• Over Two Centuries Ago, America’s Founders Left the Answer for the El Paso, Dayton Massacres

    Surge Summary: America’s Founding Fathers offered a solution for modern gun violence – and for many other current problems – in their emphasis on a God-centered nation.

    El Paso’s and Dayton’s horrific massacres have stirred not a few Americans to recognize there’s something really, really wrong in the nation. Leftists, reliably, will politicize and weaponize these heinous events against their political adversaries and against the Bill of Rights’ guarantee of “keeping and bearing arms”.

    Over at Charismanews.com, Eddie Hyatt notes, the Second Amendment is not the problem. Stating what ought to be axiomatic, he writes,

    [t]he nation lived with the Second Amendment for 200 years without these sorts of massacres.

    The problem lies with the loss of our Christian culture with its moral imperatives. America’s founders, who diligently studied the history of nations and empires, understood this clearly.

    If you’re questioning whether that’s accurate?

    He presents to you:

    John Adams, prominent Founder and America’s second president, who

    warned of the dangers for a society whose populace is unchecked by Christian morality. He said,

    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 [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).

    Then there’s the Unites States’ first Chief Executive, George Washington, who

    made the same point in his Farewell Address after serving two terms as the nation’s first president. He said, “Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” He then warned us not to entertain the supposition that “morality can be maintained apart from religion” (Hyatt, 169).

    The Founding Fathers’ use of the word “religion” was plainly a reference to “Christianity.” Washington heralded Christianity, “not as something to be tolerated, but as an indispensable support for national stability and prosperity.”

    That is a crucial distinction.

    Christianity, and Christian principles, were, indubitably, not deemed something shameworthy, needing to be kept out of public sight.

    These historic luminaries understood that a moral and Christian citizenry were an asset to the fledgling Republic because such a people would be guided and restrained by their faith convictions. It wouldn’t be outward laws alone which kept their behavior in check. The Constitution, including the Second Amendment, was formulated with a principled, and, yes, Christian populace in mind.

    James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution”, asserted late in his life:

    “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it” (Hyatt, 131).

    Hyatt then asks, tongue-in-cheek I’m presuming,

    Perhaps, then, as part of the background check for purchasing a gun, the applicant should be questioned about their moral values. Do you respect all life? Do you respect other people’s property? Do you ever pray? Do you believe in absolute moral values? From whence do you derive your moral values?

    Hyatt is not surprised at what Americans are seeing in society around us.

    For the past 60 years, there has been an all-out assault on Christianity in the public square with prayer, Bible reading and Christian symbols being forcibly removed from public schools and government property.

    It is the official stand in our public schools that human beings were not fashioned by the hand of a loving, omnipotent God, but instead were the result of a cosmic accident, emerging from “some cosmic soup somewhere”.

    Without God, life has no meaning because we are only here by the chance clashing of atoms and molecules.

    Such a belief system rejects absolute truth and leaves everyone to do whatever is right in their own eyes. Human life is demeaned, for given time and the proper environment, the bug crawling across the floor could evolve into something like us.

    America’s founders detested atheism for this cause. A god-less worldview offers no meaning for life and no transcendent morality to guide a people and nation. No God? No Law, no objective, stand-alone Right and Wrong. In taking the first presidential oath, George Washington placed his hand on a copy of Holy Writ, the Bible. He set a precedent straight out of the gate, acknowledging a power and intelligence higher than his own and the blessing of Which the callow nation of America was desperately in need.

    Years ago, comedian Dennis Miller said (paraphrase): “I like having a cat in the Oval Office who doesn’t think he’s the highest being in the universe.”

    Washington fit that bill – setting a pattern for his successors to follow.

    During America’s brief history, the ultimate answer to her woes has come in the form of national spiritual awakenings. These awakenings, of which there have been several, have revitalized morality and Christianity in the populace. Hearts were changed, and people began striving to live by the Golden Rule and to treat others fairly and justly.

    The formula is rather straightforward: God touches individuals’ hearts, they are transformed within, their outward actions adjust themselves accordingly; and if enough of them undergo this process, eventually a community, a society, a nation changes.

    America desperately needs another such awakening. Only another national, spiritual awakening will resolve the many societal issues, including the present gun controversy, for it will restore to this land the kind of people for whom the Constitution was originally written.

    Hyatt specifies he’s not referring to “human-contrived religious event[s]”, but a visitation from heaven,

    as on the Day of Pentecost, that comes in response to the desperate prayers and faith of God’s people.

    He then exhorts,

    So, let’s take seriously the biblical passage so often quoted by our vice president, Mike Pence. Second Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

    Perhaps a little more of that three-thousand-year-old response to the chaos engulfing modern America and a little less mere political agitation?

    Image: Adapted from: By Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1826-1895) – Signing_of_Declaration_of_Independence_by_Armand-Dumaresq,_c1873.png, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14541832

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