This Present Darkness

Written by Allan Erickson on November 10, 2022

John Adams and the other Founders knew the American Republic would last only so long as the citizenry remained informed and faithful: informed by history and tradition, and faithful to traditional values, chief among them, virtue.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S.

History informs us that in the end, there are only two forms of government: a Republic or an Oligarchy. The former delivers liberty and justice as long as people are self-governing based on the rule of law, driven by virtue. The latter vests power in the hands of a very few who dictate all that happens.

One cannot be self-governing without self-control, and one cannot have self-control without divinely inspired virtue, for apart from these things there is only one other way to maintain order, dictatorship.

The Founders also had a firm grasp on the nature of man.

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” James Madison, 4th President of the U.S., the Father of the Constitution.

Our main problems today are not inflation, open borders, war, or national debt. Our main problems are ignorance and moral bankruptcy. Unless we become informed about the fundamentals of what a Republic requires, we will dissolve in seas of ignorance. Unless we return to God-fired virtue, we will destroy ourselves.

The bottom line comes from Scripture.

Ephesians 6:12

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

John 3:19

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

Short of a Great Awakening, this Republic is doomed.

Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.