By Tom Rhodes, 4/6/2015
There is no question we are losing our liberty to a more tyrannical centralized government. We have more laws and regulations restricting us than any person can possibly know, much less observe. The sad fact is that this loss of liberty and freedom was observed in the past and predicted in the future. America was a Christian nation, the successful removal of our Christian roots from our culture has resulted as foretold in our loss of liberty and decline of our formerly great nation.
In 1799, Jedidiah Morse, most noted for inventing Morse Code and making the technology of the telegraph rampant, gave an “election sermon.” In that he clearly pointed out where we owed our civil freedom and how it could be lost, saying; “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. I hold this to be a truth confirmed by experience … If so, it follows, that all efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”
It is clear that today as we see overt attacks on the pillars of Christianity, we are also seeing the blessings of our freedoms fall. There is an overt war on Christianity and the result is exactly as predicted by Morse. Actually exercising religious freedom is now a crime, the government wants to force people to act and do business against their faith. It’s taken over half a century but the sad fact is the war on Christianity has succeeded in destroying the very culture that made Liberty and Freedom a viable form of government and way to live. The overt attacks on the institutions and behavior have succeeded in destroying the fabric of society. Our society and culture was once faithful, civil, and virtuous society that made freedom and liberty possible. The traditional family is now a rarity. Consider 43% of our children are now born to unwed mothers, a mere %5 of our children were bastards just a half century ago. Worse yet we’ve murdered 56 million babies through abortion.
George Washington in his famous farewell address echoed Jedidiah Morse warning a burgeoning new nation, that religion and morality are “indispensible” to “political prosperity” and he cautioned against “the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
“Freedom of Religion” is not “Freedom from Religion.” Christianity is unique in it is based on a voluntary acceptance of a gift from God. Our Bill of Rights is based on solid Christian principles, including the right to reject God if you desire. God is clear, you are free to reject Christ, but you will be allowed suffer the consequences of that choice. As a nation we are rejecting Christ, as we do so we are watching a great nation suffer the consequences, foremost is the loss of life, liberty, and ability to pursue happiness that accompanied a culture rooted in Christianity.
Our forefathers knew what would happen, and it is happening exactly as they predicted. The Facebook meme is rooted in truth. “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do study history are doomed to standby helplessly while everyone else repeats it.”