“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Vaclav Klaus
I heard that a reporter asked a man on the street, “What is the greatest problem in America?”.
The man replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
The reporter then congratulated the man, “You are exactly right! Those are the two biggest problems!”
The Book of Proverbs speaks to the dangerousness of the average American. Wisdom, in personification, warns, ““How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?How long will mockers delight in mockeryand fools hate knowledge?23 Repent at my rebuke!Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,I will make known to you my teachings.24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
“In later years, I confess that I do not envy the white boy as I once did. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed….From any point of view, I had rather be what I am, a member of the Negro race, than be able to claim membership with the most favored of any other race. I have always been made sad when I have heard members of any race claiming rights and privileges, or certain badges of distinction, on the ground simply that they were members of this or that race, regardless of their own individual worth or attainments…. Every persecuted individual and race should get much consolation out of the great human law, which is universal and eternal, that merit, not matter under what skin found, is in the long run, recognized and rewarded.”
– Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery, ch. 2
“A society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcome – ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their onw interests.” – Milton Friedman as quoted in Thomas Sowell, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, 6-7.
Originally the West’s legal system was rooted in “the structural integrity of law, its ongoingness, its religious roots, [and] its transcendent qualities.”1
However, he explains further that these foundational beliefs are disappearing very quickly, and this from “the minds of lawmakers, judges, lawyers, law teachers… [and] from the consciousness of the vast majority of citizens….The law is becoming fragmented, more subjective, geared more to expediency and less to morality, concerned more with immediate consequences and less with consistency or continuity. Thus the historical soil of the Western legal tradition is being washed away in the twentieth century, and the tradition itself is threatened with collapse.”2
1- Harold J. Berman as quoted in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, 312
2- Harold J. Berman as quoted in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, 312
Scripture plainly commands us to obey the government and civil laws (Romans 13:1-2; 1Peter 2:13-14). But many revolutions headed by Christians (most notably the American revolution) seem to contradict this by stating that it is okay to disobey authority in the said circumstances. Isn’t this a clear conflict?
“No. But to resolve it requires understanding a major biblical purpose of government. The origin of government goes back to humanity’s first sin, when to keep rebellious Adam and Eve away from the Tree of Life, God stationed an angel with flaming sword at the entrance to the Garden; this was [the first cop]. Thereafter the Bible makes clear the government was established as God’s means for restraining man’s sin… Moses’ parents are cited approvingly for their decision to hide this child from Egyptian officials”. – Chuck Colson in Loving God
With this view then, if the government is infringing upon God’s laws it is appropriate to disobey the authority. However, when the government is not, it is inappropriate to do so. And, it is also inappropriate to not show respect to the authority in power as stated by Paul (I myself have, unfortunately, convicted of this). That is not mature revolution, it is immature revolution.
Here’s my thought for the day.
Love: a sacrificial act that is spurred by the feeling we call love.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.” – C.S. Lewis