“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”
– Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House
I was reading Utah’s post, Upon this Rock, and it reminded me of this quote. I’ve cited these words many times on the RNL, but I suspect their true meaning is lost on many in our society who have embraced the Leftist, Statist, secular humanist ideology and agenda. Winthrop is clearly telling us that we must all control our own behavior or we will have to be controlled by a force outside ourselves. In modern society, that force is the government. Now, because most who sympathize with the ideology and agenda of the Left seldom look past the surface of anything, many of them will read these words and actually agree. But there’s a catch.
To the Left, we should all control ourselves according to what we each determine to be right and wrong for ourselves. This is the essence of the postmodernist notion of a different morality for every individual. It is based on the postmodernist notion that there is no objective reality; only the reality each of us creates for ourselves. Unfortunately, the Leftist never understands that any society built upon such a philosophy is impossible to sustain. In essence, the Left’s postmodernist ideology is a recipe for the destruction of society. In order for a strong and orderly society to exist and sustain itself, the vast majority of people within that society must share a common understanding of right and wrong. For Winthrop, if people want to live in a free and self-governing society, that common understanding of right and wrong must come from the moral teachings found in the Bible, or they are going to come from the government. Only one moral code is eternal and leads to individual liberty. All others are temporal and eventually lead to tyranny.
The vast majority of our founding fathers understood this. They also understood that the moral principles of found in the Bible are not only constant and unchanging, they represent the best and purest moral system known to man. Among the most authoritative voices testifying to the founders’ embrace of these principles is John Adams:
Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.
–John Adams, letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776
The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.
–John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776
The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families…. How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?
–John Adams, Diary, June 2, 1778
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
–John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798
But other founders also pointed directly to the moral code of Christ as the purest that man is likely to ever know. In addition to Adams, two of the founders most often cited by the Left in support of their claims that our founders were not faithful to the Bible and God of the Bible and that they did not defer to Biblical principles when designing the governments of our States and nation testify what they believed for themselves:
Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God…. What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.
– John Adams (1735-1826), (L.H. Butterfield, ed., Diary and Autobiography of John Adams (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard Press, 1961), Vol. III, p. 9. [February 22, 1756]
“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see…”
As quoted in Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service (1938) by Carl Van Doren, p. 777
Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christian.
—Thomas Jefferson, To Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse. (1822) The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Albert Ellery Bergh. 20 vols. Washington: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907. (Memorial Edition) vol. 15, p. 383.
The truth – the objective truth – is that our founders were different men with varied beliefs, but nearly all of them believed in the God of the Bible. They all understood the need to follow Biblical principles. And they incorporated these principles into our founding documents, government and social institutions. What’s more, they left the proof of this for us to read so we can know that this is what they believed. But, today, those who would seek to destroy what God helped to build will assert with certainty that the founders were atheists and deists who intentionally designed a secular government. Well, this claim might have come as a surprise to Franklin, one of the supposed secular deists. You see, contrary to what anyone else may want to claim, Franklin knew the world’s first recorded constitutional republic was founded by God, through Moses. That is why, when asked about the source of our Constitution’s foundational structure, Franklin replied by letter:
“Probably, it might not have immediately occurred to him that the experiment had been tried, and the event was recorded in the most faithful of all histories, the Holy Bible, otherwise he might, as it seems to me, have supported his opinion by that unexceptional authority.”
So let’s put an end to this discussion about the faith of our founders or the origins of the principles and ideals declared in the Declaration of Independence and protected and preserved by the U.S. Constitution. The founders were clear: the Bible is central to this nation’s founding, and the future of the nation was entrusted to us with the warning that it would only survive as long as this nation stays religious and moral.
Now, let’s consider what has happened to society since the Left succeeded in kicking God out of the public sector. But first, keep in mind that only the God of the Bible has been ejected from the public realm. Whether it be Muhammad or Gaia, it is perfectly acceptable for any other god to be embraced.
Social statistics drawn from the U.S. Government’s Statistical Abstract show a clear break that is directly connected to the 1961-62 rulings that kicked God out of our public arena.
Then there are a series of stories in the news just this week: all of them dealing with the result of a societal embrace of the notion that we cannot criticize people based on what they believe – unless they happen to hold to the Biblical principles upon which this nation was founded, that is:
Why would a nation built on liberty allow its courts to side with one religion against another? They will claim they are not a religion, but the courts have declared atheism a religion, and rightly so: it meets the very definition of a faith-based belief system, otherwise known as a “religion.”
Why would a just and moral people defend an accused child molester who works with children until after there has been an investigation and – if necessary – a trial? Mind you, I am NOT suggesting we assume the man is guilty and treat him thus. But I AM saying that prudence and decency dictates that this man should be removed from the position where he might cause more harm until the truth of these accusations can be ascertained. It does not matter how valuable we may deem his “talent,” the goal should be to protect the rights of the innocent. In this case, those innocents are children.
Why and how does a moral society support public child molestation? If you or I had done this, we would have been charged. If it is wrong for you and me to do it, it is wrong for the government to do it. And declaring it a matter of “security,” or passing a law des not get around the fact that this story is a violation of natural law and natural rights.
Why would a moral people think they have a right to disrupt (read that violate) the rights of others to pursue their own greed? Granted, we have a right to collective bargaining and even to strike, but that right does NOT extend to the point where we trample the rights of others. At the point where we have to trample the rights of another to exercise our right, our right has ended. In fact, if you have to trample a legitimate right in order to exercise what you claim is your right, the thing you are claiming isn’t actually a right (as in, health care requires you to place a demand on another person’s labor, therefore, healthcare is NOT a right).
What sort of moral people allows its government to dictate how a free business has to operate just to do business with the government? The principle here is actually a form of cronyism designed to make the government and its policies look like they are working through artificial manipulation. What’s more, the government is supposed to be the representative of the people – all the people. So, if we could not do this in our own business (and we couldn’t FORCE it like this government is doing) then it is a violation of natural law and natural rights for the government to do it.
And what nation can survive when its citizens are so contemptuous of it that they would publically flaunt their disrespect for its heroes and then cry foul when the decent people left in society turn on them for being so disrespectful? This story is connected to the Jensen story in Utah’s original post. It shows a clear and intentional disdain for this nation and its founding principles, ideals and traditions.
ALL of the stories linked in this post are connected: they all indicate a societal decay that cannot be reversed or corrected by people. I could have added more. I could have included abortion, education/indoctrination, welfare, healthcare or any number of stories that are — at their core — about our individual greed and selfish desire to NOT be held responsible for our own actions, but I figured that, if these stories weren’t enough, more wouldn’t matter. As a society, we have become a collection of immoral/amoral, self-interested/self-involved individuals with no common bonds or understanding of right and wrong. We cannot “fix” this as we caused this. So, if we want to know the future of this nation and everything it is supposed to stand for, it is a simple matter: we will either return to God, or we will be ruled by tyrants. It is THAT simple.
Then again, one must wonder: is a society that is this self-centered even worth saving?
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