WHY SHOULD GOD BLESS AMERICA?
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
During the past July 4th celebration, many Americans were singing “God Bless America.” But whenever I hear that song, I ask “Why Should He?” God isn’t interested in our material wealth or military strength. He’s interested in our morality and our souls. We know from The Holy Bible that God judges nations. What do you believe He thinks about a people who have allowed about 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973? And this includes most so-called Christians, who most of the time are pursuing the same material possessions as non-believers.
If all of these so-called Christians got together and organized in opposition to abortion (what The Holy Bible refers to as the “shedding of innocent blood”), it would legally soon end. However, if you walked into any church on Sunday and asked each person what they had done personally in the past year to end abortions, you’d be met by a blank stare most of the time. Do you remember what Thomas Jefferson wrote in his “Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1771?” He warned: “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
The argument most commonly used against legal prohibition of abortion is that such a law would be “an imposition of morality.” However, that is exactly what many laws are. If everyone agreed not to steal, for example, then there wouldn’t be a need to impose “thou shalt not steal.” It’s precisely because some want to steal that society “imposes” this Ten Commandments moral directive.
Americans’ “freedom” is not the “moral license” of the French Revolution, which was based upon mid-1700s French Enlightenment encyclopedists’ revolutionary concepts. Dostoevsky in The Possessed (1872) alludes to these concepts by the term “fire in the minds of men.” One of the encyclopedists, Mirabeau (who along with Danton, Condorcet, Robespierre, etc., was a member of the occultic French Grand Orient Masonic Lodge), believed the revolutionary movement would begin in Prussia (Germany and Poland). The Bavarian area of that region is where Adam Weishaupt’s occultic Illuminati originated in the 1770s. When uncovered in the early 1780s, its members dispersed with some forming the Parisian Outlaws League which helped foment the French Revolution in 1789. It’s curious that Skull & Bones member President George W. Bush, in his January 20, 2005 second inaugural address, would refer to this “fire in the minds of men” term rather than to a memorable phrase from the American Revolution, which was based upon Biblical principles such as rights “endowed by our Creator.”
In the French Revolution, man became his own “little god” having the freedom to do whatever he wants (moral license). However, as Ronald Reagan said when he was Governor of California: “Simply obeying whim or impulse. . . doesn’t really make for freedom as we have been told; it makes for anarchy in society and in our souls.”
The non-imposition of any particular morality is itself the imposition of moral relativism, which allows man to rationalize whatever moral behavior he wants (moral license). The results of accepting this philosophy have been disastrous for America, and it must stop. This is because as Christians, even though we personally wouldn’t enslave blacks, rape women, beat children, or send Jews to the gas chambers, we cannot take the attitude that it would be an undue moral imposition to prevent others from so doing. As one nationally syndicated columnist remarked, regarding Christians who defer that they cannot impose their morality on others, Jesus Christ did not say, “Personally, I am opposed to the moneychangers desecrating God’s Temple, but I am not going to impose My morality upon them.”
As it now stands, the Supreme Court has imposed its own illogical view on abortion via “Roe v. Wade” and “Doe v. Bolton.” That view is that constitutional personhood is conferred at birth. But what sense does it make to say a child born prematurely at 6 months after conception, for example, is a “person,” but an older preborn child may be violently killed by abortion simply because of place of residence (the womb)? Some would argue that there’s a consensus in America regarding crimes such as rape, but there’s not a consensus concerning abortion. So what? Earlier in this nation’s history there was no consensus opposition to the Supreme Court’s “Dred Scott” and “Plessy v. Ferguson” decisions, and in more recent times there was no consensus supporting Civil Rights legislation for minorities. Nevertheless, there were strong arguments in favor of the imposition of a particular moral view in each of these cases.
Others will argue that even if abortion was made illegal, people would get them anyway, so it’s better that they’re made legal and safe. But think about that. Should we make safe whatever people are going to do anyway and have no laws prohibiting such activity? Should we do away with speed limit laws because most people drive over the speed limit at some time? Should we therefore just try to make speeding on our roads “safe”? No! We as Christians should reassert the right to have a Biblical moral basis for our laws, just as the founders of this nation intended. And we should also conduct our own moral lives on the basis of Biblical principles as well. Then, and only then, can we justify singing “God Bless America.”
Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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If all of these so-called Christians got together and organized in opposition to abortion (what The Holy Bible refers to as the “shedding of innocent blood”), it would legally soon end.