-- Charles G. Finney, 1835, Revivals of Religion.
"The time has come for honest men to take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them. . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in a country such as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. God will bless or curse this country according to the course Christians take in politics."
-- Charles G. Finney, 1835, Revivals of Religion.
"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
-- Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence
A political plea to American Christians
It's time for people to grow up, and put aside as trivial any remaining racial, ethnic, or class differences. All this divide-and-conquer, crypto-racist, political hack-talk about "demographics"? Ignore it. We're all Americans. We're one nation, under God. (As per Galatians 3:28.)
Put aside denominational squabbling and the politics of personality. (Read I Corinthians 1:10-13.)
Put aside regional and party factionalism. It's dangerous and destructive to the bulwarks of American liberty. (Read George Washington's Farewell Address.)
Foreswear reliance on the money and media interests. We know from decades of experience that they are anathema to government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Instead, BE THE MEDIA, and consistently focus public attention on the self-evident truths of the nation's founding, in whatever forums you can:
"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 among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." (The Declaration of Independence)
Now there's something that matters. So much so, that it is not hyperbole to say that the fate of the American republic hinges on our return to the principles espoused in that one paragraph.
Hear the words of Abraham Lincoln:
"Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence; if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated by our chart of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me — take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever — but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles. You may not only defeat me for the Senate, but you may take me and put me to death. While pretending no indifference to earthly honors, I do claim to be actuated in this contest by something higher than an anxiety for office. I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man's success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity — the Declaration of American Independence."
And Frederick Douglass:
"[T]he Declaration of Independence is the RINGBOLT to the chain of your nation's destiny...The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in. all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost. From the round top of your ship of state, dark and threatening clouds may be seen. Heavy billows, like mountains in the distance, disclose to the leeward huge forms of flinty rocks! That bolt drawn, that chain, broken, and all is lost. Cling...to its principles, with the grasp of a storm-tossed mariner to a spar at midnight. "
Please, from now on, make this the plumb line of your political thought and action, without compromise.
Then join yourself to other patriots who have made the same resolve.
It's the only way back. It's the only way that we will fulfill the ultimate stated purpose of our Constitution:
"To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
To put it in the simplest terms: Do it for yourself, and for your kids and your grandkids.
And, remember what the father of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams, said:
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
"The only hope for the restoration of our republic is to be found in the hearts of Christians. Unfortunately, in our day, that is also the place where you will find the greatest obstacles to such a restoration."
-- Tom Hoefling, January 4, 2013
Michael W. Chapman
America is largely a Christian nation with 77 percent of adults identifying themselves as Christian, according to a Gallup survey, while only 0.6 percent identified as Muslim. The survey also found that Mormons were the most religious in practicing their faith. …
When asked, “Is religion important in your daily life?” Mormons ranked highest with 87 percent saying “yes.” Protestants followed with 79 percent saying “yes,” and then Muslims, 78 percent “yes,” and Catholics, 70 percent “yes.” Only 41 percent of Jews said that religion was important in their daily life. …
Read this story at cnsnews.com ...
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
-- George Washington