In the weeks following our most recent election, I have given much thought to how profoundly our country has changed in the last few years, and considered why this has happened. I believe it has much to do with the removal of God from Mainstream America. The first amendment to the United States Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Having just gained their freedom from England, where the King had much control over the church, the Founding Fathers wanted to make it clear that the federal government
One of the most deeply held, and most disturbingly wrong, beliefs of the secular and athiest is that man would have developed the exact same set of moral values we enjoy in western civilization in the absence of any religious influence. They truly believe that our system of law and moral behaviour comes from a pseudo darwinian evolution driven by population pressure and our inate social instincts.
In truth it is not the removal of God from the classroom that is the problem. Back in the 60s and 70s many kids never went to church and had no real religious belief and most of them grew up into upstanding and moral citizens.
Because even though they were not religious themselves they still believed in the concept of right and wrong instilled by religious teaching. That some things are wrong no matter what the circumstances. That is what has been lost, moral relativism is the cancer in society.
Bringing God back to the classroom will be meaningless unless we can re-instill the belief that evil exists, and that morality is dictated by a power higher than man. We have fallen a long way from that core belief of ALL of western civilisation just a generation ago.
Hedonism is wonderfully pleasant for the individual but a society based on it is doomed to fall into chaos, violence and tyranny.
I would argue further that the US Constitution does not declare that its powers extend to the governance of the States, as long as they don´t trip over the Fed´s enumerated powers. The States should be able to do anything they want in the area of religion (per their own State Constitutions). I know that is not how the SCOTUS currently interprets the Constitution, but that´s how it used to be interpreted.
We are only reaping what we have sown. When God is mocked, religion is marginalized, abortions are sacrosanct, and gays are revered, then God has every right to allow those who wish harm to this country the opportunity to do just that. We need a Great Awakening but I´m afraid that the only thing that will bring this country back to it´s senses and back to God is hardship, trial and suffering. Mr. Obama seems to think that´s a great prescription as long as Democrats are in charge.
This article is so thoughtful! America´s Founders´ continual prayers and detailed journals recorded the historical fact that they depended upon God to show them the principles upon which to establish the foundation for Life, Liberty, Justice for ALL in this, the new country they were establishing. ...No more BIG Governmental tyranny! The Government of the USA was to be totally different, composed of free individuals in this REPRESENTATIVE republic! Thus, they established this exceptional, unique form of government which would rely not on the tyranny of the favored elites nor brute force, but instead upon the heart of each individual American citizen.
When Frenchman de Toqueville visited the USA in the 1830s to see why this new country was so successful he discovered it was because he found Americans to be an industrious & friendly citizenry, faithful to God. Churches were everywhere he noted! The Americans´ successes, both personally as well as that of their new country, were due to the Constitutional principles for which the Founders had sought wisdom from God and to which American citizens agreed! ´Freedom isn´t free,´ and generations of Americans throughout this country´s history have continued to pray and affirm Liberty´s timeless principles.
But de Toqueville also warned, ´When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.´ We know in our hearts he was right.
God´s Word offers timeless words of Wisdom so needed today. The Founders sought Wisdom from our Creator who loves us all equally. That has worked out very well for individual freedom and success in this country and around the planet, wherever individual liberty is charished. Why shouldn´t we still seek His Wisdom just as Washington and the rest of America´s founding citizens did?
This article is speaking about the true God, the God of the Bible. Allah is not that God, nor is man, who is the god of Scientology. And yes, we actually can limit it to "our favorite religion" if we so choose. The law does not forbid us from expressing our preferences. Political correctness is the source of that particular distortion. However, the right place to start returning to God is not in the public square, but in the hearts of individual people.
With a belief in G-D notwithstanding, there is another aspect of Christainity worth holding dear. Of all the books ever written concerning how mankind should act, the Bible is the greatest of them all.
Show me another book with the insight and human understanding of the Bible. You can´t do it. On this basis alone, the Bible should be read everyday in every classroom in the country.
Exactly. In 1892 the U.S. Supreme Court cited 87 different historical and legal precedents from the Founding Fathers, the Congresses and the state governments and concluded, ´´... we are a Christian people...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.´´
In 1931 the Supreme Court declared, ´´We are a Christian people....´
Jedediah Morse said, ´´Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.´´
Yep, that´s what we can expect, and that´s what we´re seeing. And it´s not because people aren´t good or moral, it´s because they are not following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and have refused His gift of salvation through His Jesus Christ.
You can almost time the cultural decline in this country by the day they took prayer out of schools. The founding fathers belief is witnessed in DC by all of the references to G-d inside and outside of the federal buildings.
I maintain that when Madeline O´Hara was dying she most likely cried out for G-d to save her because there was no one else.
I was born in 1960 and raised by a born-again Christian father who took me to church at least once a week on Sunday. By the time I was in first grade I was getting conflicting information from my teachers. I was laughed at for referring to the "Isrealites" and was told they were called "Israelis"
They were starting to teach evolution, which I asked my Dad about, and he reassured me that they were wrong, that God created us just as it says in the Bible. I remember thinking it was sad that my teachers were so stupid, but I knew my Dad was telling me the truth. The idea, back then, was so ridiculous, we could not imagine how someone could actually believe this "theory" of evolution.
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