Our country was founded around the God of the Bible

If, as you say, the key to turning our nation around is "understanding the times" according to 1 Chronicles 12:32, then how can we possibly understand what has been happening in this presidential election?

Last week I pointed out that the judiciary branch of our government has become overly important and that in order to understand this election we must recognize this.

First, it is imperative to recognize that this was not the intention of the Founding Fathers.  Alexander Hamilton said the judiciary is the least important branch of government because he assumed, like his colleagues, that the job of judges is to interpret the Constitution.  Attorney John Eidsmoe in his excellent work, "Institute of the Constitution," points out that today it is common for judges to consider the Constitution as a "living Constitution."  This term means judges are not bound by the intent of the framers but are free to give it new meaning.  He explains that some have referred to the Supreme Court as a continual Constitutional Convention and their decisions are to be just as authoritative as the Constitution itself.  This is why the Court has been able to create rights found nowhere in the Constitution, like abortion rights, etc.  The real danger with this is that our human rights are not secure.  If the courts can read into the Constitution rights like abortion that are not there, then they can read out of the Constitution any right that is not there.

On the other hand, the foundation our Founding Fathers established was clearly Biblical and centered around the God of the Bible.  They understood that law, justice, and truth are closely related.  You cannot do justice without truth; you cannot convict someone of murder unless you know the truth about the situation.  Their view of law was fashioned after their view of truth which they believed was fixed, unchanging, and stood the test of time.  They looked to Montesquieu, Locke, and Blackstone who taught that man's law must conform to a higher law--the law of God.  Thus, they intended the Constitution to be interpreted according to a fixed standard, i.e. consider the plain meaning and original intent of those that wrote it.

The man who was responsible, more than anyone else, for our nation's departure from the intentions of our Founding Fathers was an Englishman named Charles Darwin.  His popularized model of origins was accepted blindly in the 1800's as scientific although there wasn't (and still isn't) one shred of evidence to support it.  Darwin provided a "scientific" answer for those that wanted to believe in a world without God.  This is explicitly evident when we consider the words of President Woodrow Wilson who said, "All that progressives ask or desire is permission--in an era when 'development,' 'evolution,' is the scientific word--to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing [that has evolved and is evolving] and not a machine."  Justice William Brennan thought, "The evolutionary principle is the true interpretive genius of the Constitution.  The upward march of our Constitution should be a greater recognition of human dignity."

Why are we surprised then when judges, politicians and Americans take words out of context, manipulate them and make them appear to support any point of view?  Relativism has permeated America's thinking with a suffocating, repugnant stench.  Most Americans have grown used to it and have even found it an attractive smell.  However, a few have identified the stench of relativism for what it is--the smell of a backed up sewer.  I turned on the television the other day and two well-known pastors were lamenting the fact that we are a nation without absolutes.  Or, rather, a nation who's only absolute is that there are no absolutes.

Unfortunately, many of these same pastors are completely ignorant to the cause of this "backed up sewer" of relativism.  They boldly preach the authority of the word of God until they turn to Genesis, chapter one and say, "Well, we don't have to believe that is really true.  We need to bow our knee to 'so-called science' and accept their view of origin, not God's."  As pastors today continue to spit in the wind, the humanists, atheists and liberal theologians are laughing at the sputum covering their face.  They realize where the battle is.  The first two (not the last two, or not even just one) affirmations of the Humanist Manifesto are that evolution is true.  As long as the Church in America continues to refuse to call sin sin by accepting and accommodating evolution and compromising the authority of the Word of God, then relativism, in all areas of life--politics, law, education, etc., will continue to grow.  To understand the times and get rid of the stench of relativism it is necessary to understand what gives relativism its foul smell--evolution.

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ŠTom Carpenter
Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen