The vast majority of our readers (although from our web stats we know we have a not inconsiderable number of international readers) are Americans. And I am an American. So, this is going to be written from an American perspective, but (obviously) I think it holds true regardless of your nationality. We know that the Founding Fathers of the United States were overwhelmingly Christian and got a lot of ideas that went into the Constitution from the Bible. And we know that most Americans consider America to be a nation Created and Blessed by God. Of course, our government has largely abandoned the principles of the Founders and laid upon the populace abuses worse than anything Mad King George imagined in his fevered nightmares. There have been debates for years over whether or not the usurpations of the British Government over the American’s rights were sufficient Biblical justification for the Americans to throw off the British government and establish our own. And we know that Ben Franklin famously said when asked of what kind of government the Constitution created, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” And that John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” We also know that in Romans chapter 13 the Apostle Paul tells us that human governments are ordained by God.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
And keep in mind, that Paul was writing this at a time when the Roman government considered Christianity to be a cult that should be exterminated from the earth. So, I think that it is safe to conclude that while the Constitution was written to secure the blessings of liberty, the form of the United States Government is not the only government that God could possibly ordain. And in fact, one could argue that the communist Chinese government is ordained of God, as loathsome as most Americans and Westerners would find it to live under that kind of regime. We must understand, then, that a Libertarian-style government is not guaranteed us. And a government that has some measure of democracy is not guaranteed us.
We will continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty that the Founding Fathers attempted to bestow us as long as we honor God of our own free will, and it is not certain that we can hold that line for much longer. I’m not even sure that we can make the case that we have held that line to this point. The US government routinely violates its own founding documents (How does having to go through a metal detector to appear in court for a summons jibe with the 4th Amendment guarantee against searches without probable cause? Appearing for Jury Duty is probable cause for a search?)
The nature of the question is that, politically, it seems that our best case scenario for the United States is a peaceful separation of the political left and right. There seems to be no common ground in the US anymore. The government is hopelessly gridlocked with a budget not being passed in years. As I see it, there are 3 options for the United States:
- Revival. The country returns to God and quits trying to destroy Christian culture and values in the country
- Peaceful separation. California secedes and we send them on their merry way and build a wall across the border so that their poisonous ways cease to affect the rest of us
- A second civil war. Which seems more and more inevitable with every passing day.
I fear that our only hope to avoid bloodshed is for God to intervene mightily on our behalf. But even if He does, I don’t know if it’s too late for our form of government to survive.