Governments derive their power from the consent of the people. This is true. It is true in real Christianity, because real Christianity is absolutely not coerced. No one is whipped into being a real Christian. Jesus never forced anyone to accept his message. He simply spoke the truth, and those who accepted and acted accordingly were members. Those who did not, were members of a different house that does abominable things to its members and nonmembers alike.

The United States never obtained the consent of the people. There are many people living in the United States, born into it, who don't voluntarily consent to the government. They totally disagree with the form of government. This is why the house has always been inherently divided and will fall. It cannot stand.

Contrary to Abraham Lincoln's assertion in his Gettysburg Address, the United States is not the test of whether or not a nation can long endure. The reason is because the United States was not truly conceived in liberty and the proposition that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Neither was, or is, the United States of America a government of, by, or for the people. Lincoln's is a mischaracterization of the real history of the United States.

Now, the people of the United States can demand that the leadership be held to account for the atrocities for which those leaders have been responsible. However, that is simply more of the same coercion that is the root cause of all the evil in the first place. It is simply more hypocrisy.

Even in the progressive discipline [Matthew 18:16-18] in the Christian Church, the Church can at the most conclude that someone is a heathen. Once that conclusion has been reached, all the same commandments of returning good for evil still apply. The worst that can happen to the heathen is that he or she is no longer a voice in the body and not privy to the congregation. The heathen would not live among them. The public privilege (where public is internal to the Church) of the Christian Commons and Church membership would be lost through no fault of the Church. The heathen though wouldn't be punished by the Church even though living outside the Church is punishing.

This may seem to be what nations practice now to some extent. Well, it is to some extent. The difference lies in that the Church doesn't force anyone. It has no arms. It doesn't do anything but speak the truth. It does not harm. The heathen harms himself by his choice to be a heathen. The Church doesn't make that choice for him. He is free not to make that choice.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.