The North Carolina federal courts have ruled it unconstitutional for the state to force all drivers to buy license plates that say “Choose Life.” You can read the story by clicking here.
Good! That’s just like something Nazi, Germany would have done. Can you believe that the state of North Carolina would try and force this on people?
No, wait, just kidding. Here’s what really happened:
The North Carolina federal courts have ruled it unconstitutional for the state to offer drivers the choice of buying license plates that say “Choose Life.”
Why did they offer such a choice in the first place?
Because the people voted on it. The majority spoke. In 2011, the state House passed Bill 289 which gave permission for the state to produce these plates. It allowed people the option to choose.
So why has the “voice of the people” been silenced, and their will curbed?
The judge said “The State’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”
So let’s get this straight.
The majority voted on a measure to give the people the option of a choice. The state will pay for this feature using taxpayer money — some of which comes from people who no doubt would protest their money going to causes that they disagree with.
(But let’s not forget the fact that you still have to pay a regular tag fee, plus a premium, for special plates like this; they aren’t handed out for free at total taxpayer expense. It’s questionable how many net tax dollars would actually be spent providing this special plate.)
WHEN THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE IS DENIED
Certainly the sensibilities of God-haters who suppress his truth in unrighteousness and have been given over to their depraved desires would find a message to “Choose life” offensive. But so what? Certainly some people also find it offensive that you can’t buy extra-large sugary sodas by decree of law, but that’s not getting repealed because Nanny Bloomberg says it’s good for you.
This is the function of big government, you see. Some people win, some people lose. Everybody pays. Except for the ones who don’t. They double-win.
What about the people who, even though the majority voted to spend taxpayer money on Social Security and other welfare programs that they disagree with, protest those government expenses? Maybe they would like the option of opting out. Shouldn’t this “majority decision” also be deemed unconstitutional in some way if there’s no alternative “balancing” choice?
Fat chance. Those programs are for your own good. They’re compulsory, mandatory. No one gets another choice.
INCONSISTENCIES WITH WHAT THE MAJORITY GETS TO CHOOSE
So, in the case of North Carolina, while the majority voted on a measure the prescribed way, the dissenting minority was simply able to bypass that entire process and overrule the “voice of the people.”
They didn’t have to come up with 50% of the votes to repeal the law.
Why can’t the dissenting minority simply bypass the rule of majority vote and overrule the “voice of the people” on issues like compulsory Social Security?
Doesn’t seem very consistent, does it?
Granted, the governments, state and federal, have extended their reach beyond their authorized jurisdictions (see Exodus through Deuteronomy). Someone is bound to get stepped on.
The questions are who, and by what standard do we decide who gets stepped on?
Now, this article isn’t offered as a discussion about the proper role of government, but it is meant to highlight some issues.
This news story illustrates an important point. The growing size of government is evidence of increasing harlotry: a Christian nation (or not) that increasingly shucks off the laws of God and replaces them with those of a different god.
Which god? Themselves. Whose laws? Their own.
INFILTRATION AND SELF-DESTRUCTION
This presents the opportunity for godless, unrepentent sinners to more firmly grasp the levers of power and more comprehensively erode the system of morality that undergirds Western society. They become increasingly bold in shaking their fist at God.
Superficially, the government is under the sovereign rule of the people: of the people, for the people, by the people.
But as godlessness grows, this facade starts cracking. The truth starts leaking out: it’s really ruled by someone else altogether. When given a choice, godless men will always side with Satan.
We should expect incidents like this to happen with greater frequency as evil men more and more takeover centralized government. The citizens allow this; they could vote for Christians who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. They simply choose not to.
But there’s a silver lining to this treachery.
Just as termites swarm into a house and infiltrate into the timbers that form the very frame and support, Satan’s minions, once they infest the system, will seek to destroy it. But in doing so, they will bring the whole house down on top of their heads.
Even Satan’s twisted will is bent to God’s purpose. The Kingdom of Satan is time-limited: 3 or 4 generations. The Kingdom of God has time on its side: a thousand generations:
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:5-6 ESV)
So, it seems like there’s an easy solution to this problem of lack of choice cited by the Federal courts: provide the option of an abortion-friendly license plate. The anti-abortion tag was simple enough: “Choose Life.” The pro-choice tag should be equally simple: