I spoke a few days ago with a young Patriot who was concerned because the members of her church met without the COVID-theater masks we’ve all grown used to seeing. She wondered why Christians weren’t taking the lead to protect the health of those around them. I tried to explain the difference between what some perceive as a “medical” mandate, and a “political” mandate.
I decided to write to her and follow up on our conversation. I’ve copied it here, minus the personal details. It might be instructive for someone else.
Dear Christian Patriot,
The following isn’t meant to change your mind, or even to guide your thinking. You can figure out for yourself what course to follow as your successful history demonstrates. This is only meant to open a window into the thinking or actions of others.
First a word about DNA. It’s amazing what a hold our DNA has on us. As we age, we turn into our father or mother, or perhaps an uncle or aunt. And even if we can’t see it, family members can. We don’t even have to try. Our DNA controls us when we don’t actively seek control of our behavior, and even sometimes when we do.
Consider this strand of DNA in those of us who claim to be American: “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”
That, of course, is from our founding document, the Declaration of Independence. So then, Americans will watch governmental actions and measure them according to the standard of whether or not they are intended to “reduce them under absolute Despotism”, then act accordingly.
In the following, the use of the word “government” is mostly to indicate government controlled by the Democratic Party, which today is mostly Marxist / Socialist.
Christians have been given no reason to trust that government actions are not “evinc[ing] a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism”. For quite some time, the government has continued to tear down those things which Christians believe and hold essential to their lives. Witness the abuse of things such as: The 10 Commandments, Bibles in school or even in the military, prayer in schools or at school events, or even patriotism in general. There has also been a promotion of behaviors, such as homosexuality and abortion, which the Church considers wrong and even evil. Finally, during the response to COVID, the government was quick to call WalMart essential, but Church non-essential.
Even if Christians want to be reasonable and consider the health effects of the mask mandate, it’s still a mandate by THAT government which by its “long train of abuses and usurpations, pursu[es] invariably the same Object evinc[ing] a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,” and their DNA rises up in them causing them to believe that “it is their duty, to throw off such Government”. So they meet maskless in those Churches which the government is clearly against.
Finally, I’ve thought long and hard, since I was a boy, about how to live as a Christian in an un-Christian world. I was raised in an enviornment that “this world is not my home”, but, of course, IT IS! I will have to live here until I die, and then my children and grandchildren, whom I love will also continue here. Every action of the government will directly affect my, and their, happiness. And again, that founding document says that, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism”, as an American, I have a “duty, to throw off such Government” “and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
So, as I age, I will become more like my dad, and I just might become more like Patrick Henry as well.
That Patrick Henry who said, “I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House?
Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? …Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other.”
“Our petitions have been slighted, our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!”
“The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” March 22, 1775