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“The Fear Of God Is Not In This Place”

By Chuck Baldwin

July 19, 2012

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What in the world has happened to America? How has it come to this?
The America that we currently see is unrecognizable from the America
many of us grew up in. The America that many oppressed people risked
their lives to escape to now more resembles the oppressed nations that
those people fled. (I’ve had scores of immigrants tell me that
personally.) And make no mistake about it, the problem is much deeper
than the shallow partisan mantra, “It’s the Democrats’ (or
Republicans’) fault.” The root cause of America’s woes is much
deeper than that. For decades, we’ve been trading Democrats for
Republicans, Republicans for Democrats, liberals for conservatives,
and conservatives for liberals, and nothing has changed–except the
problems keep getting worse!

To the heathen king, Abimelech, in Genesis chapter twenty, Abraham
said, “Surely, the fear of God is not in this place.” Two thousand
years later, in Romans chapter three, the Apostle Paul said, “There
is no fear of God before their eyes.” I’m inclined to believe that
this may be at the root of most of America’s problems. And for the
non-religious reader, please don’t stop reading now. Hear me out.

For one thing, a person does not have to be a Christian to possess
the fear of God. I’ve met many unbelievers who possess a firm and
unmistakable fear of God. Furthermore, from what I’ve seen among
professing Christians, most of them do NOT possess the fear of
God–their Christian profession notwithstanding!

At the risk of sounding “carnal,” I am literally sick to my
stomach with all this talk about electing “Christians” to public
office! A thorough examination of the Scriptures teaches us that the
Bible itself does not promote the concept of choosing “Christians”
to be civil magistrates. A political candidate’s Christian
profession or church affiliation means absolutely nothing to his or
her fitness for public office. You heard me: NOTHING!

When John F. Kennedy was running for office, I remember all the
excitement among Catholics to go out and elect a Catholic president.
When Jimmy Carter was running for office, I remember all the
excitement among Baptists to go out and elect a Baptist president.
When G.W. Bush was running for office, I remember all the excitement
among “born-again” Christians to go out and elect a
“born-again” president. This year, Mormons are all excited that
they can go out and elect a Mormon president. It’s all hooey!
Whether our civil magistrates at the federal level are Democrat or
Republican, Catholic or Baptist or “born-again” Christian or
Mormon, our country continues to spiral into oppression and despotism.
Instead of getting all wrapped up in a candidate’s religious
profession or affiliation, we should heed the counsel of Holy Writ.

Here is the Biblical requirement for civil magistrates: “Moreover
thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God,
men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be
rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and
rulers of tens.” (Exodus 18:21 KJV)

See it again: “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to
me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of
God.” (II Samuel 23:3 KJV)

What difference does it make if one is a Democrat or Republican, if
he or she doesn’t have the fear of God in his or her heart? What
difference does it make if one is a Catholic or Baptist or
“born-again” Christian or Mormon, if he or she does not have the
fear of God is his or her heart? What difference does it make if they
are “conservative” or “liberal,” if they are not men and women
of truth, men and women who hate covetousness, and men and women who
are just?

No two men were more different than George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson. They were opposites in just about every measure of
determination. But without a doubt, these two men were two of the most
valuable and influential men at the time of America’s founding. It
is safe to say that without these two men, the United States of
America would not even exist. Though they differed in religious
persuasion, background, education, etc., they both expressed the same
sentiment in regard to the discussion at hand.

George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never
be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and
right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “And can the liberties of a nation be
thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a
conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the
gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that
his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Christians or unbelievers, churchgoers or non-churchgoers,
Federalists or Democrat-Republicans, northerners or southerners, to a
man, America’s founders were men that feared God. That doesn’t
mean they were without sin. It doesn’t mean that they possessed some
sort of super-spirituality. But universally, the founding generation
(and many generations afterward) possessed an innate fear of God.

Almost to a man, the founders emphasized that morality was the
underpinning of liberty and freedom. And what is morality if it is not
the governance of the way people treat one another? Furthermore,
morality is something that must come from within; it cannot be coerced
or forced externally. And, pray tell, where does morality come from if
one has not the fear of God in his or her heart? And, again, this has
nothing to do with one’s religious profession or affiliation–or
lack thereof!

The fear of God is part of the Natural Law of God written in men’s
hearts. The problem is that far too many people’s hearts have grown
callused and hard to the “inner voice” of moral consciousness. How
else can one explain the conduct of so many people?

The natural fear of God is a predicate for a person’s respect for
their mother and father. (Leviticus 19:3) The fear of God is a
predicate for a person’s respect for others, especially those who
are disadvantaged. (Leviticus 19:14) This passage specifically notes
the deaf and the blind.

So, how can TSA agents at the Louisville, Kentucky, airport possess
the fear of God when they mockingly laugh at deaf people who were
leaving the annual conference for the National Association of the Deaf
in that city, calling them “F*%# Deafies”?

See the story at:

http://reason.com/blog/2012/07/10/tsa-agents-at-louisville-airport-steal-d

The fear of God is a predicate for people’s respect for the
elderly. (Leviticus 19:32) The fear of God is a predicate for a
political leader’s respect for liberty and refusal to engage in or
allow oppression. (Leviticus 25:17) The fear of God is a predicate for
honest financial and business practices. (Leviticus 25:36) And the
fear of God is a predicate for a leader of any kind to not be
tyrannical and heavy handed. (Leviticus 25:43)

And, as we are approaching the anniversary of the federal fiasco that
took place near Ruby Ridge, Idaho, I am reminded again of how the lack
of the fear of God is demonstrated in the way that our political
leaders conduct themselves. How could federal agents possess the fear
of God when they shot a fourteen-year-old boy in the back, and when
one of them took aim through a high powered scoped rifle and shot the
brains out of a young mother who was innocently standing in the
doorway of her own home holding her infant child in her arms?
Furthermore, how could federal agents possess the fear of God when
they machine-gunned mostly elderly men, women, and children as they
fled the burning buildings at Mt. Carmel outside Waco, Texas?

In addition, how can politicians in Washington, D.C., possess the
fear of God when they routinely lie, steal, violate their oaths to the
Constitution, and wreak havoc upon the liberties and freedoms of the
American people? How can the banksters at the Federal Reserve possess
the fear of God when they deliberately rape the US economy and
purposefully manipulate the markets so as to destroy the financial
well being of tens of millions of families? How can federal government
officials at the highest levels possess the fear of God when they
engage in international drug running and murder?

For that matter, how can professing Christians possess the fear of
God when they engage in deliberate character assassination and
slander? How can they possess the fear of God when they steal the
honor and reputations of their own brothers and sisters? How can they
possess the fear of God when they demonstrate selfishness, greed, and
hypocrisy? How can they possess the fear of God when Christian school
administrators lord over their staff and students as oppressively as
any tyrant? How can pastors possess the fear of God when they
willingly allow themselves to become the sheepish slaves of the state
by avoiding–or even deliberately altering–the sacred principles of
liberty set forth in the Holy Scriptures?

National policies and practices are totally dependent upon the
personal fear of God by those who enact these policies and practices.
No wonder the Scriptures admonish people to select civil magistrates
who fear God. Forget his or her church affiliation! Forget his or her
“Christian” profession! Are they people of their word? Do they
hate covetousness? Are they people of truth? Are they men and women of
character and integrity? Do they fear God?

America is not falling because of its politics. It is not falling
because of its financial foibles. It is not falling because of its
religious preferences. It is falling because “the fear of God is not
in this place.”

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