Declaration of reDependence
Gregory D. Davidson, D.D.
When Americans hear the words Constitution or Declaration of Independence their hearts often swell with pride. Many hold these documents in high regard. The truths and ideologies expressed in them mean different things to different people. These different views seem to run along generational lines. The current generation seems to have a whole different view of what they mean as secular society seeks to mold these documents, especially the Constitution, into their own set of humanistic views of society. What do I mean by this? Well, it is clear, even to the amateur historian, that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are far from their original state of independence from government interference and dependence on our Creator in the minds of many today.
Many say that these documents have to be changed to meet the needs of society as new problems and needs arise. This may be true in some circumstances but our founding fathers never intended for the basic tenets that they set forth under the guidance of God to be altered. The purposes of these documents were to guide us in protecting our freedoms and to keep government out of our personal lives. I
Our forefathers based our system of government on the First Commandment which states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” They understood that man was created to serve God, not the state. We can bicker and fuss all we want, but an objective look into the lives and actions of the founders of our nation will reveal that they were strong believers in the Christian ethic. It is the goal of our humanistic society to erase this history of the beliefs of our founders, as well as eradicate Christianity. I do not wish to offend anyone and I do my best to present the facts in a non-biased way, but no one can deny that our earliest government and it’s creation was carried out with a great fear of God and a respect for Christian morals.
Consider these words of James Madison:
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We haved staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
How can we sustain ourselves by these Ten Commandments if they are being taken out of our public places and society? If we don’t know what they are, how can we follow them?
I have been taught by the Bible and my God-fearing parents to respect others and their views. It is my personal perspective that everyone should have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I realize however, that not everyone agrees because after all ‘narrow is the way.’ But if you will look objectively, you will see that Christian morals and the basic tenets of the faith are the best way to govern and deal with others. Christianity teaches respect, charity, love, and obedience among many other things. Even if you will never darken the door of a church or believe in Jesus as the Christ, won’t you agree that these are good morals?Jesus taught us to be good citizens saying “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt. 22:21) But the ‘things of Caesar’ in the times of our forefathers, and in our current times have become excessive.
Even today, in a country where people believe the myth of complete freedom, our government threatens our basic freedoms. Currently, more than 40 percent of a citizens income is disposed of on his behalf by the government at the federal, state, and local levels. Back in 1928, federal spending amounted to only 3 percent of the national income.
The framers of our Constitution had the ideal that government would be a servant of man and never the master. They advocated people governing themselves and that government should never deprive individuals rights that the Constitution stated were “endowed by their Creator.” The Declaration of Independence states that the government derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed” and that “whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it….”The concentration of power to one group or individual sooner or later leads to abuse and tyranny.
Although many disagree, Christians believe, as our founders did, that man was made to serve God. We believe that the only way to sustain our country and bring it back to its former glory is to place our total dependence on God.
The Christian community has been silent too long on these issues. We need to declare our redependence on Him boldly and without reserve.
There is a persecution coming for American Christians. Indeed, the battles have already begun and will only intensify in the days to come. These battles will not be fought on the battlefield. They will be fought in our schools, communities, churches, and courts.
As Christians, we must never forget to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free…” (Galatians 5:1) Christ has made us free and that can never be taken from us, but he has also called us to be a light to the world and the salt of the earth. We must stand strong for what is right and for the principles and morals of Christianity that made our country strong. Through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us and among us, we are the restrainers of our societies. Lets call our nation back to God, because He is full of mercy and has told us:
” …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 heal their land.”
II Chron. 7:14As Christians, we should take a stand to ensure that our children and grandchildren are taught “real” American history that includes God. Facts are facts.