by Daniel Rodgers

A Government No Longer By the People
Daniel Rodgers
Psalms 11:3

TEXT: Psalms 11:3, ''If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?''

INTRODUCTION: As we listen to the news each day, we cannot help but see that our country is in grave danger of collapsing.

QUOTE: President Ronald Reagan once said, ''Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.''

America is in trouble because the things we once held dear are no longer esteemed, and the values we once felt important are no longer respected. It all has to do with the ''powers that be.'' Those who hold the power and those who are in authority are making decisions that will affect our nation for generations to come.

The problem can be seen in the gradual eroding of our form of government. We are becoming a government that is no longer by the people and for the people; rather it is government run by autocrats and those with a self-serving agenda.

Our American form of government is often referred to as a Democracy. However, America was never intended to be a Democracy but a Republic. Consider the last words to the United States' Pledge of Allegiance: ''And to the republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.''

ILLUS: The following definitions of a Democracy and a Republic were produced by the US Army in 1928. These definitions were quietly withdrawn soon after.

Definition of a Democracy:

A government of the masses.
Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of ''direct'' expression. Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic, negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. ...

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