Trepidation. Many of us feel it. The U.S. seems to be committing suicide. The Woke satanic elite driving the bus, seem to want to drive the bus over the cliff. Fine. Enjoy the trip. Except that the rest of us are still on the bus. Oops. Not so fine.
Will I lose my entire savings due to inflation and to the destruction of the dollar? That doesn’t appeal to me, I admit.
Will I lose my life due to starvation? Or due to revolutionary violence from underclass zombies? Or due to nuclear war? (Which of the three death options would be best? Hmm. So many delightful options! It’s hard to choose.)
But today I am going to to look beyond the trepidation, and suggest that the disappearance of the United States might be a very good thing. The break up of the country into many constituent parts might be a turning point for good in history–not just for the North American continent, but for the world as a whole.
What awaits us might be an opportunity. It is not an opportunity we have earned and deserved–it is an opportunity of undeserved blessing from God.
The U.S. deserves to die. But if that death happens, its death will not be the end of world history. Life will go on–for some of us, perhaps for many of us, perhaps even for all of us. Some or all of us are going to have to make adjustments on the fly, but on the bright side we (at least some) will be alive to do so.
And if the Woke elite bankrupts or otherwise destroys the country one way or another, they may not have the power to enforce their will on ordinary people. They won’t be intellectually or spiritually humbled, of course. They lack the objectivity to ever be able to admit they are wrong. But circumstances (bankruptcy, for example) may limit their power to rule the rest of us.
Okay, I know that is an optimistic stretch. But today I am going to be a full-blown Pollyanna, and look on the future with hope. (And when I say Pollyanna, I mean the Pollyanna of the book Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter. She is a generous-spirited life-loving heroine of admirable Christian character. Read the book, if you doubt me. Hey, “generous-spirited” and “life-loving” are my middle names. “Heroine,” not so much.)
Call this a walk on the mild side.
When the country breaks up into many parts, some few of the parts may be Christian. Here are a few ways in which Christian nations might be different from what we have now. Perhaps I should stress the word might. We could try to do the United States over again, only smaller. That would be a huge mistake. We should be looking to be different, and better. So, being optimistic, I’m going to say these are ways we might really be different and better. They are presented in no particular order. I will number them for my enjoyment, and try to keep them short.
1/There will be honest money: gold and silver, probably. There will be no Federal Reserve manipulating the money supply.
2/There will be honest banking. Banks won’t take in a small amount and loan out a large amount–no fractional reserve banking, in short. Read Gary North’s Honest Money for more on the topic.
3/There will be no prisons. Jails will be for short term incarceration until a case is decided–which will happen quickly.
4/There will be no open false worship. These few Christian countries will be Christian countries. Not pluralist countries where Christianity is tolerated. Pluralism is ridiculous, both in theory and in practice. People who are opposed to the God of the Bible and His ways of doing things, will be free to live elsewhere. (This is a topic which I probably need to discuss at greater length. I will try to do that soon. But I won’t make a promise to do so. The discussion will show up when/if it shows up.)
5/Rapes will be few, because the Bible tells us to execute rapists (Deuteronomy 22:25-26). Executed rapists seldom–maybe even never, if my math is correct–rape again. Moreover, prospective rapists, noticing that their brothers get executed, decide to remain prospective rather than fulfilled.
6/Murders will be few. Ditto arguments under #5, using biblical texts regarding the execution of murderers. Ditto prospective etc.
7/We will educate our children at our own expense, because the Eighth Commandment (“You shall not steal,” Exodus 20:8) will be honored. There will be no public education at any level.
8/There will be no property tax. Total taxes will stay below 10%–probably well below 10% in the long run (1 Samuel 8:10-18).
9/People will pay restitution for crimes that cost other people money. Example, if I steal a $3,000.00 car and wreck it, I will pay as much restitution as the court assigns to me. The court might say that I pay $6,000.00. If I steal the car but I don’t wreck it, I would have to pay less restitution. The court might say I have to pay $2,000.00 to the person whose car I stole. But I wouldn’t go to prison. There are no prisons to which I could go.
10/All Christians will be tithing. That is, paying 10% of their increase to their local church. So all the churches will have plenty of money.
11/There will be full employment. That is, anyone who wants to work will be able to find a job. It doesn’t mean we will all have to work 40 hours a week. Many of us will want to have only part-time jobs. Some of us will not have to work, outside the home, at all. But anyone who wants to work will be able to do so.
12/There will be no unemployment compensation. Unemployment compensation is theft from the productive to the unproductive.
13/There will be no minimum wage. The free market will set wage rates.
14/People will be held accountable for their actions. That includes, although it is not limited to, paying their bills.
Recently I went to my dentist. Before I could get seated in the waiting room, the nice lady who presides over the office told me what my bill was. I had not been dealt with by the dentist yet! Why was I being billed already?
It turned out that this was a new policy. From now on, people were expected to pay before the dentist dealt with them. The reason was, quite a few people have been not paying their bills. The dentist would use his wonderful skill to help them, then when it came time to pay, the “grateful” customer would say that he had left his checkbook or credit card in the car, and would be right back in. Alas, he would forget to come back. Amazing.
Then I asked if the dentist tried to take these people to court. The answer was yes–but still it was very difficult actually to get paid. (This completely agrees with our family’s experience of small claims court. Winning a judgment is not a very good guarantee of getting paid. The courts are set up for the judges to have a good time and make a very excellent living. They are not set up that justice actually be done.) So even though the poor dentist would win his court case, he still was likely not to be paid. Again, amazing.
In Christian countries, people will be held accountable for their actions, and will pay their bills.
15/Frivolous court cases will be few. The biblical principle is that the dishonest loser pays. The justified winner has his fees paid by the loser. Right now laws are set up so that lawyers always win. That is why they make the laws that they make, in their time in state governmental bodies. But the Bible’s goal is seeing that justice is done, not that lawyers make a nice living no matter what happens.
Lose a frivolous lawsuit in a Christian country, and you will pay all the court expenses. Such, I believe, will be part of the practical applications of Deuteronomy 19:16-20. Not the only practical application of that passage, of course. But a nice start.
16/Christian countries will not engage in preemptive war on other countries. They will stay home minding their own business.
17/Unborn children would not be murdered.
Can the seventeen things listed above actually happen? Are they not all too wonderful to really come to pass?
Well, I think each person will have to figure that out for himself. For my part, I think it is all very doable. These are common sense reforms which any Christian country, no matter how small or large, could readily do. (There are other reforms I could mention, but that is enough for today.)
I don’t claim that such countries would be paradise. There would still be murders, rapes, accidents, horribly unpleasant things. But the general quality of life would improve for most people, and such countries might be good places to live.
I do understand that we Christians are not really ready for freedom and responsibility. The way we behave shows it. But God may thrust freedom and responsibility on us, just because that is the kind of guy He is. He may throw us in the pond and see if we can swim. We may prefer to stay on the shore, but if He throws us in the pond, then we may figure out that we need to swim.
None of the reforms mentioned above will happen automatically, just because the U.S. breaks up. We need Christian people of integrity. We have plenty of Christian people for whom their Christianity involved being vaccinated early in life so that their Christianity never amounts to much more than a sort of pleasant mostly self-indulgent backdrop to their lives. The kind of Christians we need are people whose Christianity really applies to how they think, and how they live.
That serious kind of Christian need not be enormously high in percentage. But they have to set the standard. The rest of us will sort of fall into place, probably not really understanding that we are being led by people of high integrity. We don’t need to know, necessarily. Readiness is all; the rest of us will come on at our own pace. If we are Christians, there is potential in us, even if we are mostly numskulls right now.
I hope and believe that we are in the early church. We are, in fact, probably in the very early church. As I have said elsewhere, there is a strong possibility that we are in the very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very early church. God intends that His government, peace, justice, and righteousness all increase (Isaiah 9:6-7). For that, He may have budgeted many centuries.
We don’t need to wait for serious Christian leaders to arise to lead us. What we can do is, each of us try to apply our Christianity slightly better as the years unfold. We can learn more about what the Bible says, try to understand it, and try to apply it. Even if we don’t make much progress, God may see the effort, and be pleased. He may give us leaders better than we deserve, just because He is glad to help people who are seeking to please Him.
The future can be better. The immediate future may be worse, and may even be a lot worse. But many of us are going to keep on living, even if we would prefer to be raptured out of our problems. So if we have to keep on living, in any case, why not plan to make the future better?