September 1, 2011
Is it too much to ask of public officials that they bind themselves, personally, to do nothing contrary to God’s laws?
I guess it must be, or someone, somewhere, would be doing it.
We have entered our long, drawn-out presidential election season. I pray that most of us are eager to rid the country of Barack Obama and try to clean up the mess he’s made. But so far, the menu of Republican candidates seems anything but appetizing.
Well, who’s perfect?
Ron Paul, the libertarian saint, voted for the homosexual army. Thanks, Ron.
Rick Perry looks like George W. Bush’s second term repackaged. Will we never learn?
Michelle Bachman, we really do need you—in the House of Representatives. Somebody’s got to get the light bulb ban repealed.
Other than being slick, slippery, two-faced and untrustworthy, Mitt Romney’s just swell.
The media’s favorite candidate, John Henchman—oops! Sorry! It’s Huntsman, isn’t it?—is a Democrat with an “R” after his name. As in “Global Warming ‘R’ Us.”
Herman Cain, please explain why you didn’t want the Federal Reserve Board audited when you were serving on it.
And so on, and so on…
No matter who gets elected, we are not going to see salvation come flowing down from Washington. Our nation’s far too corrupt for that.
We don’t breed the members of our ruling class, Kennedys and Bushes notwithstanding. They come slithering up from the bosom of the American people, up from one of the most debauched cultures that the world has ever seen. We the people are in love with fornication. Sheer sleaze is our favorite entertainment. We send our Christian children to anti-Christian public schools to be taught by anti-Christian teachers’ unions. Not one of our institutions functions as it should. Those whose job it is to inform us, teach us, or enlighten us tell us nothing but lies. Our law-makers routinely break the law. And we are content to have it so.
Is it any wonder that our leaders look like us?
I won’t tell you who to vote for. They’re all flawed, some of them more deeply than others. The only good we can expect to come of this election is to cast Obama out of office—and his pack of czars and minions, and his race-baiting attorney general, with him.
We are not going to be able to elect wise and godly governors until we learn how to govern ourselves in a wise and godly fashion. We have an awful lot of bad habits that we’ll have to kick! But our leaders rise up from our culture, and we can’t expect them to get any better until we and our culture get better.
As Christians we know that no amount of pious self-help will turn us into plaster saints. St. Paul teaches us: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me: but how to perform that which is good, I find not.” (Romans 7:18) We know that the sins which we denounce lurk in our own flesh, too.
So we have no warrant to be self-righteous, and no hope of creating a utopia. We are sinners, and sanctification is God’s work, not our own.
Nevertheless, there are some things we could do to make our culture less toxic than it is.
First… read the Bible! Where else are we going to get God’s Word? Too many of our churches just don’t preach it; and others spin it and tweak it to suit their own purposes. A lot of Christians may wind up being very surprised by what they find in the Bible. King Josiah, who was never exposed to the Bible until he was a grown man, was certainly surprised. “[W]hen the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes… ‘because [he said] our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book…’” (II Kings 22:11,12) If the Bible is new to you, prepare to be shocked.
Second… Please! Take your children out of public school. Teach them at home, or send them to a Christian school. Yes, I know, everybody’s got a different story to explain why this is impossible. Meanwhile, their children are taught that “You can be a boy when you feel like a boy, and a girl when you feel like a girl,” and the teachers’ unions rake in hundreds of millions of dollars, in dues, to fund Far Left politics and politicians. And by the time the schools are finished with the kids, it’s a miracle if any of them are still Christians.
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Third… pray, and seek God’s counsel—not just in matters of “religion,” but in every area of life. Sometimes I think “religion” is nothing but a wall we build around God’s Word to keep it from getting into our business, our politics, and our personal lives outside of church. We would do well to know down that wall.
If we do none of these things, we will continue to be governed by pagans, thieves, and liars—because we will be, for all practical purposes, a heathen people. And God will see to it that we get the government we deserve.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com