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Monday, June 21, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: GOD’S AUTHOR OF AMERICAN FREEDOM

In honor of the approach of the 4th of July, my comment today is again about the Constitution of the United States.

It is easy these days for us to take the founding of our country, the Founding Fathers themselves, , the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, even our precious Constitution, for granted. After all, it happened such a long, long time ago; and most school textbooks and curriculums mention it rarely it seems, often just in passing.

The main reason it seems to me, that some textbook writers, schools and teachers are eliminating the story of our Founding Fathers and our Nation, is because that story cannot be told without mentioning, without talking about, the dominant role that God and religion played in the founding and forging of our country.

Almost to a man, our Founding Fathers were devout Christians, believers, not only in the Creator, but in His obvious blessing of the pursuit of liberty and independence of the peoples of the Americas in the 1700’s.

George Washington wrote “The smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a Nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained.” In his inaugural address, Washington made it clear; “No people,” he said, “can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States”.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” Jefferson reasoned that the “entire purpose of God’s creation was so that somewhere within it there would be a creature to whom the Creator could offer his friendship; and the Creator wanted the friendship of men and women who were free!” Without Liberty, Jefferson said, there could be no friendship.

Even Thomas Paine, who considered himself a non-Christian, asked the question “How could God, the author of liberty, turn his back on a faithful people taking him at his word, and wagering everything on the cause of liberty? God has to support liberty, Paine said, “otherwise, He would be unfaithful to himself.”

The undeniable presence of God in every phase of their struggle, was what sustained our Founding Fathers and everyone who fought, and who died, for liberty, for freedom. That presence was their strength, their ace, the very wind beneath their wings.

The founding of the United States of America, indeed our entire history, right through today, has been blessed by our Creator. There is simply no other explanation for what this great Nation has survived and achieved and become. Understand now; government should never become involved in religion; but the belief in God as our Creator, as our Protector, as our Friend, simply must be involved in every level of our government. The United States of America must forever be, a Nation Under God.  May God continue to Bless the United States of America.

I’m Joel Swanson and that is my Comment for today.

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