Letter to the edi­tor

The Covington News - - Second opinion - John Pearrell, Gateway Com­mu­nity Church, Cov­ing­ton

Faith of our fathers

Dear Sirs: Can the lib­er­ties of a nation be se­cure when we have re­moved the only firm ba­sis, a con­vic­tion in the minds of the peo­ple that these lib­er­ties are a gift of God? That they can­not be vi­o­lated but with his wrath? In­deed, I trem­ble for my coun­try when I re­flect that God is just: that his jus­tice can­not sleep for­ever.”

Those are the words of Thomas Jef­fer­son.

Since about 1963 re­vi­sion­ist his­to­ri­ans have worked very hard to con­vince us that our nation was not founded upon Chris­tian prin­ci­ples. They have ar­gued that our found­ing Fathers were not Chris­tian at all and that those of us who per­sist in in­sist­ing they were sim­ply do not un­der­stand his­tory. Re­ally?

Since this is July 4th week­end, let’s look at some of the state­ments of those “nonChris­tian” found­ing fathers.

Thomas Jef­fer­son’s letter to the Dan­bury Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion has be­come the ba­sis of the mod­ern dogma of sep­a­ra­tion of church and state. I might add that this phrase which we ban­ter around so glibly to­day not only isn’t a part of the Con­sti­tu­tion, but is ac­tu­ally a per­ver­sion by iso­la­tion and ex­clu­sion of Jef­fer­son’s ac­tual words. He wrote, “The first amend­ment had erected a wall of sep­a­ra­tion, but that wall is a one direc­tional wall; it makes sure that the gov­ern­ment will not run the church but it also makes sure that Chris­tian prin­ci­ples will al­ways stay in gov­ern­ment.” (Jef­fer­son to the Dan­bury Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion Jan­uary 1, 1802).

We are told by mod­ern his­to­ri­ans that Jef­fer­son was not a Chris­tian but a Deist. While cer­tainly Deism was a preva­lent phi­los­o­phy of the day, I find such a con­tention that Jef­fer­son was a Deist hard to sup­port when one reads what the man him­self wrote such as, “The rea­son that Chris­tian­ity is the best friend of Gov­ern­ment is be­cause Chris­tian­ity is the only re­li­gion in the world that deals with the heart.”

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, the fa­ther of our coun­try, stated in his farewell ad­dress, “Do not let any­one claim to be a true Amer­i­can if they ever at­tempt to re­move re­li­gion from pol­i­tics.”

Pa­trick Henry, politi­cian and states­man said, “It can­not be em­pha­sized too of­ten or too strongly that this great nation was founded not by re­li­gion­ists but by Chris­tians not on re­li­gion but on the Gospel of Je­sus Christ.”

John Quincy Adams said, “The high­est glory of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion was that it con­nected in one in­dis­sol­u­ble bond the prin­ci­ples of civil Gov­ern­ment with the prin­ci­ples of Chris­tian­ity.”

I could go on and on with such quotes.

Vol­umes have been writ­ten on this sub­ject and any hon­est stu­dent must rec­og­nize the Chris­tian foun­da­tion upon which our coun­try was built. I guess the only ques­tion is, will we ac­cept the ev­i­dence of his­tory and the tes­ti­mony of those who lived it, or will we, for our own pur­poses, re­write that his­tory to suit our own anti-re­li­gious bi­ases?

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