In the conception, framing and ratification of the Constitution, we see the contributions afforded by the faith and traditions of the men and women who gave birth to our nation. Not since Moses received the Ten Commandments had God instituted His order of Law in government. This was a government where the law itself was penned by man’s hand, but His law was written on their hearts.
Christianity and the Birth of a Nation
Able to examine the conception, framing and ratification of the Constitution, and maturation of the government of the United States of America in retrospect, we see the kaleidoscope of contributions afforded by the faith and traditions of the men and women who gave birth to our nation. Throughout time, in every culture and society, humanity has always interacted in and with the environment according to the character ascribed to the powers over which there is no control. Faith influences behavior. Kept clear and confirmed by the unbiased and undistorted facts of history, our nation can be described as a political order born of and set in place on a foundation of reality. Rather than being conceived by the minds of those who fought and died so that “liberty and justice for all” would for the first time in all of recorded history exist in a political order, this was a nation where Truth itself would set mankind free. Not since Moses received the Ten Commandments had God instituted His order of Law in government. This was a government where the law itself was penned by man’s hand, but Law was written on human hearts.
“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 here.” – Patrick Henry
“The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.” – William Penn
“These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” U.S. Supreme Court, 143 U.S. 457, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892
As humanity becomes aware of and understands the immutable order of the universe, we draw closer to true freedom. It is within the boundaries defined by eternal Law that truth exists. From the unchanging laws governing human interaction with and upon our environments to the incomprehensible magnitude and complexity of the laws in place before the creation of the physical realities of mass, energy, time, and space, we are only able to be wholly constrained and controlled by Law, if the Creator of that Law would so will. Truth is reality. Our awareness and understanding of Truth is clouded and often in error, just as our perception of the physical reality is frequently obscured by prejudice and misconception. Wisdom obtains when an understanding, acknowledgement, and application or obedience to Law or Truth, if you will, permits us the freedom to fully explore our creation within its, in our blindness and darkness, seemingly infinite limits. Freedom itself comes from the Creator of all, beginning first with Law. Christ and His teachings, Christianity, assists us as we seek to enjoy our physical reality in its abundance and fullest. Truth sets us free. John 8:32 The faith of generations of Christians incorporated Truth in our order of law.
For a very brief period in the vast expanse of time, for about 150 years, from the Great Awakening beginning around 1730 until after the great Civil War, our second war for independence, a people blessed with a land flowing with milk and honey – all natural resources, many unknown and yet undiscovered, sought freedom by seeking the Truth. Until that direction was gradually lost, eroded slowly but surely by disobedience to the absolute of Law, Power beyond our own guided and sustained this nation. Freedom and justice gained by the sacrifices of those going before was wasted away to the tolerance of injustice and the quest for the riches which we assumed as our own. Calling to arrogance and the limited understanding of the few natural laws that had come to our awareness, our paths strayed from the one clearly marked by the Light of Truth. John 14:6
Before meeting in convention in Philadelphia in 1787 to establish their “supreme law of the land”, a people called by God would first have to defeat the tyranny which, in various forms, continues to enslave, and has bound all people from time immemorial. This was a population of mixed religions, but over ninety-nine percent were believers in the teachings of one Man born in the humblest and poorest circumstances nearly two millennia before – one Man, a Ruler of the universe with dominion over all, even Law, Who forever changed the history and governments of the entire world. Many of the colonists had been born in these thirteen colonies over the preceding years. Others had migrated to these virgin shores. Here on this North American continent, except for limited incursions on economic fronts, all were uncontrolled by, but still contaminated by, the prejudices, discriminations, and injustices of political power suffered in their past. Above all, they were free to worship God as their conscience dictated. Meeting in secret, cognizant of the constant and often repeated failure of their kind motivated by worldly wants and desires while seeking to satisfy themselves at the expense of their weaker neighbors, Godly men purposed to set in place a government where the people would be protected from themselves. Relying then, not on their own wisdom, they looked to the absolute of Law revealed in the natural order and the indelible record of human behavior inscribed in time.
Always driven by the economics of those using unjust power to maintain the “special interests” referred to in the Federalist papers, tyrants throughout the ages, then manifest in the government of Great Britain, would have to be overcome. As always, this population of under three million was visited by the constant and repetitively failed political forces distributing injustice in all governments instituted by man. Currently witnessed by citizens who inherited a legacy of liberty and justice for all, we in this day meet the same enemy cloaked differently in the assault on the nuclear family, in the tribunals conceived to administer justice, and in the corrupted political forums burning again from the embers hidden by the tolerance of injustice. Our order of law began to be corrupted and perverted by lawyers in the 1870s, who had erroneously extrapolated their authority rationalized from their religions of humanism. Given encouragement from the recent, and even to this day, scientifically false and unproven concept of evolution as the origin of the species, we have allowed our government to slowly, but surely, descend into the abyss populated by evil and injustice. Extending from empires and nations to now the primary unit responsible for perpetuation of justice, integrity, and morality to future generations, the forces of darkness await our self destruction. The Christian faith that gave birth to one Nation under God is also our ever present hope for the future, and more important, we are a beacon of Light to the oppressed and needy of our world.
“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you friend, He reigns from above.” – Thomas Paine
This call by men and women of God to a Power where there was none within their dominion was the first, and perhaps the most significant, contribution of this faith that we now choose to label or call a religion. In fact, this was not about any religion, as in any political organization under human auspices, but a reliance on the historically validated reality of an absolute of Law. The years leading to July of 1776 were a building of a trust, not in human capacity, but rather in the Power of the Creator of law itself. Not a law like one they were engaged in constructing to deal with the constant and repetitive injustices of our species on their neighbor, this generation obedient to God’s Law in their lives observed an Order evinced through the entirety of the universe – the world surrounding them. In his Farewell Orders to the Continental Army issued at Rock Hill, near Princeton, on 2 November, 1783, George Washington summarized the trust which empowered one-third of the population long ago.
“A contemplation of the compleat attainment … of the object for which we contended against so formidable a power cannot but inspire us with astonishment and gratitude. The disadvantageous circumstances on our part, under which the war was undertaken, can never be forgotten. The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the U[nited] States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle.
Rather than accepting the various interpretations of absolute Law viewed through the eyes of political and religious thinkers from Solon, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and others through Locke, Montesquieu, Blackstone, and many of their own generation; those who gave birth to a new experiment in government, unknown in the past, observed the trials, errors, and consequences humanity imposed upon itself. Avoiding the mistakes revealed by history, they distilled an order of law reliant on Truth to set men free. Instead of sight clouded with human arrogance and relying on their own intellect or enlightenment and designs, men guided by “divine Providence” constructed a Constitution incorporating and compensating for the constant and unchanging reality of human behavior.
“We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel!” Benjamin Franklin, Constitutional Convention, 28 June, 1787
Inhabitants on the shores of a land launched into the mainstream of the European economy sought to establish a government void of the discriminations, prejudices, and persecutions afforded by governments where Truth had been perverted and, at best, misinterpreted by political organizations in their homelands. Not isolated to monarchs, even the churches of many denominations committed the horrendous injustices and even atrocities condemned and rejected by those seeking refuge in this land across the seas. From the Inquisition, Crusades, Huguenots in France, to the Hitlers, Saddam Husseins, Usama bin Ladens, Ayatollah Khomenis, and the homosexual rights activists, in a never ending stream, political power corrupted by human intention spawns the wars and conflicts plaguing life. Opened by an explorer seeking to convey the same Truth to the natives of a land he reached by sailing east in 1492, the New World was exposed to the corruption of political power as an unfortunate by-product of a simple act of faith by Columbus. The constant and repetitive pattern is that, despite good intention and all human law not withstanding, failed human behavior, absent obedience to the absolute Law, motivated by greed and selfishness, always leads to the crimes and conflicts of life. Christianity is the alternative, where those who conceived a nation under God intended that God’s Law, obeyed out of love and written on the hearts of its citizens, would be the foundation of their “supreme law of the land”.
“It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that this would be possible to sail from here to the Indies.” – Christopher Columbus, Libro de las Profecias
“The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.” – Thomas Jefferson“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force! But Jesus Christ founded His upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte I, to Count de Motholon
Directed by faith and the indisputable teachings of Jesus bar Joseph of Nazareth, those who gave birth to this “one Nation under God” were united by the hope for “liberty and justice for all”. Condensing all of time into three short years, one Man provided an order that was the foundation of our supreme law. Matthew 5:17-20 Depending not on their own power, they instead called to a Power that, in their Biblical worldview, had first created the immutable Law governing their universe. This was a Law that was independent of human acknowledgement or acceptance. It was Truth revealed in time itself. Choosing to challenge the mightiest army and navy of their time representing the British Crown, with no standing army or navy of their own, Christianity, from Columbus on, was wholly responsible for the birth of these United States. In the words of Samuel Adams, the “father” of the Revolution in The Rights of Colonists, 1772, “We are a Christian nation”.
“Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” – John Adams
“[D]ivine Providence” rewarded their faith. Studying successful political systems in cultures and societies from 500 years before the birth of Jesus, upon Whose teachings they based our political system, they conceived and gave birth to “one Nation under God”. As alluded to by Benjamin Franklin in Independence Hall in his call for prayer asking for God’s guidance in their deliberations, the second gift from their “Creator” was wisdom revealed in the Light illuminating the past. From Truth the “supreme law of land” descended from the absolute and immutable Law of God revealed in the teachings of One, Whom, a righteous minority over two centuries ago, called Christ.
Now, in this age, finding our Christian nation under attack by many adherents of the false religions of humanism and their governments, we can find hope and resolve in the Truth that gave us birth. Regardless of how we try to ignore, pervert, or misinterpret the very facts that led these men and women of faith, we are left with an indisputable understanding that their guidance and direction were obtained, rather than from selfish wants or desires, from a pattern or order for government indelibly imprinted on time.
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure [and] which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” – Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence
“The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. The Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus are not only basic but plenary.” – William McGuffey, preface to McGuffey’s Reader, standard textbook in American public schools from 1836-1920
Accepting reality or Truth, if you will, is what sets all humankind free. Succinctly, that is what and how the humanly denominated Christian “religion” enabled the birth of America. Indeed then, the hope to all oppressed, impoverished, and needy people is not allied or bound to some political system or law originating from some religious tradition. Rather, by returning to the Divine inspiration resulting in the original intention of the Constitution of the United States, there is beacon for peace in the world.
Those establishing our nation understood there to be an absolute of Law controlling the entirety of the natural order. In addition, they understood God to have granted and permitted humanity the choice to obey or disobey the same Order for our behavior. Certainly, their perspective was a consequence of multiple influences. Much was an amalgamation of the thoughts and influences derived from many political and religious thinkers distilled in the crucible of time. Significantly though, those ideas and constructs proven valid and applicable over the entire course of human existence are incorporated into our Constitution and its preamble predecessor, the Declaration of Independence. Intended to be controlling of our order of law, His teachings, the foundation of the law of our democratic republic, are simply an accurate reflection of reality imposed on and applied to our government. Before the humanist onslaught beginning in the 1870s, the Bible itself was a requisite for citing law in every courtroom in America.
“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift, James 1:17, we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.” – James Madison, “architect” of the Constitution
The only foundation for a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. – Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Unconstrained by the persistent rationalizations, prejudices, discriminations, lies, and deceptions attributable to human invention to satiate our selfish wants and desires, His example in His three years of life on earth fulfilled the absolute of Law. His presence made His order, not any religion, applicable for all people in every culture and society for all time. It is Law indiscriminate of peoples, places, circumstances, and time.
Looking at the specific manifestations of the Biblical world view that are addressed in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, we are assisted by the writings and words of those same Godly people who influenced our government until just after the great Civil War. The progression of political thought from writings of the multitude of philosophers and theologians, some previously cited above, to the Christian clergy and untold numbers of God’s people, leading up to the Revolutionary War, continued until several years after the war to set all persons free within our borders had concluded in 1865.
Injustices and errors wrought by greed and exploitation of the weak and the tired plagued the Reconstruction. Words and actions of the righteous during over a century involved in the conception, birth, and maturation of our Constitution give insight into the roots of the Founders intention. People of God elaborated on, clarified, and expanded on the Truth made real in this world. They forged a nation grounded in reality. For more than one hundred years, political truth arising from a Christian tradition and faith molded and directed our land. Faith had changed a people on this continent from a covenant relationship depending on a fear of the accountability to absolute Law to one depending on the love of a moral and virtuous people with His Law imprinted on their hearts. A righteous nation was sustained by law protecting the politically weak from the unjust power of those stronger. Morality and virtue were the consequence of Christianity’s influence on government through the voice of Christians of many religious traditions. Again, the “father” of our country, first Commander-in-Chief, General, then first President of these United States, not a member of any political party, in his Farewell Address to Congress after his second term, made the point.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports . . .
And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . .
. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle”
Vulnerable to those who seek our freedom and our resources by calling to the Founders rejection of religious discrimination, we can more fully comprehend the encompassing totality of Christianity as the intended anchor for our order of law. Our government based on a Divinely inspired order of law, is, in fact, not descended from our misguided perceptions and projections, but from the historically confirmed reality of repetitive human behavior. Our Constitution is a model for republican democracy, not arising from human intellect, but from an order transcending time, cultures, religions, and all undertakings of humanity.
In order to account for human failings and frailties, the ordination of the Constitution is to insure, as best as is humanly possible, liberty and justice for all. Discrimination and prejudice are intended to be completely excluded from their demonstrated propensity to contaminate and corrupt the political order and governments. Recognizing that power in any political system is corruptible, just as sin and crime are a constant of human behavior, there is a balance of power between the branches with power authorized by the governed. In the beginning, God was understood as the Source of all matter, energy, time, and space. He endowed us with “certain unalienable Rights” which no government can take without resorting to unjust power. From there, it is easy to see that the Framers intended that the weaker should always be protected by our law from the ever-present injustice of the more powerful.
Finally, with the comprehension that no human law, or even our fear of accountability to God’s immutable laws displayed in nature, deter our sin and crimes against one another, the righteous men and women of God giving birth to our Nation grounded our supreme law on the transcending reality that only Truth sets us free. Only, when morality and virtue are written on our hearts, shall “this nation, under God, … have a new birth of freedom – and … government of the people, by the people, for the people, … shall not perish from the earth.” Christianity – Truth gave birth to a nation.
To end here would leave the contributions that the Church – the body of believers with God’s absolute Law written on their hearts, Hebrews 8:10, made to the birth of this Nation under God, essentially untold. Telling how Christianity gave birth to our nation requires an examination of the intention of those ratifying our Constitution and its amendments. By focusing on current or humanist perversions of that intention, we succumb to the injustices repeated in every culture and society in human history since the creation of time. Chattel slavery was but one example fully understood by the Framers as a violation of Christ’s teachings, but because of political expediency, not immediately corrected by the Constitution. Among others issues, slavery was but one that made those who gave us our foundation of law absolutely certain that, unlike the Pharisees before them, they could never legislate morality and virtue. Christianity afforded the promise and basis for the government they originally intended.
Only by looking at the texts of those religious and political philosophers who influenced or contributed their thoughts, through their writings, to the deliberations in Philadelphia in 1787 and 1788 can the birth of a nation be understood in a proper perspective. In that inspection, one must never forget that the Truth understood and relied upon by those men of God in Independence Hall over two centuries ago was not assigned or confined to the words or writings of those they studied. In fact, the failings, prejudices, and misconceptions of the past, as reality to be avoided and accounted for, were as instrumental in forming our government as was the Truth on which they based our order of law establishing our government. Political power was the source of political corruption
Humanity exists in an order where the errors, trials, failures, and tribulations arising from our presumption and arrogance force us to confront the reality of God. As a child of the “Enlightenment”, Jefferson articulated a perspective which can help us to understand how separation of church and state is entirely different than presuming to separate Christ from our order of law. Christianity is reality, whether ascribed to as religion or viewed through any telescope or microscope examining the structure of any governments throughout history. Apart from its Source and not calling it religion or faith, its immutable order is requisite for any and all successful and enduring government.
“I should proceed to a view of the life, character, & doctrines of Jesus, who …, endeavored to bring … principles of a pure deism, and juster notions of the attributes of God, to reform … moral doctrines to the standard of reason, justice & philanthropy, and to inculcate the belief of a future state.” – Jefferson’s letter to Dr. Priestley, Washington, 9 April, 1803
Christianity’s great commission is to redeem one’s neighbor from the bondage to worldly desires and ambitions absent any form of discrimination. Matthew 28:19 It makes the body an instrument to be used by God in shaping governments. Romans 12:1-5 Freed from the grasp of the secular, Christ negates the curse of sin, and gives all humanity true political freedom to be bound only by a final accounting to God himself, and by the natural laws governing each person in this brief expanse of eternity. Colossians 3:5-11 In His life, Jesus establishes the unity of all in the image of God, and teaches of God’s love for all and equality of all before God. Romans 3:19-31 True Christianity insists on love as the highest duty and virtue. In Christ there are no physical or social distinctions.
Facing the events of 11 September, 2001, Iraq, or the Enron tragedy, – all wars and conflicts, Jesus leaves us His Holy Spirit offering comfort and consolation to all who so choose. Before speaking to our hearts, Christ deals with the distraction to His Word brought by the cares of the world. Matthew 14:14-16, Mark 8:2-8, John 6:2-6, etc. His gospel is particularly relevant to the sick, the poor, the persecuted, and the oppressed. Matthew 5:2-20, Luke 4:18, Luke 6:17-26, etc. He first feeds and heals physical needs before offering His Truth to nourish and cleanse our minds. Can we expect to do less in Iraq, Afghanistan, our inner cities, South America, or Africa – anywhere on this globe where there is hunger, disease or oppression? What Christianity contributed to America can perhaps be seen in Uganda today. In this Third World country, the sexual holocaust and economic deprivation accompanying Islamic oppression are being defeated by Christianity’s effect on government through the people themselves. John 10:10
As a relevant corollary for the selfish and hedonist protestors opposing the sacrifices of our Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world, the teachings that called the signers of the Declaration of Independence to “pledge” their “Lives” and “Fortunes”, so that we now enjoy liberty and justice to a degree unknown to the vast majority of our brothers and sisters should not escape their attention, though satiated and stuporous in the abundance that our liberty and justice afford. John 15:13
Abiding by the teachings of this one Man from Nazareth, born in a stable in Bethlehem, the Christian spirit of love, compassion, justice, and freedom, pervading the whole New Testament, has defined for all time the character of all enduring government. His Law of liberty and justice for all has forever altered the course of history, despite our continuing sin and crime. Culminating in our great Civil War, the Framers’ intention to abolish slavery according to their faith in Him was accomplished. More than a religion, Christianity is God’s political reality. Not dependent on human acceptance, or even acknowledgement, His Law must exist for there to be true freedom and ultimate success in every culture, society, and political organization. Fear is replaced by love as the motivation for human obedience to His eternal Law. Truth shall set all humanity free. John 8:32
Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? Where are benevolence, the love of truth, sobriety, and industry, so powerfully and irresistibly inculcated as in the sacred volume? – unanimous decision, U.S. Supreme Court, 43 U.S. 127, Vidal v. Philadelphia, 1844
We cannot leave this discussion of how the political organization ordained and given authority by God through Christ gave birth to America without dealing with one very often forgotten aspect of our democratic republican form of government. That issue is the one of suffrage. Throughout the Bible, the absolute character of God expressed in His order for our behavior demands justice for all. Luke 18:2-8 John Locke, a political philosopher cited by those who defined our order of law, clearly expounded on a Christian religious tradition and a Biblical world view. Joined by others, such Montesquieu and Blackstone, our political heritage is entirely Christian. But as is consistently demonstrated throughout our recorded history, we tend to follow the paths laid before us, and fail to commit to the sacrifices always required by change. By Christ, love is bound by justice, and justice by love. Even recognized Christian political philosophers such as Thomas Aquinas failed to uphold the teachings of the Source of their faith in regard to the equality of male and female in the eyes of the Creator of the universe. In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft in her A Vindication of the Rights of Women, challenged the correctness of the status of women in the political tradition from a Christian perspective. From her efforts, as Wilberforce had with slavery in England, Christianity again changed the course of political history. Succinctly, because any political group fails to adhere to its foundational or chartering premises, the validity or truth of that order giving authority is not refuted or made inoperative. We grow and learn as we mature and more fully understand the Power that gave us life as a nation.
It remains for us, a Christian nation under God, to share the Light that can set all humanity free. We have been blessed and sustained as a nation for over two centuries, because we have been obedient to the teachings of one Man. Following the intention of the men and women who sacrificed that we may enjoy liberty and justice for all as no nation before or since our conception has, we are charged and commissioned by God to share our abundance with the less fortunate. Whether in our inner cities, Iraq, or Africa, anywhere there is injustice and discrimination denying love and equality, we are called as Christians to put aside our greed and selfish wants and desires to help our neighbor lying beside life’s road suffering from the evil of our failure to love others as we would have them love us – Christ’s second great command. John 15:34
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of the Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations has by a resolution requested the president to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation.
And whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God: to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon: and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:
And insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious land, which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us:
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace. – President Abraham Lincoln, 30 March, 1863
From the sexual holocaust of AIDS in Africa, to the hate and terrorism of religious theocracies enslaving half of their populations, to the assault on the family by the sick and diseased minority activists, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, to the judicial tyranny, to the corruption of political power at all levels, to the hungry or sick or oppressed anywhere on this earth; true Christians, righteous and moral men and women of God must be joined, accepting the same call fulfilled by our forefathers long ago to feed the hungry, heal the sick, take responsibility for their governments, and free the enslaved and oppressed.
Governments are incapable of caring and love. Only people are. It is our responsibility, individually and personally, assisted collectively through our governments, to convey our righteous intention for love and justice for all. Representing morality and virtue, our government can shine the Light of Christianity to share, not a political system of human design, but the Truth that sets us free. Bringing hope to all for justice, our government must be empowered by people obedient to the absolute Law of God. Governments may aid other governments or peoples, but they cannot love. Our sword is love tempered by justice. Our heritage is Christian, our supreme law of the land is based on the teachings of Jesus, the Christ.
It is the duty of every citizen of this Christian nation to share the love and justice accompanying the faith and trust that gave birth to this “one Nation under God” with our less fortunate neighbors everywhere. Our nation is at war against the forces of evil, not because of anything we have done or not done, but because of Who and what represent. May God continue to bless America, and may America never fail to honor, be thankful, and praise the One Who endowed us with His blessings and our “unalienable Rights”.
In His holy Name, I pray,
Editor’s note: Thanks to the author of The Attack on America for his contribution to our series on the world’s religions’ influence on politics and government. Since it is always the intention of the Committee for the Constitution to fulfill its mission to educate the public on the original intention of the Constitution, we asked Dr. Brancato for his reference or resource list used in his book and relevant to the article he wrote. We then tried to link his bibliography to on-line resources. We have added those below, and hope you will take the time to read the foundational documents of liberty and justice for all.
Summa theologica – http://www.ccel.org/a/aquinas/summa/home.html
Summa theologica – http://www.ccel.org/a/aquinas/summa/home.html
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
John Locke – http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/l/locke.htm
Second Treatise on Government,(1690) – http://libertyonline.hypermall.com/Locke/second/second-frame.html
Second Treatise on Government,(1690) – http://libertyonline.hypermall.com/Locke/second/second-frame.html
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding –
Sir William Blackstone – http://earlyamerica.com/review/spring97/blackstone.html
Commentaries on the Law of England – http://www.la.utexas.edu/research/poltheory/blackstone/cle.int.s02.html
Commentaries on the Law of England – http://www.la.utexas.edu/research/poltheory/blackstone/cle.int.s02.html
The Spirit of Laws, 1748, –
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10536a.htm
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10536a.htm
On Obedience to Secular Authority –
95 Theses –
John Ponet, –
John Calvin – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03195b.htm
Philippe Duplessis-Mornay –
Francis Bacon –
John Winthrop – http://www.winthropsociety.org/doc_charity.php
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792 –
John Wesley –
Vidal v. Philadelphia, 1844 – [registration required]
Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 1892 – [registration required]