Friday, January 20, 2012

The Importance of History, Part I

George Santayana once said, "Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them."  I would contend that it can also be said that those who forget the ingredients of success are destined to make a gigantic mess of things.

One of my biggest grievances against the liberal agenda is that liberals tend to hold tradition in very low esteem.  They are ignorant of the historical foundations of the institutions that uphold our civilization.  Marriage has been a sacred institution between man and woman since humankind walked the earth; now they want it redefined.  Men have toiled by the sweat of their brows since creation to provide for their families; fear not, "social justice" pledges to erase poverty from the country forever.  They seek a Utopian society where everything is perfect.  Christians understand that only the Kingdom of God itself will be perfect and free of worry and strife.

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly."- Proverbs 26:11

In my last article, "Tim Tebow and the State of Christianity", I addressed the peculiar eye cast toward those who publicly live a life of active faith.  This is a recently learned behavior.  It truly perplexes me when complaining parties seek to claim "separation of church and state" in an effort to have any Christian influence in their lives eradicated and declared unconstitutional.  I've written previously on the true meaning of Jefferson's phrase, "separation of church and state", and I suspect that these same people would be equally surprised to read the following quotation of John Adams, the second president of the United States.

"...Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other...Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.  The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue."- John Adams, 1798

Interestingly enough, Adams seems to have had prophetic insight to our time, where many our elected statesmen seek liberty and freedom through economic policies, stimulus packages, and political correctness rather than by returning to our Constitution, which itself was inspired by the "moral and religious people" that he described in 1798.

If the driving forces behind our present societal decay knew anything about the foundations of this country, their views on so-called "imposed morality" and "separation of church and state" would be forever altered.  Most Americans greatly admire George Washington, but how many would change their tune if they knew how he handled the case of Lt. Frederick Enslin, a practicing homosexual in the Continental Army?  In 1778, in the midst of the American Revolution, fighting against the world's foremost military power, Washington personally saw to it that Lt. Enslin was expelled "with infamy" from his Army because of the corruptive nature of his sexual practices.  Early states imposed harsh punishment, ranging from hard labor to death, on those found to be homosexuals.

I point this out because I believe homosexuality to be the ultimate form of self-gratification and rebellion against God.  While we are all sinners in His eyes, nothing erodes the family more than divergent views caused by tolerance of homosexuality and promiscuity within society.  Without families, children are destined to fail as young adults and beyond.  Not only are these foul practices tolerated in our culture, they are encouraged!  California has ordered that high schools educate students on the contributions of gays and lesbians to society.  Below is a list of their important contributions to anyone outside the gay community:


There you have it.  This is not a time to stand by and see our culture rot.  I believe America will return to a way of responsibility and conservatism in one way or another; however, I hope and pray that it comes as a result of the efforts of faithful Christians and virtuous Americans instead of a complete societal collapse that leaves us with no choice but to start over.

"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."- II Timothy 4:3

In the verse above, Paul describes to Timothy times that have replicated themselves over centuries.  Fortunately for us, everyone is constantly searching for what is true and right.  That is why there are so many broken marriages, penniless bank accounts, and illicit drug users- they are all looking for ways to make meaning of their lives, unaware that true fulfillment and purpose comes from devotion to Godly living and responsibility under that law.

We still have a vote and a say-so.  The only way to turn back the tide on societal decay is to invest your time and energy into the lives of people and encourage them in the right way of thinking.  This may take some time, but I trust that the efforts of the faithful will pay off.  To move forward in time in a positive way, we must first step back into time and pledge to never forget our history.  It is a history that provides a road map to success and a path to life for a nation in need of a moral compass.

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