This is a continuation from an earlier post about the Ten Commandments.
Our founding fathers understood this need for God, the Bible, and religious practice in society, as we read in some quotes:
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” — President George Washington
(The “eternal rules of order and right” refer to the Ten Commandments)
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” — President George Washington
(He recognized that without a transcendent moral compass, a nation would soon sink into anarchy)
“I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” — Benjamin Franklin, 1787
(He recognized that God is involved in human affairs)
“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” – William Penn
(Although he wasn’t a founding father, his sentiment is true. If a people don’t follow the Ten Commandments, then harsher laws will be put into place to restore order)
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” — President Ronald Reagan
(Although Reagan was old when he became president, he wasn’t a founding father. However, he understood that following the Ten Commandments gives freedom – the flip side of William Penn’s statement above)
Despite all this, there are powerful forces at work trying to eliminate God, religious practice, and the Ten Commandments from our society. If they succeed, and they appear to be – at least for now – then the result will be disaster. We are seeing it already in rampant drug usage, crime (both violent and white collar), cheating and immoral behavior (sports stars, politicians), high divorce rate, and a generally ruder and cruder society. Today’s younger generations did not live back in the 1940s and 1950s, and so have no basis of comparison between life today and life back then. While life then certainly wasn’t ideal, we didn’t have the magnitude of problems we are seeing today.
We must get back to a nation “under God” so that we can truly have “liberty and justice for all.” If we continue down the path we’ve been following, I shudder to think what will happen.
More on this topic in a future post.