“Why is it whenever there is a failure of government people’s freedom is blamed?”
I heard this quote in reference to the Florida school shooting. It turns out that not only was there a disturbed young man with a gun but there was also a break down in government agencies, that are supposed to protect us, that borders on gross incompetence. Both the FBI and the local sheriff’s office had received multiple warnings about this young man. Even the shooter himself had called the sheriff’s office a few months earlier and yet nothing was done, there was no follow up. On the day of the shooting, armed sheriff’s deputies stationed at the school did not enter the school when shots were fired. They claim that they were following procedure. Again, a failure of government that results in calls for law abiding citizens to give up their 2nd amendment rights. So what can we learn from this?
John Adams observed, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Of course the prevailing “morality and religion” of the time was Christianity. The men who founded this country and wrote the constitution were either believers in Jesus or they were heavily influenced by the Gospel. Francis Schaeffer concluded that only those who have found freedom in Christ could envision the free society we have had since the founding. As our society today continues to pull away from God and from the Gospel, our government is finding itself “wholly inadequate” to deal with the results. As people use their freedom to create a godless and ultimately lawless society, the only solution is for government to continually restrict the freedom of the people. We may react strongly to this idea, or even get angry, but this is actually the Biblical purpose of government (Romans 13:1-7). People who reject God’s law do not deserve to be free. Furthermore, if people are allowed to have both godless and unchecked freedom, society will implode. It’s no accident that the most atheistic societies of modern times were also the most oppressive.
The response for Christians is not to legislate Christianity and promote legalism. The response is for us to preach the Gospel and commit our lives to Jesus in such a way that everyone around us sees the freedom and grace that we have in Him.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX