Hope

By Nathan Barton

We all find ourselves getting down.  Life can be depressing for many reasons.  But there is still hope.

The future is ours. No matter how bad the State is now, no matter how many governments we have dominating us today, their day is limited. Indeed, their day is over.  Their powers are illusion, and disappearing, squeezed out between their fingers as the hand squeezes tighter.

And the more pressure they put on society, the more pressure they put on persons, on families, on businesses, on communities, the harder it is to keep the lid on.  The closer they are to that day, that hour, that moment, when the rocket goes up.  When just one too many persons, families, businesses, communities, say “enough is enough.”

Because of the many gifts we have from our Creator, perhaps the greatest is freedom.  He gives us liberty. It was placed in us when He created the first man, and from that man, created the first woman.  We have the liberty to choose right from wrong.  Not the “right” to choose wrong – for we are accountable for our actions and their results.  That is the way the Universe is made: universal laws are not just for physical matters like motion and chemical reactions and energy processes.  If we made the wrong choices, we will pay the penalty for them.  That is liberty, that is freedom.

Human government, the State (as we usually define it), is the result of man’s rebellion against God, and against the rules, the laws, of the Universe. No matter what people may claim, government is not God’s agent for anything.  (If human rulers were to obey universal law and not their own whims and ideas, they could be God’s servants to perform certain functions, as stated in Romans and Peter’s 1st Letter, in the Bible.  But they do NOT obey God; they are NOT faithful servants (ministers) of Him who created us and all the Universe.) Instead, government, the State, seeks constantly to replace God in the minds of all that they control, to divide men from their Creator.

Government seeks to steal away the free will of men, the liberty, the freedom that is our gift from God, from our conception on.  Government tries to define what is good and what is bad, what is acceptable, and what is not.

And it should come as no surprise that ultimately, in the contest between God and those who rebel against Him – including government, God is going to win. Human definitions of good and evil, right and wrong, even liberty and slavery, will fail if they do not agree with the real laws of the Universe.  The laws established when God created it.

That is not to say that government – like individuals and families and other human organizations – will not continue to try to make and enforce their own laws; will not try and steal more freedom, more liberty.  Together with the wealth and lives of all.   But we know that they will fail.  Human governments, whether tyrannies or democracies (if we can really separate the two), claiming to speak for God or to be God, will crumble and fail.

Other governments will be established, by humans still in rebellion, still lusting after power over others, after ill-gotten wealth, fearful of this and that.  But they too will fail.  The cycle may be repeated time after time.  But not endlessly.  And the cycle time will grow shorter and shorter, as technology and learning get better.

Consider how long ancient empires, like Egypt and China and Persia and Rome, lasted.  Compare that to modern times, and how long the Russian and German empires – and even the British – lasted.  And how the handwriting is on the wall for the American one.

Slavery is a product of ignorance.  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” As technology makes the truth more readily available (even though lies can also be spread more easily), slavery fades.  Painfully, slowly, and sometimes with pauses or reverses.  But it does decrease and decline. And liberty is restored.

This process is not going to slow down and stop.  Not everywhere.

And while liberty may not be restored as much as we want in our lifetimes, the progress is clear.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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