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Did George Washington Speak Prophetically?

Posted by James P. McGarvey , 15 February 2013 · 1886 views

In light of the facts showing that guns are not responsible for murder, people are, one should be concerned about the real agenda behind the Left's gun control efforts. Apparently it has nothing to do with loss of human life.

Many of these same gun control advocates, willing to trample 2nd amendment rights, avidly support state sanctioned murder of the unborn, which constitutes a denial of the most fundamental of all constitutional rights, the right to life. The Left's consistent denial of transcendent truth and moral absolutes is clearly the greatest threat to America, not only to the individual personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, but the dignity and intrinsic value of human life itself.

It is increasingly clear that there is not enough political will in either party to turn the ship. While there is a political fight to be fought, it should be clear that without a spiritual awakening, the battle will be lost. The 2012 presidential election is evidence of that.

The gospel is our only hope, for it alone can change the heart and dispel the deception that is now so deeply entrenched in every institution of our society. When the gospel has lost its influence on a culture, as in America and the West today, it is inevitably replaced by secular humanism and moral relativism. When that worldview prevails, the experiment of America's representative form of government (a Republic) is doomed to fail.

Was President George Washington speaking prophetically when he said the following in his Farewell Address on September 17, 1796?

"Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

The lack of "political will" in either party is due to a lack of Christian character when it comes to standing up against bad decisions by party leadership. The other problem is that when these Christian officials go to church they are most likely never challenged by pastors to stand for Biblical values in the politial arena. Churches have muzzled themselve on any topic that could be construed as political because they fear that the beloved "Tax Exemption" will be taken away from them. I appreciate men like Erwin Lutzer who have figured a way to speak on some of these political issues.
In the coming days the church will have to decide if what they are doing is really of God or just an institution. IFF it is of God then trusting God and not the government will be a step that they will have to take and throw off the shackles that tax exemption places on the church in order to comply. IFF God is God then He will make a way for the church to survive and to proclaim the full counsel of God and not just the politically correct ones.
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I agree. Pastors were very involved in the political process when the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written. Indeed, without men like John Leland, who knows whether we would even have a Bill of Rights. It's ironic because Leland was a champion of the separation of church and state. However, Leland would be aghast were anyone to suggest that Christians stay out of the political process. Leland felt the separation of church and state meant we should be free to choose God, and that the government's power should be restricted. Today, we have the reemergence of tyranny; however, in this century we lack a majority of men with character. Unless the pastors of this nation show some courage and start fighting for the soul of this nation, we are doomed. America will then become just another nation controlled by tyrants instead of a government run by the people. I'm quite ashamed of America right now if you want to know the truth. Truth, and integrity, and being responsible matters. I see a lazy and apathetic group who care little about the character of this nation, for they are self-absorbed.
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