Self-government

Self-government is a key principle that is essential for a free government to work. Our Founders realized that if men will not be self-governing then there is not enough laws and police to keep order in society. Men must be ruled by a belief that acting lawfully and morally should be the natural order guiding their lives. This moral order is a by-product of one's religious faith. In America the predominant religion at its founding was the Christian faith and its laws. Self-government is a basic belief of Christianity. God has given people his laws and he expects his people to obey them. Since the people were mainly Christian in their faith there was much liberty in the land with only a very small government.

However, as America progressed with time it became less Christian. The result has been a massive growth in government as people have become less self-governing. Unless the American people return to their Christian foundations from an earlier era, the people will continue to become more lawless. This means an even larger grtowth of government and police state to keep the peace. 

Following is a video clip in which a Harvard professor describes this principle and its role in the development of a strong nation with a strong economy.


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