I was very touched when I saw the full page political advertisement in the Daily News that was issued by Dr. Billy Graham. I heartily agreed with his statement and with the urgency of his tone.
“I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles”
I was very upset when I was listening to Dan Rea on CBS 1030 last week. He kept making this statement, “You can do whatever you want in America.” He kept repeating it and it was like someone running their fingernails across a chalk board in my ears.
Our country was not founded on that principle!
When our country began, it didn’t matter if you were a rogue or an upstanding civic leader; an agnostic, atheistic or a devout catholic, a criminal or a saint; it was always understood that the standards of our country were established via the Judeo-Christian Ethic. As James Madison put it so long ago:
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
-James Madison, June 20, 1785
Our whole society is setup that ethical, self-controlled citizens operate by a similar set of moral codes. Without it, government and police would exhaust themselves trying to stabilize our society.
It is this assumption that distinguished us from the French Revolution. They celebrated the freedom of man as the end in itself – and it first boiled down to anarchy, then to terror, then to tyranny, and after Napoleon was defeated, right back to a king again.
Our society was established with the assumption that people would do right according as God led them to see right. But then, everyone knew at that time, even if they disagreed with it or not, what the moral compass was.
I suppose that the assumption that we can do anything we want has been the stimulus for the rise of the Libertarian. Libertarians are nothing more than the modern version of Anarchists. (Look up the definition of an Anarchist on the Internet!)
I pray that President Obama’s statement that we are no longer a Christian nation will not become the prophetic seal of doom for our country.
We are a nation under God and when our country abandons it, we will suffer a very bad end.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
His full statement:
“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”
-Billy Graham, Montreat, NC