Are you distressed that many in America are rapidly digressing from the principled, honorable standard of morality we once held? This standard produced an example of biblical morality that constructed one of the greatest civil documents of liberty the world has ever seen: the Declaration of Independence. The principles of this Document still motivate the world, as seen by recent demonstrations in Hong Kong.
As America progressed we have corrected enormous hypocrisies, and to say we are a flawless country that will soon attain perfection is absurd.
In our “struggle for liberty,” what should be the rules, so to speak? Should they be Republican Rules, Democrat Rules, Fascist, Antifa, Black, White, Socialist, or Trump’s Rules?
Thankfully our Founding Fathers codified the principles of our Creator God as the standard in the struggle to maintain Liberty.
In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams makes known the American standard and principles of Liberty:
“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty…
“Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.”
This rule has corrected many erroneous laws not only in America, but also across the world. Take, for example, the amazing redemptive power of the Christian Church born over 2,000 years ago in a revolution of true love and freedom.
In 369 AD, the Christian Church built its first hospital. Today Christian-provided health care still stands as the single largest provider in history.
The Christian Church created the first and largest orphanage system in the world.
Of America’s first 110 universities, 100 were founded as Christian institutions of learning.
The Christian Church has shaped much of the world’s greatest art, science, literature, and music.
Because of their fidelity to the Creator’s command to “love thy neighbor,” the Christian Church will continue to provide food and water, disaster relief, justice, and the abolition of slavery to the world every day until Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, restores His reign.
I submit that the true enemy of liberty, American or otherwise, is the loss of that virtue given by the Creator, personified in Christ.
For in the words of Founding Father Samuel Adams, “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
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