Then and now.
The Founding Fathers envisioned a nation with maximum economic freedom. The freedom to dream, create new ideas, innovate and through hard work and long hours bring those dreams to fruition. And, most importantly, profit from those dreams. They realized for any group of people to have that kind of success, they must abide by a moral code that benefits not just themselves, but others … a moral code that provides the most happiness for the most people. Nearly all of the Founders had a strong belief in Providence, their name for the Judeo Christian God. They believed that His standards for right living would be a blessing for all. Our Constitution was based on His laws as presented in His word, the Bible.
Following his word was amply demonstrated from the time in 1607, when the first Englishmen landed in North America and survived, to 1776. God had so blessed the colonists that by then they had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world, as well as the most literate.
By 1900, we had become the most powerful nation on earth, although demonstrating that power was yet to come. About that time a number of people began to think that the Constitution was old-fashioned and following the Bible was “unscientific.” Young “technocrats,” through the government, could “harness and guide” this restless energy for the good of “all.” As time went on, their ideas prevailed.
The result? Today we live in a society that has become highly regulated, highly taxed and far less free.
Even more ironically, the Biblical idea of moral self-discipline, the foundation for economic success and true happiness, is treated with derision. These people interpret the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution as license for all kinds of immorality. Notice the two pillars, economic freedom and moral discipline, that brought about this nation’s success have now been reversed. The result has led to a nation now in decline.
Regaining the success and the blessing of the past is simple: Put God and His word first in your life.
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Richard L. Nuetzel