The prophet Isaiah wrote in Isa 59:14-18:
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (15) Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. (16) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. (17) For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. (18) According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.”
There is a great need of justice in America. Often, and especially of late, we too are asking and wondering, “Where are the men that will administer justice”? The definition of justice is the administration and maintenance of that which is righteous. Justice is a religious term that is directly related to law since law is the rule to determine what is good and right; this means that justice deals with ethics. The faithfulness that a nation has in administering God’s law will determine whether that nation is an ethically just nation or whether it is an oppressive nation. As we can see from Isaiah, the lack of justice resulted in the oppression of the people and the judgment of God on the nation. The lack of justice in America has a profound effect upon you individually, your family and your posterity. The administration of justice, or the lack thereof, will determine whether you live as a free citizen or whether you will live as a slave; It will determine whether our nation is a nation whose God is the Lord with the blessings that result from that relationship, or whether we will have wicked men rule over us and the curses that will be the consequence of that relationship. But in either situation, one thing stands out clear: we are responsible.
St. Augustine made excellent observations in his classic work, The City of God , concerning governments without justice. He wrote,
“Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves but little kingdoms?”
The only difference, then, between a criminal syndicate and a government without justice is that the government is more likely to assert that the will of the people backs what they purpose to do, whereas a criminal syndicate doesn’t make any such claims. But in reality, there is no difference; a government without justice is no different then a criminal syndicate. We can see this with our current President, Barak Obama. Not only will his health care legislation rob men by means of unjust taxation and the addition of fines to anyone who will not accept the health care, but in every step of the way he is asserting that the things he is doing has the will of the people behind it.
Dr. R.J Rushdoony aptly described the state of a government without justice,
“Stripped of justice, the law becomes an instrument of extortion and oppression in the hands of whatever group of men control it. If men of wealth control the state, the law becomes their tool to subjugate the poor to make them poorer. If poor men control the state, the law then is used to rob the rich and all hard working men to support those who want to live on the proceeds of robbery.”
We have recently seen the U.S. President and several men of his persuasion take measures in running through a bill that violates God’s law order, that is, that essentially lacks any element of justice. The recent passing of the health care bill into law was another blow to our liberty, but it was not the first blow. But there is an aspect to liberty that I think we have overlooked and it is this: With freedom comes responsibility; godly and Biblical responsibility. Every President we elect is saying to God, “We will have this man to rule over us”. Not only does this apply with the election of Obama, but this applies to every candidate for an ecclesiastical or a political office. The questions we must ask ourselves is, “Does this man match up to the Biblical criteria to be fit to rule this country”, “Does this man act on what he says he believes, or is he simply an orator with a heart of hypocrisy?”
What is stunning is that while the Christian church has the means to fight every opposition to God’s law-order by simply asserting God’s Law through the teaching and advancing of the Scriptures, she has remained virtually silent.
It is God’s word that must be liberally used to silence the rebellious. Consider these passages.
Jer 23:29: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
Heb 4:12: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword…”
Not only do we have the means to oppose those who oppose God by use of His Law Word, but we have a mandate to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2Cor. 10:5). This bears directly upon every professing Christian, whether they are a manager, a landscaper, a contractor, a business man, or whatever occupation they fill. God’s people have a responsibility to call out their political representatives for their lack of fulfilling their duty, firstly, to God, and secondly, to the people he claims to serve. Each Christian has the Divine responsibility to vote for explicitly godly men. We are not talking about moderates here. We are not talking about men who are immature in the Christian faith. We are talking about men of godly character who are knowledgeable in Christian ethics. Further, we must make it our chief concern to pray for our civil magistrates. This would pretty much cover everything except one thing: We need to repent of our slothfulness.
The occurrence of yet another blow to our liberty did not take place over night, though indeed the legislation was voted on in a day and passed in two. It took place because the Christian church has not been fulfilling its primary duty, and that is to educate. Mt 28:20: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We must start providing concrete, applicable solutions in this world or we will surely become obsolete. Instead of hiding out in our churches with our potluck dinners and church events, how about reading the Law-word of God and seek to apply it to our culture?
This Blog post reflects the work of a second year New Geneva Academy Student. For more information on the Leadership Academy, and for a list of all our courses please go to www.newgeneva.us