Character Matters

Instead of accepting the notion that society is falling far short of the biblical standard, society has decided to just change the standard – that way no one is at fault.

Regardless of what the left preaches, any society without God’s sacred moral code to govern the actions of individuals cannot stand. It was the breakdown of family and moral decency that led to the downfall of many ancient civilizations, and is currently striving to eradicate America.   

Like the Founding Fathers, Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, acknowledged that religion and morality were indispensable to the maintenance of the American republic. Why indispensable? He said that while the constitutional law of liberty allowed Americans complete freedom to do as they please, religion prevented them from doing that which is immoral and unjust. In short, Tocqueville surmised, liberty could not be governed apart from religious faith, lest there be anarchy.

Without the moral restrictions of a higher spiritual law, the liberty afforded Americans in the Constitution would be abused. George Washington knew that! So did the rest of the Founding Fathers. That’s why they kept harping on religion and morality. They did not want to see the United States of America self-destruct.

Today, Americans have departed from the ideals of our forefathers. We reason that religion and morality are nice, but certainly not necessary for the overall well-being of the nation. We have been led to falsely assume that private morality and public duty are separate issues. George Washington would have been appalled by such reasoning. And he was the father of our nation. Abraham Lincoln would have been appalled. And he saved the nation from ruin during the Civil War.

Consider the changes in America over the past 200 years. When Americans go from proclaiming that a free society can only exist when founded on private morality to thinking that character just doesn’t matter, it is time to ask some hard questions about the future of this nation. We have forsaken our God and the ideals of our forefathers. Every man does what is right in his own eyes. No one seems to care about the character of those we put in office.  How could we, when we don’t care about our own character?

It wasn’t always that way!  Angelo M. Codevilla, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and professor emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, writes in The Character of Nations, that 18th century Americans tended to equate themselves with the children of Israel. The Founding Fathers may not have known that America’s earliest settlers were in fact descendants of Israel, but they certainly likened America to a “New Israel.” New Jerusalem was to become God’s promised land to the oppressed, an example to all humankind.

Probably the first American statesman to see a parallel between the Exodus and early American history was Benjamin Franklin. According to Milt Machlin, author of Joshua’s Altar, Franklin “described the independent colony on America’s shores as ‘God’s new Israel,’ and proposed that the Great Seal of the United States should depict Moses with his rod uplifted and the Egyptian armies drowning in the sea.”  According to Machlin, Thomas Jefferson recommended a similar design patterned after the Exodus.
William J. Bennett wrote in his book, Our Sacred Honor, that “without God’s blessing, many of the Founders, especially Washington, believed that this country would never have come into being”

At Mount Sinai God made Israel a proposition that if they would obey His voice and keep His commandments, that is if they would build a civilization based on the principles of God’s fundamental spiritual law, then God agreed to give them prosperity and power to dominate the world, “above all nations.” (Exodus 19:5-6)  The ancient Israelites were blessed when they obeyed “the principles of God’s fundamental spiritual law” during the days of Kings David and his son Solomon. This greatness would have continued but the people spurned God’s principles of moral living and as a result their society collapsed. The Assyrian Empire carried away the Northern 10 Tribes and then the Babylonian empire took Judah and Benjamin into captivity. Yet God promised that He would restore the Israelis to greatness. Those 10 northern tribes who crossed the Caucuses Mountains and settled Europe, later traveling to the Americas, learned from experience that obedience to God’s law was a prerequisite of national greatness. Unfortunately their children forgot.

Just look at ancient Israel and you will catch a glimpse of America today. Isaiah wrote that the morality of the ancient Israelites deteriorated to the point where they were actually proud of their sins. They “declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not” (Isaiah 3:9)

Hosea, one of Isaiah’s contemporaries, wrote that God had “a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in their land.”  Instead, Israel was full of “swearing and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery.”  Violence filled the nation until “blood toucheth blood.”  Because of this ghastly state, God decreed that the land shall mourn and all who swelled “therein shall languish”.  Hosea 4:1-3

As Alexis de Tocqueville  wrote, any free society founded on liberty, yet without a sacred moral code to govern the actions of individuals, cannot stand. It can only end in anarchy. Because America has forsaken the ideals of our Founding Fathers—because we have forsaken our God—that is where we are headed. As it turns out, the Europeans were right. The grand American experiment has failed.



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