Saturday, January 29, 2011
There is nothing new under the sun....
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
It has been said that you can't legislate morality. In my opinion a truer statement has never been made. As you read through the Old Testament, you are a witness to the history of God and men and the law. You see God's law being handed down through Moses and you observe man's attempt to improve upon the law of God. But mostly, you see man's failure. You see the impossibility of men to keep the law. You see that it is impossible to legislate morality.
In His mercy, God sent Jesus to save us from the consequence of breaking the law. Because He knew it would be impossible for us to keep the law, He sent the only One that was capable of fulfilling the law. In that one act of ultimate love, God made provision for His beloved children to be reconciled with Him. In sending Jesus, God freed us from the bonds of the law. He is the true author of freedom.
I have come to realize that today's political climate is not much different than it was in the days of Jesus. We still have Pharisees, Sadducees and the Sanhedrin, only now we call them Republicans, Democrats and the Supreme Court. The Pharisees and the Sadducees of our day make law after law after law, in hopes of making us "holy" and the Sanhedrin keep upholding the law, regardless of its true legality. We have come to a point, just like the people of the Old Testament, that we are bound by the chains of law. What began as a means to protect our freedoms and our personal rights have become the very chains that enslave our people. No longer do the Pharisees strive to encourage the people toward righteousness. Rather they practice a form of holiness, having no real holiness. The Pharisees of old have become the Republicans of our time. The Sadducees, in turn, have become the Democratic party, who's sole purpose has become to deny absolute truth, tear down the principles of old, on which our country was founded and establish their tyrannical rule as "a rule of the people". As the Pharisees and Sadducees rape and pillage, the Sanhedrin, also known as the Supreme Court, stands at a respectable distance, wearing white gloves and robes of honor, nodding their assent.
We cannot legislate morality. Until the hearts of the people change, we are a lost people. True freedom comes, not from without, bound by the chains of legislation, but from the true law that is written on our hearts. Every law that is written, requires more laws to uphold it. Every chain requires another to bind it. And so it goes. There is nothing new under the sun. The Pharisees, Sadducees and Sanhedrin of our time are alive. They are proclaiming from the marbled halls of congress the need to protect the masses from themselves. As they bind our hands with cords of legislation, they parade us for sale among the slavetraders - insurance companies, city governments, county governments - and they sell us to the highest bidder.
The only free people are those inclined to self-government through a heart regenerated by Jesus. All others are little more than slaves.