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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young

Quoting Noah Webster:

The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe, which serve to support tyrannical governments, are not the Christian religion, but abuses and corruptions of it. The religion of Christ and his apostles, in its primitive simplicity and purity, unencumbered with the trappings of power and the pomp of ceremonies, is the surest basis of a republican government. (1834)

Noah Webster On The Basis Of Our Civil Constitutions

Noah Webster

Quoting Noah Webster (Founding Educator):

The most perfect maxims and examples for regulating your social conduct and domestic economy, as well as the best rules of morality and religion, are to be found in the Bible. . . . The moral principles and precepts found in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. These principles and precepts have truth, immutable truth, for their foundation. . . . All the evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. . . . For instruction then in social, religious and civil duties resort to the scriptures for the best precepts. (Source: Noah Webster, History of the United States, “Advice to the Young” (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 338-340, par. 51, 53, 56.)

Daniel Webster On The Importance Of Religious Instruction

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Daniel Webster

Quoting Daniel Webster (Early American Jurist and Senator):

[I]f we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. (Source: Daniel Webster, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1903), Vol. XIII, p. 492. From “The Dignity and Importance of History,” February 23, 1852.)

Will America Renounce Christianity As The Source of Its Prosperity?

Despite opinions to the contrary, Christianity and its cultural influence are still alive in our country. The new FamilyFacts.org reports that over 60 percent of American adults firmly believe that God exists even though some believe in their own “idea” of god rather than the God of the Bible. Still, Americans act on their Christian faith in personal and public ways. Three in five adults say they pray daily. 40 percent of Americans attend religious services at least once a week. True Christian faith and practice has a deeply positive effect on civil society by protecting against a host of social problems. Benjamin Rush (A Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence) wrote:

“By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. . . . It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published. . . . All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it [the Bible] must perish, and how consoling the thought, it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself. ‘The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.’” (Matthew 1:18)

The Christian faith has long been associated with strong families, well-adjusted adolescents, and even better health. Families that regularly practice their faith tend to have better marital stability, fewer instances of domestic violence, and greater conflict resolution. Teenagers who practice the Christian faith are less likely to use drugs and alcohol or experience teen pregnancy. Individuals who regularly practice their faith are also less likely to die from cancer and tend to have lower stress levels than people who do not attend worship. Is it any wonder then that Noah Webster (Founding Educator) said:

“The most perfect maxims and examples for regulating your social conduct and domestic economy, as well as the best rules of morality and religion, are to be found in the Bible. . . . The moral principles and precepts found in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. These principles and precepts have truth, immutable truth, for their foundation. . . . All the evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. . . . For instruction then in social, religious and civil duties resort to the scriptures for the best precepts.”

In light of the Christian faith’s beneficial effects on America, every effort should be made to protect our religious freedom. As US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story commented:

“Indeed, the right of a society or government to [participate] in matters of religion will hardly be contested by any persons who believe that piety, religion, and morality are intimately connected with the well being of the state and indispensable to the administrations of civil justice. The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion—the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to Him for all our actions, founded upon moral accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues—these never can be a matter of indifference in any well-ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how any civilized society can well exist without them.”

As Christians, we must be determined that America and our descendents do not reject religious instruction and authority. There is no doubt in my mind that to violate the great principles of the Bible and deny God His rightful rule over our lives will lead to the reckless destruction of America’s Constitution and the fall of this nation into slavery.

The Bible And Our Civil Laws

Noah Webster

Quoting Noah Webster:

The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

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