Ramon Arias | February 12, 2013
Many believe that ignorance is bliss; in fact, the opposite demonstrates that ignorance is a curse. Let me clarify, every one of us is ignorant in many areas of expertise, yet, in order for us to benefit we do not necessarily have to be knowledgeable in that given area. For example, you and I can enjoy the great benefits of flying to get from one place to another, but we do not have to be pilots. We can apply this principle to all the areas where we benefit from someone else’s knowledge.
However, there is an area where mankind always pays a tremendous price and that is ignorance in the area of right and wrong. You may ask, well who defines what is right and wrong? In many cultures of the world and throughout history you will find that what is right for some is wrong for others and vice versa. And, this is precisely my point; this is the reason why societies throughout history self-destruct, while others have been able to advance for a period of time by embracing God’s moral absolutes revealed in his Word.
Only in the Bible do we find the true meaning of life, liberty and the right to property. When individuals have been taught to know and understand these rights it is impossible for anyone to take advantage of them by robbing what rightfully belongs to them as a gift from God. Only when individuals willfully ignore or rebel against God’s resources that can make them knowledgeable, understanding and wise do they become easy prey for degenerate minds to take over their lives by giving them laws that enslave them. John Adams, one of the accomplished founding fathers and second president of the United States put it well by stating:
“The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet,’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.”1
Before you laugh or brush off John Adams’ statement, let us not forget who he was. He was exposed to the well-known First Awakening in the colonies that brought people back to the understanding of God’s righteousness, His moral laws, and His judgments. He was a diplomat and a two-term president from 1797-1801. He played a very important role in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence; wrote the Constitution for the State of Massachusetts; served as a diplomat to England, France, and the Netherlands; negotiated the Treaty of Paris; and under President George Washington, served as vice president of the United States. He died July 4, 1826 at the age of 90.
Who are you going to believe, the political demagogues, government, economics, science, the entertainment world, the arts, academia, the media moguls that constantly batter anyone who opposes them and their destructive agenda? They excel at misinforming people and thereby conform them after themselves and their evil worldview. Or, will you believe the men and women with the caliber and understanding of the biblical worldview like John Adams?
You know things are not getting any better and the ones who carry most of the responsibility of the condition of the nation are the people. People who allow themselves to be dumbed down deserve what they get. On the other hand, people who are well informed can easily detect when anyone wants to con them in any given area of life.
Well-informed people know the nation is at a crossroad. They know everything is so volatile that social unrest is around the corner and can easily blow up into anarchy and tyranny just like John Adams said almost 200 years ago.
Well-informed people have the responsibility to be bold in denouncing everything that is crooked and is leading to a period of darkness, but also, they must be the first ones to present intelligent and practical solutions to all social ills.
Well-informed people must not accept to be intimidated by the bullies who have taken over the nation. Instead, they must take all the great men and women of the past, who history has judged were right, and side with them as well as those of our times.
Heaven rules Supreme and those who serve the divine plan can never be defeated. “For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen,” (Matthew 6:13).
1 John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. VI, p. 9.