Sunday, May 15, 2011

Christian Nation

"I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the good book and The Spirit of The Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses...Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia...or the Charter of New England...or to the Charter of Massachusetts...Or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut...the same objective is present: O Christian land governed by Christian principles...

"I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible, and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition.  The dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under the law, and the reservation of powers to the people…

“I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion.  I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.”

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren

Where has that belief of a half century ago gone?  People deny it; fight it, and even try to destroy it.  They can’t bring themselves to admit that we have always been just what our founders intended us to be: A Christian Nation.

True, we have lost our way and are wandering aimlessly through a wilderness of corruption and debauchery.  That is because we lost that moral compass that our founders bequeathed us to keep us on the course of greatness they firmly set us on.  We must find that lost compass and right our ship of state before it is too late.

How can any one who has ever read the words of our founders not believe that we are a Christian nation?  Our founding documents are full of words of the moral rightness and of God Almighty.  Their own words tell the story far better than mine ever could:

John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human possessions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whole goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”

James Otis said, “Parliaments are in all cases to declare what is good for the whole; but it is not the declaration of parliament that makes it so; There must in every instance be a higher authority – God.  Should an act of parliament be against any of his natural laws which are immutably true, their declaration would be void.”

Others also added to the argument.  Like Alexis de Tocqueville, a French government official and author who loved America and her system.  He said in Democracy in America, “not until I went into the churches if America hand heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”  In another area he said, “In the United States republicans value mores, respect beliefs, and recognize rights.  They hold the view that a nation must be moral, religious, and moderate all the more because it is free.  I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion, for who can know the human heart? – But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable for the maintenance of republican institutions.  This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole rank of society.”  One more from him, “The place where the Christian religion has kept the greatest power over men’s souls; and nothing better demonstrates how useful and natural it is to men, since the country where it now has the widest sway is both the most enlightened and the freest.”  Isn’t it telling, now that Christianity isn’t looked as highly upon, America has been steadily losing both that enlightenment and freedom?

Benjamin Franklin added, “I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that built it.”  I firmly believe this.  I therefore beg leave to move that hence forth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations be held in this assembly [The Constitutional Convention] every morning.”

A little later Abraham Lincoln said these words.   “My great concern is not whether God is on our side.  My great concern is to be on God’s side.”  He also said, “We have been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.  We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriches and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!  It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”  Was he speaking those words about today?  Sure does sound like it.  Maybe we should take the advice of one of our greatest presidents.

Edward R. Lymon spoke on the loss of our moral compass, “Principle – particularly moral principle – can never be a weathervane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency.  Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true.”

Supreme Court justice David Brewer wrote, “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people.  This is historically true.  From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…These and many other matters, which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterance that this is a Christian nation.”

The progressives / liberals have used the guise of freedom of speech to legalize every form of perversity while at the same time moving to an all out assault on Christianity.  They have perverted the interpretation of the separation of Church and State to quiet the Christian religion that founded this nation.  For without religion to be man’s conscience all things are permitted.

Author Michael Evans wrote, “As long as the godless liberals attempt to dumb down God-fearing Americans with a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on bigotry, the War on Terrorism will not only survive but thrive.”  This loss of our Christian identity and values not only makes us easy prey for terrorists, but it threatens our rights and erodes the moral fabric of our nation.  He also said, “Too many people view the enemy as ‘narrow-minded, right-winged, Bible-thumping Christians’ who believe in black and white, right and wrong…  Bible believing Americans have been demonized as bigots and extremist.  God has been taken out of schools, courts, and town squares and even our Pledge of Allegiance.”

Sadly we Christians let this happen.  We become too wrapped up on our own little worlds and forgot about protecting his.  We got complacent as we sat in our pews and watched them chip away our God from public view.  Aren’t we as Christians suppose to voice our love of God and His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ?  YES!  So why didn’t we?  We became lazy in our duties as Christians.

“The situation in the churches is characterized by weariness with struggle, by uncertainty of purpose and lack of courage.”  Sounds like those words could have been spoken yesterday, they weren’t.  They were spoken by the head of the Gestapo, Werner Braune, in 1938 explaining how easy it was to take form the church and push them from prominence.  Not unlike they are doing today.

We as a nation have always been on a course.  We believe in that course and the plans we made to stay on it.  We believe in God and that He protects us because He set us on this course.  The liberals have set out to destroy that plan and that course and worse in our faith in God.  They have made people question their principles, their nation and their religion.  Without these, especially our faith in God, that course our founders put us on is lost forever.

These great Americans, and the one adopted America, quoted here could never understand how the nation, the Christian nation they built to fear and love God could be so far into the sewer.  They would have never bowed down to the liberal demands.  They would remind them that they built and kept this notion a moral and Christian one and without being so will lead it to ruin.

Dr.  Michael Savage said on radio show The Savage Nation, “A re-invigoration of our belief in God is the only thing that will save America.”  Many of us feel the same as Dr. Savage who paraphrased Emperor Constantine who said, “Only a return to morality can save Rome.”  We must heed these words and save our Christian Nation.

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