America, America, God shed His Grace on Thee....
As we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, I am distressed in how far we have departed from the ethical base on which our system of Government was founded -- the Ten Commandments. Not only do we not practice them any more, we don't even teach them anymore. We have even made it a crime to post the Commandments on our courthouse and schoolhouse walls. O, how far we have come in the name of secularism and tolerance! What we don't realize is that our form of government will unravel without them.
James Madison, the fourth president, known as the "The Father of the our Constitution, made the following statement:
"We have staked the whole of all our political instituions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
John Adams, our second president, and very involved in the framing of our Constitution said: "Our Constitution was made for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
This has been the ethos (mindset) of our country for most our existence. In the early 20th Century, President Calvin Coolege said: "The foundation or our society and government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
To hear more, you can listen to my Patriotic Sermon from today entitled, Have We Lost the Ethical Base of the Nation?, by clicking on http://www.holycrosspodcasts.org/C1-media;show,99.