Does Ancient Israel Mimic our Present World?

Why are the nations in an uproar and the people devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed…He Who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Psalm 2:1-4

As outlined in Psalm 2, the nation of Israel was fighting a spiritual war. Do any of these same thoughts and beliefs exist in the American nation today? You may be surprised (or not). 

When our nation was founded, the founding members made clear that, in their opinion, the protection of Christian principles must be thoroughly protected; else the nation will tend to crumble. However, even then there were dissenters; Thomas Paine, for example, was very vocal in expressing hostility towards Christianity that has become commonplace today. The difference is that 200 years ago, people rose up against those, like Paine, to ensure that his sentiment remained an exception rather than the rule. 

Benjamin Franklin was very forceful in a response to Thomas Paine, declaring to Paine that “I will not enter into any discussion of your principles though you seem to desire it….consequences of printing [your materials] will be a great deal of hate drawn upon yourself and of no benefit to others…Do you imagine any good that would be done by it?”

Paine published his opinions anyway and was promptly and resoundingly condemned by the nation at that time. He was even chastised by Supreme Court Justice William Paterson. However, as the years went by, public denunciations against attacks against Christian principals of the American nation began to lessen, thereby encouraging the rise of a well organized secularist movement in America. 

In 1877, the National Liberal League, who would be considered a progressive left activist organization supporting the Democratic Party today, published its objectives and public policy positions for America in a piece it called “The Demands of Liberalism“. I will close with nine bullets from that document.

1. We demand that churches and other ecclesiastical property shall no longer be exempt from just taxation.

2. We demand that the employment of chaplains in Congress, in state legislatures, in the navy and militia, and in prisons, asylums, and all other institutions supported by public money, shall be discontinued.

3. We demand that all public appropriations for educational and charitable institutions of a sectarian (religious) character shall cease.

4. We demand that all religious services now sustained by the government shall be abolished; and especially that the use of the Bible in the public schools, whether ostensibly as a textbook or avowedly as a book of religious worship, shall be prohibited.

5. We demand that the appointment, by the president of the United States or by the governors of the various states, of all religious festivals and fasts shall wholly cease. 

6. We demand that the judicial oath “So Help Me God!” in the courts and in all other departments of the government shall be abolished….

7. We demand that all laws directly or indirectly enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath shall be repealed.

8. We demand that all laws looking to the enforcement of “Christian” morality shall be abrogated (meaning repealed).

9. We demand that not only in the Constitution of the United States and of the several states but also in the practical administration of the same….that our entire political system shall be founded and administered on a purely secular basis….

Do any of these comments match the agenda of the Democratic Party today? Yes, most of them do. In fact, you may have thought that some of these were written last week. The timelessness of these positions truly demonstrate that the conflict being fought really is the spiritual one described thousands of years ago in Psalm 2.…/File:1872_Demands_of_Libera…