I realize that any reference to God turns some off in today’s world, but most who read what I write are not turned off by God. They may or may not ascribe to the doctrine, tenets, and core beliefs I hold but they believe in God. Some who are in the trenches with me regarding this Republic believe the much-bandied argument about “Total Separation of Church and State.” I believe that argument is not consistent with the intent and even the declarations of our Founding Fathers, you may not.
I have long lamented over what appears to me to be a loss of the vision, purpose, and the intent of our Founding Fathers in their American vision. My historical research and study solidify my belief that most of our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the American Constitution were religious men. No, they might not have been followers of the same doctrinal tenets that you or I follow but they believed in God and wanted His favor on the Republic. Our code of laws is clearly based upon and rooted in biblical principles, especially the Ten Commandments. Any that argue differently are not, in my view, being intellectually honest. Again, I’m not trying to offend, just stating my beliefs.
John Adams said, “Liberty can no more exist without virtue than the body can move without a soul.” I am not alone in my view that we are living in a time of societal collapse and ever-increasing decadence and depravity. I ask you to read 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 and Romans 1:18-32. It speaks of strong delusion in the mind and having a reprobate mind. When I contend and lament that we are living in a collapsing society morally I have some say, “It is no worse than any other time, decadence and depravity have been with us as long as there has been man.” Yes and no. I believe that the level or extent of the moral decay of today is far worse and far more open than at any other time in our human history.
Research has revealed that as of 2014, over 70% of all African-American children are born out of wedlock. That is three-times the statistical data from 1960. Can you think of any governmental action from the 1960s that might have affected or encouraged that trend? Let me help you. It was Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’. That was an effort by the Democrats that was theoretically supposed to ‘fix’ all the problems with race, inequality, etc. The more I read Johnson’s documented positions the more I realize it was to enslave voters not relieve racial or domestic tensions. It has encouraged having babies for pay. If the mother was in the home without the father, the pay was even better.
In 2014 research also reveals that about 50% of all Hispanic children are born out of wedlock and 33% of all Caucasian babies as well. That is troubling on many levels and reveals a trend in our society that can only lead to a more pronounced moral collapse. When you abandon traditional marriage, a home with two parents, and the discipline and training that affords you are asking for decay and you get it. In 1970 only 15% of all American babies were born out of wedlock. Wow! When you calculate the rate of all groups is it at 40%. Surely that troubles you, it does me!
When we stop to calculate the cost of programs that stemmed from the ‘Great Society’ Programs we find that it weighs in at $22 Trillion. Has that massive sum solved the problems of equality, crime, race, gender, etc.? Far from it, we are worse off on most fronts than ever with no light at the end of the tunnel, aside from the Return of Jesus!
There was a study done by the University of Pennsylvania that suggested that young men who grow up in single-parent homes, usually with a father or a husband in the home are placed in an economic straight-jacket. The report also stated that the statistical data for those young men is that they are twice as likely to end up in prison as those in traditional two-parent homes with a father and a mother.
The consistent theme in this decline has been our abandonment governmentally and societally of biblical principles while embracing political correctness, expanding entitlements, and the pursuit of gender nullification. The diminishing of the value of human life as seen in ‘abortion on demand’ is not a minor part of the problem. I grew up in the 1960s and in the middle of the ‘sexual revolution.’ That mentality and abandonment of moral principle, not politics helped create this monster. However, politics has piggy-backed on it to advance various devious and nefarious agendas. We are paying the price and our children and grandchildren will pay an even higher price.
I believe in the concept of ‘imago Dei’ or that we are created in the image of God. If I view all other human beings as beings created in the image of God, then I am bound by a moral standard that dictates and determines my interpersonal relations with those people. Yes, they may slap my olive branch aside and in full vengeance attack. I must defend myself in those cases, but I still believe in the concept and principle of the biblical truth that “a soft answer turns away wrath.”
Our first president, the now maligned, George Washington in his first inaugural address said eloquently that “religion and morality are the finest props of the duties of men and citizens.” He added that they are pillars supporting “the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity.” He said, “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect the national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Does that sound like a man who wanted “Total Separation of Church and State”?
I close with the words of Edmund Burke, the English philosopher: “To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections.” Politics today is more a war than a debate. It has morphed from differing ideologies and agendas into an attempt to completely obliterate any opposing views. A society that abandons God and moral principle will decline into a state where human life has no value, and it is every man for himself. That is chaos, anarchy, and results in despotism and tyranny taking charge.
I am sounding the alarm and giving a warning, hopefully a clear one, that we ignore to our own hurt. Help me and the millions like me who want to reclaim the Republic and see us embrace the directive of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in America. I am praying for national repentance and a return to moral rightness.
God bless you and God bless America.