Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. John Adams
The problem with the Constitution of the United States of America is, indeed, that it was conceived and formulated by God-fearing men, who, while not perfect, had a high degree of morality and integrity. They were men from diverse backgrounds, but statesmen who sought the common good for the common people. They could not conceive of an America that would degenerate into an immoral and irreligious citizenry that would lust after the sinful nature of man. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,” pined George Washington, “religion and morality are indispensible supports. . . . And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle.”
Although the Founding Fathers did not desire to establish a “Christian nation” they did desire to establish a rule of law bathed in Christian principles and biblical values. They fully believed, each and every one of them, that a nation could not be established on any greater or firmer foundation than that of the God of the Universe.
Therefore, they could not have invisioned an America of the future that would slide so far down the slope to immorality and paganism. Not in their wildest imagination could they have invisioned their beloved country – for whom they risked everything – would sink so low as to murder its unborn children; condone homosexual behavior as the norm; the harvesting of human embryos for research; a theory of evolution replacing the biblical concept of God’s creation; science trumping over godly ethics; preachers flaunting immorality from their pulpits or a host of other degradations of society that would have been unthinkable for their time and morality.
Nor did they believe (despite present-day assertions to the contrary) in the “separation of church and state.” Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution or other draftings of the founding period does such a concept occur, nor belief promulgated. But then, that’s a blog for another time.
Has America now superceded the constraints of its own consitution? Has it become, as a people, so debased as to make our beloved constitution irrelevant? Have we gone too far or is there still hope?