By David Treece
Do you remember the famous phrase the Three Wise Monkeys are known for? “Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.” This phrase is repeated so often that many people hold it as a foundational principle. The Bible has numerous verses that convey a similar message. From the Scriptures Luke 6:37 is often quoted because it’s the verse that tells us not judge others lest we be judged. We should remember that the Bible also says in Ephesians 4:15 to “speak the truth in love.”
Truth is a powerful component so love is necessary so as to not overcome the audience. There are many things in culture today that must be spoken about, but some people would rather retort the childish Three Wise Monkeys adage than deal with sticky issues. It has become a scapegoat. As a result, the things that we need to speak out against get worse because there are little to no checks on what is happening societally.
Reasonable people will agree that as time has progressed culture has become more perverse, greedier, and altogether less altruistic. America’s founders understood that in order for a country to enjoy the vast freedoms we had, righteous people were necessary. They knew that when unjust men began ruling, things would go awry. "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters," Benjamin Franklin said.
Like anything, the successes and failures of an enterprise rest on the shoulders of leadership. Our issues today are the direct result of the leadership we have and the lack of reverence for Jesus Christ. In fact, George Washington said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."
We should not be so naïve as to think lackluster leadership is a new thing, because with the accessibility of the Internet we can easily study history. When doing so it’s clear that leadership has been an issue for years. America’s government has not been as it was intended to be since Abraham Lincoln usurped his power as president. He set the precedent for a powerful federal government doing as it pleases and running roughshod over the states. Lincoln’s power grab was rooted in greed. Greed for more tax revenue. Centralized government was not what George Washington, Thomas Burke, or Benjamin Franklin desired when they created our government.
In fact, Thomas Burke proposed an amendment to the Articles of Confederation because he believed the general government might perceive that it has too much power over the states. He said these violations “…would be giving Congress a power to prostrate all the laws and constitutions of the states because they might create a power within each that must act entirely independent of them, and might… render ineffectual all the barriers provided in the states for the security of the rights of the citizens.”
The solution to America’s division is simple, and it was provided by the founders. Separation. In the Bible, God separated the people at the Tower of Babel for their own protection and for centuries people lived in their own cultures. People inherently are going to have differing ideas on what success, morals, and prosperity are. But for any idea to flourish, there must be a conglomerate of people who put feet to the idea. When people do not agree, the polite thing is to agree to disagree and part ways. This could happen in society today if not for those who want to push the world into a new world order.
The new world order is that of a one-world system of government. That has been the prince of this world’s plan all along. Until Christians wake to this reality, culture will continue to slide into despair and evil will grow more rampant. We must become wise to Satan’s plot to be able to combat it. Centralizing government power must be stopped.