America racing towards destruction and damnation and it’s because we, as a people and nation, have failed to heed the words of America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Jay wrote:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” [Henry Johnston, Ed. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1893, Vol. IV (1794-1826), p. 393.]
Believe it or not, Jay was not the only one to advise the American people about the leaders they choose. Addressing Congress for America’s first centennial celebration in 1876, then Rep. James A Garfield (R-OH), stated:
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” [James A. Garfield, A Century of Congress, Speech commemorating the centennial of Congress in 1876, later published in Atlantic, July 1877. Federer, p 753.]
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It appears that for much of America’s early history, many of our leaders were Christians and men of strong moral character. Just 16-years after Garfield’s address to Congress, Supreme Court Justice Josiah Brewer, writing in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, Brewer penned:
“If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find every where a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters, note the following: the form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, “In the name of God, amen;” the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing every where under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”
A century later, America is no longer a Christian nation led by Christian leaders. The people of America have failed to heed the advice of former leaders and have turned away from the Word of God as their source of absolute truth and way of governing. Instead, the American people have been listening to the words of men, many who are not Christian and seek to undermine the Church, Christianity and the American way of life.
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