We are trying to have some fun thinking about how the break-up of the U.S. might play out. This is part II, after last week’s beginning.
The break-up could happen in stages. It won’t necessarily be just state by state. Indiana, for example, may leave the empire, oops sorry, I mean the union, as one state. But there is nothing to keep Indiana one nation in the long run. Unquestionably many cities are likely to become city-states. Many of our cities, nation-wide, already are infected with leftist super insanity. That is sad, but also an advantage to the rest of us, because possibly the virus can be quarantined. If the Democratic Party controlled large cities want to continue to be Democratic Party controlled, they have my blessing. If they can make it work, fantastic. Another advantage: if it doesn’t work, and the rest of the state (and the nation) is no longer there to subsidize the leftist nonsense, the quicker the people in the large cities have a chance to wake up and begin to say, “You know, this doesn’t really work as well as we thought it would. Maybe we need to change the way we think and behave.”
So Indiana could end up seceding, becoming then seven or eight separate nations, some of which would be city-states, some of which would be largely rural. I have already seceded and am currently part of the nation of Indiana, but in the longer term I expect to be part of the nation of Southern Indiana, and possibly even part of a smaller nation yet.
All this is messy and is going to take time to work itself out. As long as enough of us are committed to leaving other people alone, the messiness need not lead to violence and starvation. We Southern Indiana hicks will gladly sell our sweetcorn and other farm produce to anyone, as long as we are being paid in real money (gold and silver, or currency soundly based on gold and silver).
That is one aspect of the break-up: somewhere, somehow or other, real money is going to exist again. The Federal Reserve counterfeiters will be gone, when the U.S. no longer exists. Or at least the Federal Reserve, or what succeeds the Federal Reserve in leftist nations, will be confined to those countries with a fondness for counterfeiting and inflation.
While I find the leftists appalling, they are not really the core problem which is driving the U.S. to a break-up. The core problem is that our Christianity was not very Christian. I’ve said this so many times in so many ways, but I will continue to say it, because it is true. If our Christianity had been biblical, it would have changed the way the U.S. operated, and the union might have been preserved. It is better that the U.S. cease to exist, but nevertheless we Christians bear most of the blame for the depressing way things have unfolded.
About our Christian corruption, I have bad news and I have good news. Which do you want first? Bad news? Okay, you asked for it.
Our Christian corruption is widespread. We don’t tithe (we give one-quarter of what God asks), we are welfare queens (Social Security, Medicare, public education), we shrug at abortion, we have made the U.S. and the U.S. military into idols, we murder and cripple foreigners with our preemptive wars.
So the bad news is very bad indeed. But I think there is good news too. Our corruption is wide, but it is also shallow. That may be too wildly optimistic on my part, but it could also be true. There are reserves of goodness in our Christian population. We have not been challenged with a fully biblical brand of Christianity. If we were challenged, I think we would be angry, and we would whine and complain, and we would chase the truth tellers out of town on a rail . . . but I think we would admit in the end that the truth tellers were right. We would admit our sin and we would change the way we think and act. After all, if we really are inhabited by the Holy Spirit, we have the potential to love and live by the truth. Jesus Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit will guide us ‘”into all the truth”‘ (John 16:13). All the truth is going to include a lot of painful truths about our brand of Christianity, but if we are supernaturally regenerated by God then we have the ability to put on our big boy and big girl pants and really live and think the way Christians are supposed to live and think.
My experience with Christians is that we are not thinking very biblically. But I am very hopeful that that can change when we begin to be challenged with biblical thinking. Sure, many of the non-Christians in our churches will desert us, but that will be good for us and will actually be better for them in the long run. We are not doing them any good now, by letting them think of themselves as Christians. It will be much better for all concerned that we speak and live the truth.
Maybe I am too optimistic, but I think there are tremendous reserves of potential for godly behavior in garden variety Christians who are currently greatly corrupted. We need to be told the truth, but once we are told the truth we will think and act much better. It will happen gradually, of course. We don’t like facing up to our responsibilities. But it can happen. I am often told by my Aged Parent that I always see the glass as half empty rather than as half full. Well, on this point at least I see the glass as half full. I think when we are given hard truths, we will take them to heart. Many of us will be able to change for the better–and greatly so. Our potential is very high even if our current performance is very low.
More possible good news: the corruption of some of the leftists may also be wide but shallow. Some of them are far gone, of course, but not all of them. We haven’t given people (true Christians, self-deceived professing Christians, or ordinary non-Christians) much that was biblical for them to ponder, for a very long time. This humanist leftist stuff really is drivel, and some people who are shallowly leftist will see that when we give them truth and a type of behavior worth following.
Here’s an example. Ron Paul spoke the truth about the wickedness of our foreign policy. He was immediately respected and even loved by some people who made no claim at all to be Christians. Truth spoke to their hearts. It was a start.
What if there is no God, and thus Christianity, while attractive to some of us because its values match our own Neanderthal instincts, is really just sound and fury signifying nothing much? Well, even if there is no God, it seems to me that the universe itself seems to fight on the side of things like honesty, hard work, generosity of spirit, kindness, leaving other people alone, and much else that Christianity recommends. So we could have better countries even if the God of the Bible does not exist.
And if there is the God of the Bible (as I believe), then we are on the winning side. He tells us that He has plans for our well-being. ‘”‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'”‘ (Jeremiah 29:11) A future and a hope. It sounds promising. When we get small Christian countries covenanted with God and we want to love and obey Him–ditching our unbiblical dispensationalism and unbiblical amillennialism for something more true to what the Bible teaches–then those small countries can become places where God is honored and people are protected.
The break-up of the United States will be a good thing, but it will not be a sufficient thing. We Christians are going to need to learn to love according to the way the Bible defines love. Then we might start to get somewhere really good. That may be a topic for another day.
For now, try to think about how the break-up of the United States may present us with opportunities, and may permit people to gather in basically homogeneous groups yet leave other vastly different people alone. Read and think for yourself. Let your mouth water at the prospect of a country or countries where they don’t kill unborn babies. (Sorry, I notice I have forgotten to take my meds.)
This concludes our two-part series on the coming break-up of the U. S. and A.