Many Americans grew up with the idea that America was the world’s last best hope. There is, unfortunately, a problem that comes with having such a grandiose vision of our country. Once we have convinced ourselves that we are such an important influence in the world it is not that difficult to convince ourselves that we are also responsible for all the world’s problems. Neither extreme, of course, comes close to the truth.
What is the only hope this world? God. As important as the United States may be, we don’t amount to anything when we compare ourselves to our Lord God. We may be able to mass produce soft drinks, land men on the moon, and destroy a city with a single bomb, but what is any of that when compared to what our Lord God can do? Can our government create something from nothing, speak a universe into existence?
Still, God expects us to do what we can do. He expects us to resist evil, to stand against the works of the Devil (Ephesians 6:10-18), and we are not doing that.
Consider what we are doing in the United States.
- We are allowing crime rates to increase. We are actually defunding our police. Our public officials have even accused our police forces of racism.
- We have opened our borders to terrorists, drug runners, human traffickers, and criminals of all sorts.
- We have let our public officials further disrespect for the sanctity of life by teaching our children vile lies about religion and sex and race and history and science and so forth.
- We have let our own government maneuver to destroy our economy — our ability to feed, cloth, and shelter ourselves — in the name of radical environmentalism.
Throughout the world each nation is facing its own problems. The worst of these are nations determined to conquer other countries.
- China is ruled by Communists, Communists determined to enslave the people of that country as much as possible. So, instead of ending the COVID lockdowns, the Chinese government is using the lockdowns to intimidate the Chinese people into complete and utter obedience. Of course, no one wants to be locked in their homes. So, even though most have been cowed, some people in China have protested, but for how long can they continue?
- Russia is ruled by a would-be Tzar. Unfortunately for this Tzar, he has not succeeded in competently teaching his military forces how to fight. Moreover, the people of Russia have little desire to fight the people of nation he wants to conquer. So, even though most have been cowed, some people in Russia have protested, but for how long can they continue?
- Iran is ruled by radical Muslim fanatics determined to spread their brutal brand of Islam by force. Many of the people of Iran detest the teaching of these fanatics, and they don’t want to live under their rule. So, even though most have been cowed, some people in Iran have protested, but for how long can they continue?
- North Korea is ruled by a regime that very much resembles the worst of what Joseph Stalin did when he ruled Russia. The crackpot leader who rules North Korea is determined to intimidate neighboring states with nuke-tipped missiles, probably for the sake of tribute. Has anyone resisted his rule? In that half-starved police state? Who knows?
Meanwhile, what is the United States doing? Nothing. We are not resisting these evil regimes. Instead, our great and glorious and doddering leader seems determine to enable them.
In all likelihood we have elected too many leaders who admire the rulers of totalitarian states and want to imitate them. In fact, some of our leaders may even be on the take from some of the rulers of these totalitarian states, but most of our news media willfully ignores whatever information might drive us to such a conclusion. In addition, Big Tech suppresses any information that might alarm us to the fact we should not trust our leaders, Liberal Democrats in particular.
What can we do? Is our problem the dishonesty of the news media? For the most part, no. Our problem is what we have been taught to believe. We each operate with a view of the world that we take for granted. When we were growing up, the politicians who run public education had a conflict of interest. They allowed their donors to teach us too many things that are’t so.
It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.A Time for Choosing Speech, October 27, 1964 | Ronald Reagan (reaganlibrary.gov)
What is the solution?
We must question our assumptions. We must set aside our pride and seek the truth. We must stop reading what academics would have us believe; we must forsake secondary sources and go to the primary sources. We must read what the founders of this nation wrote, and we must read what they read.
Is it reasonable to question our assumptions? Yes. Most of us have been educated in government-run — politician run — schools.
- Almost nobody trusts politicians. Too many politicians will say almost anything to get elected.
- Politicians say transparently absurd things. For example, we are to believe Socialism is a good idea. We can trust our government to spend our money. Yet they point to President Donald Trump as the most horrible of villains. We can trust the government, but we cannot trust Republicans? How does that make any sense?
- Politicians would have us believe things our parents and grandparents would have found highly objectionable. For example, calling upon us to trust the science politicians would have us believe that we can choose our gender. Note that sex and gender use to be synonyms. Now sex is a biological concept and gender is a social construct. That is, our gender choice has nothing to do with science. What people have done is change the meaning of the word “gender.” When we do something like that to win an argument, we have committed a logical fallacy.
- The generation in power today once esteemed those who called upon us to “question authority.” Now these people insist upon conformity with their demands. What does it mean to “question authority”? When we question authority, we carefully examine what those in authority have taught us. Our object must be to discern the truth.
- Politicians would have us believe that we are smarter than the people of previous generations, that our choices are superior because we are more modern. However, although our moral choices may require us to understand scientific issues, the rules of logic and morality have not changed very much for a long time. That is, if someone who was wise a two thousand years ago was brought forward in time to our time, that someone would still be wise, and we would still do well to listen to them.
Those who run public education have little use for the Bible. Yet the people who founded the United States held the Bible in high regard. Those people created a great nation, and they believed in the providence of God and thanked Him for their success. That is why we still celebrate Thanksgiving Day. We stand upon the shoulders of their success. If we are to do well, we must understand how they succeeded.
One final observation. We gain nothing by standing aside and letting others do all the work and assume all the risks. If we lack the courage to defend our freedom and fight for our liberty, we will lose it. If to save our lives and avoid the torment that comes with struggle, we do nothing and surrender to those who would enslave us, we will condemn ourselves, our family, our friends, and our neighbors to slavery. When we voluntarily submit to slavery, that is a suicide of the soul.