You’ve heard the cliche: “Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.”
There is truth to this, but there are many more reasons to learn our nation’s history. As we approach Independence Day, let’s look at some facts about our nation and the dangers we put ourselves in by not learning accurate history.
The United States was founded on several principles as expressed in the preamble to our Declaration of Independence:
All men are created equal.
Our right to be free comes from God, not from the government.
Government’s power comes from the consent of the governed.
It is clear our nation’s founders believed in God. Their ancestors came to America in search of a place where they could freely live out their faith without oppression.
As a result, our founders wrote the Free Exercise Clause into the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
“Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).”
Fifty-one of the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention were practicing Christians. And yet, they knew the importance of being free to practice whatever religious beliefs one may hold. Hence, the Establishment Clause.
“Congress shall make no law respecting (one particular) establishment of religion (over others)…”
These days, however, there are falsehoods being spread that our founders intended a complete separation between the government and religion.
Christians are told they are intolerant when they refuse to participate in a wedding acknowledging a practice they believe to be sinful.
Christians are accused of hate speech if they call homosexual behavior sinful, something the Bible clearly teaches.
Christians are told by the State they are not eligible for funding available to other secular organizations solely because of their religion.
In each of these cases, the ability of Christians to fully live out their faith is restricted.
Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it…