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The American Union will last as long as God pleases. It is the duty of every American Citizen to exert his utmost abilities and endeavors to preserve it as long as possible and to pray with submission to Providence “esto perpetua” [may it last forever].
– John Adams, Aug. 2, 1820
Our forefathers recognized that the strength and sustainability of this country depended on one thing: the continued presence of the providential hand of God. Over the past 50 years, however, that recognition has been steadily eroded by courts gone out of control, by left-wing interest groups bent on sandblasting all references to God from the public square, and by the indifference of ordinary citizens who do not understand why God matters to the nation.
As the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, I lost my position because I chose to follow God and the United States Constitution, our rule of law, instead of a federal judge’s unlawful order commanding me to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama state judicial building. But my case was not about a monument and it was not about the Ten Commandments: It was about the acknowledgment of the Judeo-Christian God as the sovereign source of our law, liberty and government. The federal judge in my case, Myron Thompson, said as much in his decision, stating: “[T]he state may not acknowledge the sovereignty of the Judeo-Christian God and attribute to that God our religious freedom.”
Judge Thompson’s self-assuredness notwithstanding, the state, i.e., government, not only can, but in this country must acknowledge God if we are to sustain our system of governance and preserve our way of life. The whole history of our country is based on acknowledging God. Before they disembarked the Mayflower, the Pilgrims signed a compact in which they stated that they had undertaken the voyage to America “for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” The Declaration of Independence acknowledged that we are “created” by God and “endowed” by Him with “certain unalienable rights” that no person or government can take away. As President George Washington observed in his First Inaugural Address on April 30, 1789:
No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.
Our forefathers knew what they were talking about, and I believe that the most important issue facing our country is whether we will choose to acknowledge God and His sovereignty or continue down the path of destruction paved by secular humanism. Nearly every issue and every problem we face in this country can be traced back to what kind of role we believe God plays in our society.
If we understand that He is the sovereign source of our law, then we will recognize that there are fixed standards of right and wrong for which people must be held to account. If we understand that He is the sovereign source of our liberty, then we will hold tightly to that gift and fight for it regardless of who tries to take it away – whether it be a foreign enemy or our own government. If we understand that He is the sovereign source of our government, then we will demand that our government perform only its constitutionally sanctioned responsibilities; anything less is dereliction of duty and anything more is tyranny.
We are losing this understanding in our country and with it we are losing our moral foundation. Our prisons are growing ever more crowded with criminals who do not distinguish between right and wrong; political corruption at the state and federal level has never been more rampant; and our children are taught in our public schools that they are descended from monkeys, that marriage does not matter and that convenience is more important than the life of a child in the womb. Before we are defeated by an enemy outside our borders it is likely that we will rot through moral decay from within – unless we recognize God.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776 proclaims that “no free government or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by … frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” My hope is that this weekly column will serve as a clarion call bringing readers back to first principles – God’s moral principles – in discussing the current issues of the day. For it is only through recurrence to our moral foundation that this nation will stand firm in the tumultuous times ahead.
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