It’s not a little thing. Democracy brings anarchy, the belief that the majority makes morality, and can utterly rule a nation. That is why when our Founders created a government, they created a Republic. We may have democratically elected officials, but those officials serve in a Republic. That’s why we say, in the pledge of allegience, “and the Republic, for which it stands…” You would think that after years of saying this we’d get it right.
Though I think Peggy Noonan was probably a bit too critical of the President’s Inaugural address, she nevertheless brought out an important point. This side of glory we are not going to see a free and peaceful world. (Ms. Noonan is a practicing Catholic, and I don’t know of her personal state with the Savior, but I do know that this part she has right.) If our understanding of the Scripture is correct, it will get worse.
Should we desire to all people free? Certainly. It allows us better chances to witness. It allows for people to see the kind of life they can live. Will it be accomplished? Not until the Prince of Peace comes. I sometimes wonder if we’re getting close to that time with Israel being somewhat at peace right now. If you see any treaties floating around promising 7 years of peace to Israel, get ready to leave.