Depending Upon God in Our Cause
The opening and closing paragraphs of the Articles of Confederation include these words:
“…the Delegates of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, did, on the 15th day of November, in the Year of Our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy seven, and in the Second Year of the Independence of America, agree to certain articles of Confederation and perpetual Union …it hath pleased the Great Governor of the World to incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in congress, to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said articles of confederation and perpetual union…”
There was an appropriate leaning upon the sovereign God in adopting the Articles of Confederation, in contrast to the approach Federalists employed in illegally overturning the Articles of Confederation and replacing them with the Federal Constitution. It takes no special faith in the sovereign God to engage in such machination as the Federalists employed. The Federal Constitution concedes as much, for absent from it are words acknowledging such dependence on God.
Our cause requires much dependence
upon the sovereign God, for:
1. Who but the sovereign God can bring down the powerful Federal System, so as to raise up and restore a confederated USA of Anglo-American Patriot States, under the Articles of Confederation, while those seeking such follow legal procedure throughout the process?
2. Who can change the hearts of a sufficient number of individuals so that it can be done in a decentralized fashion so as to reach a decentralized end?
3. Who but God can utilize a rather small number of people towards such an end?
Faith in the sovereign God is not irrational, because what is more manifest than that the created world is designed and held together by the Divine Creator and Governor of it rather than mere chance, just as faith in Christ is not irrational given the diverse prophecies wonderfully fulfilled in Him and witnessed by many? The standard philosophical objection, the so called “problem of evil”, is sufficiently answered in such passages as these:
1. “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:20) God uses even evil acts of men, such as the cruelty of Joseph’s brothers, to accomplish good purposes.
2. “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2) God reveals to Job how man is of insufficient knowledge and understanding to question the omniscient God.
3. “O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it: Why hast thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20) God reveals that man as creature is in no place to question the universal Creator.
This dependence on God does not relieve us of our moral duty to work towards the cause. Ezra, Nehemiah, and their compatriots had to work to return and rebuild Jerusalem, although their efforts depended upon God for success. As Matthew Henry notes in his commentary concerning them: “our prayers must be seconded with our serious endeavors, else we mock God.”
So our dependence upon God is necessary, such dependence on God is rational, and this dependence on God still involves work on our side.
Index of Articles related to this Cause: http://www.puritans.net/articles/indexarticlesconfederation.htm .