NOT WITHOUT GOD


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own Inheritance."

—Ps. 33:12

Republican institutions in the hands of a virtuous and god-fearing nation are the very best in the world, but in the hands of a corrupt and irreligious people they are the very worst, and the most effective weapons of destruction. An indignant people may rise in rebellion against a cruel tyrant; but who will rise against the tyranny of the people in possession of the ballot-box and the whole machinery of government? Here lies our great danger, and it is increasing every year.” So wrote Philip Schaff, a man considered to have been one of the most learned Protestant scholars of the nineteenth century.

Dr. Schaff’s observations are pertinent to America’s current situation. Our freedom and our Constitutional Republic are still at high risk in spite of the recent elections which seem to have delivered us, for the time being at least, from the tyranny of a political party bent on national takeover. People devoted to the same philosophy of government that has, in modern times, brought heartbreaking misery to generations of Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, Cubans.

Our nation’s institutions are still “in the hands of a corrupt and irreligious people.” But the bigger, more frightening problem, is in the prospect for tyranny residing in too much of America’s voting public, those millions, “in possession of the ballot-box and the whole machinery of government,” who demonstrated their political support of, and ideological affinity with, people devoted to the transformation of our Judeao-Christian based culture into one as irreligious, immoral, inhumane and incomprehensibly selfish as can be.

Our problem is too enormous, our danger too imminent, our national disease is too advanced, for any president, political party or other human entity to deal with effectively. Our problem is with the same sin sickness; the same sin induced insanity that God pointed out to ancient Israel: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away (Isa.1:4-6).

America can be "great again." But not without God. Our problems are too big for anybody but God to handle. But He can handle them. There’s nothing too big or impossible for Him. Our help and healing isn’t in the White House, it’s in heaven. And fixing what’s wrong in our country doesn’t start in the White House. It starts in the church house.

Dr. Schaff’s observations are pertinent to America’s current situation. Our freedom and our Constitutional Republic are still at high risk in spite of the recent elections which have delivered us, for the time being at least, from a political party whose ideology is increasingly rooted in authoritarianism; people devoted to the same philosophy of government that has, in modern times, brought heartbreaking misery to generations of Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and Cubans.

Our nation’s institutions are still “in the hands of a corrupt and irreligious people.” But the bigger, more frightening problem, is in the prospect for tyranny residing in too much of America’s voting public, those millions, “in possession of the ballot-box and the whole machinery of government,” who, although they failed to put their candidate into the White House in ouir last presidential, election, demonstrated their political support of, and ideological affinity with, people devoted to the transformation of our Judeao-Christian based culture into one as irreligious, immoral, inhumane and incomprehensibly selfish as can be.

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