It amazes me not only how far we in this nation have turned away from God but also how far we have gone away from morality as revealed in the Bible. Maybe it is the reverse, that we have decided we do not want His morality and so we turn away from Him and to such religious theories as “Evolution”. After all, if I am really just an accident of nature, then it doesn’t matter with whom or what I sleep. Along with this trend is the trend to re-write history. I know there is a website now that purports to have some thirty-odd quotes from the founders that will make Christians/conservatives angry. That seems to me to be what we are often accused of: cherry-picking. The overwhelming evidence of the writings of the founders and successive shapers of our nation is that they believed this was a Christian nation that could not survive without our collective belief in the God of the Bible. That statement is an undeniable fact which thirty-some-odd quotes cannot disprove.
The founders are viewed today as either the near-geniuses that they were or as old-fashioned and irrelevant. Some say that even the historical fact of the founders’ belief that this was a Christian nation really means nothing to us today. Such could only be true if we do discard God and the morality of the Bible. It is said that Franklin, when questioned about what the Constitutional Convention had bequeathed to the people, answered, “A Republic, if you can keep it”. We are in danger of losing it right now. Why? Because we are ignoring the wisdom of the founders. For instance, John Adams stated,“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. He was not talking about just any morality or just any religion, either. John Hancock added in reference to God, “Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as He pleases”. In fact, to the vast majority of founders, the fabric of the nation would unravel if the populace turned from God and the Bible. How sentient they were.
Elias Boudinot: ““[O]ur country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies to the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be introductive of the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society”.
James MCHenry: “The Holy Scriptures …can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability, and usefulness”.
Noah Webster: “[T]hose who destroy the influence and authority of the Christian religion, sap the foundations of public order, of liberty, and of republican government”.
Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship”.
These are not just a smattering of cherry-picked quotes but are a representation of a body of thought common among the founders and successive generations. Their warning to us was to turn from God at our own peril. If that is not great wisdom, I do not know what is. What we see happening in this country is a result of just that, turning from God. We are too smart now, so we do not need God. I have yet to hear the man who is smarter than the founders who denies God. We are so obsessed with our own self-importance that we have even jettisoned the concept of our own responsibility. I am sad for this once-great country. We are constantly told that we are on the wrong side of history; but when we look at the writings of the founders, we see that it is not us who have departed from the wisdom of history. Actually, we have but to look around us to see what happens when societies remove or refuse God: China, Russia, Iran, etc. I certainly would not want to live in those societies nor would I want to see our country become as those societies, but that is where we are headed.