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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Virtue - Why We Must Have It

The great patriot Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania wrote, “All its [Christian revelation] doctrines and precepts are calculated to promote the happiness of society, and the safety and well being of civil government. The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
Virtue: 1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. 2. conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness.

Why are God and Christianity so important to the United States and its freedoms? Without God and the biblical teachings of the Judeo Christian culture there are no morals or ethical principles on which to base our virtues and there would be no freedom. Freedom requires responsibility. Freedom expects people to behave in accordance with certain standards and not require someone to be looking over your shoulder watching your every move.

As a parent didn’t we allow our children more freedom to do things when they showed us they were responsible enough to do the right thing? The older they became the more we granted trust to them and allowed them more freedom. At some point we believed they were at a place that we could give them total freedom and make all their own choices.

The same thing applies to our country. We allow each other freedom because we believe that the other person will choose to do the right thing. As a Christian country we believe that people will follow the virtues we have set according to biblical standards. Therefore we don’t need a plethora of laws and regulations to dictate every word or deed. We simply trust each other. Our freedom is built on trust. To be free means I can trust you and you can trust me. I can trust you because I know you have the same morals and principles.

Thus religion and virtue were expected to be taught in the early American schools. It was written into the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Notice the order of the words. Religion first, Morality second and then knowledge. Knowledge is of no good value without morality and you cannot have morality without [Christian] religion.

When godless people are in charge they have no basis for virtue. Their lives are not built on any moral or ethical principles so in their mind we need rules and plenty of them. They require laws to be enforced and plenty of people to enforce those laws. Right or wrong is what they feel right or wrong means to them. Rules are based on their feelings at the moment.

Our country is at a massive turning point in government. It is no longer a choice of how will we implement the principles given to us from the bible like we have done for nearly two hundred years but whether we follow the principles of the bible at all. If we follow the rules of godless men we will no longer have morals and principles to follow, we will have no standards and we will no longer be able to trust men, especially the men in charge of making the rules.

The progressives in this country want us to change. Progress is what they call it, but is moving away from God progress? Is moving away from virtue progress? Can you call it progress when you can no longer trust people around you because they have no standard to believe in? Is moving away from our foundation for freedom progress? Is moving away from being a responsible person and becoming dependent on government progress? No, it is the child like behavior of an immature adult who has not yet grasped reality and these people are running our country. God help us.

We need to restore Christian virtues back to our country. We need a revival. First in the chruches, then in our neighborhoods, then our cities, our states and our federal government. We need a revival from the bottom up. It cannot be a revival of just church attenders. It must be a revival of a people deeply hungry for God, hungry for the presense of God in their lives 24 hours a day, every day for the rest of their lives. You can't have freedom without God. If freedom is worth dying for it certainly must be worth living for. Living for God is much better than dying for nothing.


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