5. Covetousness – “Class envy/class warfare”
Coveting is not wanting a car like your neighbors, but actually wanting your neighbor’s car. It is the consuming desire to take it from your neighbor by any means possible.
The 10th of the Ten Commandments of the Bible in Exodus 20 says, “Do not covet your neighbor’s house…”
The implications of coveting seem more relevant to a modern democratic society than they must have to the ancient Israelis who originally received the commandments. Applying the template of “when most of the people most of the time…,” one can see that when most of the people most of the time covet others, they will vote for people who will take from others. They will base their vote on what they can get, and not what is best for the nation, and without fail, they eventually will place a tyrant in power.
4. Rebelliousness – “Stick it to the man”
There are valid reasons to rebel against an authority; however, rebelliousness does not look for a reason. Rebelliousness will poison a positive atmosphere, and seek to tear down any authority, even a good one. This makes rebelliousness especially dangerous to a free society, because free societies will tolerate rebellion, while totalitarian societies will not.
Since rebellion against laws in a free society is usually met with jail time, the place where the rebellious can get away with it is in the arena of morality. The underpinning values of a free society are always the primary target of flagrant rebellion.
In a rebellious atmosphere, the values of common decency, respect for human life, commitment, responsibility, and hard work are ridiculed. When most of the people most of the time rebel against a free society, those values are replaced with their polar opposites and freedom itself is thrown out.
3. Drunkenness and drug use – altered reality
Can a free society survive when reality is denied? Do drunks and stoners contribute to society while under the influence? If you answered “yes” to both questions, perhaps you are under the influence. No drunkard makes good decisions, and no drunken army has ever won a war; quite the opposite is the case. Drunkenness and drug use are the intentional denial of reality – often on a continual basis, and where reality is denied, truth is denied.
Truth and sobriety are crucial to maintaining freedom, but the person who denies truth will fall for anything (false promises, tyrants, enemies, etc.). When most of the people most of the time deny the truth, the nation will fall.
2. Sexual promiscuity – “Self-gratification”
Sexual promiscuity has its roots in rebelliousness, but is its most dangerous element. Promiscuity tears at the heart of commitment and responsibility, and because of its addictive nature it becomes an overwhelming, controlling power. Just like drunkenness and drug use, it creates its own enslavement, replacing care for another with a desire to use others.
The responsibility, love, care and concern for a spouse is replaced with “what makes me feel good.” Promiscuity seeks to destroy anything that would require responsibility, avoiding the consequences at all cost. This may even mean killing a baby conceived by this irresponsibility.
Absolution of guilt drives many of the actions of the promiscuous. A desire for acceptance or even glorification of that behavior seeks to destroy the sacredness of marriage and family.
When most of the people most of the time engage in sexual promiscuity; love, responsibility, trust, and commitment to family are replaced with dependence on government, and dependence on government is another form of slavery.
1. Atheism – “There is no God”
Atheism is the culmination of promiscuity, drug use, and rebelliousness, because it is a belief that embraces them all. Atheists refuse to accept that a God exists because they don’t want Him to; simply because of the moral implications of His existence.
When you think about it; if God does not exist, then morality does not; everything is ok. There is nothing wrong with killing, promiscuity, or slavery if you think we evolved.
- If God did not create mankind in His image, there is no special and unique value of mankind. People are then no different than animals; therefore, people can be treated as animals. They (you) can be controlled, and slaughtered as animals without compunction.
- To an atheist, free will (true freedom of thought) is non-existent. One’s thoughts and feelings are merely products of chemical processes – impossible to think otherwise.
- A moral compass does not exist in the mind of an atheist, as there is no true North. Morality becomes whatever the controlling power determines it should be. Morals can be voted in or out, or changed at the discretion of a dictator. Wrong becomes right, and right becomes wrong.
Atheism is also the height of arrogance; thinking you are above all else – your mind is the greatest. However, atheists fail to think outside the box they have created. They fail to realize that the moral authority they are rejecting is also the author of the Book of Freedom (The Bible). Their quest for freedom from God, leads only to self-imposed slavery, because when most of the people most of the time reject God; the values of human life, free will and justice are no longer supported in a free society. Tyranny is always standing by ready to fill the moral void.