We are a people without national virtue.
We are a people who have come to accept as the norm the postmodern thinking of “what is right for you is not necessarily right for me”; meaning there is no absolute truth. Without absolute truth, there is no morality ruler. In Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland this writer wrote:
It’s really quite a simple concept. When you have and agree with a fundamental standard to live by, outside of your personal opinion, you can actually determine whether something is right or wrong. Why? Because…absolute truth is something that is true at all times, to all people, everywhere. It’s like having a morality ruler; you can measure truth with it.
If there is no absolute truth then there is no chance for virtue. Random House Dictionary defines virtue as “moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.” Can America be a virtuous nation if we cannot agree on moral excellence, goodness, and righteousness? Without virtue America cannot last as its Founders envisioned.
President John Adams, while addressing the military, stated:
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.
Historians would be hard-pressed to find a time when avarice, ambition, or revenge were more misguided and unabated than today. Some would say that is the outcome of the free market system. The free market system is no more responsible for the societal greed than your television set is responsible for the filth it displays. To blame America’s greed on the capitalist system is the same tortuous logic that says guns are responsible for criminals and murderers using guns.
So where is the problem? It is with the citizen. We the People are the problem. While Barack Obama tried to tell America that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”, in actuality we are the problem we are trying to fix.
In the never-ending assault on religion and morality, primarily Christianity, America has set itself so far off course that it is almost impossible to imagine the country ever righting itself.
The next big fight in Congress is whether or not to raise the current debt ceiling. Supposedly, Capitol Hill and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—purportedly filled with self-avowed Christians—understand that this spending and debt accumulation cannot go on forever. Alas, right understanding does not always turn into right action, particularly not inside the Beltway.
You can read on the Internet many reasons for and against raising the debt ceiling. What does the Bible say about the level of debt our nation is carrying? It describes it in one word: oppression.
In this week’s verse, my Old Testament hero Nehemiah shames the nobles and rulers (read government) and they had no rebuttal. Oh would to God that 535 elected officials in Washington DC be silenced and have nothing to say in their shame for the oppressive debt they have exacted on our children and grandchildren!
Our current debt is selling our children and grandchildren into slavery. By slavery I mean bondage; we are being sold into involuntary servitude and sold to other nations buying up our debt. Our elected officials are no longer worthy of our trust if they are willing to sell our futures because of some supposed bogeyman on the horizon, the same foreboding that was before us for TARP 1 and 2.
We need to understand that we cannot serve God and money. Many a righteous man and woman have gone to Washington DC to serve with godly character and succumb to the devil’s delights. And they actually have no choice; they have to serve one or the other. They can’t straddle the fence. They can’t compromise on principles and expect to maintain godliness. It is impossible.
Our elected officials who are unfaithful with our money will be unfaithful with the power we’ve invested in them.
It is time to stop selling our nation because we are selling our children and grandchildren into bondage.
“The ability of a country to pay taxes must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates.” Federalist Paper #12
Our national debt has caused economic chaos beyond what most Americans can fathom.
Most of us realize this debt is unsustainable, but we do not realize the reason our economy is suffering. It is because money is scarce, it is moving too slowly, and the government’s source of revenue is itself, so it must print more dollars when the current source dries up.
In a letter to Samuel Kercheval, the author of our Declaration of Independence and 3rd President Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”
The government has loaded the people “with perpetual debt.” Jefferson is right; it is the people who fear the government today, when it should be the government who fear the people. That will only happen when WE the People elect only those who will actually defend the US Constitution and the inalienable rights given to us by God, as identified by Jefferson. We cannot allow our government to continue to load our posterity down with perpetual debt. Our continued freedom is depending upon our holding back this economic tyranny.