Pastor Roger Anghis
December 26, 2010
Discovering America’s Christian Heritage
I would hope that after reading this book you would realize just how far we have drifted from the foundations that were established by our Founding Fathers so many years ago. Their system was not perfect, it only required men and women that would adhere the teachings of Christ. Remembering the words of Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christianity was the foundation upon which our Founders built this great nation. Practiced Christianity developed a character that caused America to become the most powerful and most prosperous nation this world has ever seen.
John Adams stated: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” We have lost the desire to uphold that which is good. We have become a society that is more interested in what the government can do for us than what we can do for ourselves.
Will we ever get back to the great nation we once were? That will only be answered in time. It will depend on whether we decide to return to our roots, return to the morals that our Founders lived by. Return to the desire to live for God instead of ourselves. Our Founders knew that without God they would not be able to do anything. The days of prayer and fasting that were called for during the Revolutionary War were numerous and from the heart because they knew that without the Hand of God, they would have no victories.
We can see that God had His Hand in the raising up of America otherwise how could a ragtag army of farmers and shopkeepers defeat the greatest and most powerful army in the world? The Founders risked everything they had for the cause of freedom and today we take that freedom for granted like it will always be there. Thomas Jefferson declared that freedom was not free when he stated “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Our duty to preserve what they paid such a high price for was paramount to his generation. Jefferson said: "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."
This last century witnessed the loss of many of the freedoms the Founders fought and died for. This last century we have seen the roots of socialism take hold and we now have a majority of people in Congress that are marching toward that end. Our Founders believed that each man was to take care of himself and his family with little government intrusion but today 1 in 7 people are totally dependent on government.
The government is trying to put all aspects of our lives under their control. Will they succeed? Only if men do nothing to stop them. Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Allowing a government to have total control over us is evil. They will tell us what to eat, how to eat it, what we can drive, where we can drive and how often we can drive there. They will tell us when we can worship and even who we can worship.
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They will tell us what we can do for a living and how much we can make. Our president recently stated that at some point you have made enough money. This, my friends is not the freedom our Founders fought and died for. This is not the freedom I was born into and it is not the freedom that I want to pass on to my children and grandchildren. I will forever stand with Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org