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A New Year’s Revolutionary Thought January 1, 2009

Posted by Daniel Downs in covenant, God, justice, life, moral law, New Year's Day, politics, secularism.

Many Americans celebrate the beginning of the New Year with either friends or family. Whether it is at Times Square, at home, or at a local church, Americans enjoy the fellowship of others. That is what life is all about. Severance of good relationships is death. Good relationships are the meaning of life.

Yet, it is doubtful that American consider New Year’s Day a celebration of life. It is a time to party. It may be another good opportunity to thank God for the good that is past and petitioning heaven for another healthy and prosperous year. That is providing last year was in fact a healthy or prosperous one. It is likely that either at the beginning of this New Year many will be partying to forget the effects of the economic recessing that has many depressed or they are seeking God’s help to overcome the same. The current crisis is good reason to take time to make some thoughtful resolutions. I would hope the partiers wait until after the hang over is over.

When surveying the events of the past year, I’m of the opinion that the escalation of crises points to a deeper problem than mere economics. Prior to 2008, America experienced devastating terrorist attack on 9/11 followed by Katrina that was followed by famine, floods, more hurricanes, tornado in New York city, outrageous gas prices, significant increase in the cost of living without matching increases of income, which was followed many bank and money market failures. Prior to the 20th century and the rise of secularism, Americans would have viewed these events as God’s judgment. Not necessarily because they believed God was being mean bully, but rather because the divine justice is part of an intelligent design. If you sow corn, you get more corn. When you injustice, you reap more injustice. When push leaders of other nations like Israel to commit injustice, you reap similar devastation. If you kill the unborn and lobby other government to legitimate similar injustices oversees, you reap more death and injustice.

Even Thomas Jefferson said as much. He warned fellow Virginians about God’s justice for the continued enslavement of the black people. The Civil War and the violent Civil Rights war vindicated him.

I think it would revolutionary for a majority of Americans to recommit to God both their lives and their nation’s future to His providential wisdom, to His mighty protection, His Supreme justice, as did the Congress who wrote the final version of the Declaration of Independence. However, living out that type of covenant presumes a partnership based on mutual trust but not equal authority. The Creator is the highest authority and moral law is the highest law. Of course, the member of the First Continental Congress didn’t actually separate God, religion and government. They separated church authority from political authority. No atheistic and secular obsession with the separation of religion from state existed. Oddly enough, they knew about evolution long before Darwin did. Evolutionists have no real proof that God didn’t create life, which means there is no legitimate reason allow secularist to separate all Americans from their national covenant with God.

I believe American life and culture would be revolutionized if most were to return to honoring God by living according to the moral law and not just by living it but by applying to politics, economics, business, and every aspect of life.

I think it would also be revolutionary for husbands and wives to renew their covenantal vows on New Years Day. What could be better than recommitting to living a mutually beneficial life together. Physics and biology teach that that’s what the chromosomal dance of new life is all about. Every atomic particle, every molecule, and every family member working for common good is the real meaning of life.

It is even a perfect time to call, write, or spend some time with those childhood friends with whom you made a life-long pact of brotherhood (blood brothers or sisters).

It may all begin by meaning what you say, but just saying “Happy New Year” doesn’t really mean anything unless everyone works at making it so throughout the year.

Now that’s a revolutionary thought.



1. cschande - January 3, 2009

Great post! I really enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work. I’ve just started a new blog that will be highlighting the dangers of the secular progressive movement (pro-gay “rights”, pro-abortion, anti-religious freedoms, etc). Unfortunately, most Christians still don’t know what’s going on out there and the mainstream media certainly isn’t covering it.

We’re looking to build a solid group of social conservatives who’ll frequent our site regularly and contribute to some good discussions. I hope you’ll check us out!

If you’ll add us to your blogroll we’ll gladly add you to ours. Just drop us a comment over at our blog so that we’ll know to add you. Our blog is at http://religionandmorality.wordpress.com/


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