January 26, 2010
I had an interesting discourse with a gentleman the other day, about what is wrong with our nation. He claimed to be a Christian; had studied the Bible; but what became obvious, in our discourse, was that he had no clue the foundation of our nation.
People ask all the time, "How did we get here? What can we do?"
Those who would disparage our Founding Fathers and the foundations of our nation are quick to point out that "not all the Founding Fathers were Christians." They point this up as though it makes the case that our nation was not founded on Christianity.
And it is true that not all our Founding Fathers were Christians. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, for example, are generally considered to be deists, "a belief in God based on reason rather than revelation and involving the view that God has set the universe in motion but does not interfere with how it runs … a belief especially influential in the 17th and 18th centuries." (Encarta Dictionary, North America).
But in reading the writings of our Founding Fathers, one thing becomes crystal clear, that the flow of power should be from "The Creator" to "the people" to "the government". Our Founding Fathers knew that the only way that man could truly be free was to establish a limited form of government that allowed man the greatest latitude to govern self.
"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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…" — Declaration of Independence; In Congress; July 4, 1776
Thus the quote attributed to James Madison,
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
This quote from John Adams makes things even clearer,
"Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate for any other."
In other words, in order for America to be free, and Americans to enjoy freedom under a limited form of government, they must choose to govern themselves, control themselves, sustain themselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
Edmund Burke made the reasoning of the Founding Fathers abundantly clear when he wrote (sic),
"Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man's right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without."
In other words, if man does not govern himself according to the Ten Commandments of God, because of man's sin nature, what he imposes upon society will require laws to be written. (Note: used in this context, "man" refers not to gender but to humanoids in general.)
But, you say, this creates a situation, as in England, where the religion of the people is imposed by the state.
No, not so. Our Founding Fathers knew that the only way this nation could remain a limited form of government is if the people, themselves, choose to live by the Ten Commandments of God. Thus the very first amendment to the United States Constitution:
"Freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Those who would disparage Christianity claim that Christianity has no place in the halls of government.
This is also not true. The Founding Fathers were very aware of the oppression imposed by the Church of England. They understood that to be free, people must choose, of their own free will, to live their lives according to the Ten Commandments of God, whether in their private lives or while serving the people in the halls of government. The government was established to be non-religious; not the people serving in the government.
Our Founding Fathers never envisioned a government of politicians; they envisioned a government of statesman, principled men who came together to administer a limited form of government, allowing the people the greatest amount of freedom to pursue their lives according to the Ten Commandments of God.
A government of the people, by the people, for the people. The only one like it in the world, often called the greatest experiment in the world. The reason so many have left their countries of birth to seek opportunity in America.
Why is America where it is today?
First of all, how many children in the public schools are taught the reality of the founding of our nation? I can answer that with one word: none. And that situation has been so for more than 50 years.
If a nation knows not from whence it came; it will not know to where it is going and Americans today, by and large, have no clue the founding principles of this nation.
What we are fighting today is truly a spiritual battle. John Adams' prophetic words, that our constitution was wholly inadequate for an unprincipled and immoral people, is upon us. The signs are everywhere …
instead of statesman;
2. Government leaders who worship at the altar of Satan as active members of the Bohemian Grove club, Skull and Bones, and countless others;
3. The use of the public treasury to buy votes (earmarks);
4. The people have become 'stakeholders' to be pandered to at election time and ignored the rest of the time;
5. Moral acts are the subject of derision, while immoral acts are celebrated under the mantra of equal rights;
6. Rampant crime including child sex slavery;
7. Rampant corruption in government;
8. Imperial expansionism;
9. Rabid environmentalism including the global warming hoax;
10. The sustainable global environment based on humanism/New Age;
11. Government schools (aka, "public" schools) to teach that which serves the interests of invasive and oppressive government;
12. The federal reserve bank;
13. Social security, Medicare and Medicaid;
14. The federal income tax;
15. Endless 'police actions' in foreign lands;
16. Rampant sexual promiscuity;
17. Rampant sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDs;
19. Churches that speak apostasy from the altar in an attempt to please the flock instead of pleasing God (social gospel);
20. Moral depravation;
… just to name a few.
Some will say "the outlawing of prayer in public schools." That, however, is the result of unconstitutional government schools. Why are government schools unconstitutional? Because education, in every instance, is based on a world view, a philosophy, a religion. As such, each government school, to meet the requirement of the First Amendment, must offer courses based on every religion. As they do not, they are unconstitutional. The religion undergirding government education, at this time, is humanism/New Age. While humanism admits to no Higher Authority (no Creator); New Age believes Higher Authority comes from within (self-divination).
Can we get back to our Founding principles? Never say never.
How do we do that?
Until the people of this nation fall on their knees, ask forgiveness of God, repent and go forth and do better, God will continue to turn his back on this nation and it will continue its slide into oppression.
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Our constitution was truly made for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate for any other.
If the American people want to live as free people, there is only one way that can happen.
Our Founding Fathers knew that; they weren't so dumb after all!
© 2010 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved
Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance, the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned about the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas.
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