America needs to return to its first works

Published 8:01 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

There has been a great deal of back and forth in the last few weeks over the issue of Americans being exceptional. President Obama has gone from calling us arrogant while on foreign soil to us being exceptional during his administration. I suppose he takes credit for our turn around in that respect too.

Vladimir Putin took exception, there’s that word again, with the President saying Americans were exceptional, which brought a heated response from who else but John McCain. Sometimes I wonder what party McCain really belongs to, if any. Old “Bombs Away” John seems to favor bombing Syria to aid the Syrian rebels not fully knowing whether they be friend or foe. Didn’t we just play that hand in Egypt and Libya? What a guy?

I contend America began as an exceptional nation. It was so because of its reverence to God and being established on Judeo-Christian ideals and principles. It was a nation devoted to following God’s commandments and giving credit to His anointing of a free society for the worship of God. All of the founding fathers gave credit to that proposition as evidenced by their writings and lectures. It is difficult for atheists to deny that fact, although they make feeble attempts to do so.

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Even foreigners recognized why America was so exceptional. Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian reporting to the French Senate in the early 1800s, had this to say: “But I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the Church. It was there as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevation principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave.”

There have been attempts to discredit this statement by Tocqueville too, but no one to my knowledge has proven he didn’t make it.

George Washington, father of our country and first President said in the first Inaugural Address, 1789, “The propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

There are numerous other examples of our founding exceptionality, but space is limited here. I will say that in the last few years our exceptionality is seriously in question. We have abandoned our founding principles for political correctness and inclusiveness to the detriment of Biblical teachings. We are adrift without moral or principle guidance like a ship without a rudder. More and more we are becoming like Babylon or Sodom and Gomorrah. America needs to return to its first works.