“The republic, when we inherited it, was like a beautiful painting whose colors were already fading with age, but our own time not only has neglected to freshen it by renewing the original colors, but has not even bothered to preserve its forms and outlines. What now is left of the ancient customs on which the commonwealth of Rome was formally founded? They have been so utterly buried in oblivion that not only are they no longer practiced, but they are forgotten.”
These are the words of Cicero near the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. He saw rampant ignorance of the heroes and victories of ancient Rome, and as a result, moral decline, corruption, and laziness in the hearts of his countrymen.
I understand where he’s coming from as we sit here watching the potential Fall of the American Empire. We need to go back to the basics and refresh the minds of Americans on the greatness of this experiment in self-government based on biblical commands, doctrine, and models.
I hope these articles will accomplish two goals. First, that they will foster a better understanding of and appreciation for the American founding. Time, familiarity, and the constant criticism of the left’s atheistic academia have whittled away the glory, uniqueness, and radical nature of this experiment in human government. Not only that, but biased revisionist historians of the last 100 years have worked overtime to cover up the Christian roots of our country and to wrestle credit away from Christianity for anything good in or from America. We’re going to correct that, but we’re not going to swing the pendulum in the other direction. We’re going to portray our founders as the Bible portrays the heroes of our faith – as flawed men, corrupted by the culture in which they lived, who accomplished great things because God worked through them as they lived out their faith in an impressive but imperfect manner.
Second and most importantly, I want this study not so much to glorify America, but to glorify God. When His word is put into practice by an individual, the individual flourishes and is blessed. The same is true when it’s put into practice by a family, a church, a community, or a state. And as the Bible says, “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). I want you to see the power of scripture in the lives of ordinary people overcoming impossible odds in order to do their best to live out the faith and stay true to the Word of God. I hope you will appreciate how it has blessed us in such an amazing way that we – the rejects and refuse of the world — have come together, lived out these biblical principles, and become the world’s ultimate superpower. It is America that saved the globe not once but twice from the ruthless domination of left-wing socialist, totalitarian oppression. We live in an amazing nation because we serve an awesome God. As long as we continue to serve Him with the passion and dedication of our forefathers, we will continue to be blessed.