“The state governments, called numerous days of prayer and thanksgiving. The proclamations on both the state and national levels consistently emphasize three indispensable elements in a Christian nation. Here is a typical example found in a “Proclamation for a National Thanksgiving,” in 1787: that it may please him… to raise up from along our youth, men eminent for virtue, learning, and piety, to his service in Church and State… and to fill the world with his glory. Virtue, learning, and piety are the three elements found emphasized throughout our official documents and the statements of our Founders. Sometimes they are called “morality,” “knowledge,” and “religion,” such as in the Northwest Ordinance. References to “religion” in that era were references to Christianity; “morality” meant Christian character; and “knowledge” meant a Biblical world view. These were consistently emphasized by our Founders as the indispensable foundations of supports of our system of government. Hence, if they are ever completely lost, our nation will eventually collapse.” Mark A. Beliles and Douglas S. Anderson, Contending for the Constitution 60 (2005). “John Adams expanded on the need for a religious and moral foundation in 1798, when he said. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, and it is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” Thomas Jefferson said that religious is “deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.” Id. at 60. “The Father of the American Revolution was Samuel Adams, who said that to change any age in which we live we must simply “study and practice the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” “While the people are virtuous,” he said, “they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to their first external or internal invader. If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” “Noah Webster wrote, “No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” Id. at 61. I believe that if our nation still followed these principles like they use to back then, then the world would be better today. I feel like in today’s time we have grown apart from religion and that’s why things are the way they are. It’s becoming a godless society, meaning our nation has drifted away from the Biblical principles that the founding fathers based it upon. If our nation completely drifts away from those Biblical principles it’s going to become a bad world and more bad events will continue to happen.
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