“The coming American counterrevolution” was recently highlighted by the Washington Times. It predicts that the many years “of using government to address all national problems could be swept away in favor of less expensive, decentralized bureaucracy and greater personal freedom – the return to fundamental American values.”
History proves that this “American counterrevolution” will be successful to the extent that it is a return to the responsibilities and blessings of a God honoring civilization. These include civility, charity, self-government, personal freedom, and prosperity. This transformation would put us back on the road to a culture of life, rather than of death, of liberty rather than tyranny.
To understand America’s “pagan experiment” of the past generation, it is helpful to survey five deadly evils that have permeated all societies throughout history which have chosen to rebel against God. Ask yourself: which of these have crept into the western world today?
The first deadly evil is tyranny. Tyranny dominated all ancient civilizations – except for the republic of the ancient Israelites. These tyrants were political leaders who used polytheistic gods and ideologies as a cover for their despotism, murder, and theft. Tyranny was universal from the time of Nimrod through the Roman Empire. The Caesars declared themselves to be god on earth. They demanded that all the inhabitants of the Roman Empire bow down and pay tribute to them. Because Christians in the empire refused, they were martyred for 250 years.
The second deadly evil is false religion marked by human sacrifice and bloodletting. Many people know that human sacrifice was widely practiced by pagan civilizations like the Canaanites and their Baal worship. But most do not know that the ritual of human sacrifice was the practice of civilizations around the world from China to Greece, from Rome to the Incas of Peru. Regardless of the shape of their ziggurats, pyramids, altars, or aboratoriums, this practice has thrived wherever there is a rejection of the redemptive power of biblical faith. The Romans practiced human sacrifice for 700 years in their gladiatorial games. Micah summarized the dilemma in the guilty hearts of all people. Knowing the need for a sacrifice for sin, Micah ponders, “Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
The third deadly evil is the enslavement of people and nations and the stealing of private property in the name of the state. The state usurps the God given powers of individuals and families. St. Augustine defined this big government piracy: “The dominion of bad men is hurtful… Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms?” As nations arose in the ancient world, men like Nimrod enslaved the people with promises of benefits while stealing their labor and freedom. Today this evil has different names – communism, socialism, fascism, etc. – but all have the same destructive end, a culture of death and dependency.
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