During his 1st Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln said, “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.”
Friends, we must stop allowing the denigration and removal of Christianity in this country. As Andrew Jackson said, “The Bible is the Rock on which this Republic rests.” It was Christianity which influenced and shaped the foundational principles of this nation; its form of government; and its major institutions. As Charles Spurgeon said, “Where there is Protestantism, there is liberty.”
We have no established state religion, as we have individual freedom of religion. Nonetheless, we cannot and will not survive as a free people apart from the influence of Christian doctrine in our society. Liberals continually attack Christianity, and they wish to remove it from the culture and the nation, and replace it with secular humanism and socialism – and to a significant extent they have succeeded. Even Christians have become hesitant to utter “Merry Christmas” during the Christmas season to avoid the largely perceived possibility of offending someone.
We must be ever mindful that it is Christian doctrine which supports individual rights, equal opportunity, personal responsibility, and accountability for one’s actions. It is Christian doctrine which is the basis of free-enterprise capitalism, the most equitable and prosperous type of economic system the world has ever known. It is Christian doctine which recognizes personhood in the womb, and thus mandates the protection of innocent life.
Whether an indivdual is a Christian is between each man and woman, and Almighty God. But this nation, the most blessed nation in world history, will not survive if it removes the only firm, and enduring foundation, the Everlasting Rock. As George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality and indispensable supports.” In effect, he agreed with Benjamin Franklin’s statement at the Constitutional Convention, to wit: “We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build they labor in vain who build it.'”