In America, we’ve lost the right to be born, the right to practice our faith without government dictate or penalty, the right to proclaim moral sanity in the public square, and now the right to due process of law against a president who thinks he literally can pull the trigger and execute fellow citizens at his whim.
In a bizarre “legal memo”, President Obama has asserted that he can target and assassinate Americans – at will – simply on his belief that they are subversives.
The memo’s specific focus is Americans who President Obama has unilaterally concluded are affiliated with al-Qaida (not that this makes it right), but its rationale and justification can now be applied to anyone else who he likewise concludes is a non-combatant subversive.
America was once a great nation, ruled by law under a Constitution that was consciously written to embody a Judeo-Christian worldview.
The bedrock of our constitutional republic – rooted in Biblical principles articulated by men like James Madison and his mentor John Witherspoon – was the liberty to pursue virtue by imposing checks and balances against the evil of unrestrained government power.
I’m not saying we are, or ever were, a “Christian nation” – and I’m not naïve about past problems. America was never perfect, but during most of our history we had a moral compass – and a constitutional framework – that helped us even in our imperfections.
Now, through silence, we have discarded our founding ideals and increasingly become slaves to the tyranny of postmodern relativism – and its inevitable necessity of ever-growing, centralized power to enforce its self-justifying “anything goes” philosophy.
Moral and ethical relativism always lead to government tyranny because they cast off all external standards – except for the absolute standard that there absolutely must be no standards.
Relativism often takes hold when people of good will and moral conviction become confused and silenced by those who say they have no right to impose their beliefs on others, or that they shouldn’t compromise themselves with the messy reality of politics and the civic arena.
But someone’s beliefs will always prevail and become the basis for our laws and national policies – even if it is the belief that there are no moral principles and we need unrestrained government power to enforce that belief. See the Fulcrum Declaration.
There is no such thing as moral neutrality – someone’s morality will always form the basis for our national laws and policies, even if it is the “morality” of immorality and the necessity of unrestrained power to enforce it.
History is full of examples of relativism leading to ever-increasing tyranny. Now, America is becoming yet another tragic warning to others who doubt the wisdom of liberty rooted in a Judeo-Christian worldview.
~ Jim Wright
- The Great Divide: Biblical Absolutes and Relativism (crossroadjunction.com)
- The Growing Idolatry of Civil Government (crossroadjunction.com)
- Does Jesus Want You to Vote? (crossroadjunction.com)