We’ve been talking– or writing– a lot about the founding of our nation, both here and in comments on other blogs. What I’ve struggled the hardest to do is to try to explain in clear language why it is important that we know what we were founded upon and just what kind of nation we are, or are becoming.
What I’ve found is that the culture today is trying to rewrite the past– erasing the faith of the past in an attempt to justify what our nation is becoming– a secular nation. You see, I can’t argue with the fact that our nation is becoming secular. It’s all around us, specifically evident this time of year in two areas:
- Materialism – Especially evident at Christmas time.
- Selfishness – I need to have what I want when I want it.
But our nation was not always secular. At one time, our nation worshipped the God of Heaven, the God of Christianity. No, it wasn’t all one denomination. It was many different denominations, but the same God. It was many different interpretations of some passages, but the same core.
Freedom is based in faith. I was just writing the other day how it was the Baptists and other Protestants that gave us the Freedom of Religion in this country– not secularists. Freedom of Religion came before the Constitution, and it did not come from Jefferson.
One of the most famous works written by Jefferson by which the Supreme Court (wrongly) added a wall between church and state was written to a group of Baptists– and what was it written about? Not letting the government tell churches what to preach, and not letting it establish a federal church. Why? Because the Baptist Christians wanted the freedom of conscience.
Mike Huckabee gave a talk recently on Rights and Responsibilities, take a listen and see if it helps…