“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
That quote is from John Adams, one of our country’s founding fathers and the 2nd President of the United States, from 1797 to 1801.
What do these statements by John Adams mean?
First, the United States was founded as a Constitutional Republic, not as a Democracy. While a Constitutional Republic has democratic elements, it is not simply a “majority rules” type of government.
The electoral college was established to elect each president precisely to prevent the executive branch of the federal government from being determined solely by majority vote.
A pure democracy is a form of mob rule in which 50% of eligible voters plus 1 rules over the 50% minus 1. The founding fathers wanted to avoid that type of government.
Why did John Adams say that our Constitution is inadequate for an amoral and non-religious people?
It’s because the freedoms that are built into our Constitution and that are guaranteed by it require a citizenry that is self-governed and that takes care of their families and neighbors.
People who fear God and who seek to obey Him will:
- Govern themselves and voluntarily limit their own freedom if exercising it will harm others or the environment
- Live responsibly
- Take care of their families and not expect the government to provide welfare or aid to the poor
- Take care of their neighbors who are in need
- Work together with others to take care of their local community
On the other hand, those who do not fear God and who live selfishly, not caring about their extended family or their neighbors, require more government rules and regulations to prevent them from taking advantage of others.
In a fallen and flawed world, Christians run for office, pray diligently for those in office, and use our influence to advance the spiritual awakening we so desperately need.
Our call to action comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14,
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
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