America, who are we and where are we going?
Being precedes doing. What we are precedes what we do. We must know who we are, to know where we are going, if we are to stay American. The freedoms of America cannot be sustained by self-irresponsibility and ignorance. Likewise, nor can our lawmakers make just law and administer justice.
Who we are was declared in America’s Declaration–“When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them….” Those Laws by our Creator, since nothing evolves from nothing, cause everything to work properly; and they are explained in our Founders’ law book–Blackstone’s Commentaries, Book I, Section 2, as the Bible’s Holy Scriptures. To further explain that, is North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution, Article 32: “That no person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of either the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office…within this State.” Therefore, our heritage is Protestant Christianity based on the Bible’s Holy Scriptures.
Without a foundation for Right and Wrong how can one expect our citizens to live a wholesome, moral, and prosperous life? Alone our citizens are left to the whim of opinions, with calamity awaiting.
The Nations of the World differ on Right and Wrong. Some do not allow everyone a Right to Life, some allow “Honor Killing” a family member who leaves their religion, some allow theft: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need,” some have practiced genocide, some have practiced heinous tortures, some allow rape, some have legalized sodomy as marriage, and some still practice slavery. Therefore, there must be a moral law above all nations, or else all the horrors to mankind would be just within national boundaries; and those beliefs follow people here.
With all the religions and atheistic philosophies of the world, how can one determine what is right or best? All can be wrong, but all cannot be right. The one that holds the highest moral order would be the one that would best serve the requirement of a Republic–for the public good; answering coherently the issues of life: origin, morality, purpose and destiny. The Bible does that, with complements of peace and joy through Christ –John 3: 16.
America’s heritage explains our being, which is under assault with change. Our heritage, with no higher law than our Creator’s, brightens our freedom–necessitating proclamation!
E.A. Timm, Walnut Cove