Class Handout: Opening Session
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What the Founders Knew:
The Founders knew that every member of society should regulate their conduct by the precepts exhibited in God’s word. The United State’s framework of Government was established upon the ideal that if one could regulate his/her own conduct, they would be afforded liberty.
Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be. - John Adams
Liberty is directly related to our ability to regulate our conduct. When sin is rampant, our freedoms become less and less. If man would conduct his life according to the word of God, there will be less desire to sin, and ultimately less sin. You are able to enjoy a higher level of freedom without interference, because you are able to regulate your conduct.
When moral absolutes are upheld based on Christian principle there is great semblance of order. This relates to economic principles as well. For commerce, trade, and the free market to work effectively, there must be a high degree of mutual underlying ethical standards that reflect Judeo-Christian principles. Trust, honesty, integrity; These are all things that are essential for any market to flourish.
Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. – John Adams
The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. – John Adams 1016
That Book (the Bible) is the rock on which our Republic rests. -Andrew Jackson
The constitution afforded man more freedom than any other document in human history. The founders knew the only way man could keep this new found freedom was by obeying God’s word.
The only foundation of a free Constitution and lasting liberty is PURE VIRTUE (John Adams)
Websters 1828 definition of VIRTUE,
- Moral goodness .
- The practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law. In this sense, virtue may be, and in many instances must be, distinguished from religion. The practice of moral duties merely from motives of convenience, or from compulsion, or from regard to reputation, is virtue, as distinct from religion. The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue and religion.
- Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.
The founders knew the achieving the true freedom that Christ affords us while we are here on earth would be hard to attain if God’s word was not apart of it’s citizens daily lives. The freedom that America’s constitutional republic rests on will be tough to secure without the moral absolutes found in the Bible. This great experiment of freedom may cease to exist without it.