Originally Published – July 10, 2013
Note: Belief aside, history has shown that the foundations and results of America’s obsession with God and virtue prove in self evident terms that they are superior to the spurious virtue-less ideology of “Reason” alone found in the Enlightenment played out in the French Revolution.
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I actually appreciated the Hobby Lobby and FFRF ads on July 4th, Independence Day. If for no other reason but to show the lengths the God-less will go to undermine a nation. Beliefs are hard to dispel but facts of history are self evident. One only need to look at the Godless French Revolution that took place as ours ended.
In France atheism reigned supreme, God was dead and the goddess “Reason” was raised as the golden calf of the Enlightenment. The revolution roared ahead with destroyed property, burned churches, murdered Christians, priests, nuns, monks, among so many others and done so efficiently by using the guillotine — heads rolled and blood literally ran in the streets. They began a new calendar, throwing off the link of history to the birth of Christ. Their enlightenment was that human “reason” had replaced the superstitious mythical God of the Bible. The results were utter wickedness, death and debauchery. France has since had five constitutions and over a dozen different governments while America remains as she started 237 years ago, a republic.
Things were very different in America. In 1774, Congress appointed chaplains for itself and the army. Congress authorized the printing of the Aitkens Bible. Christian morality was adopted by the military, public lands were made available to promote Christianity among the native Indians. John Adams, George Washington and other founders were present at these earliest congressional meetings when on March 16, 1776, “by order of Congress” a “day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” where people of the nation were called on to “acknowledge the over ruling providence of God” and bewail their “manifold sins and transgressions, and, by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ obtain his pardon and forgiveness.”
Godless, hardly! America’s independence from Britain was an acknowledgement of our collective dependence upon the Lord of Glory, God the Creator, the Supreme Judge of the World.
David is a deacon at the Orange View church of Christ, a perpetual student of religion, politics and American history. David lives in Southern California with his wife, Helen and their three children. In 1994 during the “Republican Revolution” David self published a 300 page softcover book “The Conservative Directory,” The Little Black Book of the Cultural Counter Revolution. The book was honored with praise from Charlton Heston, Bay Buchanan, Joseph Farah among many others. David is currently mulling the idea of a second edition that would be searchable and accessible online. You can follow him on Twitter @cogitarus