There are so many answers to the title of this note. America has lost its way in so many different areas. America was founded as an individualist nation where people were self-reliant and not government reliant. Americans looked to solve their own problems and did not look to government to solve them. Americans looked after each other and did not expect government to set up massive programs.
We could go on and on with more and more examples, but to come to the root of the problem we must understand the principle upon which we were founded. That principle is that our liberties, which is the heart of our nation, come from God and not from government. This is a unique proposition. No other nation has been founded on that truth.
More and more we are being told by the American left that it is government that has endowed the people with liberties, and it is government that must have control over all liberties. It is government we are told that must be able to regulate such liberties as life, worship of God, speech, assembly, right to redress, and even who does and who does not receive due process of law.
The collectivist movement, which encompasses all of the evils of Marxism, communism, socialism, progressives, and the Democrat party of today, has that the core belief that whether or not God exists, is irrelevant, because society must regard government as god. They stress that it is government that does and must have control over all society, and it is government that will determine the fate of society.
Our founders knew this to be a lie and a sure way to tyranny. They told us directly.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”—John Adams
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”—Samuel Adams
“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”—William Penn
“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”—Patrick Henry
Freedom requires God. It is no coincidence that the freest and safest nations on earth are also those most profoundly shaped by the Bible. The idea that all people are born free, equal, and with inherent rights is no longer widely understood in the United States. Human rights find their origins in the explicit teaching of the Bible.
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”—Patrick Henry
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?”—Thomas Jefferson
America is being transformed. As America turns more and more to the collectivist belief, the less and less freedom we will have, the more and more tyrannical and despotic will our nation become. The answer to restoring freedom is to reject the evil of the collectivists and understand that it is God who has endowed us with life, liberty, and property or as Jefferson said the pursuit of happiness.
We must remember our heritage, our history. Thomas Paine said, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
In the 2020’s we also have the power to begin the world and our nation over again. In the 1700’s they understood that power was the power of God. If we, like our founders, will understand that our freedoms and liberties are endowed by God and chains, tyranny, and despotism are the result of faith in government or men, then and only then will we begin to have our freedoms restored. Any and all other corrections are temporary fixes or band aids.
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