Our Constitution Was Made For Moral and Religious People

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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

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These are sobering words from our Nation’s first Vice President and our Second President. President Adams made the remarks in a 1798 speech to Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts.

It’s interesting to note that our First President, George Washington, offered the same concept in his Farewell Address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” Our Founding Fathers were very aware that morality and religion go hand in hand. Without these “indispensable supports” freedom is at risk.

And today, freedom is at risk. We have lived through decades of American society seeking to extinguish God from every vestige of American life. What had once been a given that “America was great because America was good” was shrugged off like a Winter coat in Summer heat.

But look at Our American History. Alexis de Tocqueville in his great treatise on our nation, Democracy in America, wrote glowingly about one of the Liberal’s favorite targets–our Puritan heritage:

Tocqueville begins his study of America by explaining the contribution of the Puritans. According to him, the Puritans established America’s democratic social state of equality. They arrived equals in education and were all middle class. In addition, Tocqueville observes that they contributed a synthesis of religion and political liberty in America that was uncommon in Europe, particularly in France. He calls the Puritan Founding the “seed” of his entire work.

It is interesting that one who wrote so close to our Nation’s Constitutional birth would speak so glowingly of the influence of Puritan Fathers.

The John Adams Society reinforces this thought as their website offers the following explanation:

Morality requires religion in two ways, Adams thought. Religion, conventionally understood, is the source of moral instruction for most men and women. Morality also requires religion because any moral argument begins by taking some thing or some things as given. There is no philosophy whose premises may not be questioned. A well-read and thoughtful man soon realizes that there is more than one school of philosophy. One can only choose among them after one has chosen a point of departure. That choice, not being strictly logical, was religious in nature. Hence, Adams reasoned, “there can be no philosophy without religion.” Adams thought that the most reasonable such point of departure was one that presumed that the world around us may be understood, well enough at least, by human reason. Why was that the case? The Creator made it so.

So where does that leave 21st Century America as we move farther and farther from the vision of our Founding Fathers? Psalm 11:2-4 remind us:

2For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. 3If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” 4The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.…

What do we learn?

  1. The wicked will always fight against the upright.
  2. Their targets are foundational principles, making it look hopeless
  3. Our God Reigns

What we should do as we watch our Constitutional government collapse around us….remain faithful to Jehovah God. He is still on His throne. As we lift up His banner of righteousness we can offer the identical prayer of John Adams. In a letter to his beloved wife Abigail on November 2, 1800, as he became the first President to move into the White House he wrote:

I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings upon this house and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”

Let us make this our prayer…for every Federal, State and Local elected official. That would be a step back in the right direction.

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