Happy Birthday, U.S.A. (with a word of caution)

Here we are, celebrating the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence!  As we recall, it took seven years of determined fighting before our independence was officially secured.

In the succeeding twenty-three decades, our nation has overcome many challenges.  We’ve survived the War of 1812 when Washington D.C. was on fire, the Civil War/War Between the States, world wars, presidential assassinations, the Depression, economic panics, etc.

As proud as we may be for our fortitude and resilience since 1776, we must remember that our country does not have the assurance which Christ gave His Church.  While she faces threats with the knowledge that “the Gates of Hell shall not prevail” against her, Christ did not promise that secular humanism would not prevail against the greatest nation in modern history.  The seductive political correctness which induces many to embrace the killing of the unborn, redefinition of marriage and disregard for religious liberty can only bring disaster ultimately.

As George Washington said in his farewell address:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”1

Well said, Mr. President!

 

1 – Wikipedia.com

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