No values, no freedom
Published 5:13 pm Friday, December 8, 2023
To the Editor:
Don’t look now but America is fast loosing its moral compass.
From early on in our history, Americans have always valued faith, character, family, fairness, charity, discipline, hard work and achievement. Of all these attributes, faith and family rank high on the list that made us a great nation.
It was President Ronald Reagan that described America as “A light house on a hill”. Since America became a great nation, people from all around the world have flocked to our shores for the opportunity to have freedom of worship and to live their lives in freedom.
It may come as a surprise to some but there was a time not long ago that parents brought up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord. These biblical principles brought about generations of families that lived out their faith and in return both they and our nation were blessed.
In looking back at our nation’s history, religion and morality were extremely important to a majority of its leaders and citizens. This is brought out in the following quotes:
George Washington: “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can travail in exclusion of religion.”
George Washington: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
Thomas Jefferson: “No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion nor will one ever exist.”
John Adams: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Ronald Reagan: “Together, let us take up the challenge to reawaken America’s religious and moral heart, recognizing that a deep and abiding faith in God is the rock upon which this great nation was founded.”
Our nation is currently facing a multitude of problems brought on in part by ignoring the warning of the above past leaders. So, do we want to keep on going down this same destructive path or do we choose to reawaken America’s religious and moral heart? If the answer is yes, President Reagan’s favorite Bible verse, II Chronicles 7:14 is an excellent starting point. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”