Remembering Our Foundations
By Virginia Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman – Eagle Forum
As America remembers those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, we would do well to remind ourselves of the truths upon which our nation was founded-truths for which millions of Americans have suffered or died. No enemy has been more vicious in undermining these truths, our foundations, than runaway Humanist/Reconstructionist judges, made safe from harm in their cozy courtrooms by our troops fighting for the very truths Reconstructionists oppose. Here is a brief summary of three such truths as expressed by some of America’s Founders and other leaders.
1. A just and free society requires a Christian foundation.
“I verily believe that Christianity is necessary to support a civil society and shall ever attend to its institutions and acknowledge its precepts as the pure and natural sources of private and social happiness.” — Joseph Story (U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Harvard Law Professor)
“I . . . recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow.” — John Jay (America’s first Chief Justice)
“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 our political institutions upon the ability of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity to each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.” — James Madison
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” — Benjamin Franklin
2. The U. S. Constitution is based upon a Christian foundation.
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.” — Noah Webster
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity . . . . Now I will avow that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” — John Adams
“America was born a Christian nation for the purpose of exemplifying to the nations of the world the principles of righteousness found in the Word of God.” — Woodrow Wilson
“The more profoundly we student his wonderful Book [the Bible], the better citizens we will become, and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.” — William McKinley
3. The Constitution and its Christian foundations require a
limited government, including a restrained judiciary.
“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” — James Madison in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
“The Constitution is a written instrument. As such its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted it means now . . . ‘Any other rule of construction would abrogate the judicial character of this court, and make it the mere reflex of the popular opinion or passion of the day.'” — U.S. Supreme Court in South Carolina v. U.S., 1905
“A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution . . . [is] absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government. . . . The people . . . have a right to require of their lawgivers and magistrates, an exact and constant observance of them.” — Massachusetts Constitution, 1780
“Liberty is secured, sir, by the limitation of its [the government’s] powers, which are clearly and unequivocally defined.” — Francis Corbin in the Virginia Ratification Convention, 1788
These truths clearly and conclusively refute contemporary Reconstructionist judges’ loud and impassioned proclamations that we must “separate church and state” and that we “cannot legislate morality.” The conclusion of the matter was well stated in the mid-Twentieth Century by a high-ranking British official, Alfred Lord Denning. Describing the plight of contemporary law in both England and America, Denning declared:
What does it all come to? Surely this, that if we seek truth and justice, we cannot find it by argument and debate, nor by reading and thinking, but only by the maintenance of true religion and virtue. Religion concerns the spirit in man whereby he is able to recognize what is truth and what is justice, whereas law is only the application, however imperfectly, of truth and justice in our everyday affairs. If religion perishes in the land, truth and justice will also. We have already strayed too far from the faith of our fathers. Let us return to it, for it is the only thing that can save us. (emphasis added)
Glad you have read and understand our precious Constitution.
Therefore you would, like I, condemn churches and religious organizations who endorse politicians and invite them into their congregations to spout their political dogma. In fact I would suggest that those who violate this should be investigated for violation of the law.
Likewise you must agree that our government has no business interfering (calling it a “hate crime” ) with preachers who read the scriptures that condemn acts of homosexuality and other moral problems.
I am glad we agree.
In Christ eternally,
Amendment numero uno!
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.
Silly constitution- that this country actually was founded on
As you see, I only passed along the article and commented upon it.. but I agree with it 100%.
It is a spiritual battle — especially seeing how the political morass is sinking lower and lower..
In Christ eternally,
It is an excellent piece, Jack! And Lynda speaks definite Truth…we are in the age of the Great Apostacy, may we stand firmly on the Rock as a light to others.
I am so glad there are a few of our citizens, like you, who still care and understand the consequences of ignoring our great Christian heritage..
In Christ eternally
Thank you for this excellent compilation–the telling of the Christian basis on which our great country was founded.
Because the enemy of our souls acts always as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour with a fervent and unending focus, the laziness of the Laodicean church has created the situation in which we find ourselves today. We watch in dismay as the great apostasy grows like a bloated tick, feeding on the blood of those who have rejected the Truth and those who have never heard the Truth. We see the mistakes of the past; the silence of Christians as the religions of secular humanism and atheism have insinuated themselves into our public institutions and finally deep into the public consciousness. God has long blessed the U.S.A. because of the covenant He made with those who established it, and because we have, as a country, for the most part continued to fund and disseminate the Gospel to all the world. But it seems the time is fast approaching when that will not be enough to delay the judgment that must fall on a nation that murders babies and pardons murderers, disdains marriage and embraces homosexuality, and more and more demands that Jesus Christ be despised and false gods given honor and respect. Christians must pray for our country and continue the fight. We owe it to our forefathers, to our warriors, and to the Almighty God Who gave us this nation. This holiday, remember those who fought and died, and be one who fights as determinedly… on bended knee!