Christian theology with its idea of a fixed human nature infuriated Marx, who was a God-hater who denounced religion. His disciples, led by Lenin of Russia, always targeted the churches when they came to power. They initiated without apology a campaign of terror, shutting down churches, executing priests and bishops and violating nuns. The horrors were justified as part of the class-cleansing Marx envisioned.
The Founders of the American Revolution had a different view. They rejected those who believed that man was born without any imprint and sided with those who accepted that man was born in the image of God. As the Declaration of Independence states, all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The Founders disagreed with those who thought man was perfectible and instead took the Christian position that man’s nature was fallen. Where are the grown up?
When the American Founders set up the first free people in modern times, they knew it was risky business. Nevertheless, these men who master-minded the United States of America had the highest aspirations for the great nation they were founding. But even they had their apprehensions concerning the future of America.
John Adams declared we needed to be a virtuous people to make the Constitution function. He said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Benjamin Franklin injected this note of prophetic insight concerning America. “I agree to this Constitution, and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” This went along with Franklin’s basic philosophy of sound government, that no people can remain free if they become wicked and immoral. When a society decays to the point where people begin to fear for their lives and their property, the demands for a police state have always been inevitable. Can somebody say, gun control?
President, Thomas Jefferson detected some evil and subversive trends which were luring the American people away from the original Constitution. “Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit, by consolidation first, and then corruption. The engine of consolidation will be the federal judiciary; the two other branches the corrupting and corrupted instruments.”
In other words, the Supreme Court uses its judicial mandates to draw more and more power to Washington; then the Congress and the Executive use this new power to shatter the Constitution and corrupt the dual federalism which was designed to balance the political powers between the government and the states. Nowhere in the Constitution was the federal judiciary given the power to enforce its will on the states or the other two federal departments. Jefferson had the Supreme Court in his gun sights when he wrote: “The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the state governments into the jaws of that federal government which feeds them.”