An America without God? Poof!
Eisenhower said it best: "Without God, there could be no American form of Government, no an American way of life."
I can hear the screams now:
He’s a Christian Nationalist!!!
I’ve been called far worse, so I’ll proceed.
First, let me set the stage:
Everywhere we look we see a godless society. It’s godless at the individual, corporate and governmental levels.
Whether it’s a 21-year-old Florida man stabbing his mother to death because she “never pushed him to be a man,” or a Philadelphia gas station owner having to hire AR-15-carrying security guards to stop the repeated ransacking of his store, or San Francisco’s failed open-air drug market that has resulted in over 500 deaths this year alone, godlessness reigns.
I could go on with plenty of other examples, but you’ve seen them and read them yourselves.
So let me say something bold that will, for some, come out of “left-field” (or perhaps “Christian-privilege” thinking).
Without God, America as we know it, formed it, and built it cannot exist. It will die.
The American system was founded upon the assumption that citizens would maintain a belief in a biblical God. Absent the recognition of this Supreme Being – His principles, truths, justice, and morality – America is destined for self-destruction and the grave.
Overly dramatic? Too sensational?
At least I’m not the first to say it.
Eisenhower warns America can’t exist without God
In fact, it was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who previously gave this bold warning.
“Without God,” said the nation’s 34th president during an American Legion Back-to-God Program held in February of 1955, “there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God's help, it will continue to be."
Eisenhower wasn’t just saying God is necessary to bind a nation together, or that even acknowledging His existence is sufficient. Instead, he was emphasizing that Americans must be the “expression” of God.
The bottom line is the United States of America was never constitutionally designed to flourish as a nation of nonbelievers dumping ideas into a witch’s brew to conjure up man-made standards of morality or truth, or earthly tenets.
The United States is a nation whose institutions, governments and laws contain the DNA of God-ordained freedoms, liberties and rights.
Our Founding Fathers loved freedom. However, they also knew that freedom wasn’t a license to do harm, lie, cheat, steal, or murder. That was common sense to the framers as well as the American public (at least way back then).
It was common sense because people believed in God, an omnipresent Supreme Being that would hold people accountable for their crimes, misdeeds, mischiefs and offenses, even if they weren’t apprehended and jailed by Johnny Law and thought they had “gotten away with it.”
So, “give people liberty” was the resounding chorus of the nation’s founders. A police state would not be necessary for a nation restrained by the solemnity of the Ten Commandments.
They built a country around freedom, weaving liberty into American laws, government agencies, elections and self-determination. The framers wanted liberty to be the chromosome binding the nation together in defense of free speech, religious freedom, gun ownership, and the many other rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.
“We have a right to it,” said President John Adams while also cautioning that those rights are “derived from our maker.”
Without that Maker, rights – if any – are dispensed by the cold, hard hand of the government ... as that government sees fit.
Americanism cannot work in a society where there is no objective, absolute truth.
If the nation is not built upon God, then tyranny eventually becomes the only option for the government to control the misbehaving, criminally inclined, lawless brats who think “rights” are the same as “wants,” “needs,” and “personal desires.”
Voltaire said if God didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent Him
As the French philosopher Voltaire wrote, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”
Regarded by many as an atheist, Voltaire believed a free society could exist only if citizens feared their behavior would be scrutinized by a Supreme Being capable of handing out rewards and punishment, both during this life and afterward.
Otherwise, welcome to the police state.
With this understanding, we can comprehend why Eisenhower warned, “Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life.”
Currently, America is experiencing a pandemic of dangerous human behavior stemming from self-delusional “rights,” the frequent and loud exercise of which prevents others from enjoying their God-given rights. Think of a mother’s “right” to abort her baby that denies that child’s right to life. Think of the “right” of a deluded boy to use a girls’ bathroom that denies every girl the right to her own privacy and security.
America is becoming clearly divided between those who believe inalienable rights are derived from their Maker and those who believe inalienable rights are merely license to satisfy all their own hedonistic and self-obsessed desires.
That division will kill our nation.
As Abraham Lincoln said after accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1858, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Lincoln is credited with that memorable and prophetic statement, but in reality he lifted it from the wisest man ever to walk the Earth.
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand,” Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 12:25.
We ignore His warning at our own extreme peril.
Finally, someone is saying what needs to be said. We can live in an environment, whether it is in our families, our communities, or our nation, that actually serves us and our needs when we live attendant exclusively to the Person, needs and desires of God, while doing so for His sake and not our own. Owing to the fact that we are created from God, we share His nature and outside of the practice of that nature we wither and die in the unnatural and inhuman filth we are consigned to create around us. This is not religion, but constraint imposed directly upon us by our own true nature derived from God. Our teachers have long glossed over or ignored the most salient attribute of Jesus existence demonstrated consistently by His actions while here on earth. With respect to our Father and with respect to us, Jesus embodied a consummate personal selflessness that extends not just to the abandonment of His personal welfare and life but even of what I call his His "Godship". He took upon Himself these "extreme" dispositions in complete abandonment of His own interests for the sake of our Father and for ours. Few of us hope that such an abandonment of self and self interest could be ever required of us and yet unless we become participants in that same consummate abandon of self and self interest we can become neither participants in the life of His Sonship ,which alone enables sanctity in life here on earth, or attain entry into Heaven since no one not fully attendant to and upon God can hope to become enabled to exist there.. Our fathers lived in health, hope and security because until half century ago when we and our children largely abandoned attendance to the Person, needs, and desires of God for attendance to our own. Life became instead, all about us. The price of that dereliction exacted upon us, our children, and our nation has now become truly unimaginable as we now embrace the most inhuman of filth imaginable for ourselves and even believe the inhuman actions and vile convictions from which they arise can somehow be grounded in virtue. Until we return as individuals, as families, and as a nation to attendance to our God for His sake alone, enshrining the life of God instead of the self centered inhuman filth to which we have now disposed ourselves and children of late, we can hardly expect a different result than the foul stench in which we have allowed ourselves to become immersed.
you made great observation on the current abyss in which the entire nation is being dragged. American constitution is one of the greatest constitutions barring a few aberrations. It is one small booklet which is on my desk for ready reference. However, I disagree with one point you made: "The American system was founded upon the assumption that citizens would maintain a belief in a biblical God." There is no basis for this assumption. It contradicts the first amendment- freedom of religion. This assumption has caused bias, prejudice, boxing of people (such as we vs. others) social disharmony and brutal near extinction of Native Americans. Evidence given in the written document does not admit assumptions. Faith and family provide stable society. Protection of borders and preventing lawlessness are ONLY two fundamental duties of a government. All else like demographic engineering in the name of democracy or endless welfare scheme is abuse of power.