Guest commentary: Godless society will lead us back to wilderness
By: Glen Spicer Special to the Messenger
By GLEN SPICER
Special to The Messenger
A move is under way in America today to rewrite our country’s history and downplay the role that religion played in its creation. One cannot change history by neglecting to teach it, hiding it or dismissing it. It remains and it is the foundation we built this country on from the beginning.
An attempt is being made to portray our first leaders as less religious than we think they were, trying to erase God from the picture and even to make Him unconstitutional. Our Constitution speaks plainly of God and His role in our existence as people and as a nation.
Thomas Jefferson wrote during the Revolutionary War, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that their liberties are the gift of God?”
I believe that our freedoms are only secure when we recognize from whom they came and when we value and refuse to discard those gifts.
Could modern-day law makers be twisting the real intent of our founding forefathers? The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in our Constitution, though many believe it is because it is pounded into us repeatedly.
Consider this statement as it relates to the way our government handles the issue: “In order to ensure citizens’ freedom of conscious, the church is separated from the state and the schools from the church. Freedom of religious worship is recognized for all citizens.”
Does that seem in step with the interpretation of our Constitution as practiced by our liberal politicians? Yes, it does. However, that quote was taken from the Soviet Constitution, not ours. Yes, you read it right.
Our Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It was written to prevent the government from establishing a state religion, and to prevent the government from denying us our freedom to worship. It was not designed to deny us the freedom of recognizing God and prayer as an active part of our government.
In fact, in 1791, the same Congress that passed the First Amendment also asked the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer. Does it sound to you that separation of church and state, of God and government, was their intent?
President Jefferson also presided over the School Board of the District of Columbia. In that role, he installed the Bible as the school’s primary reading text, calling it the “cornerstone of liberty.” How did today’s liberals twist his belief in the Bible, prayer and the importance of both into a campaign to have it all removed from the school system? And also important to ask, how did they get away with it?
Whose ideals are we following, our founding fathers or those of Soviet creation? The answer is a bit unsettling, isn’t it?
Making a difference is at times difficult but I believe that if enough people took a stand, the ones in leadership would HAVE to listen and take notice. And if they won’t, we must use our legal right as voters to replace them with those who will join with us for a stronger, safer, more upright and moral America.
Our rights are being taken away from us every day and we need to reclaim them. Our values are being trashed and seen as unfit. We need to stand proudly, and boldly, behind the standard under which this country was built.
It wasn’t liberal, Godless politicians who carved America out of the wilderness. It was the God-fearing people who came here for the freedom to worship God openly. I cannot picture them ever imagining a day when our leaders would try and legislate that freedom out of our culture, now that they think it no longer serves us.
Our belief and reverence of God will always serve us. A Godless society, no matter how politically correct some may think it is, will only bring us once again to the wilderness that we occupied before we earned our place of honor and greatness in the world.
Glen Spicer, a Troy resident, is a longtime contributor to The Messenger.
Published in The Messenger 1.23.08