In a few days, America will celebrate her birthday. Each July 4th is replete with celebrations, parades and picnics as we take the day to wallow in unabashed patriotism and the values that make the United States unique among world governments. I’m looking forward to being with my family in Missouri for our annual 4th of July celbration.
Any explanation of the rise of an infant nation from a hostile shore to become the mightiest superpower the world has ever known, that fails to include providential design and our Judeo-Christian heritage, simply ignores the foundation of our wonderful country. Built on that foundation are institutions that provide the pillars of our national successes and blessings.
Consider our commitment to the Rule of Law. Each time that Ive been in the Supreme Court facility in Washington, DC, whether taking a public tour or a private one, I note the deep commitment our government has made to the Rule of Law. By agreeing that there must be a basis for civilization, morality and conduct, our Founding Fathers gave strength to a fledgling country that was hacking out its existence on a hostile frontier. Lawlessness, anarchy and hooliganism could have ruled the day and ruined the future, but from the onset of our federal and local governments, a respect for self-government based on the law was emphasized. Though some would abandon these principles and would turn our constitution into an evolutionary document that is not built on principles but whims, there is still a majority in this country who want the stability that only absolute Truths can provide and no greater record of those Truths can be found than those given to us by God in His Word.
Another Pillar is the strength of Christianity. Try as they might to censor the influence of Christians and Christianity from our history and textbooks, liberal educators and social manipulators cannot completely cover the power of our Christian heritage. Some have suggested that a type of religious pluralism founded on universalism wherein all religions were of equal significance was or is at the heart of our spiritual strength. This is not at all true. Throughout the original writings of our Founding Fathers, the pluralism and religious diversity that they emphasized was among Christian denominations in particular and Judaic sects to a lesser extent. Consider these words from Constitutional Framers
Whoever will introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world. - Benjamin Franklin
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! - Patrick Henry
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. - John Quincy Adams
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as its privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. - John Jay (1st Supreme Court Justice of the United States.)
Finally, we should celebrate the pillar of family. It is the nuclear family which is the building block for our culture and civilization. It is to be the place where values are taught and caught. It is the haven of privacy and individualism. It is the center of education and training. It is the seat of authority and good citizenship. When Americas families are weakened or threatened, then our entire nation is weakened and threatened. One of the most patriotic acts that any of us can perform is to keep our marriage intact, our children safe and our family strong.
American has many other pillars the free enterprise system, representative government, freedom of the press and speech, opportunities to achieve, freedom to pursue our goals, diversity of choices and so many more. None of these pillars should be taken for granted and all of them should be appreciated and protected.
On this Fourth of July, let us each acknowledge that we are blessed among the worlds citizens to live in a country such as ours. Lets take the precious privilege we have to be Americans and use it for the good of our own and others and for the glory of God!