Making the world safe for sin. Sounds like a devious title, I suppose. I admit I intend to be provocative, but point is that we dream of doing such a thing. We know that to sin is wrong, but we each dread giving up our sins. Until we begin to learn wisdom, we would much rather sin.
How would we make the world safe for sin? We cannot. We can only shut up the people who point out our sins. How do we do that? Well, Multiculturalism is one way.
Differing World Views: What Is Multiculturalism?
Tony and I have been having a debate. In response to his comments at this post, IF WE ARE ALL BIGOTS, WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD WE HAVE?, I wrote this post (outlined here).
Why do we have such differing worldviews today? Many people want to believe in Multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is the religious belief that all religious beliefs are equally valid. What Multiculturalism does is turn multicultural into an “ism” by making a multicultural society desirable FOR ITS OWN SAKE. Therefore, we must become tolerant to the point of the ridiculous and beyond.
Even though Multiculturalism is absurdly illogical (THE MYTH OF TOLERANCE), our elites both preach and enforce the doctrine of Multiculturalism. Hence, I have felt the need to complain. Here are a few examples.
What happens when I and others denounce Multiculturalism. I talked about that in WHY ARE POLITICS AND RELIGION LOST SUBJECTS IN AMERICA?
Why don’t we discuss politics and religion? Well, it seems the problem is we don’t want to be perceived as having a bias. Some people, perhaps those sneaky conspirators, have us convinced that anyone with a bias is BIGOTED, not objective or neutral.
Supposedly, biased people cannot think reasonably, and they say mean things that offend those who disagree with them, and that’s just not nice. And how do we decide whose opinions are biased? That’s the purpose of political correctness. Any time we say something the offends some sort of “victim group” that is politically incorrect. (from here)
Multiculturalism is a scare tactic designed to silence opposition. We are suppose to gush with love for everyone and be completely nonjudgmental. Multiculturalism works because when we send our children to a public school their teachers indoctrinate them in Multiculturalism. Then they are surprised when they have discipline issues.
So should we put our government in the business of teaching the Bible? As I said here, THE MORALITY OF GOVERNMENT, that would not be a good idea. People who do not believe what the Bible says cannot be trusted to teach it, especially to children. In addition, there are constitutional issues. If you have children, the public school system is nearly a lost cause. It gives politicians (especially the Democratic Party) too many opportunities sell their donors the “right” to indoctrinate other people’s children.
It may take a village to raise a child, but that village is composed of family, friends and neighbors, not politicians and bureaucrats in your state capital or Washington, D.C.
The Purpose Of Government
Some years back I wrote DEISM AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS. In that post, I strove to show that even the supposed Deists had a Christian outlook. Even those who had doubts about the Bible admired its wisdom. Hence, these words found their way into our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (from here)
Why those words? Well, the Founders were not into Multiculturalism. Yet does the meaning of those words seem obvious? Then why has the power of our government grown so great? Did you know that the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of virtue? The Founders recognized the each of us has the right to pursue virtue in his own way, that each of us has the right to aspire to the best beliefs, not beliefs dictated by the state.
It has been 240 years since the crafting of those words. We don’t educate our children the same way the men who wrote those words, signed their names to those words, and fought for the ideas represented by those words were educated. Few spend many hours reading the Bible. Fewer still spend much time delving into writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans. We study history through textbooks. We don’t read the literature of the periods we study. So we have a difficult time understanding the thoughts of those who went before us. The lost is incalculable.
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. — Isaac Newton (from here)
When we don’t take the time or even make the effort to understand why previous generations believed what they believed and governed themselves as they did, then we repeat history’s disasters. Then we can only hope to learn from our own mistakes.
Can We Appoint Government To Love In Our Place?
Can we appoint government to love in our place? Can we love our neighbors through our government? No. The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 5-7) records what Jesus taught His disciples as they sat on a mountain over two thousand years ago. Imagine how the religious leaders reacted to these words.
Matthew 5:17-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ Fulfills the Law
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
When He spoke of love, Jesus spoke of a personal act and of personal sacrifice. Jesus did not speak of legalistic formulas. He spoke of obeying the commandments of God in the spirit with which God gave them to us. Hence, the legalistic righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was not enough. Too often they put on a show of obeying God’s Law, but they did not love God, and they did not love their neighbors. Instead, they loved the acclaim of men.
We cannot rightly say we are charitable because we pay our taxes. We rightly cannot say we are charitable because we make the “rich” pay their “fair share”. At one time I thought I could rightly say such things, but then I realized I was no better than one of those Pharisees Jesus called hypocrites.
When we consider of the morality of taxes, we must consider how the money will be used. As the Declaration of Independence insists, government exists to protect our rights. When we tax our neighbors so as to force them to be charitable (i.e., redistribute the wealth) we commit two sins.
- We use the power of government to raid the public treasury, effectively stealing from our neighbors
- We tempt our public officials with too much power. We make the same people responsible for both protecting our property rights and giving us other people’s property. Inevitably, some of them abuse this power by buying our votes.
Consider the fact that for decades the news media has referred to Social Security as the third rail of politics. Why? It is well known that old people vote, and, sadly many of those old people will vote to protect Social Security, even though the system is designed to steal money from the young and give it to the old.
Why the wealth transfer? The politicians running the program spend the “excess funds”. The so-called “Trust” Fund is empty. Thus, the lie we call Social Security encourages parents to vote to rob their own children and grandchildren.
Has The American Experiment Failed?
In the comment that generated this post, Tony suggested an experiment. I don’t see much point in adding to what I said in my comment here. Instead, I think this is a good time to remember that in 1776 America began a great experiment. With the ratification of the Constitution, America formed a republic, one designed around a new idea, the protection of each individual’s God-given rights.
Consider why some people detest individualism, especially rugged individualism. The notion of God-given rights gives the individual both the power and the responsibility to live as he believes God would have him live. Thus, the individual must choose what he owes to God and the collective (i.e., the state) (Matthew 22:21).
Those who insist upon empowering the collective insist the state must define our rights, not God. These may worship the appearance of diversity, but they crave a uniformity of thought. These would substitute the ignorant mind of a man for the mind of God.
Romans 14:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
We must remember that God is our Master, and He is also our Judge. If we limit the power and size of our government to its constitutional functions, some men, left to their own devices, will piggishly horde their wealth and refuse to help the needy. Yet those who do choose to help will be more effective, and the needy will be more appreciative and desirous of helping others as they have been helped.
Other Views On The American Experiment
- The American Experiment (www.historians.org; New-York Daily Tribune, November 27, 1860)
- The American experiment (www.heritage.org; 2007)
- The American Experiment In Liberty Has Failed (www.forbes.com; year 2012)
- Is Catholicism Compatible with the American Experiment? (stream.org; 2015)