SEVEN PRINCIPLES THAT MADE
By: Jerry Falwell
The biblical standards of a grand new nation are desperately needed today!
I n 1789, the first President of these United States, George Washington, spoke with prudence when he said in his first inaugural address, “The propitious smiles of heaven can never he expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.”
In 1796, in leaving what was then, and indeed will be for all time, the highest office in our land, George Washington spoke urgent words of farewell: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are of indispensable support. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”
America has not been, nor ever will be, a great nation because she harbors a wealth of natural resources, or a strategic position among the lands of this earth, or a populace of intellectual elitists. America’s greatness will forever expressly parallel her adherence to certain basic principles that were paramount in her inception and that will always continue to be absolutely necessary to her continued existence. God elevated America to greatness because she adhered to these principles.
America is a nation under God, built upon seven principles of the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is these seven principles that guided the thinking of our founding fathers as they penned the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. All the compacts, agreements, and statutes on which our federal government and all 50 state governments are predicated are based on these principles.
Enumerated, these Old and New Testament biblical principles include:
1. The principle of the dignity of human life. (Exodus 20:13); Matthew (5:21,22).
The Bible clearly points out, Thou shalt not kill (commit murder).” In a land that has led the world in its position regarding the dignity and value of human life, we are today allowing the murder of millions of innocent babies. Our Supreme Court has ruled that innocent and defenseless unborn babies have no right to live. We are blatantly and shamelessly violating a moral principle on which this nation was built, and we are suffering the consequences of this violation.
2. The principle of the traditional monogamous family (Genesis 2:21-24; Ephesiarts 5.22-33).
A family begins when a man legally marries a woman. Diverse family forms such as common law marriage or homosexual marriage are not acceptable. They are an abomination to God who divinely ordained order in the family relationship.
3. The principle of common decency. (Genesis3j2l;Matthew 5:2728, Ephesians 5.3-5).
Common decency in a race that is fallen because of sin begins with the covering of the human body. Today pornography is a four-billion-dollar business in our country. Lewd magazines portraying filthy acts are sold on newsstands at the eye level of a five-year-old child. Television programs and movies are filled with vulgarity, profanity, and obscenity.
4. The principle of the work ethic. (Genesis 3:19, Exodus 20:9,10; H Thessalonians 3:10).
The Bible makes it clear that a man is to live by working with his hands. The result of the curse of sin upon man was that by the sweat of his brow he would earn his bread. There is a dignity in hard work, a dignity the welfare system has stripped from millions of Americans. The free enterprise system encourages ambition, incentive, competition, and hard work.
5. The principle of the Abrabamic covenant (Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 11.1,2).
Several thousand years ago God told Abraham that out of his seed would come a great nation, more numerous than the stars in the heaven and the sands of the seashore. God promised Abraham that through his seed all the families of the earth would he blessed. This is the Messianic Promise. Jesus Christ provided the fulfilment for that blessing. Although all people are equally loved by God, Jews, are God’s chosen people. Palestine belongs to Israel. God deals with nations in relation to how those nations deal with Israel.
6. The principle of God-centered education (Deuteronomy 6.4-9,’ Lphesians 6.4). In recent years, the name of Almighty God has literally been removed from our public schools. Voluntary prayer has been banned. Creationism is no longer taught as a viable alternative to evolution which is now taught as a fact. As God was taken out of our schools, we saw moral permissiveness, academic deterioration, and the drug epidemic creep in.
In many cases, sex education classes in the public school are nothing more than academic pornography. Secular humanism, rather than God-centered education, has resulted in decadence and deterioration.
7. The principle of divinely ordained establishments.
A. The home (Genesis 2:21-24; Ephesians 5:22-23).
B. State or civil government (Genesis 10:32; Romans 13:1-7).
C. Religious institution (Exodus 25:8,9- tabernacle temple Matthew 16:17-19).
God divinely ordained the institutions of the home, the state (civil government), and the church. The home is the basic unit of a civilized society. A society is only as strong as the homes within that society.
Since God established human, civil government, to rebel against government, except when government rebels against God, is to rebel against God Himself We are to respect authority and pray for our leaders. God established the church, and though it has always been under direct attack by Satan, it will always remain strong and triumphant. It must always sound forth the clear Gospel message: Jesus Christ was crucified, He was buried, He rose from the dead three days later, triumphant over death, hell, and the grave. He is seated at the right hand of God and will redeem all who come to Him in simple, childlike faith.
We need a return to God and to the Bible as never before in the history of America. Undoubtedly we are at the edge of eternity. Some are already referring to us as “post-Christian America.” We have stretched the rubber band of morality too far already. A Few more stretches and it will undoubtedly snap forever. When that happens we will become like all the other nations preceding us who’ve fallen under the judgment of God.
It is time to call America back to her moral roots. It is time to call America back to God. We need a revival of righteous living based on a proper confession of sin and repentance of heart if we are to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I am convinced that God is calling millions of Americans in the so-often silent majority to join in the crusade to turn America around in our lifetime. Let us unite our hearts and lives together for the cause of a new America... a moral America in which righteousness will exalt this nation. Only as we do this can we exempt ourselves from one day having to look our children in the eyes and answer this searching question: “Mom and Dad, where were you the day freedom died in America?”
SEVEN PRINCIPLES THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT
by: Jerry Falwell, Copyright@1981, OLD-TIME GOSPEL HOUR
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