Just what does it take to birth a nation whose total essence is the freedom of its people? What does it take to establish and secure a form of government that will keep those people free? Who on this earth could possibly accomplish such a seemingly impossible feat?
Well, one particular group of men comes to mind. We generally refer to them as our “Founding Fathers.” And, quite frankly, I’ve never met anyone else yet who can hold a candle to the ability of those men to conceive, birth, and provide for the security of such a nation.
Without question, they were hand-picked, led, and anointed by God Himself to accomplish what they did. Almost all of them have said the same thing of themselves, and we have those statements preserved for us in their writings. But the fact remains that these men knew and understood what they were doing. They knew and understood, by God’s direction, how to create a nation with government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And they knew how to establish the principles that would secure that government for all time.
Now, when we buy any new piece of equipment or machinery — everything from a toaster to an automobile to a jet fighter — we expect it to come with a manufacturer’s handbook. And those of us with good sense read that handbook and follow the instructions for using that equipment, for maintaining it, and even trouble-shooting and repairing it when necessary. Why is that? Because we have sense enough to know that the people who created this thing are the experts on it. They really do know why and how it works. And generally, following their instructions and advice will give us many years of pleasure and satisfaction from their product.
So why on earth would we do any less when it comes to making our United States government work properly? Why would we look to the Marxists, the Socialists, the Communists, the Athiests, or any other group to try to make and keep the government of the United States of America in good running order? We need to be looking to the manufacturers! Those Founding Fathers who, not only birthed this unique form of government, but who literally wrote the handbook on how to protect and preserve it!
I posted a previous article full of statements by some of these men — as well as some more recent leaders in this nation — but I felt it would be good for us to take a long look at a few more of the things they had to say. Some of them are statements we are all familiar with, but some are lesser known and remain in old archives of personal and governmental communications. But all of them bear repeating again and again, because in this day when we have the liberals shouting that there is no place for religion (meaning Christianity) in government, we need to hear the “manufacturers” remind us that our government is founded in God and religion.
“Spiritual freedom is the root of political freedom … the union between spiritual freedom and political liberty seems nearly inseparable ….”
Thomas Jefferson – Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — that to secure these rights, governments are instituted ….”
Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention:
“In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection! Our prayers, Sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us … have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor. … Do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see … that God governs in the affairs of men! And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probably that an empire can rise without his aid?”
Benjamin Franklin in a pamphlet he printed in 1787 about the United States:
” … serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there; Infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his approbation of the mutual forbearance and kindness with which the different sects treat each other ….
President George Washington in his Farewell Address:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. … Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The Constitution of the United States: Amendment I (The Bill of Rights):
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”
OOOOOPS! Guess somebody forgot to tell these courageous men who birthed our country and created our Constitution that they were not supposed to include religious activities in government functions!
(Note to readers: If you have never read our Constitution for yourself, please do. The liberals in this nation are making laughing stocks out of those who do not really know what that Constitution says. That Constitution makes absolutely no statement prohibiting citizens or government officials from including religion in government functions or events. The only time the subject is addressed at all, it is forbidding the governing authorities to force citizens into some state-controlled religion or to interfere with the practice of religious beliefs. How many other parts of the Constitution are being misquoted and believed by people who have never bothered to read it for themselves?)
Let’s listen and take to heart the words of the manufacturers of the United States of America and the Constitution by which it functions. And let’s take our country back!