John Adams

There is a quote by John Adams (second president of the United States) making the rounds:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

But he also said this:

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.

I struggle with how to say this.  I don’t think government that is wholly and completely Christian was part of God’s plan.  Jesus had a lot to say about the kingdom of God, an invisible kingdom that is not driven by administration and legislation.  Having said that I still believe our form of government, warts and all, is the best thing going.

Here is the wisdom of our founding fathers.  They recognized the fallen state of man.  The purpose of our government in large part is to protect us from each other.

Our government is messy.  It seems almost chaotic at times.  And that’s the way it has to be.  We live in a constant state of tension between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, the majority and the minorities, the haves and the have nots.  The haves want to take for themselves the little that the have nots have.  Wisdom says that that taken to it’s natural conclusion leads to dissatisfaction, rebellion, and chaos.

The have nots want to deny the haves of the fruit of their labors.  They want to take the wealth of the haves and distribute it to themselves.  The communists have tried that banking on the nobility of the working class.  The trouble with that is that the noble working class once they get the reins of power become not so noble any more.

The fallen state of man.

This all worked a lot better when we were a fundamentally Godly society.  Go back to John Adams’ quote:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

So where are we now?  As our society wanders further and further from God it seem we are destined to tear ourselves apart.  That leads to another John Adams quote:

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

Scary isn’t it?  If that is our future then we cannot depend on our system of government for help.  The truth is that we never could look to human government for our security and peace.  We will have to, and have always had to, look elsewhere.  Look for, seek, the kingdom of God.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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