Honor with their lips
Life has changed somewhat since the Covid pandemic has been declared and governments have taken up the responsibility to care for their people. It is the job of the government to watch over their citizens yet sometimes they go too far.
The reason they go too far is that the government has been set up to be secular, not God-fearing. The issue of separation of church and state has caused people to only honor Jesus with their lips while allowing them to keep their hearts far from Jesus (Matthew 15:8).
Because of the nature of the government, many elected officials are influenced by evil and work to remove any rights granted to the people under the constitution. They do not honor God’s word so it stands to reason they won’t honor the words of the Bill of Rights either.
It starts with the heart
Far too often, church leaders praise different individuals because of their charitable acts and seemingly regard for scriptures and justice, etc. Sadly, these leaders are disappointed because they realize they had been duped for whatever reason government officials may have had at the time.
The reason these situations occur is that many church leaders only look at the surface of the person, their sweet words, and similar actions. They do not look at the heart and fail to see the corruption inside.
The loss of rights during the pandemic is because of the wickedness of the hearts in those government officials. Jeremiah reminds us of the heart’s condition when he said “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9)
The loss of rights is a spiritual issue
Because many people think that the Bill of Rights is a legal document, the issue of constitutional rights is a legal matter. It is not. It is a spiritual matter for without the heart leaning towards evil, the constitutional rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights would not be endangered throughout this pandemic.
Jesus reminded us that “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, acts of adultery, other immoral sexual acts, thefts, false testimonies, and slanderous statements” (Mt. 15:19).
The erosion of constitutional rights during the pandemic may be seen as necessary by different government leaders, but the believer knows that secular government leaders are deceived and blinded by evil. This is why prayer is needed to combat the erosion of constitutional rights.
The way to fight the erosion of constitutional rights
Jesus instructed his followers to pray for their leaders. They need protection from the evil in their hearts and the people need that same protection as government leaders are often swayed by the lust for power and control over others. God handles the government leaders while the people obey his word on governments.
The Old Testament also calls God’s people to pray- “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14).
To heal their nation and retain those constitutional rights, God’s people must be living according to God’s word. That verse makes that condition very clear. This should be easy as Paul reminds us all that there is no law against doing good.
Some final words
But, the Bible predicts that there will soon be a one-world government. So expect the loss of all constitutional rights in the near future. In the meantime, pray so that your land may be healed and you can live as God wants you to live without fear.