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Social Responsibility

Noah Webster's First Edition of an American Dictionary of the English Language, printed in 1828, defines society as:

According to Genesis in the Bible, God designed societies for specific purposes.  The main purpose of society is to support and protect families, share the same social concerns and interests, and work together for the benefit of the entire group.  In Genesis 11 we see that societies shared a common language, common goals, and a common God.   As soon as man's goals for society changed from support and protection under God to power and control without God, God scattered the nation and confused their languages. 

Our American society today seems to have lost touch with the original purposes of our nation as set forth in such documents as the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence.  These documents give clear reasons for the formation of the society that became the nation of America.  The Mayflower Compact was a covenant made by the Pilgrims with God, and states in part:

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.

 These people knew that they needed to glorify God and be thankful to Him for their very safety and preservation.   They also knew that unless the entire body submitted and obeyed the laws that would be set up for the good of the entire group, that the society would fail.  In recent years many Americans have come to reject the necessity of honoring God and depending upon Him for our preservation.  We have forgotten to thank Him for all He has allowed America to become as a nation.  However, now we have become puffed-up with our own false sense of power and control.  As a result God seems to be scattering our people.  Families are scattered to all parts of the nation and abroad; people are being sent to other countries because of their jobs.  He also seems to be confusing our language by allowing other people who care nothing for the original purposes on which our nation was founded to come to America and retain their own languages, cultures, and gods.  The Pilgrims intended to glorify the one true God, the creator God of the Bible.

All we have to do is look at the history of many great nations to see that when a nation rejects God as its protector and guide, those nations fall.  Babylon, Israel, Egypt, Rome, and Greece have all fallen from a position of great power.  Each of them had the opportunity to accept or reject the one true God as their protector, but either did not continue to honor Him and became proud or rejected Him altogether.  In more recent times England, Germany, France, Holland and now America have gone from countries that depended upon God to countries that have become proud and have rejected Him as the source of their strength.

The Declaration of Independence tells that

all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

 The men who signed this document believed that when a government ceases to have concern for the safety and happiness of the entire body of people that it serves, the people themselves must change that government and retain a form of government that protects the goals of the entire society it serves.  Part of our responsibility as citizens of a society, whether local or national, is to protect that society's goals.  Change is inevitable, but change from the original God-given purposes creates confusion and chaos.  One of the most important duties of citizens is to choose carefully those leaders who uphold God's goals and purposes for our nation and our local communities.  A nation with many different languages, ungodly goals, and selfish individual purposes is headed for destruction.  American citizen must stop leaving decisions concerning its leaders up to the small percentage who do vote.  During the last Presidential election only about 57% of the voting age population even bother to vote.  During non-presidential election years less that 40% of the voting age population in American votes.   It is not only a privilege to choose our own government leaders, it is a duty that we have to one other to choose leaders with moral character, reverence for God, loyalty to our nation, courage to stand for what is right, and who realize their personal responsibility to the people who elected them to office.  Without leaders who have these qualities, America is doomed to destruction.  Germany and Russia are examples of what happens when the people become more concerned about themselves and their own needs, and are willing to accept leaders who will feed their self-centeredness.   Slavery to a government system is the end result of apathy and "letting someone else decide for us."

Have you ever wondered about the men who signed this declaration or what happened to them after they signed it?  Click here to find out.