has elevated sexual depravity of unimaginable forms to protected status and plans to fund the legal murdering of unborn children with our tax dollars.
So, what is the connection – or is there one? Am I stretching things in claiming a connection? Possibly, but bear with me.
It is impossible to remove standards of morality, justice, decency, virtue and absolute truth without expecting the bottom to fall out at every level of our society. While I am very encouraged that we are witnessing pastors, parishioners and non-churchgoing but right-valued citizens rise up against the runaway Marxism of our governing leaders in Washington, D.C., we must realize that we cannot expect decades of our silence and inaction to be remedied without cost.
Many of you will be familiar with this quote from John Adams, and I have referenced it before, but please take a moment to read it slowly and carefully. Then ponder the full significance of what he was stating:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
In other words, when the moral virtue and the strong religious (Judeo-Christian) faith of the people decay or collapse, the Constitution is not worth the parchment it was drafted on.
Also, the legal scholar from whom many of our Founding Fathers drew inspiration articulated some profound principles in the framework of our laws and justice system. Sir William Blackstone stated:
The belief of a future state of rewards and punishments, the entertaining of just ideas of the main attributes of the Supreme Being, and a firm persuasion that He superintends and will finally compensate every action in human life (all of which are revealed in the doctrines of our Savior, Christ), these are the grand foundations of all judicial oaths … all moral evidences, therefore all confidence in human veracity, must be weakened by apostasy, and overthrown by total infidelity.
When enough people reject this premise and embrace self-serving, corrupt and/or immoral life decisions as well as governing leaders, anarchy is our only end.
The first business of the Christian and every church is to make disciples and teach those disciples all Christ commanded us, starting with our own hearts and homes. If the 300,000-plus churches in this nation were doing so adequately, evil and sin would not be abounding, and the escalation of injustice would be vanquished.
While we rise up to stand boldly against the destruction of our laws, our culture and our Judeo-Christian foundations, let us begin with heart checks as to our own complicity by silence or weakness. Then we must humbly determine our willingness to give everything we have to reassert the only principles that have ever produced the blessings we enjoy.
Only then will our military personnel, our law enforcement and our families be given the just protection and support against evil that is vital to our survival.