“As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their father held it before them.” –Tench Coxe, An American Citizen, No. 2, 1787
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“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” Noah Webster
The phrase – “separation of church and state” apparently was not seen in the constitution by Noah Webster. As a matter of fact we find a quote about elections that we should heed today.
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” -History of United States by Noah Webster.
He is teaching that God should be involved in the affairs of government. This is quite contrary to what some would have us believe today. Of course the ignorance of this man that began the first newspaper and put together the first dictionary of 70,000 words is astounding. His knowledge was extremely limited, even if he did attend Yale at the age of 16 and did go to law school. This man, no doubt was better educated than 75% of our college graduates today. Technorati Tags: Noah Webster, God, government, corrupt
your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this
day the Fourth of July? Is it not that, in the chain of
human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a
leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first
organized the social compact on the foundation of the
Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone
of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
John Quincy Adams, when he
delivered a Forth of July
speech at Newburyport
of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well
as the privilege and interest of our Christian
nation to select and prefer Christians for
their rulers.” – John Jay
This flies in the face of so many today that believe it might be economy or social issues
where we need to make decisions. There are those “Christians” that see a label
of religion and decisions are made upon the label. The true test for one that
claims to be a child of God and faithful to the word is their stand on
abortion and homosexuality. These are very well covered in the
Word of God. Why not base our decisions upon these to
doctrines as stated by the Word of God.
It is a better measurement of
the relationship one has
with God than most
any other except,
Is Christ your
“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.” – Roger Sherman, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.
How many have noticed the wordsmiths that signed our Declaration of Independence and other documents. The above quote illustrates the education of that day and the art of writing. Notice how Roger Sherman used the word “means” and placed it and properly used it. There are few of us today that would use this word in this manner. I like the term “wholly indisposed”. How about the terminology, “on account.” The intelligence and learning of these men often surprise me. Consider, they were readers because there was no television in those days.
I look back at the days of my grandfather on my mom’s side of the family. In winter, when darkness comes early and the chores have been completed, there were choices to be made as to the entertainment of the evening. Checkers and dominoes were common games to be played. Reading was an activity that many would engage in. The country farms offered the Sears Roebuck catalogue and the Bible. Many learned their English from exquisite Old English of the King James Bible.
Roger Sherman shows evidence of having drank deeply from the draughts of doctrine that God has revealed in His Word. He has laid out in one short, complete, lucid paragraph a compendium of God’s Word.
This is marvelous indeed.
“The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables, one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God, the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.” – Noah Webster
Exodus 20 gives us the Ten Commandments. They are not called the the Ten Suggestions. These certainly were not the beginning of the law. In the garden the law not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was disobeyed. This breaking of the law is what plunged man into sin. Let me ask you, do you believe that God thought man would not break His law and thereby break His heart? God knew man would break His law and therefore had already made provision for it. The picture of the provision was the animal slain and blood shed to cover man’s nakedness.
By the law man was condemned and by the law man is saved. Not that man can keep the law in every jot and tittle, we fail miserably, but Christ made after the fashion of man lived the law without ever breaking it. In this sense, the law saved us by the Grace and Mercy of God in sending His Son to take our penalty on the cross. Do not despise the law like so many do today, but love the law that demanded perfect living and a sinless sacrifice to be our substitute.