Why is America on the wrong path? How did we get on this path? Where are the answers and the guide to change the course of direction? Why are the people permitting the government to dictated and take away their inalienable rights?
What is America? Who are we and who are we becoming? These are question that I have struggled with for the last twenty plus years searching for answers. The world began to change on October 31, 1517 when the German Monk, Martin Luther, was frustrated with the Catholic beliefs and he nailed his 95thesis to the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. I view this as the beginning of the movement that led people away from the Catholic Church to begin the journey to America.
The group known as “Separatist” left England in 1608 to continue their efforts to complete their work of the “Reformation” and they choose to commit themselves to life based on the bible. They left England and went to Amsterdam and 12 years later, they returned to England where they gathered to begin to make their journey to America.
In the beginning, there were no formal laws written and therefore the “Separatist when they arrived at Plymouth Rock they took the time to write the Mayflower Compact to which they would use in the beginning to govern themselves. The Mayflower Compact mentions God five times. This is where it becomes evident that America was founded on the basis of Christian principles.
Many controversial remarks and comment have been made regarding the values and principles by which America becomes the Icon of the world. The facts have been reveled throughout history of the connection with a Christian philosophy as the driving force behind the great success of this nation.
During the drafting of the “Declaration of Independence”, there was some controversy over the word God; they replaced God with the word “creator” to eliminate the controversy. Never the less it does not diminish the fact that America is a Christian Nation.
After the Revolutionary War, the Northwest Ordinance was draft. In the document under the titled “Establishment of Natural Rights”, a proclamation of “Religion Tolerance” is established. The document proclaimed “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
The title Two Tablets of Stone-One Book –One Church is exactly how we maintained a civil society during the migration west of the original thirteen colonies. The focal point in the territories, towns, and communities were on the church. The beliefs in Christian’s values were very prevalent and thoroughly exercised, in many instance the Old Testament were the laws being enforced. The simple rule was the “Golden Rule” and the “Ten Commandments” followed as the rule of law. The church in the communities was the gathering place for social events, trials, and house of records for births and marriages. As the territories became states and towns, the “Ten Commandments” were etched in marble hallways inside the courthouses or etched on granite or stone and placed on the courthouse lawns. We should all be proud of our heritage as a Christian Nation. We should have never permitted removal of prayer in schools, nor removal of the symbols of what made America the greatest country in the world.