We just celebrated Independence Day. For some strange reason, this holiday gets its name changed all the time. Instead of saying “Independence Day”, people generally say “4th of July”. That’s awesome. People know what day it is on every year. Most holidays are celebrated on a Monday, with just a few occurring on the same day every year. We could apply this naming convention to those days as well. New Year’s Day would simply be the “1st of January”. Christmas would be the “25th of December”. This is crazy. Let’s remember what Independence Day is all about; it is the day we celebrate the approval of the Declaration of Independence. To be independent is to be “not subject to the control of others”.
I love this country, and the freedom that comes along with it. I spent 13 years serving in our military until I received a medical retirement, otherwise, I would have put in at least 20. However, I believe that the freedoms we have fought so hard to gain and keep, are being given away right before our eyes. Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “That government is best which governs least.” As a founding father of this country, his words should carry some weight. However, government continues to gain more control over our lives on a daily basis. Just looking at the schedules of both the Senate and the House, there are a lot of discussions on pending bills. They have to get the wording of each just right as they continue to create the laws that they will hold us to.
We see this in some of the weirdest ways. We have helmet laws and seatbelt laws that are designed to protect us from ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big believer in wearing a seatbelt and having everyone who rides in my car wear one. However, I am not a fan of the government imposing a law that I have to. If I want to be stupid and not wear one, then no government official should be concerned with that.
We see it in big ways, too. The Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage. The fact that the government has to step in and interfere with the processes different states have in place should tell us that there is something unnatural about same-sex marriage. I am a man who is married to a woman. We didn’t have to put our marriage plans on hold while the government decided that heterosexual marriage was constitutional. Same sex marriage should be looked at through a lens of what is moral. Morality should be based on the Biblical standards of God. Our Founding Fathers definitely thought so:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
– John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S. and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.
– John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the U.S.
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
– Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.
– Fisher Ames, Framer of the First Amendment
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
– Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence
The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of mankind.
– Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S. and signer of the Declaration of Independence
Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.
– James McHenry, Signer of the Constitution
The only foundation for a useful education in 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.
– Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
– Daniel Webster, Early American Jurist and Senator
Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both.
– James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution
Since the founding fathers believed that religion, God, and the Bible are the basis of morality, we need to see what the Bible says:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion. (Lev. 18:22-23 ESV)
The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act and are guilty of a capital offense. (Lev. 20:13 NLT)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-10 NASB)
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Rom. 1:26-27 TNIV)
Our government needs to get back to the basics of morality. Any law or interpretation of the Constitution should only be made after prayerfully considering what the Bible has to say. If they can’t do that, we need to vote them out, and replace them with people who will.
The patriotic song “God Bless America” lays it all out. This country came into existence by the providence of God, and will only continue on through His blessings. America is my home, and I love it. But, it is time that we, as Christians, take back our nation for God.
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her,
Thru the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.