Friday, July 03, 2009

God and America

Our nation was founded on the 7 guiding Biblical principles that all of our founding fathers felt deep conviction over (regardless of their personal relationship with Jesus Christ). Seven principles which our nation has strayed far from.

Principle #1: The Dignity of Human Life

The Declaration of Independence contains words stating that everyone has certain "unalienable rights" among which are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Matt. 22:39 - You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Principle #2: The Traditional Monogamous Family

Our forefathers held the position that a biblical view of traditional marriage and family is the backbone of a healthy social order.

Gen. 2: 23,24 - And Adam said: "this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Principle #3: A National Work Ethic

Throughout all of America's trials, and economic ups and downs, our strong work ethic is what has gotten us through. We have worked our way through times such as the Great Depression (this economic downturn is long lasting; consistent with the growing lack of work ethic and reliability on government handouts, and other peoples generosity).

2 Thes. 3:10 - For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Principle #4: The Right to a God-Centered Education

Proverbs 1:7 states that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge". Without this knowledge of God the Creator, there is no foundation for any other type of learning. America has thrown out this foundational education component and have built a system with no firm foundation.

Our great universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth) were founded(by preachers) as a result of Americas Great Awakening(s).

Eph. 6:4 - ...but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Principle #5: The Abrahamic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant states that if people and nations obey God (observing His commands and moral truths as set in the Bible), they will be blessed.

Pr. 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Principle #6: Common Decency

A good nation is made up of good people. Consider these words from the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Principle #7: Our Personal Accountability to God

In order for these other seven principles to fall in line, we must each carry out this one. We must always remember that we will be held personally accountable to God. By remembering this fact, this will guide our every step and decision.

Heb. 9:27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

These are the principles that guided the thought processes of our founding fathers.

As we celebrate our Independence the July 4th, let us remember and reflect upon these 7 principles of Judeo-Christian ethics.

Adapted from, Dr. Richard G. Lee's, "7 Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic".

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