Foundations of Public Liberty and Happiness
After finishing up my volunteer shift at the USO yesterday afternoon, I was saddened to hear the news about the community college shooting in Oregon. I have written before about senseless shootings but have decided to take a different approach to the topic today.
My small group has been studying The Truth Project, put out by Focus on the Family in 2007 and taught by Del Tackett. This past week the topic was, The American Experiment. We learned about how our country was founded on Christian values, and there are many quotes and writings by the Founding Fathers that prove this. The one burning question seems to be… what happened? How has our country gone so astray that we are seeing such senseless violence and murder? Check out some of these quotes from lesson 10 of The Truth Project…
“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.” Morris, Gouverneur (1832). Cited in Jared Sparks, The life of Gouverneur Morris. Boston, MA: Gray and Bowen, Vol. III, p.483.
Article III. Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever by encouraged. July 13, 1787 F.N. Thorpe, ed., Federal and State Constitutions (Washington: GPO, 1909), 2: 957.
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” John Adams, “Letter to Zabdiel Adams, Philadelphia, 21 June 1776,” in The Works of John Adams – Second President of the United States, ed. Charles Francis Adams (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1854), 9:401.
“Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” “Letter of Charles Carroll to James McHenry,” dated November 4, 1800. Bernard C. Steiner, The Life and Correspondence of James McHenry (Cleveland: The Burrows Brothers, 1907), 475.
This one is my favorite, it’s short and to the point…
“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.” Samuel Adams Letter to John Trumbull, October 16, 1778
Do you sense a pattern here? The patriots who helped form this country thought religion and morals was/is the answer to having a successful country.
It is my opinion that the loss of Christian values has led to a loss of morals in many of our citizens. Where there are no morals, there is no concern for the lives of others, thus leading to the senseless violence that we see so often in America.
Now, admittedly so, many of our citizens are good, upstanding, law abiding people and the media does love to exploit bad news. But if the people with poor morals are in the minority, why do they seem to be running our country?
My fellow Christians… it is time to take a stand, band together, and get this country back on track. We can again be the greatest country in the world. God bless America!
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*