As I begin to write, I don’t intend to write a long, complicated post. The idea is, I think, relatively simple.
What inspired me to finally get around to writing this post? Reading Musings by NICHOLAS. NICHOLAS begins his post by looking forward to Pentecost and expressing his admiration for those who choose to live in accordance with the Gospel. Then NICHOLAS begins to express considerable gloom about the world.
Pondering on some of the recent pieces at NEO, I’ve had cause to reflect on the label “conservative” and on how I would no longer describe myself as an evangelical. Labels, it is often said, can be unhelpful.
I think many of us have questioned how “conservative” some of our new-found allies really are. In the old days, the people massing under the populist banner would not have been in alliance. It has taken the radicalism of the Left to bring these disparate groups together, who, differing on many points, have in common a desire for free speech and moderation (at least in some areas).from Musings (nebraskaenergyobserver.wpcomstaging.com)
NICHOLAS goes on to muse about the growing rot and the increasing suffering of ordinary people.
What is the trouble that NICHOLAS sees? How do we define it? NICHOLAS actually does a decent job.
This rot has always been there – it is the sinful nature found within each individual. Every age has had to fight the war against the political expressions of this evil: tyranny, unjust wars, exploitation, etc. However, for many of us, there is a sense that it is getting worse, that it is coming to its conclusion.from Musings (nebraskaenergyobserver.wpcomstaging.com)
How close are we to this conclusion? No one knows, but we should know that we will not succeed in properly governing ourselves without high moral standards. At, early Americans understood the necessity of high moral standards.
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because 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 AdamsFROM TO THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BRIGADE OF THE THIRD DIVISION OF THE MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS, 11 October, 1798
Because we have set up a government-run public school system that supposedly provides each child a “free” education, each successive generation has made less and less effort to educate their children about the teachings of the Bible. So, each successive generation has less Biblical wisdom. Therefore, we have become less and less capable of governing ourselves.
What does Biblical wisdom do to make it possible for our Constitution to work? Consider.
Here is the oath the Constitution requires our President to take.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”The U.S Constitution, Article. II., Section. 1.
In fact, the Constitution requires all public officials to take an oath to support it.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.The U.S Constitution, Article. VI.
What if we don’t take our oaths seriously? What if our public officials don’t take their oaths seriously? The Constitution is just a set of rules. If we don’t take our oaths seriously, then we will break and bend the rules in the Constitution any which way we can.
Study the Constitution — our Constitution. Are our public officials — is our President — taking their oaths seriously? Are we holding them accountable, or are we letting them buy us off with “other people’s money”? Of course, we all know the answers to these questions. Too many of our public officials don’t take their oaths seriously, and we are not holding them accountable. Instead of leaders exercising the limited powers given to them by our Constitution, we now have leaders who spend and BORROW money to buy our votes, and these leaders have the gall to pretend they are “investing” public funds. Instead of leaders who seek to use their constitutional powers to protect our rights, we have leaders who will, if they can, enslave us, supposedly to protect us.
Because too many of us lack Biblical wisdom — because we are not a moral and religious people — increasingly we must contend with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. This is just a small example of how much we need to turn to our Creator and beg for His Wisdom.
You are spot on about labels being a marketing tool for good or evil in my opinion
I linked you post to mine today on another issue about abortion labeling by politicians in todays headline news..
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Labels can be and are often used wrongly. However, the Bible is full of descriptive labels for both God and those who oppose Him and we can not nor should we discount that. Names or labels like the “Incarnate God”, “Blessed Redeemer”, Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace all glorify God and should be used.
As an example in the NT, the use of the would “Christian” was used (3 times) each in a slanderous or an insulting manner. Eventually, it became acceptable for True Believers of Christ to be known as and refer to themselves as Christian. We are also never to forget we are called Children of God. A term/label of endearment.
Also if I may one other quick comment: you wrote; “Because too many of us lack Biblical wisdom — because we are not a moral and religious people —” I agree but think it goes beyond that. Everyone who lacks Christ as LORD and Savior also lack Biblical Wisdom, Ephesians 1:17-21.
Before school prayer was banned, for example, some level of Biblical Worldview was still being taught (moral/ethics classes) in most schools. Even unbelievers understood basic Biblical precepts and that the US Constitution had much of its founding based upon those principles. For the past 30 years at least, what passes for “social studies” in public schools is a joke.
Agreed. Over time the meaning of words tends to drift. With invention of dictionaries, I use to think the meaning of words would become more fixed. However, in our quests to sell products and services we manipulate words. What is worst is the fury which we hammer our enemies and glorify ourselves with words in battles for prestige, wealth, and power. So it is we organize to tell so many lies that in time we become so confused about what is true we cannot even be certain what the words we use mean.
Good article, Tom. Labels can be really tricky because they just don’t mean what they should anymore.
I love the title of your post! Labels are words that leftists assign to things to proclaim that they understand the thing being labeled.
Such use of labeling is a manifestation of ingrained stupidity.
That is true. Liberal Democrat politicians and their news media allies also use labels to tell lies about themselves and their opponents. In fact, Liberal Democrat politicians are not liberal, not in the original sense of the word, and they seek tyranny. Meanwhile, they call their opponents liars, bigots, and anti-democratic. Thus, they use labels both to glorify themselves and to denigrate their opponents.