America and other Western nations cannot keep acting as if God does not exist and ignoring God’s Will without facing self-inflicted, adverse consequences. America’s founders and leaders have long known this. They left us many words of wisdom and warning.

In his Farewell Address, George Washington stated,

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports and great pillars of human happiness. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”

John Adams, America’s second President, was even more forthright. In 1776, he wrote,

“It is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”

In 1798, he declared,

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Even Thomas Jefferson, the third American President, asked,

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?”

In the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed (note how much has changed),

“The religious atmosphere of the country was the first thing that struck me on arrival in the United States… In the United States, when the seventh day comes, all trade and industry seem suspended throughout the nation. All noise stops. A deep repose, or rather solemn contemplation, takes its place… The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom… America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

In other words, self-governance is only possible for people who can govern themselves. If only those who are morally responsible can govern themselves and if a healthy religious commitment is necessary for widespread moral responsibility, then democracy needs more religion–not less.

For the sake of the freedoms we love, we must reverse the ominous trend toward privatization and compartmentalization of religious faith and influence in our society. Christians have, for too long, been relatively silent spectators to the secularization of Western society. As the “salt” of our society, Christians must never tire of being bold advocates for and examples of seeking God’s Will for our lives and our nation.

Only then will our nation’s citizens have the morality and character known by America’s founders to be necessary for the preservation of our freedoms. For as President Reagan warned in 1984,

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”

The United States is facing a potential crisis unlike any we have encountered in our history. The predictable consequences of current trends are not inevitable―if we understand the fundamental causes of what got us to this point and take appropriate corrective actions in a timely manner. So let’s look at how the United States of America has drifted so far off course to where our very survival as a free nation is in jeopardy.

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