Letter From Dick Bott
Some Pastors and other Christian Leaders believe that our Christian faith and our knowledge of right and wrong should not confront the politics of our culture. But they should give careful thought to the statements of our founding fathers, included herein. Those early, noble, political leaders understood the foundations of America far better than the political “leaders” that are in power today-in every town-every county-and in every state.
All too often our current political leaders, who claim to be men of good character…even those who claim to embrace orthodox Christianity…are a great disappointment, when we compare them to those pioneers and leaders of the past.
Some as recent as President Dwight Eisenhower, under whose administration the words “in God we trust” were added to our paper currency, and under whose presidential leadership the words “under God” were added to our national pledge of allegiance.
We should all pray that God will bring the Church in America to repentance for being silent so long. No wonder slavery was allowed to go unchallenged in America for so many years (with the passive consent of the Church)…and no wonder Black Americans had to protest and “demonstrate” simply for the right to vote, use public restrooms and many of the other necessary and normal public accommodations, that others took for granted.
And now, at this time in our history (once again), many Christans sing and raise money and worry about everything… except the millions of pre-born (totally innocent) human beings that have been killed (slaughtered) with the PASSIVE CONSENT, and sometimes the ACTIVE SUPPORT, of the Church.
But God is merciful and He will bless America, if CHRISTIANS repent, and if WE stop trying to do what we think is “easy”…and start doing what we know is “RIGHT.”
Notable Quotes America Should Remember!
Charles Finney: (A Christian Evangelist of the past whose preaching brought revival to our nation)
"The Church must take right gound in regard to politics... the time has come that Christians mus tvote for honest men, and be consistent in politics or the Lord will curse them... GOd cannot sustand this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God... [God] will bless or curse this nation, according to the course [Christians] take [ in politics]."
U.S. Supreme Court- 1885
"Certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth... than that which seeks to establish in on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from th union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; [the family is] the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization..."
President Harry Truman:
"The basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a... government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!"
"Goverments like clocks, go from the motion men give them... Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let them be good, and the government cannot be bad... But if men be bad... the government [will] never [be] good... I know some say, Let us have good laws, and no matter the men that execute them. But let them consider, that though good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may [lack] good men... but good men will never [lack] good laws, not allow bad ones."
"The religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and His Apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is the genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitution of government."
President James Garfield:
"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature ... if the next centennial does not find us a great nation... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on uyour mind that God commands you to chose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good, so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect their divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer laws."
John Jay: (1st Supreme Court Justice)
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
"Impress the minds of of men with importance of educating their little boys and girls... in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system."
"Whatever make men good Christians, makes them good citizens."
Earl Warren: (Governor of California who later became Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
"I bleive no one can read the history of our country," he siad, "without realizing the Good Book and the spirit of the Saviour havr from the beginning been our guiding geniuses... Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia ... or the the Charter of New Enlgand ... or the the Fundamental Orders of Massachussetts Bay ... or the the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut ... the same objective is present; a Christian land governed by Christian principles... I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it; freedom of belief, or expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people ... I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country."
U.S. Supreme Court - 1892
"No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation (state or national) because this is a religious people ... This is a Christian nation."
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - 1815
"Morality" is defined as the condition of conforming with right principles. It pits right against wrong. To "legislate" means to make a law. Law imposes rules of conduct and enforces them with authority. What law has ever been enacted that has not named something wrong and its opposite right? Every law establishes and legislates morality. What today's critics are saying is, "We don't want God to have anything to do with today's morality. We want to determine what is right and wrong without God ... America has become the battleground between the world's two oldest religions. The first religion to appear in the history of mankind worships God. The second worships man. In America, the first is expressed primarily by Christianity. The second is humanism. It is not a question of whether morality can or should be legislated. It is a question of which religious guidelines will undergird the legislation; religious guidelines that deify God, or religious guidelines that deify Man?"
President Abraham Lincoln:
"But for [the Bible] we could not know right from wrong. All things most desriable for man's welfare ... are to be found portrayed in it."
Supreme Court of South Carolina - 1846
"Christianity is apart of the common law of the land, with liberty of conscience to all. I has been so recognized ... If Christianity is a part of the common law, its disturbance is punishable at common law ... Christianity has reference to the principles of right and wrong ... it is the foundation of those morals and manners upon which our society is formed; it is their basis. Remove this and they would fall."
"To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are dmiinished in any nation ... in the same proportion will the peopel of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom ... all efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them."
U.S. Supreme Court - 1952
"We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being ... When the state encourages religious instruction or cooperates with religious authorities by adjusting the schedule of public events to sectarian needs, it follows the best of our traditions. For it then respects the religious nature of our people and accomodates the public service to the spiritual needs. To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe ... We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence."
President John Quincy Adams:
"It is essential, my son ... that you sould form and adopt certain rules or principles... It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and form the Bible how to practice them."
"A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest man without the fear of God ... The Scriptures tell us righteousness exalts a Nation."
"The moral principles and precepts contained in th Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws ... All the miseries and evil which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
"Mothers and schools plant the seeds of nearly all the good and evil which exists in the world."
President John Adams:
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and relifious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Our American history is rich and blessed by the wise leadership of our forefathers. They firmly believed in the value and importance of true Christianity as the cornerstone in the very foundation of America's past ... present ... and future.
We do not need to re-write the Bible ... but we do need to re-read it!
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