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The Founders' faith and politics

We have just concluded one of, if not the, most controversial elections in our history.

My goal here is to emphasize the spiritual aspect of what has just transpired and what lies ahead, and to encourage people to continue to pray and trust God. Our theme is reconciliation –  restoring hope, trust and faith in America – and joining these God-ordained attributes with government.

A young boy, who really wanted $100, prayed for two weeks, but nothing happened. Then he decided to write God a letter requesting $100. When the postal authorities received the letter to “GOD, U.S.A.,” they decided to send it to the president. The president was so impressed, touched and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the boy $50. (Mr. President thought that this would appear to be a lot of money to the little boy.) The boy was delighted with the $50 and immediately sat down to write a thank you note to God that read: “Dear God, Thank you very much for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington, D.C. – and those guys took half of it!”

While humorous, the joke illustrates the idea of trusting, or not trusting, government and upon what we predicate said trust. We have all heard, “Never discuss religion and politics.” Well, there may be a measure of wisdom there, but the truth is, one’s faith, or lack thereof, will always determine one’s politics.

“Integrity” can be defined as saying and doing the same thing. “Hypocrisy” is saying one thing but doing another. “Faith” is the unquestioning acceptance of a person, place or thing without substantive evidence. “Blind” is being without the ability to see. “Blind faith” could be defined as the unquestioning acceptance of a thing without seeing any concrete proof of its validity.

The God of the Judeo-Christian Bible does not demand blind faith. He left abundant proof of His existence. That said, should a greater measure of trust be accorded to something as demonstrably untrustworthy as a political party?

We have just elected a new president with a political party that has the majority in Congress. We have, in effect, committed the destiny of our nation into their hands. Do we simply walk away and leave it at that?

If the Almighty does not require blind faith, should a politician or a political party? If the Creator of the universe provides reasonable and logical support for believing in Him, is it an intelligent decision to simply believe politicians without tangible evidence of the efficacy of their word, and upon what basis their word stands?

The Founders, who were mostly Christians (some deists), were keenly aware of the nature of man. John Adams, second president of United States, cut to the chase: “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion … our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Adams’ comments echoed an earlier observation attributed to George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” 

As we see the new President Trump and Congress begin the process of governing, let us recall the power of that truth. The men intimately involved in the founding of United States of America were convinced that an acknowledgment of the Creator was inextricably bound up in the life of the nation.

The Founding Fathers were not deceived regarding the inherent dangers of a secular society. This is clearly stated by the sixth president of United States, John Quincy Adams, who said: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government and those of Christianity.”

This “indissoluble bond” between the Founders’ faith and their politics is the basis for our liberties as a nation and the foundation of this powerful engine of human liberty.

Today, when you see people rioting in the streets, burning our flag, refusing to acknowledge the Pledge of Allegiance and disregarding our national anthem, keep in mind the words of John Witherspoon (a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a leader in the Continental Congress, and the sixth president of Princeton University), who summed up such “activism” thusly: “Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple [hesitate] not to call him an enemy to his country.”

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