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When Did God Become Unconstitutional?
Posted by: Chris Vaca
Why, all of a sudden, is God unconstitutional in this country? America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, the Ten Commandments are posted in courtrooms, In God, We Trust is on our money, and there is a national day of prayer. But somewhere along the line, God became unconstitutional. The first amendment of our constitution guarantees us freedom of religion, but we now seem to think that it says freedom from religion.
Recently in a high school in Pennsylvania, a student wanted to thank God for His immeasurable blessings on Beaver High School’s graduating class. But she could not because it was against the law. Against the law, what happened to freedom of religion? The student wanted to offer thanksgiving to the Almighty for parents and coaches and teachers, but she could not because it was against the law.
Here is what she wanted to say; “Lord, surround us with grace and favor everywhere we go,” she prayed. “Soften our hearts to teach us love and compassion, to show mercy and grace to others the way that you showed mercy and grace to us, even to the ultimate sacrifice. Help us love our brothers and our sisters deeply. Lead us to bless them.”
We have a society that dismisses God, but what do we celebrate? Unwed motherhood, drug use, homosexuality and other perverted lifestyles, abortions, same sex marriage; prostitution is now glorified as sex workers. When I was growing up it seemed like society had certain parameters that were followed. Sure we had all those things that I mentioned, but it was never celebrated, all those things were wrong and society frowned on it.
How many times have we heard about a cross being taken down because it offended someone, that cross was standing for 100 years, but now all of a sudden it is unconstitutional? The Constitution hasn’t changed, so why was it o.k. for 100 years but now it’s deemed unconstitutional?
We hear about a football coach who for 20 years said a prayer with his players before a game, 20 years it was no problem. Now it’s unconstitutional and the coach loses his job, why? Christmas plays at school have been going on for hundreds of years, now that’s a no, no because it’s about God and you can’t even call it a Christmas play anymore, it is now a winter play. Never mind that Christmas is a Federal holiday and the birth of Jesus.
I hate to say this but America is no longer a moral country, our values are shot and our morals are shot. We can no longer lecture other countries about what they do wrong when our own value system is corrupt; it’s not hard to see that God is the missing link in our country and without him, America is lost. It’s time to make God constitutional again.
Democracy Killed Jesus
People all over the world revere democracy.
They die for it. The kill for it. They hold it up as the absolute pinnacle of political order.
But democracy killed Jesus.
“Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’ So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:15-26)
Democracy in action. The will of the majority. Collective consent.
Ironically, the majority chose to pursue a political path – the way of violence and power – an earthly kingdom. Their insistence on releasing Barabbas instead of Jesus symbolizes their choice.
Politicians and citizens alike preach the virtue of democracy. Question this political dogma and you will find yourself labeled a heretic. And yet nobody can tell you why exactly democracy is so great. It’s just a given. It’s settled doctrine.
But why should the will of the crowd always triumph? How does the mere existence of a majority somehow create moral authority?
In truth it doesn’t.
There is nothing sacred about the democratic process. At its core, it is nothing more than institutionalized mob rule.
Democracy can legitimately serve to facilitate decision-making in a voluntary society. But when placed in the context of a nation-state, it becomes nothing more than an organized mechanism for one group to violently impose its will on another.
Well can't argue with the fact we are experiencing mob rule under "pure" democracy dogma.
We were a Republic based on democratic value and the Republic is falling to pure democracy dogma where only its rulers will enjoy the power of the state. The mobs who were the rulers legions to bring about the entrenched state rule will waken one morning and say "what have we done?".
The Death and Resurrection of Christ: A Commentary in Five Parts
If God Doesn’t Use Force to Impose His Will, How Can We?
If God doesn’t use force and violence to bend us to his will, why do we insist on using force and violence to bend other people to our will? Shouldn’t we follow the lead of our Heavenly Father?
The world’s entire societal structure – statism – rests on a foundation of violence. People segment into various political groups and wrestle for control of a state apparatus that empowers them to impose their will on other groups.
Just consider the current debate over gun control. Large numbers of Americans have committed to taking away certain types of firearms from peaceful people. Of course, those people know they can’t legitimately use violence to take other people’s property – not as individuals. But if they can harness the power of the state and succeed in getting representatives to pass a law, the government will do what they morally can’t – use the threat of force and violence to take people’s property. In these people’s minds, the government supplies legitimacy to violent means to accomplish their ends.
Ironically, these people claim a desire for peace motivates their actions. But their idea of peace depends on violence.
Ultimately, what they want is the raw power to mold the world into their image. The state supplies that power. Most people, Christians included, are more than happy to wield it if they think it will enable them to get their way. While the may be motivated by noble ideals, their ends don’t justify their means.
Gerard Casey serves as philosophy professor emeritus at University College Dublin. He argues that God has an absolute right to impose his will by force. After all, he owns the universe. He also owns each one of us.
“If God, who from our perspective is the creator of the universe—he has literally made us, and in that sense, if anybody owns anything, God owns the universe—and indeed, from our theology, having died on the cross for us, he owns us again. So God, who owns us twice over, and who in a ‘my house, my rules’ way has the right, if anyone has the right, to tell us what we may and may not do and indeed to force us not to do it—if he’s not willing to do that, how can anyone have the right to do it?”
But while God certainly has the “right” to impose his will on us by force, he doesn’t. God’s kingdom operates on a fundamentally different ethic than the kingdoms of the world. Instead of a foundation of force, coercion and violence, God operates off of a foundation of love. Consider the two Great Commandments.
“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'” Matthew 22:37-39 KJV
How can you claim to love your neighbor while pointing a gun at her head and demanding she submits to your will? Would you want another person to treat you in that way?
When Jesus said, ” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,” he meant that the entire moral/ethical structure of his kingdom flows out of these commandments.
Statist governments violate the second great commandment. So, how can believers embrace a statist system? Doesn’t God call those of us who claim his name to embrace a different ethic – His ethic?
Ultimately, God allows all of his children to live free. He offers us his Word, but he does not compel us to follow it. Sure, we will suffer the natural consequences of disobedience. Nevertheless, God allows us to make the choice. He does not use violence to force us to bend our knee and submit to him. And He doesn’t force us into his kingdom. We make that choice. Or not.
As Casey puts it, God extends the hand of friendship to us, but he doesn’t force us to grab it.
“If someone says to you ‘be my friend’ and points a gun to you, that is not a good start of a relationship. God offers us his friendship. We have a choice to respond or not. But if it’s to make any sense, it has to be free. You have to be able to say yes and you have to be able to say no. And here is the really interesting thing: God will respect your decision even when he knows it’s not a good idea.”
As his followers, we should go and do likewise.