“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 the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.”
–Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
How long have we in America been removing in government, courts, schools, entertainment, advertising, the marketplace and other facets of our culture the concept of a Creator and liberties and rights resulting from such an entity? While giving authority and definition for liberty and rights only to government and man-made institutions?
Our national founding, Constitutional liberties were given life born of principles fired of eternal spiritual axiom, borne by ages of ancient moral principles. What will become of the integrity and grandness of our liberties as a result of this long, slow devolution into temporal whim of man’s wisdom, crudely, darkly(?) corrupted from a divine order, all that has made America great?
A Dark Legacy resulting in a post-Christian America
U.S. court and Congressional decisions that have directly undermined Judeo-Christian values and the sanctity of marriage and family in America:
Source: The Battle Is Joined
A witness from America’s Founders:
“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” –George Washington, letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, 1790
“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.” –James Madison, letter to Frederick Beasley, 1825
“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“A State, I cheerfully admit, is the noblest work of man: But man, himself, free and honest, is, I speak as to this world, the noblest work of God.” –James Wilson, Chisholm v. Georgia, 1793
“I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” –Benjamin Franklin, Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 1787
Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind…
Meaning: A warning that we must expect to suffer serious consequences as the result of our own bad actions. We get back what we give out.
Note: sow (verb) = plant seed in the earth | reap (verb) = gather a harvest; pick the plants (that have grown from the seeds) | whirlwind (noun) = a fast and violent wind moving around in a circle
Origin: The idea of cause and effect is expressed by several religions or philosophies. This particular proverb is an allusion to The Bible (Hosea 8:7): “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…” The English Club