This ran at the Visalia Times Delta on April 1st, 2015.
The Pilgrims, Puritans and Quakers came to America in hope of religious and economic freedom. God honored their covenants and America has become the greatest and most prosperous nation in the history of civilization. It is no sin to humbly acknowledge such.
Alexis de Tocqueville described our roots in this manner, “In the United States, the sovereign authority is religious…there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.”
That God gave Americans a sensational nation with a preeminent Bill of Rights is entirely a matter of grace. Our inelegant humanistic tendencies are to count these freedoms as our merit. But the vast majority of humans in history lived under oppressive dictators, monarchs, fascist or communist regimes.
Man’s primary essence is not the freedoms we enjoy nor the personal autonomy liberalism teaches. Our primary essence is that we are made in God’s image.
What we do not perceive today is that everything in the world and even the rise and fall of nations is under God’s purview. There seems to be a delicate balance between God’s purposes and His allowing men to act with free will.
In the Sixties we decided as a people to toss God aside. Many Americans today have little regard for the consequences of such posture. Already gone is the rule of law. “We the People” has been replaced by judicial oligarchy and executive fiat.
It is completely predictable that we would jettison God. God creates something good and evil comes along to corrupt it. The Garden of Eden comes to mind, as does ancient Israel, Germany, Russia prior to the Bolsheviks, and Europe.
There is so much to conclude about all of this but only if we have a heart that really seeks the truth – which is a rare commodity in America today.
George Washington’s First Inaugural Address speaks volumes here, “…since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained….”