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The moral foundation of America


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By JERRY STOTLER
Guest Writer

Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.

"An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death." Patrick Henry.

"It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington.

"We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams.

James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: "We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."

The history of Israel is replete with examples of how God deals with those who reject Him and His expectations. That nation falls into capitivity and slavery. Socialism is a form of slavery. It is impossible to have freedom and socialism in the same nation. They cannot coexist. To the degree that we become more and more socialized is the degree to which we become more enslaved. In socialism, are not the people the property of the state?

One problem of natural man is that we dislike restrictions and being held accountable for our moral lives. The God of the universe has high moral standards of conduct - never lie, never cheat, never steal, honor God, mother and father, be faithful to God and your spouse always, and love thy neighbor as thyself. Yet we resist those values because we want to live a loose lifestyle, unaccountabe to any outside force, i.e. God.

If you have not read the Ten Commandments in the last 20 years, you should try it. They sure do make sense, especially for today. Quote by William J.H. Boetcker in 1916. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

"Every man needs a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue." John Eldridge.

What greater battle to fight than the freedom of America?

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