In his inaugural address of April 30, 1789, President George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.” George Washington was not alone among the early presidents and other patriots who recognized a higher source of authority for our country. Too often we look to our government as the initiator and provider of blessings to the People. We breathlessly await an opinion from the Supreme Court, as if Moses himself were delivering news from on high. This should not be. Eternal rules of order and justice are not ordained out of a depraved heart. We must pay attention when “government is in session” to stay alert to what laws and actions are being considered for our good. Our fellow citizens, in both Jefferson City and Washington D.C., require our heartfelt support and prayers as they perform their legislative duties.
No one read the following article after the Parkland School Shooting:
DATELINE: In wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it was revealed that the Nikolas Cruz was allowed, and even encouraged (with one exception that we know about) to act out the philosophy of moral relativism. As part of his class assignments in government and economic classes, the shooter made a video, which showed himself as a hit man, a protection ring of sorts, who could be hired out to wreak justice on jocks who picked on other students. The video was violent and ended with him bludgeoning the head of a dummy amid much fake blood. When another of the students was asked if this was not odd, she “noted that many of the videos were violent and that her own contained sexual scenes. “Everybody’s video involved fighting,’’ she said.1
With the sudden passing of Justice Scalia, the stalled confirmation of controversial appointment Merrick Garland, the awareness of judicial appointments and their significance is at an all time high. (The Judicial Branch) may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments. (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78) Western Civilization generally, and America specifically, owes a tremendous debt to the Holy Bible for giving, among other things, form and substance to government, language, culture, and law.
July 1, 1776
“It was hot and humid outside, and stifling in the chamber,” wrote historian William Hogeland in his book, Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1-July 4, 1776. “At four in the afternoon, heat gave way to a two-hour thunderstorm. The rain would play a strange part in the memories of the men in the room and in the recounting of later