Mission Harvest © 2011 William J. Brannan
Ignorance of the truth of America's history robs us of a vision which would restore justice and prosperity to our nation. Being raised in a generation which emphasized the faults of American history, as a teenager I lacked an appreciation for the incredible inheritance our founding fathers left us. It was through traveling abroad that I began to realize that there is something about America which truly is great and worthy to be proud of. Yet, I only really began to get a full picture of the cause of America's greatness when I found ministries like wallbuilders, a ministry dedicated to restoring America's true history. After examining America's historical documents, there is no question that Biblical religion was the source of America's greatness. American exceptionialism is an inheritance which is under tremendous attack from internal forces which would rob us of the blessing America's fathers left for their children. Yet it isn't the fact that it is under attack that has me excited, it is the vision of hope for the future that I can see is possible if we return to the foundations of our great nation that excites me.
Many people in America today are suffering because of economic distress. We definitely have a serious crises which needs dealt with, and when dealing with it, we need to put the ax to the root rather than to the leaves. Many people today are blaming greedy CEO's and fat cats on Wall Street for the economic troubles, but the moral failures of some on Wall Street and of some CEOs are only symptoms of the problem. As a matter of fact, the very wicked generalization of whole classes of people such as CEO's and Wall Street is another symptom of the same problem and is just as wicked as the sin of some on Wall Street and some who are CEOs. The gross generalization results in bearing false witness against many whose hands are not dirty with corruption. The real root of the economic distress in America is sin, and is a result of the fact that America has lost the fear of God. We have lost the fear of God because we have strayed from the heritage which made us great; we have strayed from the Christian foundation of our nation found in true Biblical religion.
In order to restore justice and prosperity to America, we need to return to the faith and values that made us great. The best way to get a vision of how to do this is to listen to what America's founding fathers had to say. A quick web search looking for quotes from America's founding fathers returns a wealth of information concerning the faith and values that founded America such as:
John Adams (2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."
The fact that Adams made such a bold proclamation suggests that he made it his life's aim to bring about such a vision in America. It was not just Adams, however, who shared this vision. It was the dream of many of our founding fathers. Benjamin Rush (signer of the Declaration of Independence and Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution) certainly concurs with Adams:
"The gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!"
Our founding fathers understood that Biblical religion is the key to happiness and prosperity in America. They sought to build our nation at every level upon that foundation. They understood how all of society works together and therefore built law, politics, education, economics and every other social structure upon the wisdom of God in Scripture. Their goal was secure justice, liberty and happiness for all people. Sure they made their mistakes, and failed to adopt Biblical wisdom in every area, but it was this foundational vision which, if completed, would cause America to be greater than anyone has probably ever dreamed possible. Instead of continuing the work which our fathers began, we have instead turned away from that vision. The good news is that if we restore that dream in our day, the best days of our nation will be before us.
Some people are afraid of such a vision because the dream of Biblical religion as the foundation of society has been slandered with gross generalizations which do not reflect the truth of what it would actually mean. A great image of what it really looks like is expressed by Patrick Henry (ratifier of the U.S. Constitution):
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
Rather than causing people to be oppressed and abused, Biblical religion secures blessing and liberty for all people when it is the foundation of society; even for people of other faiths. I remain absolutely convinced that if we are able to get people to catch the dream of our founding fathers, and begin to put the ax to the root of the problem instead of slashing at symptoms, that America's greatest days are ahead of us.