Three Daggers in the Heart of America
Perhaps the greatest difficulty our founding fathers faced was how to form a republic that would not destroy itself. At the close of the Constitutional Convention is 1787, Ben Franklin was leaving the convention hall when approached by a curious lady, “Sir, what have we got? A Republic or a Monarchy?” To this Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Our early fathers believed the best way to “keep it” was to bring a balance to government that would keep tyrants from becoming too opportunistic and powerful. Therefore, three branches of government were formed; the executive, legislative and judicial. The purpose of this formation was to provide for a balance. Maintaining the balance has been a great challenge over the years.
The purpose of the Judicial Branch of government is to determine if our laws are constitutional. The great symbol used to demonstrate this is the scales of justice and fairness. When this instrument is used one is supposed to simply put an object on the scales and let it do its work. When laws come before the Supreme Court the constitution is the measure by which it is determined if these laws are just. Unfortunately, our courts feel empowered to fiddle with the scales. They’ve interpreted the constitution in a way to make it say things it was never meant to say.
In my opinion there have been three daggers thrust into the heart of America in the last fifty years.
1. Engel vs. Vitale, 1962.
I remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Swanson, at Neason Hill School in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She had snow white hair and always talked about driving her tractor on her farm. My mind of six years thought she was already a hundred years old. Mrs. Swanson started every school day reading to us a chapter from the Bible and praying to God for his blessing.
We all gathered as Catholics and Baptists and Presbyterians and we all shared the same prayer. The prayer was not offensive to any of these groups. Opponents trumped up a “separation of church and state” ruling and tried to take what was written in a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists of Connecticut and plug it in the Constitution. Many believe that in so doing they violated the constitution.
The 1st amendment says, “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof.” Our founding fathers were not trying to protect the government from the church. They were trying to protect the church from the government.
There is nothing sweeter to see than a small, innocent child praying, “God is great. God is good. And we thank him for our food.” How dare they swipe such a lovely and innocent prayer from the lips of our children!
2. Roe vs. Wade, 1973.
Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” He said about those who would bring harm to a child, “It would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” – (Matthew 18:6)
Nothing in this world surpasses or outshines the love Christ has for children.
A young mother came into a doctor’s office carrying her 18 month old baby. She was weeping. “Doctor, I’m pregnant again and I can’t do this. I need help. I need to abort this child. I can’t raise another one.” The doctor considered this and then told her he had a solution. She looked relieved as she listened. “Aborting the child in your womb would be dangerous to your health. But there is no danger at all if we destroy the baby in your arms.” She withdrew in horror and held her baby tightly. “How could you suggest such a thing?” The doctor replied, “How could you suggest such a thing for the child within your womb?”
The Supreme Court legalized the blood sacrifice that would make America a target of God’s wrath. We have murdered 53 million unborn since 1973. Imagine these millions of voices crying out to God in heaven to avenge their murders. Can he ignore their plea for justice?
3. Lawrence v. State of Texas, 2003.
The Supreme Court declared that men could violate Leviticus 18:22 without worrying about government interference. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
Romans 1 says that God turned them over “to degrading passions; women exchanging natural function for that which is unnatural…men abandoned the natural function …and burned in their desire toward one another.” (Romans 1:26-27) The courts sanctioned the breaking of this biblical law. Our founding fathers would be abhorred at this ruling!
God promised the Israelites that he would punish the Amorites but not until their sin had “reached its full measure.” (Gen. 15:16) God’s character never changes. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.” His just nature demands that he judge sin. He is patient. His longsuffering is immense and incomprehensible. But “God’s patience will not hold back his justice forever. We must never assume that delayed judgment means no judgment.” (National Judgment, Russ Sukhia)
Is it possible that God has not yet poured out his judgment on us because the cup of his wrath is not yet full. We are pouring the blood of 3,000 innocent babies every day into this cup. We are filling the cup of his wrath with our religious apostasy, child abuse, fornication, adultery, pornography, blatant homosexuality, murder and blasphemy.
We know the hammer of God’s justice will one day descend but we also know that he is a loving God who has demonstrated time and again his capacity for longsuffering. We might delay his justice by appealing to his mercy through repentance and confession. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14