Snook J. Franklin - To heal the nation


Author : Snook J. Franklin
Title : To heal the nation
Year : 1977

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While this study is centered in the Bible, it is not a religious study per se. It deals rather with economic and social problems facing America today, and their solutions; for it daily becomes more evident that man's laws and system have failed to achieve lasting, desirable benefits. The almost universal thought reactions to the mention of the divine laws are (1) the Ten Commandments, (2) a harshly austere manner of living with denial of all natural pleasures so one can "go to heaven" after physical death, and (3) a hodgepodge of tribal rules for a nomadic society that can be of no value to a complex civilized society. The divine laws include, but are not limited to, the Ten Commandments and are, overall, statements of basic principles originating in the mind of God, covering all areas of human concern, from home life to economics and foreign relations. There is no promise nor implication anywhere in the Bible that obedience to • 'the law' ' will result in eternal life. There are, however, direct statements to the contrary. Galatians 3:21 states, For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. In that case, what good is the law?-why bother about it at all? Because it is good for exactly what the Bible says it is good for-health, happiness, peace, long life, prosperity, and liberty on the personal level; and on the national level, economic and military strength, peace, financial stability, a plentiful supply of the necessities of life, minimal crime rate-in short, for Americans, the abundant realization of "the American Dream." The divine law fits better, therefore, in the economic, social, and political structure of the nation than it does in the religious, even though it does tie the two together. There is no such thing in any nation on earth as complete separation of church and state. The prevailing religion of any nation, whether that religion be Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, or any other, will significantly affect the policies of the government of that nation. If, and as, the religion of the people changes, the policies of the government will reflect that change. Our founding fathers knew this, and they did not intend there should be separation of church and state as many would have it practiced today. The first amendment to the Constitution reads, in part, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This provision of the first amendment was intended to uphold Christianity while preventing the establishment of a "state church" in America, or the suppression of any denomination of the Christian religion. Had the framers of the Bill of Rights foreseen that their guarantee of religious freedom would ever be used to prevent the honoring of God and of His Christ in any public building, or to restrict free expression of Christian principles, or to protect atheism or other heathen religions in the United States, they very probably would not have settled for so brief a statement as they did. The nation is as much an institution of God as is the church, and the officials of government are as much God's ministers as are the clergy. This was forcefully impressed on those in attendance at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. After meeting for many days with little progress, and with the spectre of failure looming before them, Benjamin Franklin came forth with this sage observation and motion, I have lived Sirs, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured Sirs, in the sacred writings, that except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it ... I therefore beg leave to move that hereafter prayers, imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberation, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business. From that point, with each session opening with prayer, the writing of the Constitution moved swiftly to its conclusion. The table of organization and administration set forth in the Constitution of the United States of America is an amazing parallel to that set forth by the laws of God given to ancient Israel at Mount Sinai. We should know by this parallel that God is truly the Author of liberty-religious, political, economic, and social. II Corinthians 3:17 states, Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty. Therefore, Americans have enjoyed more liberty than any people on earth; for we are truly "one nation under God" whose Constitution and Bill of Rights are based on the Ten Commandments and the ensuing laws of God. History proves that whenever men and nations have observed God's laws, they enjoyed liberty but that liberty is lost in direct proportion to their violation of those laws. There is little liberty in the atheistic communist nations. We now see America subjected daily to unpatriotic, anti-Christian ideas. Each time we give way to one of those ideas, we lose some of our liberty. God•s laws are statements of principle. The good effects for compliance, or the consequences for violation, are built in, as is the case with any other natural scientific laws. This aspect shall become apparent as we study the laws; and we shall see that the stated results require no immediate or direct action by our God, Who established those principles. The fact that the Biblically stated consequences for disobedience to the scientific principles in God's laws are resting more and more heavily on our great nation is evidence in itself that those laws cannot be ignored with impunity. Any discussion of the divine laws that omits the reason behind each precept, its manner of operation, and the result of either obedience or disobedience would fail to interest serious-minded men. This discussion is intended to present those points. The mere fact that the Divine laws are given in the Bible keeps many legislators and economists from even hearing or reading them because they say "you can't mix religion and government. If the provisions of the divine laws were presented without mention of God, or the Bible, they would get a hearing. Inasmuch as most of the divine laws relate to the fields of economics, politics, and social behaviour, they could be so presented. While this study is not a religious study, in the usual sense, we refuse to dishonor our God, and His Word, by such a presentation. These laws originated in and were delivered to man by the Almighty God. It will become apparent that any attempt to keep them without recognition of their Author would prove futile. Some take the stand that God's laws were meant only for the Israel people. It is true they were given only to Israel but with the injunction that Israel was to prove them to the nations of the world as the only means of attaining the great national and individ?al benefits een firmly established by many other books on the subject. However, for those who have not read those books, the first chapter of this book gives a brief run-down of some of the Biblical prophecies and their historic fulfillments as added proof that America is that servant nation and must therefore be the leader in the world to return to the only set of laws that can economically redeem the country, and the world, from the chaotic state into which it has gotten itself. ...

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