Recently I reblogged a highly interesting post, Reblog: Article V Of The Constitution. The Final Straw?. In Article V Of The Constitution. The Final Straw?, posted at Political Realities, SirPublius examined whether we could use Article V of the Constitution to get our nation back to its constitutional roots. Essentially, proposed a legal remedy for our problems, and some folks with great minds blessed this blog with their comments on ‘s post.
Why are ‘s post and those comments well worth reading? When such able people grapple so anxiously over an issue so serious and so desperate, as nothing else will, such a discussion can persuade us we have a serious problem.
So what is this serious problem? Is our Constitution broken? Is there a technical fix? I don’t think so. Here is a reblog, No Political Fix to America’s Death Spiral, from Defining the Narrative, that defines the nature of the problem.
Guest Column from GOPUSA by Matt Barber. I have never met Matt but I think I know him quite well. He is singing my song here! This is one of the best columns I have read for a long time.
The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?”
I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent to the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire.
I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic reality is hopelessly inescapable. It’s a self-evident truth. Unless our next generation of leaders – Gen-Y Millennials – can successfully turn things around, we’re up the Potomac without a paddle. (continued here)
As he continues, what Matt Barber describes is moral decay. Is the moral decay that he describes real? I think so. Here is a personal example. For decades I have regularly visited athletic facilities to exercise. Yet I have never seen children behave in a public place the way I did today. Done exercising, I am ready to clean up, drive home and eat supper. So I stripped and walk into the shower. Two little boys were clowning. When one of them started running around, I gave him that look that says behave or else. He calmed a bit and started using the shower next to his friend. Then he started throwing his swimsuit against the wall. I guessed he liked hearing it splat! That stupid, but it is his swimsuit. However, it did not stop there. Next he and his friend started mooning each other, and making a display of their private parts. So I asked them: do you know the difference between a human being and animal?
Well, that stopped them. They quit their foolishness and left the shower. Were they were ashamed or just made nervous by an old man? I don’t know. I have a good guess, however, where they learned to behaved like that. Because we allow our children to be exposed to bad examples — we even imitate them ourselves — every year new forms of bad behavior become commonplace that were once taboo. That’s moral decay.
In the Book of Judges, I expect this is the key verse. It is also the last verse.
Judges 21:25 English Standard Version (ESV)
25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
When I first heard that verse, I did not realize what was meant. What did it say about the people of Israel? Here are a couple of proverbs that suggest what was wrong.
Proverbs 12:15 speaks of the way of the fool.
Proverbs 12:15 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 21:2 observes why we each need to use the mirror God offers us.
Proverbs 21:2 English Standard Version (ESV)
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
When we study the Bible we learn to see ourselves as God sees us. Unless we make that effort, we can find the most abominable and selfish behavior perfectly acceptable. Thus, when God gave Jeroboam the opportunity to rule Israel, here is the choice He gave him.
1 Kings 11:37-38 English Standard Version (ESV)
37 And I will take you, and you shall reign over all that your soul desires, and you shall be king over Israel. 38 And if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, I will be with you and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.
To do what is right, we must do what is right in God’s eyes. Unfortunately, today’s Americans do that less and less.