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By Chuck Baldwin
December 22, 2011
December 22, 2011
As we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, I am reminded of the words of John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words:
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”
Adams was exactly right: America’s birth is directly linked to the birth of our Savior. In fact, the United States of America is the only nation established by Christian people, founded upon Biblical principles, and dedicated to the purpose of religious liberty. This truth is easily observed within America’s earliest history.
America’s forebears first established a written covenant with God as early as November 11, 1620, when they penned The Mayflower Compact. It states in part:
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By Lynn Stuter
December 24, 2011
As Americans prepare to celebrate Christmas, reflection upon the true meaning of the birth of Christ, and the true role of Christianity in the birth of our nation, is in order.
There was a very wise man named Edmund Burke who said the following (sic): freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man’s right to freedom being in exact proportion to his ability to put chains upon his own appetites, the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without.
Stand back, read and re-read that, for what Edmund Burke is saying is the very foundation upon which our Founding Fathers built this nation – the idea of a limited form of government allowing man the greatest amount of freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness so long as man exercised self-restraint and self-discipline in all his pursuits.
John Adams further defined the words of Edmund Burke when he stated, “Our constitution is made for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate for any other.”