Well, yesterday was these United States of America’s birth as a new republican government. July 4 is the annual celebration of America’s independence and self-determination from British tyranny. September 17, on the other hand, is the reverent and memorialized day America became a constituted Republic with all authority vested from the People and derived from Natural Law, “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
Ever since the Civil War and Reconstruction, America’s two-party system has been expanding Abraham Lincoln’s central planning agenda. It wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth century with the progressive revolution from the racist Woodrow Wilson that America accepted a fundamental transformation towards a new utopia. A utopia devoid of the One True God, the autonomous self proclaimed as a god, and the State became Rex Lex.
America’s central planners have been steadily establishing a command economy with the crapitalists (or the corporatists) as the business planners, and the bureaucrats are the socialist overlords. They have been on a rampage against reality itself with the feminists and social justice warriors creating a more “diverse” world where everyone’s sin is accommodated, and the cardinal virtue is “sameness.”
The Constitution was a broad, and now failed, attempt to strengthen the weaknesses of a decentralized government and economy. It appears to me that all of the Anti-Federalist fears of the then-new Constitution have been unfortunately realized.
Our Constitution has failed the Founders’ experiment in republican government because we forgot our liberty and equality weren’t given to us by our government or ourselves. The Constitution, as originally conceived, protected the rights and liberties that the Declaration publicly acknowledged came from our Creator, the Law of God.
Apart from God, as a secular society, and left to our own devices is a recipe for cultural disaster. We embraced our own vainglorious and prideful self-worth and we divided into our racial, creedal, or sexual factions fueled by our animosities. And our two-party system, the one George Washington and John Adams warned against, was all too eager to oblige our tribalisms and animosities.
We are a post-Christian nation, but we are also no longer a Constitutional Republic. We are a Democracy ruled by the perpetually offended mob, while the corporatists, socialists, and humanists steal our property and redefine reality.
The contemporary church and the egalitarian, hippie pastors are primarily to blame. They embraced the perpetually offended in their profane effeminacy and said, “All’s good, no repentance required. We only ‘love’ here.” They became the religious affirmations of the profane disobedience of God’s Law-Word. The contemporary church abdicated their responsibility and jurisdiction to build and shape culture.
What we need is a reformed church that has unapologetically recommitted to preaching the whole counsel of Scripture. We need a church and pastorate who understand the kingdom economics of sphere sovereignty, and the biblically limited power God gave to the civil magistrate. We need a church that believes the Kingdom is now, and understands our cultural mandate and Great Commission is to disciple all nations into that Kingdom, teaching them all that Jesus commanded. We are to offend for the Truth in love, as defined by Scripture and the standard of God’s Law.
America needs to be re-constituted as a free society that acknowledges Christ’s Lordship over sovereign nations. And our republic needs a biblically limited and divided political economy that clearly defines the limits of sphere sovereignty in a new written constitution. We need a civil magistrate that is socially constructed by a faithful and moral people under Christ’s authority as a multi-party, decentralized economy and confederation of small Christian republics.
Now, I am no fool (although some may believe me to be much worse). I have no allusions that what I am proposing can be built overnight, a year, or even ten years. It can only be built by God through the voice of His Church preaching the whole Gospel and Christian Scriptures in every area of life, gradually. The re-constitution of America as a Christian Republic is a long war and “slow march through the institutions.” But we must have a Church that is courageous enough to offend those, in love, who are in desperate need of offense.