On Wednesday, February 6, 1788, James Madison wrote in the “Independent Journal” to the people of the State of New York an article titled: The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments. In that piece, he stated the following: “In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger.1

What he meant by “state of nature” was that when law and order in a civilized society breaks down so that a certain segment of that society no longer feels that they are included in the laws that are supposed to protect them where they live, so that they can freely go about their work and lives like everyone else. Then, of necessity, and for survival, they will revert to the “state of nature.” To put it another way, they will return to the “law of the jungle.”

In that case, since the police can no longer be counted on to protect them, they take up arms to protect themselves. When the normal rules of society are no longer practiced and those who break such laws are not prosecuted, they write their own rules which they enforce. This is the way creatures survive in the jungle.

For instance, most parents like for their children to watch the National Geographic Channel when it shows colorful animals, fish, and birds in their natural habitat, living in peace. Some of these creatures are beautiful and majestic. But these same parents are not as eager when these same animals are shown in which a pride of lions attack a herd of gazelles and pull down one of the younger or most vulnerable ones, and rip them apart with their teeth in order to feed themselves and their cubs. You never see this in a zoo where order is maintained, but you will see it out in the wild.

In our own world and society, many of those who can financially afford to do so, move to gated communities, where they hire private security companies to keep them safe. Meanwhile, those who are under-educated, living on minimum incomes, and working mostly in level-entree jobs, must take what is left and try to make the best out of it. This creates a vacuum in which the rest of society struggles to exist in peace and maintain order. One internet blog recently reported that a police union stated that there are sections of their city where police officers are scared to do their job.2

Some say this malaise comes from politicians providing only 1% of what the promised in order to get elected. Others point to the growing conflict in our society between those who want a Constitution interpreted with the acknowledgment of God and others who want God completely taken out of the Constitution. And then there are those who see it as a deterioration of respect for authority meant to protect the rights of society, in favor of the establishment of an authority that only enforces the right of the individual.

Did James Madison have a valid a point? Whatever the case, there has been no better time for the light of Jesus Christ to shine through believers into the darkness than now. The question is, are there enough Christians with sufficient light to make a difference? God forbid the chaos if all the lights go out. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1The Federalist Papers No. 51 May 31, 2015 – By Courtney Whitaker

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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