American Ideals

Here in America a great scandal has begun to brew concerning our government’s willingness to trod over laws and constitutional amendments. Spying was once something that was hidden and somehow we knew that all countries spied on other countries; we didn’t dream that a government would spy on its own.

Two stories hit ARS Technia on June 5th of this year:

Wealthy California town approves license plate readers along municipal border

Iowa City to ban red-light cameras, drones, and license plate readers too

We are a country divided in a ‘security vs. privacy’ debate. And privacy advocates have lost.

When America was founded it was founded by men who worshipped God. Men who prayed and asked that God would lead and guide not only their lives but the country that they were founding. We have heard much about the flaws of these men. Of course they had flaws; they were men. The flaws are pointed out to keep our minds off of the work that they did with God’s blessing, His favor and His grace.

Fast forward 200 years. We now have a man leading this country who does not worship God; indeed, he eschews people that do. He surrounds himself with like-minded men who haven’t the willingness to trust God with the leadership of this country, so they turn to watching and listening to every word being uttered to keep their positions.

There is more to this of course, it’s not nearly so simple. I understand this.

The only way these men can stay in power is if individuals believe as they do.

Nearly Half of Americans Want Government to Monitor Everyone’s Email, Phone Records

Americans have lost America because we threw away the willingness to be accountable for ourselves. God’s word states:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.     –Philippians 2:12-13

We will not do this; we dare not. To do this would mean admitting that we are wrong, that we are sinners, and that we need a Savior. But to be accountable for ourselves in accepting this fact and allowing God to change our lives would change how we feel about the direction that our country is going.

Instead we allow and want to have our government take care of us, feed us, clothe us, teach us, look after our children and our health. The government owes us this, it’s our right, is the school of thought behind this.

Why then, would we be shocked and distraught when we learn that the entity that owns us is spying on us? The constitution must be discarded: it has to be. It flies against beliefs of a government ruling and controlling a people. It flies against a citizenry unwilling to self-govern itself.

We don’t know how to teach our children, and our government must do it for us, so how then are we expected to function without the government’s aid in every other area of our lives.

Our need is to turn from sin and turn to a God that greatly desires to forgive and bless. We have this need and are not willing to acknowledge it.

We love sucking on the government’s teat.  This country has gone far to deep down the rabbit hole for an absolute reversal and change to what and where we should be, but a sweeping revival of God’s Spirit with people turning and accepting His gift of grace in Jesus Christ is imperative for the survival of our nation.

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