Lessons From the French Revolution?

4/9/1995

Much of the founding thought and principle for what has come to be known as the United States of America had its roots in the thoughts that fired the French Revolution. A change in philosophy in the 1700’s found its way into the the pages of Thomas Jefferson’s writings, and other’s that laid the groundwork for a new country, to be known as the United States.

“Governments are instituted amongst men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed.”

This thought was in stark contrast to the world’s previous view of government: “Government is ordained by God, and must, therefore, be honored as such.”

The known world was often demolished, historically, by the tyrannies of greedy and power-hungry men, and incompetent kings (in power due to ancestry alone)—all claiming Divine authority to rule. At times mere men, pusillanimous potentates, would declare themselves to be deity. The multitudes were ready for a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” They wanted, and deserved, their “say” in governmental matters.

Men’s new philosophy? “Governments are instituted amongst men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed,” meaning, there is no government that has authority beyond what “the governed” desire. Men are the “final say” of how much they desire to yield, and, without their consent, there is no authority.

Whilst this philosophy may make sense in the worlds of business and politics, can you see how this attitude has pervaded, consumed and destroyed much of what might have once been called Christianity? Think about it. Is this not the attitude of most, in most churches today, both toward Jesus Himself in their personal lives, and toward those that are “over them in the Lord”?

“I embrace and support what I like and agree with. I resist, and judge or ignore that which I don’t desire or understand.”

Bummer.

“Jesus is Lord.”

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