Unto us a child is born, unto us a son
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government there shall be no end. (Isaiah 9:6)
Who says that "Jesus is Lord" is not a political statement?
The early Christians, Caesar, and the Romans understood it as such.... E. Fox.
(Continued from Politics Library....) It was also not the wisdom of America's founding fathers, who, almost to a man, believed Jesus, not the wisdom of the Supreme Courts of the last fifty years. The Supreme Courts prior to 1940 universally agreed with Jesus on this issue whenever they spoke on the matter (see David Barton's well documented book, Original Intent, available from Wallbuilders).
The fundamental and legitimate role of all civil government is to administer the coercive force of law. Everything government does, it does at gunpoint. So we might redefine (#2) 'politics' to mean 'the science and art of administering coercive force'.
But if God is the ultimate Lawgiver, then all civil government is under the law of God, so we have an even better (#3) definition of 'politics', 'the science and art of bringing the use of coercive force under the law and grace of God'.
That was the view, implied if not outwardly expressed, of the American founding fathers, supported by the primary legal scholar of the time, William Blackstone, who said that no human authority could abrogate or override the authority of God. (See Ethics Library for the argument on this.) In the Biblical worldview, all things, without exception, are under the authority of God -- whether or not they themselves recognize or agree with the law of God. We are outside the law of God either by ignorance or by rebellion.
The notions (1) that America was founded as a secular nation, or (2) that secularism is "neutral", or (3) provides a more free and inclusive kind of government are all false. The Biblical form of government wins over the secular on (1) historical; (2) legal; (3) logical; and (4) epistemological grounds. That means there is no case (as in "none", "zero") for the secular form of civil government over against the Biblical form.
We will be arguing that common sense and the very logic of politics itself demands some answer like the one Scripture gives us. There is no possible separation of Church and State in the sense imagined by our current courts and accepted mindlessly in almost every pulpit (!) in the land.
God has a political agenda, i.e., He has plans for the administration of civil government. Jesus is already appointed the One World Governor. Furthermore, the plan of God is the only way to guarantee personal and/or corporate freedom. That plan is still (so far) best expressed in the vision of the founding fathers as they wrote it into the American Constitution.
That document was very much an unfinished project, but Christians dropped the ball by not continuing to clarify and flesh out the Biblical roots of our form of government -- because they had lost their grip on the Biblical worldview. As a result, America has all but lost its constitutional government -- a democratic republic under God. We have drifted into precisely the opposite of the original intent, into a centralized, monolithic government which we depend on to manage, control, and manipulate more and more aspects of our lives.
Over the long run, that will always, and without fail, happen when a people loses its trust in and obedience to God. Centralized government is the only thing big enough to give the illusion of being able to establish order in an inherently chaotic cosmos. And power-oriented persons are happy to oblige in that role.
fathers' God, to Thee, Author of liberty,
to Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light,
protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.
Freedom is sacred and holy because the aim of God is to invite us into a freewill covenant with Himself and each other. Any subversion of honest freedom (either through over-control, or through its kissin' cousin, promiscuity and license) is rebellion against God.
Our communal and political freedom depends just as much on the law and grace of God as does our personal, individual spiritual freedom. Political freedom is a function first of spiritual freedom -- a principle acknowledged routinely by the founding fathers, and indeed, by the principle jurists of the time, such as William Blackstone, author of the primary legal textbook used for nearly a century in England and America. That principle was a central point of our Declaration of Independence.
Many of the articles below will be illustrating the problem. We will be putting articles and books up which will also deal with the solution, many of them in old issues of Emmaus News.
As always, these are offered for public debate, trusting, in good Jeffersonian liberal fashion, that truth will eventually emerge if honest debate is promoted.
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