Our constitution empowers government by the people, or democracy. Individual rights matter in this type of government, over a country ruled by monarchs or selected individuals. Yet it is ironic that we the people have elected leaders who ignore the individual rights of the people. These elected leaders attempt to impose their views or beliefs on society. This is tantamount to the monarchs, and dictators that impose their powers on their people. For example our government imposes regulations on the educational system; it favors socialism where the government takes money from the middle class to take care of the poor (taxes); it favors the ecosystem at the expense of creating jobs that feed families. It takes our taxes, and gives it to foreign powers that threaten to destroy us. It appears that the power of the government increases as individual rights diminish. This is antithesis to the constitution that our founding fathers constructed.
What does the proliferation of government have to do with religion? Government, like oligarchy, or monarchies takes away the individual’s decision-making process. The individual loses the decision to be right or wrong. We tend to become stagnant becomes we know that government will take care of us. We lose the potential to grow as human beings. We lose the connection with our conscious (pure heart of God), because our decisions are made for us. The government or oligarchy takes the place of God. This is why dictators usually quash religious movements in their countries, and favor only religions that usurp individual rights.
The question arises, should we let selected individuals (government) control us; and have faith that they have our interest in hand, or should we have faith in God and our individual conscious (pure heart)?