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9.15.2005    |    "Unalienable rights"
The full quotation from our Declaration of Independence should be familiar to every American:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
It is a very good thing that our founders were made of sterner stuff than a certain judge in California. Idiot is not too strong a word for a supposed American who refutes our foundation as a nation under God. Literally, in this instance, where the words, "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are attacked (from the Washington Post story):
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge's reference to "one nation under God" violates children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."
Well, it should go without saying that to "affirm God" is merely to affirm being an American. But then you'd have to be an American, and know something about what our nation was founded upon: the Rock that is God Almighty.

The affirmation that we are, in fact, "one nation under God" is to simply acknowledge something that is true. The statement establishes no religion; we're not all going to have to go become Episcopalians or Methodists. Those who think they do not believe in God are free to continue in their mistaken disbelief.

To deny this is to deny the rights that are ours by virtue of our very humanity. Rights that are not granted by any government. Rights that flow from God, to us, and thence to our governments. Not the other way around.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

believe it or not, america was hardly a "christian" nation - saying that is taking it a step farther than reality (and of course the other side takes it too far in saying that christianity had no influence on early america). a great example of this is the fact that both benjamin franklin and thomas jefferson were deistsn

thomas jefferson even went so far as to rip out or cross out the parts of the bible that he didn't agree with.

for more, check this out: http://watkins.gospelcom.net/foundingfathers.htm

6:56 PM, November 03, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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