God's law supersedes man's law.

I have decided to take some time to cover the 28 principles outlined in W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The 5000 Year Leap”. The founders believed these principles to be necessary to establish and maintain the form of government that has made this country the greatest bastion of freedom in the world. In each post we will dissect one of the principles and apply it to problems faced by our country. I hope you will take the time to read “The 5000 Year Leap” and accompany me on this journey of exploration.

The ninth principle: To protect man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.

The concept is really simple; there are laws that have been revealed by God to ensure that men act in such a way as the rights of others are preserved. You may know these laws as the Ten Commandments. Inextricably woven into those laws are every right asserted by man but often overlooked are the duties they require of each and every one of us.

The emphasis on rights often overshadows the responsibilities that come with them. As unalienable as our rights are, equally unalienable are our duties. Each of us is bound by the same code of conduct imposed on our rulers. They cannot act in a manner that subverts our fundamental rights nor can we expect those rights to persist if we routinely deny them of others.

The Ten Commandments have fallen out of favor as of late with the attack on religion, and specifically Christianity, but the tenets they have set forth permeate the very core of our legal system. The law says we cannot steal (theft), we cannot lie (perjury), and we cannot take the life of another but in self defense (murder) and so on. To deny the origin of these laws is to deny our fundamentally Christian founding and with it our great heritage.

Our laws and our constitution flow forth from a fundamental understanding of God’s divine law and an altruistic desire to protect individuals from abuses inherent in a Godless, and therefore lawless, society. Every protection included in the constitution was based on this fundamental understanding of God’s law. I have said it before but it is worth repeating; when rights and laws come from God then only God can take them away or change them, when they proceed from man they are subject to the whims of our earthly leaders. For the record, I trust God far more than I trust man.

As long as we enjoy the freedoms and rights God has so graciously bestowed upon us we are bound by the responsibilities that come with it. We must therefore act in accordance with the spirit and intent of God’s law in order to protect man’s rights. We must hold our leaders and our brothers accountable for their transgressions of these laws and require of ourselves the same duty to act responsibly in protecting the rights of others.

We cannot turn a blind eye to the abuse of others and expect our rights to persist indefinitely. We must stop the incremental erosion of rights at the hands of our leaders. What seems innocuous, like taxing the “rich”, is an attack on everyone’s right to succeed, to enjoy the fruits of their labor. If we stand by while the government seizes the businesses of others, then what right have we to complain when they seize ours? If we allow the abuses of power to destroy the “rich” then we forfeit the right to succeed for ourselves as well.

What begins as an action on behalf of the “common good” never results in good for the common man. It begins with populist support, with an outcry for equality, and in the end that is what we will get. We will all suffer equally at the hands of a totalitarian and Godless government. You may not believe in God, that is your God given right, but what you cannot deny is the immutability the laws he has given us and of our equality under those laws.

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