This morning I went for a walk with my two year old son around the neighborhood. Walks are always pleasant, and our choice for a longer course was governed by the fact that we live in a quaint little neighborhood on the north side of Norman, the fact that our plot of ground is relatively small, and the fact that there is an abundance of shared, community property in the way of streets and sidewalks throughout the neighborhood.
As we walked along, I spent some time making a list of things for which I was grateful in the way of city amenities. The citizens of Norman had borrowed and the neighborhood developer has spent some money to ensure that we had adequate roads to drive upon to get to our little plots, to make sure we had access to a water supply, that we had proper sewage removal and storm water drainage, and that we had access to fire hydrants should the need arise. You may count me among those ultimately paying for the amenities by monthly and annual installments on borrowed money.
The things above may be minimum requirements for city services to small plots of land in towns like Norman, and they all seem like good things, necessities of life and living. The residents have also chosen to buy a number of optional things that everyone can use, like streetlights and sidewalks, and they have chosen to share a portion of their small front yards for the placement of these items.
Because there is evil also present in the world, the citizens have also chosen to employ a number of armed, uniformed police officers to assist in, to some degree, the guarding of their lives and property from thieves and robbers. We didn't see an officer during this particular walk.
As my son and I walked along, I thought about how I should explain all these things to him, and about how I could explain the role of government in our lives. All of the things above came to mind, and the simplicity of the arrangement to share in the cost of expensive, necessary things seemed apparent. Here we were, walking down a community street, minding our own business, living our own lives, making our own choices about which way to go and how to employ our time. It all is very pleasant and natural, enjoyable. At the end of our walk, we found ourselves back home where we made sandwiches from foodstuffs we'd paid a retailer for with our own money, money which I had earned by working hard for someone else. Before we ate, we thanked God for having supplied our need.
To have freedom, a man has to have to the liberty to come and to go, to give and to get by honest means. We practice giving and getting from the time we are born; we each make thousands of choices every day to demonstrate the point. What comes out of a man's mouth is the embodiment of the operation of his free will with respect to what he thinks about. A man's private property becomes the embodiment of the operation of his free will with respect to the trading of his service and labor for physical objects.
It is the fundamental duty incumbent upon all governments that they acknowledge and respect the free will God has given to every man, woman, and child on the face of the planet. Our government was formed by our ancestors to protect our individual, God-given right to our own thoughts and property, both of which are the direct products of free will choices.
Such is a government's true job, and such should be its limited role in day to day affairs. A government that does not perform its basic function is sick in the head, corrupted, diseased. No government in the history of mankind has ever been known to have recovered from or been cured from corruption and disease. The diseases governments have are of the mind - the manifestation is in the forcible confiscation of private property and the attempted control of individual thought.
When a diseased government forcibly takes your property for someone else's sole benefit, you have what we have in our country and in the town of Norman - legalized armed robbery. To disguise its motivation and intention, a diseased government may or may not try to deceptively cloak their action in all sorts of ways - through lies, perversion of language, legislative trickery, regulatory entanglement, and much more. We should not be ignorant of Satan's devices.
When a government fails to live up to its fundamental duty, it is the right and responsibility of the citizens who assembled or live under that government to dissolve it. It does not matter if common streets fall into disrepair in the course of such a dissolution - those who use the roads will eventually get around to repairing them.
History is replete with such diseased governments, but remember our forefathers successfully rebelled against such governments by the grace of God and by armed resistance. If you think that you are living under such a government, you should, perhaps, arm yourself as well - there is not always a police escort available for the walks you take. You certainly should not give up the fight, if not for your own sake, then for your children's sake.
At the very least, you should arm yourself with the truth of God's word. If the hearts of enough of the people of a town or nation turn to God's word, and have respect to the one, true God, you might be blessed to see that town or nation get delivered from bondage.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.