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Most Americans should recognize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity; do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
To provide for the common defense is an artful, 18th century phrase that some have tried to modernize to mean to “defend our country from other countries.” Yet national defense can also involve nonstate entities. In the 1980s America declared a near state of war against Manuel Noriega, whose titular leadership of an international drug cartel had infested the government of Panama and whose murderous activities directly affected U. S. interests. The U. S. military invaded Panama and captured Noriega in December 1989.
Another example is America’s war on terrorism. Prior to 9/11 terrorist cells enjoyed the full license to train for and prepare attacks against the United States in places like Afghanistan and Libya. Today, providing for the common defense must include military actions against hybrid entities like these.
Unfortunately, history tragically repeats itself. Some of our leaders do not fully understand, or fail to believe, the values set forth in the Preamble to our Constitution. On September 11, 2012, Islamic radicals attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens had begged the State Department for increased security, but his pleas were ignored. Eventually, he and three other Americans were murdered and 10 others injured. But, as Hillary Clinton would say, “What difference does it make?”
These instances are not merely matters of constitutional neglect. They reflect how political correctness, timidity and other similar failures of political will can tragically contradict God’s plan for government.
Government is sent by God “for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good” (1 Pet. 2:14). The apostle Paul gave us similar instruction that government does not wield the sword in vain (Rom. 13: 3-4).
These are the principles that informed our Founders’ worldview when they drafted the Preamble. The further we move away from these biblical roots, the more we are to set our ship of state adrift on deadly seas without the hope of rescue.
Sadly, America is in the throes of an all out revolution. Politics and ideologies foreign to our republic’s moorings are taking hold. And foremost among them is the dismantling of biblical foundations. God is out, Christianity is anathema, and anti-Semitism is a growing menace.
Americans were promised “change.” But if that change degenerates into full-blown, godless extremism, it will produce a transformation the nation cannot survive.
The truth of the statement that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it is being demonstrated around the globe on a daily basis. Hopefully, America will wake up and start paying attention.