By Nate Bjorge, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Little Falls
James Madison (our fourth President), the primary author of the Constitution, said, “We have staked the whole future of our new nation not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the “Perfect Governor,” as he read Isaiah 33:22; “For the Lord is our judge, [judicial] the Lord is our lawgiver, [legislative] the Lord is our king; [executive] he will save us.”
If you have been following the news, it appears with each passing day our branches of government are moving further away from the Biblical principles upon which they were established. It is hard to keep up with all the scandals such as the Benghazi scandal, the A.P. scandal and the IRS scandals. Are we “one nation under God” or have we, as St. Paul claims, “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” (Romans 1:25)
The United States of America remains a great nation, but remember that the people who lived in ancient Rome believed that it was “the eternal city,” but Rome was sacked in 410 A.D. by the Visigoths. As our Founding Fathers understood, our greatness and our future depend upon our capacity to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of God’s word and commandments.
In the sixth century B.C., Judah was conquered by Babylon. Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, many died, and many were taken captive and brought to Babylon. The prophets claim that Judah’s kings had rejected God and his word and many of the people blindly followed them. Some remained faithful to God including Daniel and his friends who were among those taken captive. They could have lost heart, lost faith, and accommodated to the Babylonian culture but they refused to let themselves become defiled. They continued to worship, serve, and pray to God.
Daniel and his friends also worked hard using the gifts God had given them and eventually became members of the king’s court. We know that their unwillingness to compromise their faith landed Daniel’s friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) in the fiery furnace and eventually landed Daniel in the lion’s den. These men serve as an example for us to continue to remain faithful in a culture that increasingly no longer recognizes or honors God. Daniel and his friends were protected by God and as a result of their faithfulness; King Nebuchadnezzar and later King Darius praised God.
This is a time for Christians to become bold in our faith, a time to witness to others of God’s love for them, and a time to trust in God more deeply. Eventually all of the world’s kingdoms will come to an end, but the kingdom we serve will never pass away.
“The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 2:44)