With what could be arguably one of the most important elections to occur in the history of the United States of America, we face possible tectonic consequences as a result of the choice we make at the voting booth next Tuesday, Nov. 8. Hopefully, we have heard the arguments, considered the evidence and weighed the outcomes.
The future of America will be determined not only by a new president, but by the makeup of Congress and changes to the Supreme Court. “We, the people” have been entrusted by our founders, and our Constitution, with the power to choose our national destiny.
The entire concept of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is based on human sovereignty. When the founders said man is “endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it was evident that they were alluding to the idea that human beings are authorized by their Creator to make, and be responsible for, their own decisions.
It is critical that we understand this concept upon which the founders based their positions in the Declaration and the Constitution. Just as we refer to the United States as a “sovereign” nation, we must understand that, using the same rationale, every person is a “sovereign” being.
The founders saw God, the Creator, as the ultimate Sovereign, and mankind “made in His image and His likeness” as beings who operated in a state of individual “sovereignty” (independent, autonomous, self-governing, self-determining, nonaligned, free). They were to be held accountable for their actions, individually and collectively.
The very right and privilege of individuals to cast a free, unencumbered vote is predicated upon the concept of man as a free, moral and responsible agent – a definition that is applicable only to and by those who ascribe to creationism. Evolutionists, of course, hold that man is subservient to his animalistic urges, is merely a slave to his nature and must, therefore, impute the power to control his behavior to someone “smarter” than himself (i.e., the government).
A sovereign, which man is, has the right to be responsible for and enjoy the benefits of, or suffer the consequences of, his freely made decisions. Since the assumption was that all the voting individuals would be persons who were aware of the issues and willing to accept the consequences (individually and collectively) of their actions, their votes, and subsequently their government, would reflect “the will of the people.”
It was their considered opinion that an enlightened populace – via a free (unbiased) press and free speech – would send individuals to the seat of government who would represent their positions and enact legislation that reflected the will of an involved, informed, participative majority – a representative republic. While there would be different levels of achievement and skills among them, overall, the entire population would benefit, or suffer, as a result of their corporate decisions.
So what has that to do with us? The truth is, the Creator has designed all of us to be self-governing individuals with the freedom and responsibility to make our own choices and determine our own destinies. I am convinced that this is one of the primary reasons America, despite some missteps and relatively few serious social problems, has been such a wondrous and successful experiment in human behavior. I am persuaded the framers of the Constitution had a divine understanding of the biblical concept of the sovereignty of humans – our God-given right to be free and self-directed.
Unfortunately, in recent decades we have seen a chipping away at the idea of individual responsibility and the adherence to a national moral code. As a result, the quality of American life and the scope of American greatness is rapidly declining. We now bestow “entitlements” on healthy, able-bodied citizens. Protection is extended to social predators, pornographers, abortion mills, same-sex marriages and other licentious behavior. Latitude is now granted not to liberty but to license.
The good news/bad news is, in our constitutionally mandated republic, “We, the people” are responsible for our personal and national destinies. Isn’t that the essence of liberty? Isn’t that the way it should be for a free people? Isn’t that why America is (thus far) arguably the greatest country in existence today? Why are people lined up (in some cases, sneaking) to get in, but few are lined up to get out?
I think there is a clear-cut underlying reason. Perhaps it is best stated by the second president of the United States, John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The antidote to more government is self-government – informed, self-governing citizens. Let us be careful to seriously remember this responsibility – to ourselves and our future generations – when we vote on Nov. 8, 2016.