As I reflect upon the founding principles of our nation and the devastating spiritual collapse we have witnessed in our society, my heart is heavy today. Without spiritual renewal, there is no hope for our nation. The vile nature of political discourse these last four years clearly revealed that most politicians have one goal in mind--power and control. Of course, this typically leads to their personal enrichment as well. Apparently, it is a good job. Once in office, they stay for decades.
Here are a few reminders about the fragile nature of our republic.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
~ Calvin Coolidge (30th President)
"We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity."
~ Franklin Roosevelt (32nd President)
"The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul.... If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!"
~ Harry Truman (33rd President)
"It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
~ Attributed to Patrick Henry (Governor of Virginia)
"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure....are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
~ Charles Carroll (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)