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Over 230 years ago this quote was uttered by our nation’s founding father George Washington. Imagine that. A president who unabashedly proclaimed his dependence, and our country’s dependence, on God. Unfortunately our leaders and country have fallen far away from the early principles that made the American dream possible.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible”. – George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)
Today we are seeing the truth of this statement unfold before our very eyes. Our country has fallen prey to those who seek power for their own benefit, those who worship themselves over God. Those who only mention God and the Bible to score political points in order to move their own agendas forward.
The United States has entered a new period as a country in decline, and that decline is now accelerating. Those who are now governing this nation are doing so without God and without the principles of the Bible, and they are proving everyday how impossible it is to rightly govern without them.
If you look at the first pivotal court case of “The Regent’s School Prayer” (Engel v. Vitale, 1962) and follow that path of God’s removal from our society you would have to be blind to not see the correlation between this removal and the decline of our nation.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (New King James Version)
Our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. How did our forefathers create the framework that started the basis for our form government? Why is it so important that we fight for such an extreme separation of church and state? More importantly, when our founding fathers constructed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, did they consider the rights of those who did not have faith in any almighty God?
All to often, we see the founding principles of our great nation under attack. People are taking the Ten Commandments out of the Judicial centers. Even mentioning the concept of creationism in public schools is considered a “radical” educational approach. What is the underlying current that has so many people in an uproar? What is wrong with religious views being manifested in government?
I believe it is one thing, RESPONSIBILITY. Our great nation was founded on religious principles not unique to Christianity, AND the right to worship (or not worship) any God, whom we see fit. The scientists and evolutionists, Christians, Jews and Muslims, atheists and agnostic, are ALL free to have their own beliefs.
In the fervor for separation of church and state, we are losing sight of why the founding fathers found it necessary in the first place. The issue of the separation of church and state centered on monarchs who ruled in the secular sphere but encroached on the Church’s rule of the spiritual sphere, and the church’s attempt at political influence in the affairs of man. This unresolved contradiction in ultimate control of the Church vs. Monarchy led to power struggles and crises of leadership. It even went so far as to have political leaders create churches of their own to reclaim some of the power over the people that the church held.
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Our founding fathers held various beliefs about GOD and man that were debated on, but they did recognize the need for a higher moral standard to act as a guideline to base our nations founding principles on. In truth, there are more than 10 Commandments that were given “officially” in the bible. I never fully understood why we only focus on the 10, but I am about to do some whittlin’.
Of the 10 “official” commandments, 4 have to do with the relationship between GOD and man, and the other 6 have to do with the relationship man has with himself. It is these last five that I feel are most important in regards to our government:
Honor your father and your mother
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
I believe that his is the baseline for our founding principles. By saying that they are religious is muddling a very crucial issue. Saying they are religious is disrespecting the founders of our great country.
You now if you think about it, how many of our leaders can you say actually live by the above????
Our forefathers, themselves, had problems with keeping within the ideals of these principles. It is said that Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heming had a romantic relationship. Alexander Hamilton died from a bullet during a duel with Aaron Burr. In regards to these, and many other instances, did our founding fathers believe themselves above accountability to these ideals? Did, at anytime, they think that because they wrote the frame work of the constitution that they were above being accountable to the constitution? I cannot answer that question, but my opinion is that they did not.
In this day and age, I feel that once individuals become judges, win a seats in the House of Representatives, or even the Presidency, they act as if they are above the law. That the law is for the common man, and they may have become “royalty” by voter mandate.
I am not saying that we should teach that there is or is not a God in public schools. I am saying that we do need to teach only factual, proven, information, like the theory of evolution is still just a theory, that 2+2 does equal 4, and the founding principles of our government are based on a belief of a higher moral authority that our founding fathers had. Those principles a government should protect and enforce. It is those principles that we should hold our leaders accountable to today.
We work with a political system where dishonesty and secrecy has dishonored our founding fathers. We work in a society where truth no longer seems to matter, but what ever has the greatest publicity does. We work in a democracy where the politician does not seem to be accountable to the average citizen, but only to powerful multinational, multimedia, conglomerates. How would are politicians hold up to the 5 basic principles afore mentioned? How can we Americans hold our “representatives” accountable for misrepresentation?
Ultimately, my question is what is wrong with the 10 commandments in the court room, school house, or congress? My hope is that someone would look upon them one day, be reminded what this great nation stands for, and maybe change his mind before proceeding.
And you do not need to be a Christian to believe that. †Ω