Or so we’re lead to believe.
It was a few years ago now that I was in the midst of a church that was fracturing. The pastor had resigned because a majority of the congregation had taken issue with some decisions he had made, and it was a pastor-run church. As we attempted to figure out where to go next, we started looking at the church constitution and brought in an advisor.
Something that man said has always stuck with me. I paraphrase, but he said, “Show me the Constitution and I can show you the troubles that the church has had.”
The founders of our nation created a country and a Constitution in reaction to the land and the laws that they came from. That’s why much of it borrows from English Common law– with obvious adjustments.
A couple of things that were foundational were the idea of power divided: 3 branches; multiple houses; power left to the people. They knew what it was like to live under a monarchy and to not have representation, and they wanted to make sure that the government that they had to deal with was the government that was closest– that was local.
I mean, what’s more remote than being ruled by a country on the other side of the Atlantic, right?!
The Articles of Confederation had too weak a Federal government, so they gave more to it in the Constitution, but now we can see that the power gradually flowed back to the one man in the Oval Office.
Whether it’s executive orders, two-party rule, or whatever you want to blame, the President, Congress and the Supreme Court are way too powerful, to the point that when your party is in power, everything is trending the right way, but when it’s not, you get thoughts like this:
We’re in the midst of societal disintegration. The America we’ve known up to now is passing away. It won’t be restored. Not that it deserves to be. Much of what made up that old America has been passing away for decades or generations. The foundations of our republic were hauled away long ago. The contractors assured us that the walls and roof could stand on their own. But they can not.
Our institutional integrity is gone. That outward appearance of respectability will soon be quite gone. And why? Because our institutions have been corrupted and re-corrupted for so long that we don’t know what any of them are supposed to be doing anymore. Many of the people who are hands on with the latest outrages don’t even have a clear idea of what trust they’re violating. Something, maybe, but its gotten awfully fuzzy by this point.America Confounded
I’m not saying the author is wrong, I’m just saying that when your guy from your party is in office, you don’t highlight the issues that your party has, or talk about America disintegrating:
The elections are over and the political left has taken over the national government in the United States. They own the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. The tyranny of the Cancel Culture is now in total power, and their agenda is to crush all opposition.
With the departure of Donald Trump, don’t be betrayed by the language of unity and reconciliation. It is a red herring. We are in spiritual warfare. The battle has never been purely political because politics is downstream from culture, and culture is downstream from religion. The U.S. has enjoyed the blessings of a Christian culture for many years, but I fear that it has now come to an end.Christian Options Living Under a Marxist Regime
The only calling out of the culture in the age of Trump by the GOP was for leftist things by the Never Trumpers– whether it was critical race theory, green energy, etc. And this was because the usual things that they attack a GOP President for weren’t available.
- We weren’t in any foreign wars, and situations around the Middle East were getting better
- Until COVID, unemployment was crazy low and the markets crazy high
The right was not calling out Trump’s stance on same-sex marriage. Some commented on the fact that he had heretics for spiritual advisors, but the right did not voice a lot of concern about this man. They would justify his failings like that of David– and they may not be wrong in doing so.
The point I’m trying to make is, America doesn’t suddenly become better because a Republican President is in power, or get worse because a Democrat President is in power. For the most part, they are travelling the path of a failing empire toward whatever God has planned.
One has but to look at Judah and see the same pattern of decay– because we’re all sinners and we are not angels.
Only God will provide the righteous kingdom, in His time. So stand in that kingdom, for that purpose, and be in the world, but not of it.