When Men Forsake God, Tyranny Always Follows

American Thinker

The  prophetic words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn resonate like thunder across the  history of man.  “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has  happened.”  Thus summarized the Nobel laureate, Orthodox Christian author,  and Russian dissident the main reason why the communist revolution was able to  enslave, terrorize, and murder tens of millions of innocent people.  An  atheistic mentality and a long process of secularization gradually alienated the  people from God and His moral laws.  This led them away from truth and  authentic liberty and facilitated the rise of tyranny.

Godlessness  is always the first step to the concentration camp.  Tragically, that same  process is now at work in America and many other parts of the world.  Too  many refuse to see it or believe it.

America  has long been a beacon of freedom for millions of souls who came here seeking  liberty and opportunity.  It achieved this unique place in history by  recognizing the authority of God and his moral laws and declaring that men have  the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   Founded by faithful and God-fearing men who despised government tyranny and  sought religious freedom and individual liberty, America incorporated these  universally true principles in its Declaration  of Independence and Constitution.  These ideals eventually became  the bedrock upon which all our laws, government, and institutions were  originally built.

America’s  Founding Fathers understood and proclaimed that all rights come from God alone,  not governments.  They insisted that government must always serve man and  that man was created by God to be free.  Their deep faith and reverence of  the Almighty inspired and guided their actions and motivated their  decisions.  It is this belief and trust in God’s authority and wisdom that  ultimately transformed America from a tiny British colony with a handful of  refugees to the mighty economic and military superpower and an oasis of freedom,  opportunity, and prosperity for tens of millions of  immigrants.

The  Founding Fathers, like Solzhenitsyn, understood the dependence of freedom on  morality.  A virtuous and faithful people who placed God at the center of  their lives and the foundations of their institutions helped America become that  shining city on a hill “whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people  everywhere,” said President Ronald Reagan.  “We’ve staked the whole future  of American civilization not on the power of government,” wrote James Madison,  “far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions  upon the capacity of each and all of us…to govern ourselves according to  commandments of God.  The future and success of America is not in this  Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which the Constitution is  founded.”

This  same theme is found throughout the writings of the Founders.  John Adams  clearly understood that our “Constitution was made only for a moral and  religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”   “He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon  will be, void of all regard for his country,” observed Samuel Adams.   Patrick Henry wrote that “virtue, morality, and religion … is the armor that  renders us invincible[.] … [I]f we lose these, we are conquered, fallen  indeed[.] … [S]o long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no  danger.”

Solzhenitsyn  warned that by forgetting God, America and the West faced a “calamity of a  despiritualized and irreligious humanistic consciousness” that would weaken  their foundations and make them vulnerable to moral decay and internal collapse.  Only by turning back to God from the  self-centered and atheistic humanism where “man is the touchstone [measure] in  judging and evaluating everything on earth” would the West have any hope of  escaping the destruction toward which it inevitably moves.

Unfortunately,  America did not heed Solzhenitsyn’s warnings.  In the last several decades,  America has been rapidly transformed from a God-fearing and worshiping nation  into a secularist and atheistic society, where communist and atheistic ideals  are glorified and promoted, while Judeo-Christian values and morality are  attacked, ridiculed, and increasingly eradicated from the public and social  consciousness of our nation.  Under the decades-long assault and militant  radicalism of many so-called “liberal” and “progressive” elites, God and His moral laws have been  progressively erased from our public and educational institutions, to be  replaced with all manner of delusion, perversion, corruption, violence,  decadence, and insanity.

Those  people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants,” warned William  Penn.  Throughout history, the most serious threats to man’s freedom always  arise when men refuse to acknowledge that God is ultimately the source and  protector of real and lasting liberty and freedom.  When that timeless  truth is erased from men’s consciousness, when God’s wisdom and laws are  forgotten, when morality is no longer a virtue to be treasured and emulated,  when human life is no longer sacred, and man becomes the only standard of all  that is true, then genuine freedom will begin to vanish from any group,  institution, community, or society.  Carnality, greed, selfishness, and  worldly pleasure and power become the main goals of human existence.  The  moral and ethical clarity, conviction, and courage required to defend freedom  and protect genuine liberty ultimately disappear, to be replaced by the most  cruel, unethical, tyrannical, and godless ideologies.

It  is no coincidence that advocates and followers of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism  — all secular, immoral, atheistic, and godless ideologies — enslaved and  murdered the greatest number of people in the history of mankind.  All  produced some of the most cruel, violent, and evil tyrants this world has ever  known — despots who persecuted their own citizens, slaughtered the innocent,  destroyed their own people, and brought calamities to other nations.  All  subjugated the liberty and property of men to the absolute power and control of  the state.  All were enemies of God and blasphemers of His Holy  Scriptures.  All viciously persecuted the most devout and religious members  of their societies, primarily the religious Christians and Jews who righteously  and faithfully followed the Lord.

This  is the lesson the 20th century expended so much blood to teach  us.  It appears that without a marked change in course, the Western world  is going to have to learn it again.

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2 thoughts on “When Men Forsake God, Tyranny Always Follows

  1. well i think GOD has forsaken us and omuslim is just the beginning of what is in store for america can anyone say punishment

  2. Well said and an excellant article of truth of that which was past and that which is again to repeat itself due to our failure to properly educate the younger generation since we willingly allowed the degerates to educate our own instead of insisting on keeping God in our schools!
    The evil ones efforts go back as far in our constitutional history as Andrew Jackson who opposed their efforts and lost his next presidential bid as a result of same!

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