America…and Law vs.Grace

 

I sometimes find myself pondering what seems to be the discrepancy between our Rule of Law and standing in God’s grace.

…and many times I’ve wondered, how does one justify the supposed hand of God in the creation of the governing systems of the United States, when those systems are law-based, and yet His way is one of grace & faith? Aren’t these two ‘methods’ mutually exclusive?

Clearly, the Rule of Law in America has proven more than successful. We became THE world superpower. Some in other countries hate us because we excel. I don’t think it can be effectively disputed that the blessings & favor of God has crowned America up to now. Therefore, our systems of law must not be against God’s plan. Just the opposite must be true…so…

Am I missing something?

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As I’m listening to a lecture on the Constitution…or maybe reading something along those lines…like a bird flitting across my line of sight, I catch glimpses of answers. They are there, joyfully, quickly. But if I don’t write them down, well…you know how that goes! So I’ve decided to attempt to round-up a few of them, and write them down here…

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I got delightful insight on this quandary from, surprisingly, an Economics lecture. Yes, economics…Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Michigan, in his introduction to Economics 101, presents the picture of man as being a political being, with an innate desire/need to live within a political system of laws, or some form of government. History is replete with evidence of man living under various forms of law & government.

History is also replete with evidence of man’s innate desire to worship a higher Power, to practice some form of religion.

The change in religious practices that emerged from Christianity were, according to Dr. Arnn, the essential root of being governed by kings & rulers to being governed by…consent. In other words, ‘We, the People’. In other words, Christianity eventually produced America and her Constitution.

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…so, for starters, let’s first travel back in time to ancient Israel. Those Hebrews were loaded with laws! Besides the basic Ten Commandments, there were laws covering just about every conceivable situation, moral, civil and criminal. Rulers & kings were appointed to ensure that those laws were obeyed. God Himself gave those laws, so they weren’t to be trifled with. Not a lot of leeway or flexibility goin’ on back then.

Fast forward a little bit. Jesus Christ has walked the earth, taught, and been crucified. His resurrection sealed the Eternal Deal.In Him, we are free from law. Biblical New Covenant Christianity repudiates all those Old Testament laws, judges, & rulers. Now what? We are still basically the same human beings, with that same innate need to be governed. Hmmm…

…so at this point, perhaps we can conclude that law was meant to have its limits?

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freedomNow…this lifestyle of ‘no law’ made possible by the blood of Jesus was made available to all. “…whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev.21:17)  This offer is extended to people of all nations, throughout the whole world. But the realm from which this freedom is offered to us is actually not of this world. (John 18:36) Think of it, perhaps, as an overlay, or strata, upon your daily life, invisible but there nonetheless. Underneath this ‘umbrella’ of the God who makes Himself available to all will be people from all countries, with different governments & laws. These laws are not meant to intrude into His dimension…ergo, again, perhaps we can conclude that law was meant to have its limits.

Limited government?

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“…in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth…”  (Ephesians 1:10)

A magnanimous, sweeping statement like this Scripture seems to support my growing belief that the United States of America is in fact a word from God. It is a living word. From America the Beautiful we can see, if we want to look, a demonstration of the ways & principles of God in action, in consort with mankind. We see God walking with men. We see Satan in action, adversarial & malignant, opposing the Son of God at every turn. ( If you doubt this, look at the world around you, look at the lives around you…look at your own situations.)

Perhaps we are seeing – over the years producing Revolution, birth, young nationhood, government, Civil War, industry, technology – the outworkings of new life in Christ. If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed.

I wonder if God wants to show us, throughout world history and culminating in America in these days, the perfection of His ways, not ours. Down through the ages, He has brought mankind through laws enforced by kings, rulers & armies to a place where man is so much more free than he ever was. Those olden times throughout civilizations, their declines & rebirths perhaps symbolize the tenaciousness of Old Testament law. The Declaration of Independence, hallelujah, brought us into the light. Bold & glorious words bearing truth changed history. In them we find a realization of New Covenant power.

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Man, however, cannot be fully & finally free on his own. Not gonna happen. The Son makes us free, and that as we continue in His Word (John 8: 31,32).  So I wonder, then…despite her best efforts, even though the Constitution of the United Statesof America is implemented as intended by our Founders…can America ever fulfill God’s best & ultimate Plan for us? Is the United States the final experiment in world history? Maybe she was launched for the purpose of teaching mankind that, as good as it can get here, still…His Plan is at the end a spiritual one. In Christ. Our most perfect of laws can’t produce “gather{ing} together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth…” (Ephesians 1:10)

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Author’ note:  My conclusion above is in no way meant to imply that any one of us, who loves our country and our Constitution, should EVER stop standing for liberty & justice for all, forever. 

God continue to bless & protect America.

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