America was founded upon the principles of the Christian religion. Our founders were very careful not to establish a government controlled by any particular church, so you will read that some were careful to state that the new government was not a Christian government. Yet, they were surely influenced by the Bible, and the principles of the Christian religion permeate the Constitution. And…, there is a reference to Christianity within the Constitution:
In Article 1, Section 7…. “If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.”
Why would Sunday’s be excepted? Does the atheist or deist hallow that day? What about the Jew (Saturday) or Muslim (Friday)? No, Christianity is the religion that sets Sunday apart from all other days in the week.
So, when a man like John Adams, a great influence in our independence and constitution and our second president says, “Human passions unbridled by morality and religion…would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” What religion is he referring to?
Our founders expected and depended on a moral citizenry for the success of the new government. They expected that from both — those that voted and those that held office. Again John Adams says, “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.” AND also, “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
It seems clear that he, along with the rest of our founders were quite familiar with the statement of Hugo Grotius in 1564 which says:
“He knows not how to rule a kingdom that cannot manage a Province; nor can he wield a Province, that cannot order a City; nor he order a City, that knows not how to regulate a Village; nor he a Village, that cannot guide a Family; nor can that man Govern well a Family that knows not how to govern himself; neither can any Govern himself unless his reason be Lord, Will and Appetite her Vassals: nor can Reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and (wholly) be obedient to Him.”
What does all this mean for us? How can we help our nation?
- We must be a godly citizenry, not ruled by our wants or desires, but by our mind, which is being transformed by the Word of God.
- We must seek to restore a godly citizenry. This happens through true evangelism and discipleship.
- We must have godly rulers, not ruled by their wants, desires, or egos, but by Reason, which is ruled by God (or godly principles).
- We can’t complain about our choices if none of us are asking to be chosen
- We should choose the candidates that will most follow and promote the Christian principles of our Constitution
- We must be godly rulers
- Our Reason ruled by God and His Word
- Our Reason governing ourselves, Will and Appetite
- Then serving/governing our Families
- Then serving/governing in local offices (committees, towns, cities)
- Then possibly serving/governing in county offices
- Then possibly serving/governing in statewide offices
- Finally, possibly serving/governing in national offices