Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No Moral Foundation, No Patriotism...

Without question, the founding fathers knew that without a moral foundation, there could be no e pluribus unum "out of many one." The very thing that could bind "one" together from the many was the absolute truth of scripture. As men submitted to scripture, and exhibited self control, our country would prosper. Without a common absolute truth, man is left to do what is right in his own eyes. The landmarks representing this attestation to the founders recognition of this fact are too numerous to count... Starting with self government, then proceeding to family, church, and state government, when all are submitted to the laws of Christ, there can be unity, productivity, and patriotism. "With the appearance of our Lord there was set forth the only cause for individual action which would ever produce real consideration for others. Christ Jesus in “fulfilling the law” commanded the Christian to make the law not cause—but effect—the effect of his individual, internal salvation. This is the reason why our American Republic and our American Christian Constitution cannot function from a position of law enforcement. While the Ten Commandments form a foundation for our laws they cannot compel obedience. The law cannot make a man “do that which is good”. The Christian obeys the law because he has already accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ as his redemption from sin and lawlessness. The cause of his obedience—that which “fulfills all the law and the prophets”—is his acceptance of Christ. The effect of his salvation is expressed in the citizen who fulfills the law rather than abides by the law. This position is that of the New Testament Christian. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2). Thus while dealing with crowded classrooms of students the Christian Educator is actually teaching each individual student to become internally governed through his commitment to Christ. This is Christian self-government. Without Christ it would be man governing himself through relativistic moral attitudes. The great strength of our republic becomes evident when it is seen that the founders put the responsibility for local, state and national government, not upon the group but upon the integrity of individual action. Thus the cause and purpose for right action begins with individual fulfillment of the first commandment of the New Testament. If love for God and Christ becomes the dominant theme of an individual’s life then the second commandment of our Lord will follow in its rightful place and society will benefit far more than when concern for the group takes precedence over love for, and obedience to, our precious Saviour." Slater, Rosalie J. ; Hall, Verna M.: Teaching and Learning America's Christian History. American Revolution Bicentennial ed. San Francisco : Foundation for American Christian Education, 1975, S. 105 SAMUEL ADAMS There were very few whose minds could comprehend the important distinctions which were then agitated, or whose reasoning could discern the approaching events of that controversy. Mr. Adams, buoyed up by a sense of the justice and righteousness of the colonists’ demands, stood forth first in their defence, and heroically won his title—The Father of the Revolution. In 1764, he was elected to prepare the instructions of the town of Boston to their representatives in the General Assembly. The document is now in existence, and contains the first public denial of the right of the British Parliament to tax the colonies. Frank Moore*, American Eloquence: A Collection of Speeches and Addresses, by the most Eminent Orators of America; with Biographical Sketches and Illustrative Notes, New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857, 1: 320. Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity and universal philanthropy, and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of Self-Government, without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system. Samuel Adams*, Samuel Adams to John Adams*, 4 October, 1790, in Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence Between Those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts. On the Important Subject of Government, Boston, MA: Adams and Rhoades, 1802, 9–10. Hall, Verna M.: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol. I. Christian Self-Government. Founders Edition. San Francisco : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006, xiv
The Constitution "In the Year of our Lord." Obviously, 1787 was that year, and it was referring to Jesus Christ

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