A Problem Not of Intellect

I was really dismayed when I realized back in November on election night that our nation had re-elected Barack Obama. I thought and felt many things, among them shock and disgust. How could they not know? How could that many people have drunk the Kool-Aid? How could so many Americans not understand what they were electing?

After much thought, though, and quite a bit of reading, I realized I was wrong. There is no reason for me to think that President Obama was elected because the electorate is ignorant. That would be insulting the intellect of the American people, and it would also be dangerous to underestimate such a set of voters.

No, the truth is that not only did Obama and the Democrats make their agenda quite clear, from the campaign speeches to the debates, but their constituents understood that agenda all too well. We have too many college graduates and intellectuals, who even pay taxes, that voted for Obama to think that their vote was an ignorant vote. Redistribution of the wealth via entitlement spending and higher taxes, Obamacare, gay marriage, a decidedly communist ideology, and yet America voted for it.

So if our problem is not intellectual, then what is it? Well, the only answer is that it’s a moral one. All this time I was thinking that if only I could make them understand, maybe they would change their way of thinking. Because, after all, no one would vote for immorality and communism if it were pointed out to them, right? Wrong.

You see, we’ve become a very different country from that which was founded in the 18th and 19th century. I’m afraid, in fact, that our Constitution is obsolete for the people that we are today. Don’t get me wrong; I wholeheartedly believe in the Constitution and will always fight for it, but I don’t believe our form of government works anymore for the America we have.  The America of today is an immoral, apostate country, and that breaks down the essence of our republic.

I will quote again the words of John Adams and then explain what I mean: Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Today, Americans vote for President Obama and the democrats because they want to maintain their immoral lifestyles, feel good about their immorality, and avoid the consequences of it. They want to have multiple sexual partners, and have someone else pay for their birth control and abortions. They want to be lazy and slothful with impunity, so we have welfare and food stamp distributions skyrocketing. They want gluttony and homosexuality to be considered ok, and even glorified, so they demand “civil rights.” They covet what others have, so they vote to raise taxes on the “rich.” They want to get revenge, so they vote to punish those on the “religious right” who point out the immorality. It’s funny how Obama encouraged his voters to get “revenge” in a campaign speech and no one even blinked. They are cowards, so they try to disarm those who would defend themselves. The government has its own agenda on gun control, by the way, and I don’t pretend to think the voters don’t know. I just wonder at their faith that government won’t turn against them, too.

Of course, these lifestyles and attitudes also lead to disease, both mental and physical, including heart disease (gluttony), sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy (sexual immorality), depression and suicidal thoughts (homosexuality, joblessness, purposelessness, greed), drug and substance abuse (you name it.) So in addition to wanting to continue our immoral lifestyles, we vote to have others pay for the consequences of our own actions. Hence Obamacare and other entitlements.

Our problems go much deeper than simple misunderstandings and ignorance. They are issues of the heart, not the mind, which makes them much more scary.

For the same reason, people who want to continue in their immoral lifestyles want God and Jesus removed from schools and government buildings. They don’t want the reminder of that eternal and holy judge of their actions and thoughts, so they prefer out of sight and out of mind.

Lest you think I’m preaching, I have been guilty of plenty of immorality myself. But admitting it and realizing just how lost we are is at the heart of the matter, which is a huge problem in America at this point. For those Americans who claim to be Christians and yet support those who promote these immoral policies, remember what John said to the church in Laodicea (Rev 3:14-21). The modern apostate church is as much at fault, if not more, as those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ, because you should know better.

If we are to turn this country around, we need to appeal to the conscience, not the intellect. What we need desperately is Christ. But we may be beyond even that. If that’s the case, then all we can do is pray.

P.S. – I was not a huge proponent of Mitt Romney, and I don’t believe he is a Christian. But I voted for him because at the very least his morals and values align more closely with my own. I find it hard to fault all those Christians who decided not to vote at all in November.


About Rosa Barron

I’m a first generation American whose parents came to the USA from Nicaragua. Educated partially in the USA and partially in Nicaragua, I’ve lived all over the USA and traveled all over Latin America for work. My formal training is in Environmental and Biological Engineering from Cornell University, and I also have an MBA from the University of Florida. When I married my wonderful Idahoan husband, the need for me to work disappeared and I moved permanently to the USA, where we live now, currently in California. I raise our kids, manage our investments, and learn more every day about this wonderful country in which I had the good fortune to be born.
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