“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”
I encountered this several weeks ago and found it quite moving…
Did you remember that today is Constitution Day? Our constitution was signed by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention 222 years ago, after many struggles to find a system of government that would endure the troubled times sure to come. I know that the Constitution is inspired of God and the founding fathers were led by His hand to create that document for us. How many of us have a copy on hand, and actually read it?
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
We the People of the United States,
in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America.
Here is the Schoolhouse Rock version. If you are too young to remember it, you have really missed out! Encourage your children and grandchildren to memorize the Preamble, not because they are required to in school, but because we all need to understand the principles upon which our great country was established. Our rights are being taken away from us on a daily basis, underneath are noses, and so many people are too blind to see.
Americans need to stand up for our Constitution. We must keep it in our hearts and know what it says. We must elect goverment officials that use the Constitution to guide their thoughts and decisions. Take time today to express gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us and ask for His divine help in knowing how we can work to preserve the Constitution in our own circles of influence.
May God bless us all!
By Sharon Anderson
Principles of Freedom Inspired by our
Here is short, inspiring video which helps us understand that most of America’s problems can be solved by returning to Constitutional principles.
This was put together by Mary Jones and sent to me by Peter Anderson. I didn’t share all of it because it is long but this is very important information that every Christian who loves America should read.
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’ But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he said: ‘An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.’
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.
Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this ‘It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.’
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well- worn Bible: ‘I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.’
Consider these words from George Washington, the Father of our Nation, in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796:
‘It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.’
Was George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from his personal prayer book: ‘Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.’
Consider these words by John Adams, our second president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society.
In an address to military leaders he said, ‘We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: ‘The congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the ‘Schoolmaster of the Nation.
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: ‘The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as unconstitutional in the public school system. The court offered this justification: ‘If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could and have been psychologically harmful to children.’
Bible reading was now unconstitutional , though the Bible was quoted 94 percent of the time by those who wrote our constitution and shaped our Nation and its system of education and justice and government.
In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student in the public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for his food.
In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our public schools.
The Supreme Court said this: ‘If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments were to have any effect at all, it would be to induce school children to read them. And if they read them, meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed them, this is not a permissible objective.’
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: ‘We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.’
Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him?
Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country’s Christian roots. I , Mary Jones, the designer of this web page, encourage all who read and agree with the words herein, to share it with others, so that the truth of our nation’s history may be told.
After looking at the suggestions submitted by our readers and recommendations in many of the comments to our blog posts, I’ve selected our first book:
The 5000 Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World by W. Cleon Skousen
According to the NCCS site, this book is designed to help the reader “Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom.” Glenn Beck praised this book highly after reading it.
Go ahead and get started reading! I will set up an area for our discussion and I will also be posting the book schedule for the remaining months in 2008.
We look forward to sharing our thoughts and opinions with one another. Invite your family and friends to join us!
I am sick and tired of hearing liberals put down our Founding Fathers for a variety of trumped up reasons. They do this is shake our confidence in the men who wrote a document that has been revered as inspired for generations. If they can shake our confidence in the men, then maybe we won’t fight so hard when they propose changes to that document or interpretations that were never intended.
In Barack Obama’s speech this morning, he spoke of the Constitution. He said it was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery. I have heard many liberals condemn the Constitution by this argument.
The word intolerance is often ill-used but does have a place. It is amazingly intolerant to expect people from a time past to think the way we do. The same critics, if they had been born and raised two and a half centuries ago, would think and react the way others of their time did. Slavery was as old as time and was not new with America. Slavery in Africa was far more wide-spread than it was in the United States. Revisionary history doesn’t show that but go back and read the books by the men who walked the continent of Africa like Dr. Wallace Budge.
Our Founding Fathers saw after intense arguments that threatened to end the Convention, that only a compromise would give our nation a chance to move forward. If one reads the daily arguments of the Constitutional Convention, they will see it was unquestionable that failure was at hand without that compromise. Progress takes time and has to develop. A civil war would have ensued without compromise and Britain would have easily swooped in to reclaim their rebellious colonies.
Changing centuries old traditions takes time. Was it better to fall back into the hands of the British and lose our rights, or set up a climate of freedom that would progress through the efforts of progressive thinkers to the day when slavery would end? For those who do not believe this, I assert that they try to understand history as it was instead of judging it through their modern lense. This is wrong. This is intolerant.
In my opinion, there were some good things spoken by Barack this morning, and some I did not like. Here are excerpts from Senator Obama’s speech:
The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.
Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution – a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.
And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part – through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk – to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.
This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.
The following sentence is well spoken:
… we’ve heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.
This next part? Not so much:
I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
I have rarely heard anything overtly political in my church and never have I heard hate speech. This next part is better:
As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems – two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.
Imagine if Mitt Romney or Ron Paul tried to excuse away a number of clear and outrageous statements made by their advisors:
Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way
Barack Obama should not be president of the nation if he does not remove himself from an organization that is exactly the opposite of the speeches of hope he is giving. He speaks of healing the nation and Jeremiah Wright speaks of hatred and divisiveness. Like attracts like. Sew hatred and this is what will be reaped. What we focus on becomes our center. His wife showed she reflects this same attitude when she said she was proud of her country for the first time. And this from someone who personally was given every opportunity in her life but she doesn’t focus on that, she focuses on the negative.
The Mexicans, Asians, Arabs, and other ethnic groups resent the blacks because of the many privileges and advantages they have been handed. They are irritated at the focus of the negative. Many whites are tired of being constantly blamed. I grew up tearing into anyone who showed any prejudice. For years I excused away black prejudice against whites because of what their race has gone through.
But the time came when I decided to stop taking the blame for my own race. When do we hear thanks for the thousands of white men who gave their life to free the slaves? And how about the white abolitionists who stirred up the issue and helped so many slaves gain their freedom at great risk to themselves and their families? When do we get to stop apologizing when so many of us have never been guilty of prejudice?
I will continue to berate the intolerance of whites against blacks but I will also condemn reverse prejudice because if this attitude doesn’t turn around, then the racial divide will explode and destroy everything in its path.
We should not be dismayed by political events that seem beyond our control. At times evil will rear its head and yet, that head being exposed makes it a lot easier for us to unmask the true face beneath. Liberalism has gained more ground than most are aware of and if it continues to hide in the shadows making stealthy forays on freedom’s watch, it is easy to miss its advances.
We can go on trusting in the Lord and while doing all we can to stop the advance of socialism, we do not need to fear it. Who knows but what it will be better to have everyone’s eyes open to the real state of affairs so open debate can flourish and informed choices can be made. Perhaps the status quo that we are living now is unacceptable to a loving God who is offended at what is coming out of Hollywood and other influential places. Jealously guarding fruit that has already rotted on the vine is a waste of time. Let God judge when to send the wind to tear it from His branches. Trust Him to cleanse His vineyard that is encumbered with rotten or wild fruit and guard that which is still good.
The United States of America will achieve her destiny. The greatest republic on earth was born here and will yet find seasons of the future to share its message. If we are heading into a valley, know that there will be a road that rises on the other side. The vine and the roots are still good. There is so much to look forward to that is bright and hopeful. There will be hard times where we will feel our muscles grow strong if we stand firm, but there will also be beautiful experiences and smooth places for our children to enjoy.
What happens when the wind blows a ferocious storm our way? Our family gathers around the hearth. Since family is often the target of negative influences in our world, then we should look forward to a unifying of that unit even if it is under stormy trials. In one of my favorite war stories from history, a small army was preparing places of security, throwing up high banks of dirt over the strong timbers of their forts. They had already lost many in previous battles and they knew their interval of peace was short. The enemy was preparing to come against them again. Amid all this, they said they had never been happier. How could that be? I believe it is because they had been driven by circumstances, to their knees and to their God. They had also been driven together in love and mutual support. Nothing could warm the heart more than God, family and friends all united in purpose. In the coming coldness we will be able to warm our hands at that hearth.
As the world grows darker, our personal world can grow lighter, more filled with hope and peace. This is because peace does not come from worldly goods, it comes from the only source that cannot be counterfeited. If we let peace and courage fill us then fear will leave. We know God will be triumphant. The game isn’t over yet but we’ve had advance notice that the score is in and we win.
With this faith we will no longer be content to keep our feet planted firmly in the world but will feel the desire to reach our hand up to Him who never lets go even though at times we are numbed by our Gethsemanes and we may be unaware that He is still there. The compassion and strength gained from these experiences will have us in turn, reaching out to others in need until we have formed the net that will hold up our freedoms when all else seems to crumble beneath us. What is left will be clean and seem as new and exciting to us as it did to our Founding Fathers.
We don’t know the timing but when trouble comes, we will not be sleeping and we will not be afraid.
Mitt Romney has ticked off the liberals, no surprise. Even the atheists are offended that he didn’t mention them. I am pleased, however, that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly all had positive things to say about the speech. I personally have never heard or heard about a stronger, more impactful speech given by a presidential candidate.
Bloggers are not happy, and the mainstream media is not happy. This morning Rush Limbaugh played a montage of 12 different media personalities all using variations of the same theme: “He only used the word “Mormon” once.” Romney had no intention of explaining the indepth teachings of his religion. He did not try to address any religion specifically. His purpose for the speech was to show how our Constitution was founded upon Judaeo-Christian principles. No matter how much liberals or the ACLU try to change this fact, it will always remain true. Romney quoted one of our founding fathers, John Adams:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.
Our constitution will not work if the people are not moral and religious! We are seeing the truth of this to a greater and greater extent each day. The news is full of stories recounting the wickedness of people in this nation. Surely the Lord must be extremely grieved. How long before we go too far? Once our cup is full, the world will be ripe for destruction. It’s difficult not to feel totally helpless, yet we must go forward and do what we can to elect leaders who will uphold the Constitution and live by the principles upon which it was founded.
Rush Limbaugh spoke about Romney’s speech on his radio show today:
The reason I liked it, as I said yesterday, it did not cherry-pick; it didn’t try to appeal to every little group out there and their pet cause. It was filled with grand ideas. It was a teaching moment about the nature of the country, its greatness, how to continue it, from where we derive our freedom, the kind of thing that the American people are not told often enough. It was uplifting. It was optimistic, and it was inspiring. And, for that reason, whether it gets him elected or not, it was a great speech for people to hear, and to have it be talked about.
Americans seem to be losing sight of why America is the greatest country in the world. The time to act is now, before our great country is no more.
There is a dangerous political trend that is tearing at the fabric of our
political rights in modern times. This trend is that many judges are not
basing their judgments on the Constitution, but on their own personal agendas.
They defend their actions by self-righteously claiming that their own sense
of justice must rule their decisions. The result of this judicial trend is
our freedoms are in jeopardy because the Constitution is in peril.
When I was in Law school I took a class on the founding of the U.S. Constitution.
We read and discussed the historical context including “The Debates in the Federal
Convention of 1787” by James Madison, which track the progress of the convention
and especially Madison’s “Virginia Plan.” Madison studied many works of History
and political science, many of which were sent to him by Thomas Jefferson, who was
abroad at that time. Using the Bible, lessons of history and a comparison of many
types of governments both historical and contemporary, Madison came up with a plan
for a constitution that could produce an enduring form of government. Many of the
delegates to the convention were disgruntled with the Articles of Confederation,
which had only been in force for a few years. They wanted something that would
endure for many years to come. The constitutional system of checks and balances
is designed to hold back those who would attempt a power grab. The judiciary is
now out of balance and threatening the delicate balance that maintains our rights.
For years, there have been books written and law school professors teaching that
the Constitution is a fallible document because it was written for the eighteenth
century and much of it no longer applies to a modern society. They pretend to still
be a friend of that inspired document by calling it a living Constitution. By this,
they mean that it was meant to be meddled with whenever it conflicts with their
A careful study of the founding of the constitution, and the lengths taken to study
and prepare a workable document for our Republic, shows that they did not look around
them at their largely rural colonies and come up with a form of government that would
fit their present circumstances. They searched history and sifted knowledge to find
true political principles. The Constitution is built upon these permanent truths that
undergird any society that wishes to be free. These political truths fit any moral
culture, no matter what the challenges are, even a technologically advanced one such
as ours. Our Republic was not a system that grew from immediate needs of a simple
agrarian society. Jefferson helped guide Madison, sending him trunks of history and
political opinion books to study. Although they studied Greek Democracy, Roman
Republicanism and many other ancient forms of government, it was the Bible that was
their greatest guide in constructing the principles that make up the Constitution.
Not every word of the Constitution may be inspired, but the general principles derived
from Judaeo-Christian values gave the foundation for that document and are certainly inspired.
The big question of their era that was being discussed and written about in Europe was;
where did the right to rule originate from? Was it the Church or was it a royal blood
right? Our founding fathers startled the civilized world, taking an old and unorthodox
view that it stemmed from the people themselves. Despite the derision of European royalty
and elitists, this idea caught fire and spread. In recent years, the principle of a government
of the people, by the people and for the people, has lost ground in Europe and even a
little real estate here in America. Tensions have arisen in the last decade between the
United States and our old allies, many of the European countries. Two significant trends
have taken hold there which may explain this tension. First, religion has weakened its
influence all over Europe but the majority of Americans are still religious. Second,
there is a resurgence in the idea of blood right to rule in Europe. The Council of Princes
is an organization that was put together from European royalty after World War II. They
worked ceaselessly to accomplish through economic means, what Hitler attempted to do with
his war machine. They united Europe into what is effectively, one nation. Political apathy
and fatalism is prevalent among the European people and this made them an easy target for
the entrenchment of socialism. We must stir ourselves so this same apathy does not spread
among us and we forget that power stems from the people.
We reaffirm the eternal truths embodied in the Constitution, that all men were created equal
and that we were literally endowed by our creator with inalienable (non-transferable) rights.
In working to secure a safe America, we need to raise our voices and be heard, declaring that
a climate of fear should not pressure us into giving up our Constitutional rights. Once they
are lost, they cannot easily be recovered. Secular humanists tend to believe we should preserve
life at all costs, even at the cost of many freedoms. It is understandable why they believe
this. They are convinced there is nothing beyond death, so they are committed to making this
life as safe as possible to preserve safety at all costs, even freedom. Religious Americans
usually believe that it isn’t enough just to be alive, it is how we live that is important.
So in effect, we are speaking a different language than Secular Humanists speak. Our vision
of reality is completely different.
Let us shine a light on efforts to weaken those God-given principles written in the Constitution
so we can more easily live our religions and raise our families in an atmosphere of freedom.