When was the last time you heard anyone use the word “posterity?” Ever? Certainly not often. Posterity is a concern for all future generations until the end of time or until the Messiah comes. Posterity was an overarching concern of the Founders of the United States. Their often stated goal was to establish a country that would be safe and free for the citizens for posterity. They guarded against a runaway government and were particularly concerned about a potentially runaway judiciary. Their provision for posterity was the tightly written Constitution of the United States.
Today, it is difficult to find people concerned about the country and culture that will be handed to their children and grandchildren, much less posterity. Until now, every generation throughout our country’s existence and the colonies’ existence before independence (over 400 years combined) handed the baton of time to the succeeding generation after a net improvement to life in America. Today’s generation is the first one who will leave our nation in substantially worse condition than the one inherited. We have witnessed the greatest cultural collapse in recorded history. Even America’s continued existence is threatened, not so much from without, but from within.
Why? Judeo-Christian believers have their collective head in the sand. Pursuing the image one step further, if our head is in the sand, what part of our anatomy is exposed? That’s the image we are presenting to unbelievers.
A recent message declared, “Freedom is a gift from God not a grant from government.” For doubters, the statement is explained and supported on my blog site at lloydstebbins.com.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Thomas Jefferson
As a gift from God, freedom carries huge responsibilities for the believer:
- Guard it jealously
- Protect and defend it zealously from within and without
- Use it wisely
Since freedom is undeniably a gift from God, we are accountable to Him for it. One day He may ask of each of us, “What did you do with My incomparable gift of freedom?”
Judeo-Christian believers are the only ones who care or should care about freedom, precisely because it is a gift from God. Believers are made in the image of God [Genesis 1:26:27 KJV] and created to be free representatives of God, continually fellowshipping with God. The individual are more important than the state. Individuals (souls) are eternal. God created individuals; man created the state. The state only exists to assure individual freedom and protect that freedom from encroachment from outside powers. Freedom is paramount. That is the Biblical worldview.
The opposing and mutually exclusive worldview is the evolution-rooted Humanistic worldview. The state is more important than the individual. The state is “eternal” and the individuals are merely tools to support the state. Individuals are dispensable when not considered useful (abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia, etc.). Freedom is inconsequential or perhaps a tool to be dribbled out to manage the masses. A few years ago, when one party controlled all three branches of government, Congressman Barney Frank was heard to say, “We must control the people.” On another occasion, he remarked, “We’re gobbling up power as fast as we can.” Such comments starkly summarize the Humanistic worldview that currently dominates the leadership of America.
If YOU are at all concerned about assuring that your children, grandchildren and beyond will be able to enjoy the freedom that was handed to you, at great sacrifice, by your ancestors, America must have a sustainable culture. Sustainability must have a sense of order. There are only to ways to achieve such order:
- The brute force of a totalitarian government, which is where we are currently headed—order that is achieved at the expense of an enormous loss of freedom
- The voluntary restraint of the people—voluntary restraint can only be inspired by faith in God producing a lifestyle exhibiting a relentless pursuit of strong character.
For centuries, the America culture was largely driven by Judeo-Christian tradition. Temporally, the culture was anchored and protected by the United States Constitution, which was rooted on Biblical principles. Our leaders today have found a great way to get around the limits of the Constitution. They simply ignore it. For centuries, the overarching authority of the Constitution was guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the Court abandoned that responsibility decades ago. Since then there has been declining accountability to the Constitution and growing rebellion against God. The results have been tragic.
“…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.” John Adams, Founder and President
The Apostle Paul said, “…why should my freedom be judged by another man’s conscience?” [1 Corinthians 10:29 NIV] What do YOU say? What will YOU say, when God asks, “What did YOU do with my wonderful gift?”
What does it take to wake up the body of believers?
What does it take to wake up the clergy?