“Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged” (Proverbs 28:2).
Since Obama came to power, some have thought it was only a matter of time before his Anti-American policies created civil unrest. Has it come to pass? You be the judge. No doubt, through a series of imposed calamities, his political and ideological goals march on, for the most part, uncontested. It seems his “government by emergency” operations are working just fine as chaos, confusion, and demoralization “slouches us towards Gomorrah.”
Others suspect that certain Communist, Islamic, and Socialist influences of his administration are purposely exploiting Ferguson, MO and the incident in New York City to stoke racial hatred to further divide our nation. What would be the end game to such a conspiracy? Merely, the implementation of martial law and the coronation of King Obama. Whether or not these concerns are real remains to be seen. One thing for sure, however, we are in the midst of relearning a major historical lesson, which is, anarchy leads to tyranny.
In our opening passage from the book of wisdom, Proverbs, we glean insight to this historical phenomenon. When a nation becomes lawless, it automatically creates a bureaucratic blob that crushes freedom. Why, because a lawless people that promotes anarchy lose the moral fortitude to correctly handle their freedom. Self government is the key to liberty.
To think one can turn liberty to licentiousness and avoid tyranny is the height of foolishness. Once the ancient landmarks of morality and Biblical ethics are removed, nations spin out of control and only an increase of centralized power can return order. It comes at a high price, however, as the darkness of oppression dims the true light of liberty.
For several decades, America has gone in this frivolous direction entertained by bread and circuses. It just happens that we are witnessing a more overt manifestation in the Obama administration. As our nation moves from a free nation towards statism or “government as god” ideology, we are rejecting the foundation of our nation and the roots that nourished our freedom.
True to form, a nation that takes this dangerous course also ends up calling good/evil and evil/good. Isaiah 5:20 states there is a woe associated with this moral confusion, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
As the current headlines reveal, this ethical bewilderment has now fallen upon our institutions that are ordained of God to protect and serve. Based upon the unfortunate circumstances in Ferguson, MO and New York City that highlighted the death of black men at the hands of white cops, our nation has become embroiled in yet another racial divide. To the point, protestors in New York City shout “What do we want?” The sickening reply “Dead cops!” “When do we want it?” They want it “NOW!” Tragically, they got what they wanted as another deranged Islamic Jihadist executed two NYC police officers in cold blood. Sadly, the protesters cheered.
This tragedy has not happened in a void. America has become a godless nation. Our moral compass no longer points true north. Thus, it should come as no surprise that people think abortion is good, while saving lives to some is considered criminal. Sodomy is good, while those who oppose it based upon Biblical grounds are evil. Where has this duplicity led us? Now, we stand in awkward amazement that a segment of our citizens actually think cops are bad and thugs are good. On and on it goes. When will this end? Either we experience a heaven sent revival that leads us back on the sure foundation of Biblical morality or we will continue to collide with God’s righteous judgments.
Martin Luther stated, “Every institution of men not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.” The prophet Hosea would agree with this assessment. He declared:
Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn (Hosea 4:1-3a).
God used the prophet Hosea as His prosecuting attorney to bring charges against the nation of Israel. Notice the order and its consequences. Remove truth, mercy, and the knowledge of God from the land and lawlessness, immorality, and violence will defile a nation as it plunges into moral anarchy. Subsequently, the nation will fall into despair, sorrow, and mourning. Are we not observing this pattern in our day?
Our government has systematically removed the knowledge of God from the public life of our nation. Thus, it is no mere coincidence that our culture mistakenly believes good is evil and evil is good. Nature abhors a vacuum. As our nation commits moral anarchy by decriminalizing abortion, sodomy, and other evils, cultural and governmental anarchy has come in its bloody, perverted wake.
Robert Winthrop, Congressman in the 1800s, revealed:
All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they may have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.
Obviously, our nation rejects this wisdom today. The inmates are now running the asylum. What can we do in light of this moral treason that is leading to tyranny? First, I would recommend we repent of our personal, church, and national sins. Second, though there may be some bad apples in law enforcement, like there are in all groups, including clergy, we should pray for our police, military, firefighters, first responders, state, and local officials.
Afterwards, we should go to encourage them personally. They need to be thanked for putting themselves in harm’s way, many times for an ungrateful citizenry. Keep in mind, some citizens actually rejoice when they die sacrificially fulfilling their duty to protect and serve. In so doing, we should remember the words of our Lord, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Third, it would be good to help our first responders to become familiarized with the Lower Magistrate Doctrine. In essence, the teaching of this doctrine declares that when a superior civil authority, such as our federal government, makes unjust/immoral decrees, the lesser authority, such as, a governor of a state or a sheriff on a county level, has the right to refuse all unlawful orders. If pushed by the higher authority, the lesser magistrate has the duty to actively resist tyranny in order to protect the life, liberty, and property of those they swore an oath to serve.
Much of our federal government is infested with corruption. There are those who thrive over social unrest. They know this will increase centralized, governmental control over the free citizens of America. This is where the Lower Magistrate Doctrine is indispensable. Inspiring Governors, Sheriffs, and other first responders to say no to the federal beast to safeguard the life, liberty, and property of American citizens is now necessary for our national survival. If they refuse to do so, there is only one way this will end. Those who shout for dead cops will not be able to live with what they believe, advocate, or support.