Founding Principles

While looking over the Centennial Institute website, I came across an interesting statement speaking about 1776 and then an article about restoring Christianity.  Thinking back to my history lessons, I remembered that was the year of our Independence.  The article excerpt spoke of the spirit of 1776 and asked if it is fading away in today’s society.  I quickly turned to the Declaration of Independence to look over those written words and emotion came over me as I remembered everything these men went through to get to that point.  How would they feel if they knew that this country which was founded on Godly principles was turning away from God?  This nation is being spiritually drained by the government and the people within it.  Daily, Christians give in while unbelievers turn their back on God and the government undermines our Founding Father’s principles. When are we as Christians and patriots going to stand up for the Lord and make a change in this nation?

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (NIV).  I love the purpose and mission of the Centennial Institute as they educate the public on government issues and give them the clear purpose and direction of each plan so that they can make an informed decision.  We need to apply God’s word into each one of these decisions and make sure they align with His word.  God’s word has an answer for any situation; we just need to read it with an open heart.  Christ never said that this life would be easy, just look over the lives of believers throughout scripture.  Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (NIV).  The church needs to rise up and lead this nation back to the center of God instead of allowing this land to be destroyed by unbelievers and the government.

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  1. Mixman says:

    Hello Name Changer
    As Christians we can do two things to stand up for Christ. We need to continue to live by example which includes living by His Word and grow our knowledge of him. We must continue to live and act in a way that supports the gospel even when it is not the popular thing to do. We must continue to discipline ourselves to study the gospel and our enemies to give us a better understanding to support our views and persuade our enemies to believe in our God. Matthew 5:16:” Let you light shine before men” Thanks.

  2. 0349210 says:

    Name Changer, I want to start by thanking you for looking at the declaration of independence. I truly feel that if our public and private educational systems did a better job of enforcing and teaching the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence it would be a fantastic start in terms of re-aligning our country with its original written intent. I am not sure about everyone else but throughout my entire public education experience I think I was exposed to the Constitution and Declaration for a week; that is simply not enough in that time span.

    The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is very powerful. It addresses that fact that we as citizens are given certain rights by our Creator. The same paragraph also states that if those rights are infringed upon such as our personal liberties, it is the task of the people to reassess and obtain those rights. I think if this country is to continue and observe the success it has come to expect it will need to realign with its founding principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If one reads Biblical history a dominant country’s crumbling is fairly common, God willing hopefully we can avoid the crumble.

  3. --Ron S. says:

    The landscape in 1776–politically, socially, morally, physically–was vastly different than it exists in 2014. Of these differences, it may surprise you learn that the physical differences have created the greatest barrier to the patriotic spirit present at our country’s founding.

    Consider that the pilgrims came to this country ostensibly to escape political tyranny and practice their religion freely: a religion that ran counter to the dearth of moral values prevalent in Western Europe at the time. Fast forward to 2014, and those same underlying issues–political oppression, social unrest, and moral equivalency–stand between a Christian worldview and the principles that support it.

    Was has changed most dramatically, I contend, is the physical landscape: the people themselves. For one thing, there are over 315 million people living in the United States right now; in 1776, the total number of people living here was estimated to be 2.5 million. If we simply assume the same ratio of those who hold a biblical worldview to those who don’t; those who believe in the principles that this country was founded on, chief among them Freedom, to those who don’t; those who believe in the rule of law to those who don’t; etc.–if the same ratios exist in 2014 that existed in 1776, Christians and Patriots are still the vast minority. We have come full circle–we have become the Western Europe that the founders fled.

    Has the “Spirit of Freedom” that was so precious to our Founders begun to wane? Sadly, yes. As a boy in 1976 I remember the surge of patriotism that swept over the country, eventually taking the metric system and the American apologist Jimmy Carter with it as it ushered in our last glimmer of hope for a resurgent, free America through the 1980′s. Reflecting on our past, however, won’t restore our future. Ultimately, God has already determined that course.

    The bible describes a time–some might say very similar to right now–when what Noel Hornor described as “man’s mis-rule–which is, in reality, the unrecognized rule of Satan” (The Good News, 2011) will come to an end. God’s word is very clear that this is a matter of when, not if. At such time, the movement away from the Godly principles that America was founded upon will end: “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead” Acts 17:30-31 (NIV). This end will come not by the sheer will of the Christian minority, but rather in the fulfillment of the Living Word by God Almighty Himself. At that time, the true founding of a people will be established once and for all. Amen!

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  5. BigBill says:

    We cannot change this nation in one broad stroke. We can never sway popular opinion in any permanent sort of way. NO. Why criticize the government at all? There was corruption and scandal within the government in Jesus’s day, and He never once criticized the government. Did Paul or John attempt to sway the government of their day? Jonah was sent to city of his enemy so that God might save their soles not their politics. We as Christians do not save governments, we live by God’s example to help save soles.

    Peter writes, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” I Peter 2:13-17.

    If we, as Christians, want to return this country to the morals and values that it was founded upon then we have to live by those moral and values. This is how you silence the foolishness around you.

  6. Aangel says:

    Namechanger, I just wanted to say you have made such great points. This country was founded on Gods principles. We as Christians need to stay strong in the Lord through it all. We also know that this world is going to turn against God, as we get closer to the end times. We can only do what we can to spread the word but we can’t stop the world from the horrors that are out there. It is part of Gods plan. 2 Timothy 3:-15 tells us “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (KJV). Because we know this we as Christians must recognize this and stand strong in the Lord and not be fooled by the works of the enemy. Luke 21:36 also tells us “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (KJV). I think your post is great more people need to recognize that we are in those times and we have to stand up for what we believe and not be conformed to the world.

  7. 0445447 says:

    You pointed out that the article you read asked if the spirit of 1776 was fading away in today’s society, and I found this to be a very profound question. After watching the movie Monumental, I can say with assurance that this spirit is leaving our nation quickly. The people who came to the United States, who survived the trials they survived and who created the Declaration of Independence, were not afraid to do what was right in the eyes of God. Today, the primary voice that gets any audience is the voice that encourages society’s turn from the Bible. It would be very timely for the Christians and patriots of this nation to stand up now and put a stop to the destructive path that we have found ourselves on.

    I am thankful that, as you stated, Christ never did say that our lives on earth would be easy. The trials we experience, although difficult, shape us into stronger and better Christians and people. It can be hard to stand strong and face the situations we are given, however these lessons do serve a purpose in our lives. As Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). When I read this verse, it reminds me that the difficult experiences we face are given to us for a reason. With the knowledge that life is not easy and the challenges we are presented are given to us for God’s purposes, should we not then move forward and stand for Christ in an ever-changing world, even if it’s hard?

  8. Michelle A says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. Our founding fathers came to the country so that men and women could be free and that our rights and freedoms would be founded on Godly principals. We as Christians do need to live and fight for God’s voice to not be silenced within our country and that we can still have a voice and affect change.
    The thing about our history in this country is that man has skewed and acted in God’s name but yet their actions are not Godly. Men who they claimed were Godly owned slaves, beat them, sold them, murdered them because they were not white. Over the course of our history the Name of Christ or God has been used to hurt others and now people have a bad taste in their mouths for people who claim to be Christians.
    If we are to make an impact in this world we have to stop throwing God’s name around and begin to show God to this broken world through our actions. Christ’s example was to first meet the needs of the people by healing them, feeding them and giving them clothing, he then spoke with them and taught them and becuase their basic needs were met their ears and hearts were open to hear the truth and the message of God’s love. I think that Christians have been doing things backwards we are so quick to preach to people who are hurting and unable to hear we have to show action, then speak and then allow God to change others.
    This is not to say that we are to back down and not fight for what we know to be right but we have to make sure that in our fight we are still showing Christ through love and action to those who are blinded.

  9. Pete P says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post to the blog. With so many people trying to say what our founding fathers said or did not say it can get confusing. Fortunately we are Christians first and have a clear understanding what our worldview is. Researching the lives of the founding fathers can paint a clearer picture into what they were thinking at the time. However in the end it is more important for me to understand that I am a follower of Jesus and no other man.

  10. AlyssE says:

    I really enjoyed your post and I must say that I agree with you fully. The founders of this country founded it on the belief in God, that this country would fear and believe in him. We see Christianity as a crime, as something to be ashamed of, something to be punished for for speaking about our faith, and yet if people speak against Christianity it is okay. You cannot say anything against homosexuality, yet homosexuals can say that Christians are discriminating against them when Christians are just voicing their own beliefs, where is the line drawn? I agree with you that the church needs to rise up, to not just accept what they think they cannot change but to stand firm in the faith in the Bible and Jesus Christ.

  11. Rickie says:

    There are many patriots in this great nation of ours who would love to stand up for the Lord and make a positive change, i.e. Tea Party Patriots. Problem is, over the past few decades Americans have been conditioned to be so politically correct we have strayed away from our principles to appease a minority. Branding someone a racist, a homophobe, or other label has become more feared, by many, than Satan himself.
    Take for instance the Tea Party. These individuals primarily stand for defending the constitution as it was originally written. Why would that offend anyone? Many groups have branded those who align themselves with Tea Party values as racists, homophobes, and so on. Those who wish to defame the Tea Partiers, and others who believe in the constitution, do so because they do not believe in the constitution and desire to live in an America that best suits them regardless as to how far their vision is from our countries founders.
    Taking a stand against those who are anti constitution comes with the risk of being publicly shamed, and negatively branded by these groups. Many are not willing to take that risk do to the lengths members of these anti constitution groups will go to slander your name, your family, your business, your church, etc. The fear of public ridicule keeps many of us, who wish to do good, on the sidelines while we should be doing Gods work regardless of what brand is placed on us.
    As we stand by and watch judges, attorneys, and courts slowly strip away the fabric of our constitution the question as to when Christians and patriots will stand up and take action will only be answered when we are able to set aside our fear of public ridicule and truly stand by our beliefs regardless of mainstream backlash.

  12. LeaderSix says:

    Today our nation is divided over every issue while nearly every form of enculturation is moving to marginalize Christianity and theism from the public square. How then should we respond? Even among Christians, the answer divides us. Some believe that we should “modernize” the Church to conform it to the culture claiming that Christ teaches love and acceptance for all sinners as they are, while ignoring his commands to “Repent!” [Matthew 4:17] and to “Go and sin no more.” [John 8:11]. Others want to fight politics with politics to return the country to its roots. Still others want to retreat from the culture, either to remove themselves from its sins, or in fear of staining Christ’s message with political furor and alliance.
    Again, how then should we respond? Accepting a culture without repentance is license to sin giving them only “what their itching ears want to hear.” [2 Timothy 4:3]. And many Christians are falling into that morass of immorality. While many Christians over the centuries have retreated to deserts and monasteries, Christ engaged His world and the culture of His day. He is our example. He embraced people with love and compassion, but He also helped them walk away from their sins to a refreshing new Spirit. Certainly, we need Christians to show a radical upgrade in how our faith demonstrated love and compassion to all, while still calling ourselves and others from sin.
    But what about politics? Shall we allow the politics of secular humanism, political correctness, and yes, sinful licentiousness to continue to remove us from public discourse? Jesus did not engage with the political groups of His day, or with government officials. His Kingdom was not of this world. But, Jesus did not live in a democratic republic. He lived in an empire ruled by the whims of Caesar and his government officials. In our nation, every citizen, including Christians, has the right and the responsibility to vote and direct the government in the way that they believe that their government should proceed. In the Old Testament, many nations and cities are prophesied to be destroyed for being led astray by their kings. How much more is the safety of the nation in danger when it is the people themselves that choose which road they will choose, narrow or wide?
    Not all judges, attorneys and courts work to ‘strip away the fabric of our constitution’. Many are Christ-centered, Godly men working toward the good of the nation. It takes all manner of citizens to stand against the flow of society, to make a stand for Godly principles and values. But if it is not centered in the example of Christ, and His love for others, how effective will it be.
    It is not an easy answer, which explains why so many shy away or go to extremes. We must prayerfully consider where God would have us make a difference and strive for it in His strength, while not annihilating those that we are trying to influence.

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