Government’s role in a nation founded under God

Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” – James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Lectures on Law, 1791

At the heart of all political debate is this core question: What is the proper role of our government? No matter the issue, this question is always at the root level of finding the right answer.

When you boil everything down, there are really only two possible roles for government: protector or provider.

If the government provides for our wants and needs, a relationship of dependence and control exists. As this dependence increases, freedoms are diminished, and we move ever closer to tyranny. Love and compassion for our fellow man is replaced with class warfare and a survivalist mentality.

If the government protects our rights and freedoms, a relationship of independence and self reliance exists. The fewer the rules and regulations, the greater the innovation and creativity there is to generate prosperity, a higher quality of life, and authentic devotion to each other.

In which scenario will respect and devotion to God and his principles flourish? In other words, which governmental role is better suited to foster and maintain a nation under God?

First, having love and compassion for your fellow man does not involve controlling your fellow man. But it does call for protecting him. It’s NOT out of love that a government seeks to control more of its peoples’ lives. You can’t claim to love something and want to control it at the same time. In the same way, the proper role of government – if rooted in the love of man – is the protection of its people and their rights.

As evident in our founding documents, our Constitutional republic was indeed founded on the rock of religion and rooted in the love of man! We know this because it provides for the most FREEDOM of any civil government ever created. If you truly love something, you advocate for its FREEDOM, not its control.

Second, I believe God desires for each of us to have faith in who we are as unique individuals in his creation. We are to believe in, and be good stewards of, the talents and gifts bestowed in us from birth.

Is it not a violation of this plan to be dependent on government to live, prosper, and gain the things we need or want?

(Important side note: government does not produce anything – it can only confiscate resources and then redistribute them. Therefore, government = our fellow citizens).

If we put our faith in the government (our fellow citizens) to provide for us, and not in our God-given talents and abilities, are we not disavowing what God declared as good and unique? We are all created with a unique purpose. If we don’t become who we were created to be, then our community and the world misses out.

Conclusions:
The less choice we have in the way we govern ourselves, the less God-like is that form of government. The more freedom we have in governing ourselves the closer we come to living within the boundaries that God created.

Self reliance and self governance is the key to making our divinely inspired system of limited government work. It’s about freedom and freewill! Not control! If free will was God’s design, how can we advocate for government to make decisions for us?

Upon completion of our Constitution, James Madison, our fourth president and father of that sacred document wrote, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the ten commandments of God.”

Government’s role in a nation founded under God is the protection of our inalienable rights and freedoms. That protection empowers us to use our God given gifts to the maximum with the freedom to decide how we use them. Restoring our government to this proper role is the only hope we have in saving America.

Blogger’s Note: Tune in to 99.7 WTN out of Nashville this Sunday 8/15 (or via live streaming online www.997wtn.com) from 8-10 a.m. CST where I will be the featured guest on a new radio program called “Our World from a Biblical Perspective.” The theme for Sunday’s show will be our foundations of faith, our American heritage and the vision our founders had for creating a nation under God and how it differs from what’s happening today.

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  • guest

    Does government obliged to give “protection” under the first amendment for the exercise of our religious freedom? How in the world do you square that with your outlandish post about Islamic law? Reading that post, it seems clear that you are interested in protecting the freedoms of some, certainly not all.

  • admin

    Religious freedom, yes. Sedition, no. The most accurate definition of Islam is that it is a supremacist political ideology masquerading as a religion. Most of Islam deals with politics and advancing Sharia Law and how to treat the Kafir (all those who are not Muslim). I know this because I’ve studied the doctrine. Have you? What is your basis of knowledge about Islam? Do you understand the role of Taqiyya in advancing Islam? The role of the Dhimmi? How about abrogation as it relates to the Koran? The conventional wisdom that Islam is a religion of peace is totally false. Study the doctrine and 1,400 year history of Islam before you start making judgements about well researched and studied information. So, what you are saying is that you’re okay with the advancement of Sharia Law and the ultimate goal (as stated in their own documents) to overthrow the U.S. Constitution to establish an Islamic Caliphate? Time to educate yourself on what’s going on. Start with the Muslim Brotherhood…
    Thanks for your comments

  • Matt

    Religious freedom, yes. Sedition, no. The most accurate definition of Islam is that it is a supremacist political ideology masquerading as a religion. Most of Islam deals with politics and advancing Sharia Law and how to treat the Kafir (all those who are not Muslim). I know this because I've studied the doctrine. Have you? What is your basis of knowledge about Islam? Do you understand the role of Taqiyya in advancing Islam? The role of the Dhimmi? How about abrogation as it relates to the Koran? The conventional wisdom that Islam is a religion of peace is totally false. Study the doctrine and 1,400 year history of Islam before you start making judgements about well researched and studied information. So, what you are saying is that you're okay with the advancement of Sharia Law and the ultimate goal (as stated in their own documents) to overthrow the U.S. Constitution to establish an Islamic Caliphate? Time to educate yourself on what's going on. Start with the Muslim Brotherhood…
    Thanks for your comments

  • Drew Napier

    I guess Guest didn't want to respond to your solid answer, Matt.

    Guest does make an interesting point though. One of government's roles is to protect the freedom of religion for all. But, we must educate ourselves on the doctrines of each religion. Islam, as Matt points out, is a political ideology more than a religion.

    As much as Obama does not want to admit it, the United States is a Christian nation with its roots firmly grounded in Judeo-Christian philosophy. The sooner we get back to this simple truth the better our nation will be.

  • Matt

    Thanks Drew, I agree. With each passing day and every additional move away from the foundations that built us, it is becoming increasingly clear that a Revolution in the minds and hearts of the people and a spiritual awakening is the only thing that will ultimately save the ship…

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