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Independence Day
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, July 06, 2017
J.L. Robb

Independence from what?

July 4th in the United States is a time of revelry and a time of introspection. It is a time to ponder the thoughts and motivations of the Founding Fathers. While these men were honorable, they were also flawed like all of us; but as a group, they were brilliant. They kept God and His great gift to mankind in their plan.

Last week I saw a frontpage story comparing President Trump to the Founding Fathers, emphasizing how disappointed they would be in his “failed presidency.” That may be true, but unlike the authors of this article, I do not have the ability to digress 240 years and see what George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin would think about a President who seems to spend a lot of time emphasizing The Almighty and protecting the nation from national thuggery (including media thuggery).

Two years ago when gay marriage became legal in the United States for the first time in history, there were headlines the next day claiming the Founding Fathers would be celebrating if they were alive that day, June 26, 2015. I don’t think so.

Christians (some) were wringing their hands in grief at the moral decline of their beloved country, but the decline did not happen under President Obama nor President Trump. The newest moral decline started shortly after World War II ended and peaked the crest in the late 1960s Sexual Revolution.

Every July 4th, Hobby Lobby buys a full-page ad in numerous newspapers around the country. They do this every Christmas, Easter and Independence Day. The reason that David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, started this tradition: He felt the Christmas ads, including Hobby Lobby’s, were all about stuff in which to celebrate Christmas but none of the ads had substance about why Christmas was being celebrated. He accomplished this by publishing the opinions of the Founders and the movers-and-shakers in the early formation of the United States of America.

In reading some of these quotes/opinions, please keep in mind that these were from the same men who wrote the separation of church and state clause. They wrote the clause and then inserted God and Jesus the Christ centrally in the classroom. They wrote the clause but recommended the Bible as the #1 text book. I guess today’s interpreters of that clause (many of whom are atheists) are much more progressive than what the Founders had in mind.

“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys…  Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings with flow from them, must fall with them.” Jedidiah Morse, The Father of American Geography

Jedidiah Morse's Benevolent Christian Activities

  • 1803 - Organized first tract society in America
  • 1805 - Began Panoplist, a magazine of Christian biography and missionary news
  • 1808 - Helped establish Andover Seminary
  • 1814 - Helped found New England Tract Society
  • 1816 - Aided establishment of American Bible Society
  • 1811-1819 - On Prudential Committee of American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions
  • Secretary of Society for Propagating Gospel Among Indians and Others in North America

“An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!... Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…  Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us… Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry

“I’ve lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth -- That God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, -- and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our Projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a Reproach and Bye word down to future Ages.” Benjamin Franklin, speech to the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787

“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3)… And seeing the Lord only gives wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2:3). Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.” Harvard 1636 Student Guidelines

“All the scholars are required to live a religious and blameless life according to the rules of God’s word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, that fountain of Divine light and truth, and constantly attending all the duties of religion.” Yale 1787 Student Guidelines

"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts." John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court,

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." Noah Webster

"Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . .  Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other." James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice

The Founders would not be celebrating the moral breakdown of the country they fought to found. There has always been crime, both secular and moral; but the Founders would not celebrate our interpretations of their ideas of freedom. In their day it was legal to use the Bible as a text book but pornography, prostitution, homosexuality and recreational sex was illegal. Today it is the opposite. How did that happen?

Though some of our Founders had their own issues, Christianity seems to have been the center of their world, with a few exceptions, like Thomas Paine.

How would Trump compare with the Founders? Not sure at this point. It has been only six months. But from reading a few of the quotes (of many) from the Founders, the last two Democratic presidents would be the ones giving the Founders a spin in the grave.

Independence from what?

Independence from tyranny, torture, imposed state religions. Independence for the pursuit of happiness. Independence to speak what is on our mind without the rulers putting us in prison. Independence to worship as we please without guidance from the government.

Apparently the Founders were not seeking independence from God. 

According to CBN: On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from England. Two days later, the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed. Four days later, members of Congress took the document and read it out loud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia, and afterwards they rang the Liberty Bell. The inscription on the top of the bell is Leviticus 25:10, which reads, "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof."

Hope everyone had a great Independence Day.

About J.L. Robb

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