Does Mankind have the Power for Self-Government? Part Two

Lesson One Part Two Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34 1. What is the basic principle of American Federalism?The legacy of liberty bequeathed to us by all those who helped establish Constitutional government is Christian self-government with voluntary union. This is the basic principle of federalism. 2. … Continue reading “Does Mankind have the Power for Self-Government? Part Two”

Does Mankind have the Power for Self-Government? Part One

Lesson One Part One I can of my own self do nothing. John 5:30 1. What produces mankind’s ability to be self-governed? James Madison, writing in The Federalist, said:   “…that honorable determination which animates every votary (vow or promise) of freedom: to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” … Continue reading “Does Mankind have the Power for Self-Government? Part One”

The Christian Principle of American Political Union* Part II

Til we come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God… Ephesians 4:13 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 Christianity produces civil or political union in a different way than … Continue reading “The Christian Principle of American Political Union* Part II”

What makes America unique?

The answer is its founding text (U.S. Constitution), the Bible and the God of the Bible! Righteousness exalts a nation Proverbs 14:34 Our Founders almost universally taught that for liberty to exist and be sustained there must be character (virtue, morality) in the people. They further believed that Christianity was the religion that produced the … Continue reading “What makes America unique?”

The Christian Principle of American Political Union* Part I

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:13 Christianity produces civil or political union in a different way than the world does. It produces union based upon … Continue reading “The Christian Principle of American Political Union* Part I”

How the seed of local self-government is planted (Part II)

 “The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; …. for such a government to be sustained many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced. The rulers must govern in … Continue reading “How the seed of local self-government is planted (Part II)”

How the seed of local self-government is planted (Part I)

Samuel Adams*—The Father of the Revolution—reminds us that the art of self-government is learned through “the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system …” Let [pastors] and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys … Continue reading “How the seed of local self-government is planted (Part I)”

Teach the children: The Christian form of our government. (Part II)

Every human person God created is endowed with the ability to self-govern, and we as Americans must protect that right by law. In order to do that, we must learn the nature of government. Government is the flow of power and force. Government is both external—in our communities, states, and our national capital—or internal within … Continue reading “Teach the children: The Christian form of our government. (Part II)”

Teach the children: The Christian form of our government. (Part I)

Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. Thomas Jefferson (1775) An amazing book, The Spirit of Law, was written just at the moment in history when our nation was forming.  A structure … Continue reading “Teach the children: The Christian form of our government. (Part I)”

Teach the children: How to keep a good conscience

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” George Washington, “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation,” Rule #110, 1744 God planted a conscience within the human heart as a touchstone to eternity.  We know from scripture that serving a right conscience brings happiness and blessing … Continue reading “Teach the children: How to keep a good conscience”