Assimilation: The State and the Sixth Commandment

This is part of a series of posts on the sin of Assimilation. Click here to see the entire series.

Exodus 20: 13 says, “You shall not murder.”

It is the duty of both individuals and the State to protect the lives of the citizens of the United States. The Declaration of Independence states that the “right to life” is one of the unalienable rights given to men by God. Notwithstanding this reality, the United States has murdered more of its citizens than many of the most ruthless dictatorships throughout human history. With the exception of China (under Mao and with its current policy of “one child per family”), and perhaps the old Soviet Union (under Lenin and Stalin), the United States has now murdered more of its own people than any other dictator. This includes such notable dictators as Adolph Hitler (everybody’s favorite when it comes time to come up with a “bad guy”), Pol Pot (in Cambodia), Idi Amin, and the current dictator du jour, Sadaam Hussein.

With over 30 million murders, and counting, abortion is the scourge of the United States. There is no point in debating the issue of abortion. The fact of the matter is that abortion is murder and everybody knows it. Those who try to justify it are “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness”. The problem with the issue of abortion is not an intellectual one (determining when life starts, when the soul is implanted, when it is just tissue, etc), but a moral one. As long as a person is in his sin, he will continue to believe that the murder of a baby is not immoral.

The Supreme Court of the United States has determined that the right of a woman to murder her baby is found in the Constitution. It is therefore necessarily the case that the United States has sanctioned the murder of over 30 million people in the last 30+ years. It is not difficult to see that the State has broken the Sixth Commandment.

What is difficult to understand is how professing Christians can be so willing to swear allegiance to the Constitution of the United States when it sanctions the breaking of the Sixth Commandment on such a grand scale. It is even more difficult to understand how professing Christians can invoke the blessing of God by chanting the popular secular chant, “God Bless America”. How can any Christian possibly believe that God would bless this country when it sanctions the murder of a huge percentage of its own citizens? Nobody ever believes that God was blessing Hitler, and we have far surpassed him in terms of butchery. Nevertheless, evangelicals generally continue to believe that God is blessing us. This is little more than another example of how patriotic evangelicals have become completely assimilated to the world.

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