When we look at the world today, whether you are conservative or liberal, Christian or pagan, you see turmoil, unrest, violence, threats of violence and signs of societal decline on every side. The question everyone asks, if only to themselves, is “What caused this and what is the solution?”
The answer: everything we see in the world today is an act of natural law.
First, what is natural law?
“The unwritten body of universal moral principles that underlie the ethical and legal norms by which human conduct is sometimes evaluated and governed. Natural law is often contrasted with positive law, which consists of the written rules and regulations enacted by government. The term natural law is derived from the Roman term jus naturale. Adherents to natural law philosophy are known as naturalists.
Naturalists believe that natural law principles are an inherent part of nature and exist regardless of whether government recognizes or enforces them. Naturalists further believe that governments must incorporate natural law principles into their legal systems before justice can be achieved.” (The Free Dictionary, https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/natural+law)
At its simplest, natural law is the “law of consequences.” In this essay, “consequence” is used to reference something negative, an inherent penalty, whereas a blessing is a positive result. Life is a series of choices, and with each choice you will receive one of two outcomes: either you will get a blessing or suffer a consequence.
Look at the experience of history. Ancient Rome, before the advent of Christianity and before the empire, was a moral nation. And the blessing for that morality was a blossoming, expanding empire and great power. But, as they became wealthy and powerful, their morality failed, and they began more and more to suffer consequences rather than inherit blessings.
Ezra Taft Benson (Quorum of the Twelve) wrote the following:
“Military service was an obligation highly honored by the Romans. Indeed, a foreigner could win Roman citizenship simply by volunteering for service in the legions of Rome. But, with increasing affluence and opulence, the young men of Rome began avoiding this service, finding excuses to remain in the soft and sordid life of the city. They took to using cosmetics and wearing feminine-like hairdo’s and garments, until it became difficult, the historians tell us, to tell the sexes apart.
“Among the teachers and scholars was a group called the Cynics whose number let their hair and beards grow, and who wore slovenly clothes, and professed indifference to worldly goods as they heaped scorn on what they called ‘middle class values.’
“The morals declined. It became unsafe to walk in the countryside or the city streets. Rioting was commonplace and sometimes whole sections of towns and cities were burned.
“And, all the time, the twin diseases of confiscatory taxation and creeping inflation were waiting to deliver the death blow.
“Then finally, all these forces overcame the energy and ambition of the middle class.”
It’s simple: you do good and good things happen to you; whereas if you do “bad” things, you suffer the consequences of your actions. When we look at the policies modern liberals tend to favor, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see them full of consequences rather than blessings.
Let’s look at some of the causes of our society’s miseries today.
Drug Abuse: People who become addicted to readily available drugs consume all their readily available wealth to support their habit. In the process of being impaired, they are also more likely to commit crimes. Often included in this is a government system that benefits to some degree off the drug trade and doesn’t apply its full efforts to stamp it out, as it has too much wealth to gain from it. Once these drug-slaves’ money runs out, they take to theft and ultimately resort to living on the street, spending any money they obtain to continuing their addiction, expecting the public to support them and provide for their housing and necessities as their health inevitably fails. Isn’t this what we see today? One who cannot support themselves is not only not a free citizen, they are a slave and a public burden. The result of this is rampant crime and class warfare (the “rich” against the “poor”) and the destruction of the economy.
Abortion/Evolutionary Doctrine: When the unborn are regarded callously as mere “tissue” to be removed at the mother’s convenience, the inherent sanctity of all life is demoted. This results in ‘senseless, unthinkable’ violence’. Why shouldn’t people, especially young impressionable youths, see other people as mere animals they have every right to eliminate if it benefits them (or for their simple pleasure)? The very conscience of the people becomes tarnished and what used to be a taboo no longer has the stigma it once held. When life is held to be of little importance, the very fabric of society, that which holds people together is endangered.
Weakening of the Family: When children are taken away from their parents because those parents did not raise them the way someone else, or the government, believed they should, the moral fabric of the nation is further sundered. Children are then moved to homes where more often than not they are molested or abused worse then they were at home. Now, I’m not saying genuine child abuse doesn’t happen, but I believe the majority of the cases of so-called abuse are simply the consequences of a system that is designed to financially benefit from the destruction of families. Social workers are encouraged to use the state’s powers to steal children from their God-given homes for such petty reasons as refusing to vaccinate or seeking alternative medical procedures to treat illnesses. The end result is a Clinton-esque communist government of tyranny where the children are raised (and propagandized) to support the state.
Gender Identity: A nation that can’t tell one sex from another is teetering on the brink of destruction. Such purely natural distinctions should, in an intelligent society, not even be questioned. When they are, you can be sure that the moral decline of that nation is just about at the bottom. Rampant infidelity and promiscuity is the result, with increasing abominations and perversions abounding. Child sex. Bestiality. Even polygamy is a symptom of this decline, as it is not the norm throughout the majority of the world and again common sense should dictate that one person can only really have a true intimate relationship with one other. Crimes against persons and violence inevitably follows a society’s profligate ways. As well, the weakening of the society as a whole, as its members’ roles are now in flux and old-fashioned concepts such as “faithfulness” and “loyalty” disappear.
Greed: When a government can spend the wealth of its people witlessly, on any contrived excuse you know that the end is coming. One thing many nations that have failed have in common is a nominalization of their currency. Rome began with silver. By the end, silver was scarce. The United States was founded, wisely, on a gold standard. Didn’t take too long for that to disappear. Fiat currency is debt currency, not wealth. Inflation and debt are the consequences of foolish spending. When you have a government that has to spend its people’s future on the “environment” (whatever that means), maintaining the other consequences of the society’s decline (homeless shelters, socialist security, state-paid healthcare), when the lazy wait for welfare handouts while the decent members of society struggle with supporting themselves as well as the welfare leeches, you have a society on the downturn.
Rampant Uncontrolled Crime: When society believes that punishment for crime is inhumane, and ‘mental health’ so-called ‘professionals’ believe that the offenders’ “low self-esteem” is the problem rather than their “extreme arrogance and self-absorption”; when the death penalty is abrogated as being old-fashioned and hard-hearted, while murderers commit crime after crime knowing the just penalty for their crimes will never be served; when “low-risk” offenders commit petty crimes by the barrel-full (often while receiving welfare benefits) and there is no shame – in fact, they believe it’s their right to do so and to receive what is not theirs; when, in short, the concept of crime has become more of a political issue, a revolving door to propagate a corrupt legal system and support reams of attorneys’ high salaries, you know the system is going to fail eventually. Societal distress and violence is the consequence for these failed beliefs and policies.
The Bible lays out the good and the bad, the blessings and the consequences of such things.
Galatians 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23 Meekness, temperance:”
What kind of nation would you rather live in? What consequences do you enjoy enduring? What would it really take to turn this nation around? All you have to do is embody the good, positive aspects of life, decency, morality, honesty, sincerity. A people who reject such common-sense facts of nature deserve their fate. We either allow our nation to continue its decline until it erupts into violence and destroys itself, or we take this nation back, get the economy back to reason, restore the value of life, eliminate crime and justly punish criminal behavior, and require public decency and a return to a more natural and respectful relationship with each other. Otherwise, the degenerate will destroy all that was good in this country.
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: (23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”