Guest column: First of all, government must be moral
As I see it, our state of the union is in reality a state of flux - that is to say, a state of unrest and instability, and it will take some time to settle down. The people in our country are so divided on issues and what matters that it's impossible to resolve any issue and what matters is buried under sordidness.
As I see it, the reason for the flux and the unrest is because of our human nature and the human condition. Because of our human nature we inherit what I call a dual duality - that is to say, we are saints and sinners simultaneously. We possess the Old Adam and the New Adam. This is why some people possess a bipolar disorder.
The human condition is another matter. We exist in our environment and most of us adapt to our environment or circumstance or situation. Unfortunately, with the environment there are spiritual and physical beings that are a part of the environment. There is God our Creator of Heaven and Earth and our sovereign ruler. God preserves and sustains all things He has made. Then there is Satan (Devil) and his legions of angels. Then there are the many antichrists (false teachers). Satan is the external cause of sin.
"The devil sinneth from the beginning," 1 John 3:8.
The many antichrists are mentioned in the Bible four times:
1 John 2:18, "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
1 John 2:22, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son."
1 John 4:3, "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."
2 John 1:7, "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
In other words, God is the author of all that is good and Satan is the author of all that is evil.
As I see it, Satan and the many antichrists are responsible for all the diversity that exists on Earth. We are all "one blood," "one origin" but diversity has made us all "many." To quote John Donne, "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent."
"Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes."
As I see it, because of all the diversity affecting the human condition, it will be difficult to change things for the better. In the past 50 years, more or less, the state has managed to separate itself from the church and at the same time silence the church. The state has gone beyond the separation to allow wrongdoing that the church does not approve of.
As I see it, the church is to promote an understanding of the gospel and word of God; the state is to keep order and to protect God's general moral law in civic matters. In other words, our leaders have a moral obligation to lead a moral government and protect God's general moral law in civic matters.
The state needs to be aware of what matters and remove the sordidness.