To create a society that enjoys the most freedom while maintaining the best order is not easy. Cultures have attempted this throughout human history, but they fail … unless they are built and are maintained upon the Bible. The more such governments are based on the Bible and then consistently apply the Bible, the better and more stable those societies remain. For this reason, any attempt to build a free society in Egypt today is futile.

Egypt is once again in turmoil. Fox News reports, “Thousands are protesting in Egypt after both the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents called for new mass rallies Sunday, renewing fears of another round of street violence after the country’s military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from office.” Apparently, many of those who ousted the former leader did not want to exchange one dictator for another, but they certainly will. It may not be another member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but any society not built upon Scripture is doomed to collapse into chaos, which then paves the way for a tyrant.

A look in the past illustrates this. In his ten-part “How Should We Then Live” series episode 5 “The Revolutionary Age”, Francis Schaeffer explains why unBiblical governments that attempt to build a free society  always fail. The American Revolution and the French Revolution occur within the same era, but they turned out much differently. America revolutionaries was immersed in Biblical thought, but the French leaders were steeped in secular pagan thinking. The revolution here presupposed key principles about the nature of man that came out of the Bible, and our forefathers also implemented many Biblical principles and laws into the various levels and branches of government. The French, on the other hand, destroyed Churches and led the people into deep idolatry, with ‘Reason’ being the chief idol.

What was the result?

The United States became prosperous and free while maintaining order at the same time. In contrast, France turned into a blood bath because it did not have a Biblical basis for government. Her false assumption about man as being born without Original Sin was devastating because sinful man seeks power and seeks to use that to his own advantage. He must be checked. Moreover, if the conscience of man is not restrained by his reverence to God in Christ, then he will do as he pleases, and anarchy will erupt. Corruption skyrockets, and the strong dominate the weak. Riots fill the streets and violence quickly erupts as different factions strive for power. The people then cry out for order and peace, even it means giving up all the liberties that they were originally willing to die for. They follow the strongest leader, and propel him to power to bring some sanity into society. In the case of France, Napoleon did exactly that.

Such will be the case with Egypt. Morsi has not been strong enough to maintain power it seems, though I wouldn’t write off the Muslim Brotherhood quite yet. Even so, Egypt will eventually be given to a strong leader at some point that will rule with an iron fist and any hopes of liberty for the average man will be lost. For this reason, as Christians, our prayer must for the repentance of a people. It is only if they submit to Christ that they will have the opportunity for lasting freedom. Otherwise, such attempts at liberty are only vanity and striving after the wind.

10The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.

11The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.

12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Psalm 33:10-12