Updated: Feb 12
A story through quotes
Our nation is in a state of neglect of the basic principles our founding fathers have set forward. We are often discussing only the present issues, when I believe there is one major problem at the root of it all: the role of Christianity in our nation.
Have you ever heard the term, “Our God given rights”? It all began during the American revolution on July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers created the declaration of independence. Separating their 13 colonies from the monarchy of Great Britain. This document held concise dedication to their faith in Lord Jesus Christ. Paving the way for our following founding documents.
“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.”
-Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of independence
In hindsight, we know that there were still steps needed for equality to be accomplished, but that’s another story. This document laid the groundwork to create a nation under God. As soon as King George III of Great Britain received the message, he sent huge numbers of the British military over, in addition to the soldiers already there. He was not about to lose the land to these revolutionists. The battles seemed hopeless – amateur civilian soldiers stood against the best trained military in the world. But not to disregard is He who prevailed in the minutemen.
“The Man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf.”
-Washington’s letter to Samuel Langdon, September 28, 1789
Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota. (Left to Right) Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln
Stacked up against the odds, they prevailed. And they created a republic with strong faith and freedom in mind. America became the strongest, most powerful nation in the world, setting standards and examples for the rest of the world. We did so as a united and well-educated, evangelical society. However, that is now being torn apart from the seams.
This is being done through humanism, the nature of replacing man with God. Thus being taught through an educational system where God is not present, and false notions of racism is thought through the implementation of critical race theory and the 1619 project. As God lies at the center of this nation’s core principles, without faith begins the succession of a deception that we are solely the reason of all success. Dave Meyer wrote this cycle well in his book Freedom is Costly but Priceless.
“Since our history has been revised and made our nation unwise, truth has been disguised. It’s hardly recognized; therefore, many people are paralyzed as our morals are criticized, because our wisdom that was once highly prized is now despised, and we the people have been compartmentalized (categorized) . Consequently, good is desensitized, and as a result, right is compromised and wrong is not penalized. When right is compromised and wrong is not penalized, our rights are jeopardized because many of our laws have been neutralized (no longer enforced); therefore, without resistance, evil is energized. Since our laws have been neutralized, evil is eventually legalized, then freedom is marginalized, patriotism is ostracized ( banished), and hope dies as tyranny (unlawful rule) is realized and bondage arrives.”
- Dave Meyer, from his book, Freedom is Costly but Priceless.
We can see this all too well in our nation today, and it begins in the school. The modern succession of removing God from school began with the 1962 ruling with Engel v. Vitale, where the supreme court ruled school-sponsored prayer a violation of our first amendment. A year later, in Abington School District v. Schempp, any school-sponsored religious exercise became prohibited. Since then, many battles in regard to religion in schools have been fought. But as I see it, I think religion should be encouraged.
“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this, there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”
-Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Only virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.”
-Benjamin Franklin, Continental Congress, 1778
Our nation has a history of teaching our heritage of the Christian faith in evangelical nature. After all, we are not enforcing any religion on anyone. Just displaying the faith that this country was built on and should continue to prosper in parallel to. We are a free country after all, meaning you’re free to practice any religion you please. Granted you don’t infringe on any other rights.
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God.”
The divide only came to rise when people began to step away from the original ideology and began to spread a humanistic approach on society. It is not a left or right thing, it is a core value vs disintegration thing.
“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.”
The second point I want to bring up is how complacent the Christian society has been on political issues. We tend to be quiet in that sphere, and I believe that is ignorance. It is important to educate ourselves on the history of this nation and have a voice on the current issues our nation faces. If we are all well-educated on the nation’s history and principles, as well as substantial world events and Judeo-Christian faith, we can have civil debates that be very instructive. We can accomplish so much good and get back onto the thriving path we were once on.
“It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.”
During tragic events, when we see statements in the media like, “How can God allow this to happen?,” it is because we have strayed from Him as a society. Secularism has allowed the partition between the church and state to widen. Therefore, effectively granting law to diverge from the pioneering sentiment of our Founding Fathers. The nation is destined to fall if we don’t make a change. If we don’t unify once again, and live by the words of the constitution, we will become the divided states of America.
“Human law must rest it’s authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. (…) Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”
- James Wilson, signer of the Constitution, U. S. Supreme Court Justice