To the Editor:
Without question, many early American leaders who either signed the Declaration of Independence or subsequently helped build America also acknowledged and confirmed another declaration . . . a Declaration of Dependence on Almighty God! These truths I would most certainly like to share with your readers; but alas, the decision is not mine.
A Declaration of Dependence!
Many Americans today have fallen prey to a newworld ideology wherein, right and wrong, as principles, are no longer considered to be established by divine law. Having forsaken the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind, advocates of this ‘so-called progress’ are now proclaiming their own standards of right and wrong.
Unfortunately, supporters of anti-Christian agendas are succeeding in their efforts to change the course of America. Many of the laws governing modern-day America are not reflection of the principles taught in the Bible, nor do they reflect truths expressed by the following prominent voices in American history: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated by with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Thomas Jefferson, 1781.
“It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to His chastisement; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offenses, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action.” Abraham Lincoln.
“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” U.S. Supreme Court, 1892.
Now, try to imagine what these and other prominent voices in American history would have to say about the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit the saying of the prayer in public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our county.”
Or the court’s 1963 decision to ban Bible teachings in public schools? How about the court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion? Or state court’s rulings on same-sex marriages?
What would their thoughts be on cities across America refusing to display Nativity Scenes for fear of offending someone? And what would they have to say about the possibilities of Christians being falsely accused of ‘so-called hate crimes’ and then subsequently punished for simply telling the truth?
As to what the prominent voices in American history would have to say, perhaps Daniel Webster said it best in 1821: “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our county will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
More importantly, what does God have to say to those who ‘choose’ to forsake the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind? “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 KJV.
Wake up America! The record is clear. Our nation was built on Christian principles. And if we are to go on prospering and to prosper, we as a nation, must abide by divine laws, divine standards of right and wrong, and once again declare our dependence on Almighty God!