Between Consenting Adults – A Lost Christian Concept
Posted on December 20, 2006 by Alexander
As Christians, when we think of the term “between consenting adults” the immediate thought is some pagan excuse for adults to have sex with each other. In today’s thinking that is as far as it goes. But this argument of the sexually active community is based upon Christian thought. However, the thought is several generations removed from today. Its roots are found in the original understanding of self government, upon which the U.S. Constitution was based. Joseph Farrah in his magazine, Whistleblower (Feb 2003), explained that self government meant the ability of individuals to govern them selves, not in the sense of representational government. In other words, for individuals to exercise self control.
The original government of the continental United States was based upon the founding fathers understanding of common law. Common law came from the English heritage of the early patriots past. It is the recognition that there are universally accepted modes of behavior common to all mankind and not based upon civil governments or religions. It is common to all people to not want their things stolen or their bodies harmed. But English common law was still codified in the Christian heritage of England. In essence, then, it is the golden rule: “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” (Matt 7:12, Luke 6:31).
In the formation of the continental United States both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution invest the power of government into the people.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.
Introduction to the Declaration of Independence
Notice the highlighted text – “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” – “all men are created equal” – “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” – “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” are all statements that say that every man has rights that are natural and God given. These rights do not come from government, but God, therefore governments have no right to remove them. These thoughts are echoed in the Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
In the continental United States, the Federal government is not sovereign, but rather the people of the States are sovereign. Human sovereignty means that when a person abides by the natural or common law of mankind, he is accountable to no one but God Himself. Therefore he has sovereignty over his own life, free to pursue God’s calling upon him.
Therefore, true self government means that each person is responsible to God to obey those common laws of man. If he does, then, organized government has no right of intrusion into that man’s life. If that man, however, violates those common laws, then he has crossed the line of self pursuit in affecting others. In theory, then, a man and woman who consent to sexual activity are not harming anyone else, for they both have sovereign control of their own lives. Of course, sexuality is much more complicated and outside of marriage, sex always harms another. But from the common law, point of view, this is not easily recognized.
The irony of this argument in today’s courts is that our judicial system is no longer operating under common law, but mercantile or admiral law, since our Federal government has declared bankruptcy twice and our Federal government is owned by the international bankers.
American Christians are losing the battle in our culture because they are operating by this subconciously understood base of common law, whereas our governments do not. We need to regain our place of personal soveriegnty by not fighting with the wrong set of rules. Adults have the God given right of mutual consent because God will judge them for their errors. The mistakes of those who abuse their God given rights should not prevent those who obey God from retaining their personal soveriegnty in the face of a tyrannical police state government. Let’s hold fast to that which is good.
Comments from Original Post
December 21, 2006 at 8:49 am
Very well said. Another way to put this in perspective is that we have a hierarchy of laws in this country — each gaining it’s authority — and right to exist — from a higher legal power: Administrative Law gets its authority from Statute Law (laws written by legislators); Statute Law gets it’s authority from the Constitution; But our three branches of power at the federal level seem to forget that Common Law (a.k.a. Natural Law or God’s Law) was the authority which gave our founders the right to write the Constitution — indeed even to write the Declaration of Independence. And that which is given may be taken away.
December 21, 2006 at 12:05 pm
Thanks for you comment, Ken. Understanding the autonomy and sovereignty of the individual is also key to our being a free people. Through a gradual strangle hold, the international bankers and politicians are stealing our God given freedoms. Those who are most in bondage are those who do not know that they are in bondage.