The Judeo-Christian worldview and American politics

No other worldview has had as material an impact on America and her politics as the Judeo-Christian worldview. The land that became known as the United States of America was called America long before there was a declaration of Independence.[1] The Bible tells us in Isaiah 33:22 that government should be made up of three branches, a lawgiver, a judge, and a king. This corresponds to a legislature (Congress), a judiciary (Supreme Court), and an executive (President).The primary purpose of such a government is to administer God’s justice on the earth to protect the innocent and punish the wicked. The rule of justice protects property, family, and society while preserving freedom for man who was made in the image of God. It recognizes that man is in a fallen state (sin) and that order is necessary to sustain life. The government is just one of the three primary institutions (along with the family and the church) that God established for society.

 
The role of the family is to manifest God’s community and creativity, including procreativity. The role of the church is to manifest God’s love and grace on the earth. The church, state, and family are the three institutions ordained by God for reflecting His character and maintaining order for mankind. Each institution has its proper role and sphere. When implemented according to His will, blessings will flow and man will flourish. When these institutions are corrupted, or their influence distorted, curse will flow and man will suffer. The Old Testament teaches that God’s people repeated a familiar pattern: Rebellion is followed by retributive justice which is followed by repentance and then restoration.
 
Opponents to the Christian worldview call for social justice, a term widely used by those in the secular worldview community to misrepresent Christianity. “Social justice” appears to have been first employed in the early 1840s by an Italian Catholic theologian and Jesuit, Luigi Taparelli D’Azeglio. The provenance of social justice was derived from the French Revolution. It was later integrated into the doctrine of liberation theology. Liberation theology is a political movement within Roman Catholicism which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in relation to a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. Liberation theology has been widely marketed throughout the world but emphasized in South America as socialism with Christian packaging and language.
 
Social justice advocates typically espouse the primacy of outcome equality over equality of opportunity (in defiance of scripture) as they do not accept the sovereign gifting of God that blesses some more than others (Matt. 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-28). Social justice, also known as distributive justice, is a concept that has been co-opted by socialists to distort biblical teaching to justify redistribution of income to perpetuate the interests of the state.  Conversely, biblical justice is predicated upon restorative and retributive justice as administered by God and reflects the interest of God’s character. God’s justice promotes freedom and prosperity while social justice promotes bondage and poverty. This is corroborated from an unlikely source, the New York Times, which acknowledged the failure of the 50 year war on poverty last month.[2] A review of the data confirms that over $20 trillion of taxpayer money has been spent to eliminate poverty over the past 50 years but the rate of impoverishment has stayed approximately the same.
 
God’s justice (which is the foundation of politics) has four components which are impartiality (Deut 1:16-17), rendering to each what is due (Romans 13:7), proportionality-the punishment/reward fits the action- (Leviticus 24:17-21), and conformity to God’s standard (Leviticus 19:35–36, Deut 25:13–16). Retributive and restorative justice align with God’s character while the social justice movement reflects the character of sinful man. Social justice is simply an unjust creation by the state for the purposes of the state..
 
The founders principles of justice were philosophically based upon biblical truth but were also informed through the Magna Carta, English common law, Blackstone, Locke, and Montesquieu. 51 of the 55 signers of the Constitution belonged to a Christian church (including 29 Anglicans,16 Calvinists,2 Methodists 2 Lutherans, and 2 Catholics).[3]
 

Secularists continue to asset that America was founded by Deists and secularists. They cite Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Paine, Madison, and Adams as examples of those who opposed biblical Christianity and embraced Deism. Recall that Deism is simply monadic monotheism (rejecting the Trinity) and is a clear expression of a belief in God. Outside of Paine, all those in question clearly acknowledged God, whether as Unitarians or deists. Orwell wrote in 1984 that “whoever controls the present, controls the past. Whoever controls the past, controls the future.” This truism illustrates why secularists are so interested in controlling the institution of education so as to control history. If historical revisionism succeeds, the next generation will believe a lie that America was not founded on a belief in God, and specifically the God of the Bible. As Abraham Lincoln said “ The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

 

France has had five constitutions since the revolution and the last one has been amended 18 times in the past six years. This is in contrast to one US Constitution with 27 ratified amendments. France illustrates the power of secularism. Secularism believes that man was born good and has been corrupted by failed institutions. America illustrates the power of Judeo-Christianity which asserts that man was born bad and will either be controlled internally by the power of God or externally by the power of the state. The judgment of the past 225 years clearly shows that France was wrong and America was right.
 
The founders recognized the fallen state of man (unlike Islam, secularism, and every other worldview) and designed a government architecture that integrated checks and balances to restrain the evil of man. The emphasis on divided powers was taught by Jesus who appointed 12 equal apostles without any concentration of authority (Matt.10:1-4). In addition, local churches in the New Testament were not governed by a single elder but a plurality of elders (Titus 1:5, James 5:14). Jesus taught that He had supreme authority but He delegated responsibility (and maintained accountability) through the apostles, and the church. Similarly, in the Old Testament, God used prophets, priests, judges, and kings as delegated authorities.
 
The design elements of divided government, inspired by the Bible and used by the founding fathers, included: division between the federal and state governments, a Bill of Rights that enumerated the powers for each, and the three branches of government, legislative, executive, and  judiciary. Further, the legislative branch was divided into two with the House of Representatives and the Senate. Further, each body had different proportional representation and different election terms. Laws had to pass both these houses and then the President. The President could veto a bill which results in a 2/3 majority requirement to pass and override that veto.
 
The military is led by the executive branch but funded by the legislative branch and only Congress can issue a declaration of war. The army is forbidden from taking domestic action which is left to the police (under local authority) or the National Guard (under state governor authority). Further, the founders gave the 2nd amendment to assure that citizens had the right to bear arms and the 1st amendment to protect free speech and the dissemination of information so as to protect the citizenry from unjust rule, a clear recognition of the sinfulness of man.
 
Further, the Constitution is difficult to amend and requires a vote of the people’s representatives and is not subject to the President or the Supreme Court for approval. The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress, with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention. Since the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval. The proposed amendment is then sent to the 50 state legislatures. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States (38 of 50 States). This intricate system of constitutional change was designed to reflect the foundational principle of the consent of the governed.
 
Secularists will continue to deny that America was founded on Christian principles. Their present political power and future influence depends on it. A new book, The Enemies Within, lists 50 members of the House of Representative and 14 US senators who have significant ties to the  secular and Marxist movement in America.[4] Secularists who oppose the Judeo-Christian worldview, have no rebuttal to the following dispositive evidence that America was indeed founded on biblical principles.
 
  • The Pilgrims (followed by the Puritans) came to America for freedom of worship. They were Christians.
  • America had the first Great Awakening (1730-1750) that prepared the hearts of the colonists and paved a way for rebellion against unrighteous rule.
  • The colonists used the New England primer as the foundation for education of their children through 1790. The primer was largely based upon the King James version of the Bible.
  • The state constitutions were the founding documents of the nation. It was the states that created the national government and insisted on a provision protecting them from a national religion. Many of the state constitutions contained Christian provisions. Secularists did not draft the early colonial charters or state constitutions. Secularists or deists did not set aside Sunday as a day of rest for the President (Art. 1, sec. 7) or ended the Constitution with “Done in the Year of our Lord” 1787.
  • 98% of the colonists identified themselves as Christian while 1.9% identified themselves as Catholic.[5] The founders identified themselves as Christian.
  • No revolutionary leader, who desired followers, dare attempted to lead a Christian nation into secularism. This is in stark contrast to France.
 
America was clearly founded on biblical principles. Christianity was the original motivation of the Pilgrims to settle here. There were two great awakenings, most everyone identified themselves as Christians, the source documents used by the founders were largely Christian in origin, the state constitutions and Northwest Ordinance referenced the importance of religion (Christianity), and the Declaration of Independence clearly states belief in God and natural law. Most importantly, the architecture of governance developed by the founders, with its intricate system of checks and balances, was clearly designed to address the problems inherent in sinful man. This is why the biblically influenced US Constitution survived 237 years and the secular influenced French Constitution did not. The following scriptures attest (and founding documents affirm) that America was founded as a Christian nation.
 
Isa 33:22  For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king;
it is He who will save us. (three branches of government)
 
Rom 13:1-6  Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. (God appoints rulers who impose justice)
 
Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. (Man is sinful)
 
Jer 21:12 Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor
the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done—burn with no one to quench it. (Be vigilant with justice)
 
1 Cor 14:40  Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. (Order is good)
 
1 Sam 8:3  But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. (Unrighteous rulers are bad)
 
Amos 5:15  Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. (God blesses the righteous)
 
Prov 29:2 When righteous thrive, people rejoice; when the wicked rule, people groan.
 
Colossians 3:25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. (Justice is impartial. It is Lex Rex not Rex Lex)
 
Psa 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (God rules)
 
Psa 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. (put God first)
 
Psa 103:19  The Lord has established his throne in heaven, His kingdom rules over all.
 
Zech 8:16  These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts. (Truth and judgment are essential)
 
Dan 2:21  He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (God is the real king)
 
Prov 11:11  Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. (Good is rewarded, bad is punished)
 
1 Tim 1:8-11  We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound  doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me
 
1 Pet 2:13-14  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,  or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. (Accept authority)
 
Rev 2:5  Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place. (Repent or suffer the consequences)
 
Matt 28:18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Jesus is the sovereign King of all)
 
Conclusion  It is true that the people of America have wandered from their ancestral convictions. It is also true that our institutions have become increasingly hostile to Christianity. Sadly, it is also true that Saul Alinsky, the father of community organizing in America, admired Lucifer. Shockingly, it is also true that President Obama and Hillary Clinton admire Alinsky.
 
Alinsky said in his seminal Rules for Radicals, “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the have-nots on how to take it away.” Ryan Lizza reported in The New Republic, “When Obama announced his candidacy for president (2007), he said the ‘best education’ he ever had was not his undergraduate years at Occidental and Columbia or even his time at Harvard Law School, but rather the four years he spent in the mid-’80s learning the science of community organizing in Chicago.” Hillary Clinton expressed her admiration for Saul Alinsky early in her career when she wrote her thesis extolling Alinsky at Wellesley.[6] It is hard to believe that the American electorate has wandered so much that we now celebrate leaders who espouse the failed and flawed doctrines discarded throughout history.
 
It is clear that America is facing some of the most daunting economic and political challenges in history. It is also clear that America is declining faster in its morality than it is changing demographically. Both conditions lead the nation away from biblical principles. If amnesty were approved for the over 10 million illegal immigrants, there could be additional economic and political risks to the America we have come to know.
 
God is not a respecter of nations (Amos 1:3 and 2:16). However, Acts 10:34-35 tells us “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” America’s future success is not guaranteed. It is clear that the best political system to assure America can survive the challenges before her is one that is based upon repentance and gratitude toward God and is one that embraces Judeo-Christian principles. The founders knew this. Bible believing Christians know this. The key is what the majority of voting Americans will do about it.

2 thoughts on “The Judeo-Christian worldview and American politics

  1. Dick

    Please look-up and learn the definitions of anachronism and ahistoricism. Proper exegesis would be of benefit as well. Is this blog where freshmen comp students go to practice?

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  2. Bill Coates

    The degeneration of government follows that of religion and social mores. Antonio Gramsci prepared the way for Alinsky. Restorative forces are not evident, revival seems a dim hope without some attention-getting event even bigger than 9/11. May I suggest that God has one planned? see http://www.signs1787.wordpress.com for some indications of the likely timing.

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