Thursday, April 1, 2010
For this Freedom Friday I want to discuss the principle of liberty that is contained in the belief that "all things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependant and to Him they are equally responsible." The writings and speeches of our Founding Fathers show that "the foundation of all reality is the existence of a Creator" (W. Cleon Skousen in The Five Thousand Year Leap, p 73). We can all know that God created this earth and rules over the affairs of mankind. I see God in the world around me. I see God in the orderly way that the seasons follow each other. I appreciate the fact that we can depend that spring will follow winter each year. It is this belief that helps many people to endure the darkness and coldness of winter in Alaska. We know that when the sun "comes back" that the snow will melt, the grass will turn green, and the trees will produce leaves. An unbeliever once asked the prophet Alma for a sign that he might know the reality of God. Alma told him that there were signs of God all around him, including the testimonies of holy prophets and scriptures. He said, "… all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Alma 30:44). We can all know also that God is near to us. He loves us and is anxious and concerned about us. He wants us to be free and successful. Comments made by our Founding Father indicate that they were very much aware of God and His help in winning the Revolutionary War and the writing of the United States Constitution. In his first inaugural address, President George Washington said, "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency." (Fitzpatrick, Writings of George Washington, 30:292 as quoted in Five Thousand Year Leap, p 76.) Belief that God created this earth and helped to establish this nation can help all of us to stay free. Progressives try to convince us that there is no God or that He is dead or that He is not involved with His children. They do this in order to convince us that our independence from England and our Constitution are the results of the intelligence of mankind. If the people believe that God inspired our Founding Fathers in both the war and the establishment of our government, then the progressives will have a more difficult time convincing us to move further down the road towards socialism. A belief that "all things were created by God" and that we are dependent upon Him and responsible to Him will help to keep our nation free. It is all together fitting that the motto of our nation is "In God We Trust."