A fallen America (part 2)
In the year 1776 there was a document written called the Declaration of Independence which was the second building block for our great nation America. In this document we find that the writers sought the Supreme Judge of the World (God) for the establishment of it, meaning they sought Divine guidance, at the request of Ben Franklin, to assure the Declaration is established as God’s will. Let’s read the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
Declaration of Independence: “We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” – John Hancock, President.
Divine Province – God is the creator of heaven and earth, and that all that occurs in the universe takes place under Divine Providence – that is, under God's sovereign guidance and control. According to believers, God governs creation as a loving father, working all things for good for those that submit to His will. When we reject God as we have today we are no longer under protection of Divine Providence.
Supreme Judge of the World – There are four references to God in the Declaration: The “law of nature and of nature’s God” entitle the United States to independence. Men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Congress appeals “to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude (righteousness) of our intentions.”Now let us consider the prayer of George Washington:
Prayer of Washington: “Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen” – George Washington, April 30th, 1789.
THE BEGINNING STEPS OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Included on the Declaration of Independence were 56 signatures which included the signature of Thomas Jefferson being one who openly and willfully signed agreeing with the content of the Declaration.
Now let’s understand the pretense behind the separation of Church and State beginning with Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut in 1802.
Part 3 continues next week