by David Cawston

America, Still Afloat, but Adrift!
David Cawston
Proverbs 14:34

America was birthed by a group of dedicated people that fought storms, hardship and opposition to create a land that would provide liberty, opportunity and freedom for all.

Patrick Henry "Give me liberty or give me death"

"We understand certain truths to be self evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. The right of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Preamble to the Bill of rights.

But there were some basic characteristics that these people possessed that contexualized their writings and life. These characteristics were based upon their strong religious traditions and biblical beliefs.

They were honest!
They were Just
They were God fearing
They were helpful
They were disciplined
They were hardworking
They were focused
They were committed

We have cut ourselves loose from moorings that have held us steadfast. John Adams pointed out "we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions if they're not bridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people, it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Washington understood that religion was the basis of morality and self control and that morality and self control were the only firm foundations of free governments. Then in an almost rhetorical question, Washington simply asked, "Where's the security for life, for reputation, for property. . .?" Washington knew that if we lost our religious principles, we would not have any secure basis for property, life, or freedom.

Robert Winthrop an early speaker of the House of Representatives said, "Men, in a word must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or a power without them. Either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of men. Either by the Bible or the bayonet."

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