The Seven Principles of God’s Liberty and Judeo-Christian Ethic!!
In this blog we will learn 7 basic principles of liberty that work when applied by individuals or nation. There are teachers that identified these principles and recorded then in Teaching & Learning America’s Christian History. As a summary we will examine each of these principles. While these teachers stated them historically, we will state them in general terms since they are applicable to all areas of life.
When Our Nation’s Founding Fathers gave us documents such as the Declaration of Indepedence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and others, they had to lean upon a common understanding of law, government, social order, and morality. That understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the JUDEO-CHRISTIAN Ethic, which is the system of moral and social values that originates in the Old and New Testament of the Word of God.
Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian is not a issue, their writings, their statements, and their votes evidence that fact the majority of them embraced these great principles as the basis for a civilized nation.
The Price of Liberty:
Consistent Party Politics. This is the price of liberty for us today. Our Founders paid a higher price with their “lives, liberty and sacred honor.” Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Indepedence, nine died in war, five died from torture, two lost their sons, and 12 lost their homes. But Thomas Jefferson said that the price of maintaining thatliberty is “eternal vigilance.”
James Monroe said: “The establishment of our institutions forms the most important epoch that history hath recorded. To preserve and hand them down in their utmost purity to the remotest ages will require the existence and practice of the virtues and talents.”
The power of our republic is on the local level with “We the People.” If we are virtuous then it is a good power; if not, then it is dangerous. The trend toward secularism today is making the possibility of virtuous people and rulers even more remote. Charles Finney said the following:
“The church must take right ground in regard to politics… The time has come that Christians must vote for honestmen, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty. He [God] will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they, (Us) [Christians] take [in politics].”
Hopefully, you have been inspired to do many things as a result of this (article) blog. One thing of great importance is for you to fulfill your Biblical duty to choose a godly representative by getting involved in local party politics for the rest of your life. Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
The 1st Principle, the Dignity of Human Life, Power, and Form.
External forms always result from an internal power. This is true for civil government, churches, homes, businesses, or associations. Both power and a form are needed for anything to function properly. The Bible speaks of certain men who hold to a form of godliness yet deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). Those that do are dead in their faith. The internal power, or Spirit, is the, ife or energizing force and is essential for any form to work as it should; yet, a form is absolutely necessary to channel power properly.
For zn analogy revealing the need for both power and form, let’s consider a fireman fighting a fire. If he rushed to a fire with his hose (the form), but not turned on the fire hydrant and, therefore, did not have water (the power) flowing through it, the fire would rage on. Similarly, if he just went and opened the hydrant without a hose attached, he would do little, if any, good in extinguishing the flames. Both a power and form are necessary.
We not only need power and form, but we also need a balance between the two. Too much form causes all involved to dry up, while too much power causes them to “blow up.” Communism, for example, produces a form of civil government that relies almost totally on external pressure to keep everyone “in line.” The internal creativity, life and motivation of each individual is suppressed by these external constraints.
An over – emphasis on power with little form leads to anarchy and eventually bondage. Historically, this can be seen after many national revolutions, the French being an excellent example.
The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preservation of human life. In the Declaration of Indepedence our nation’s Founding Fathers wrote that everyone has “unalienable right,” and that among these are “life liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We Americans not only believe this for our land, but also we send our brave military men and women are around the world to defend the rights of those who are threatened.
If people and nations do not grant ultimate respect and protection to both born and the unborn, all other professed morals and values are meaningless. The dignity of human life os not just a principle of the Bible – it is the first principle of any civilized society.
The 2nd Principle – God’s Principles The Traditional Monogamous Family
This principle is stated by Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History as follows:
“Everything in God’s universe is revelational of God’s infinity, God’s diversity, God’s individuality. God creates distinct individualities. God maintains the identity and individuality of everything which He created.”
God does not create carbon-copy molds of anything – be they humans, animals, trees, minerals, mountains, rivers, planets, or stars. Everything He creates is unique and distinct, yet there is a unity among all things for God created them all.
God’s Principles of Individuality reveals a unity with diversity for all creation. Take snowflakes for example. All snowflakes are alike in their material composition (frozen H2O) and their structure (all have 60° between their axes), yet no two snowflakes are alike in their crystal growth patterns. William Bentley, affectionately called “Snowflake” Bentley, was the first person to photograph and study snowflakes in depth. Around the turn of the century, this farmer, with his wooden box camera, photographed over 5000 different snowflakes, No two of them were alike.
This individuality is seen in all creation for God Himself is a picture of Individuality. God is One a (unity), yet He is also a triune Being (a diversity) – He is three in One.
Our society has been based upon the belief that the Biblical views of traditional marriage and family is the backbone of a healthy social order. Since the joining of Adam and Eve, marriage has been recognized as a Holy Union between one man and one woman, and
This principle of the Abrahamic covenant states that if person or a nation obeys God, observing the moral truths found in the Bible, that person or nation will be blessed. If they disobey, they will bring punishment upon themselves. For most of our nation’s history, Americans have accepted the belief that good deeds produce good results and that people who were “God-fearing” in language and in lifestyle would be blessed by Him. That belief has been proven to be true time and again. The writer of Proverbs tells it plainly, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (14:34)