America – Our Sacred Trust

A political science professor opened his class with these words: “The history of the world is the history of a gigantic slaughter bench”.

A “Slaughter Bench”?

Q: What, in that context, is a slaughter bench? A: It is a description of the unspeakable atrocities and carnage which men throughout recorded history have committed against each other both on the battlefield, and off the battlefield as in genocide of men, women and children by their own governments.

Lethal Politics

Professor R.J. Rummel wrote in “Lethal Politics” (his book of 20th Century statistics about genocide and mass murder since 1900) that “… three times more men, women and children died at the hands of their own governments than in wars. Millions died by torture, beatings and starvation, genocide and executions in merciless ways. Independent of war and other kinds of conflict – governments have murdered 119,400,000 people – Marxist governments about 95,200,000 of them. By comparison, the battle killed in all foreign and domestic wars in this century total 35,700,000.”

Millions died under Stalin during “The Great Terror Period”. In Cambodia half the population was destroyed in Marxist Pol Pot’s “Ethnic Cleansing.” Marxist/communist China’s Mao Tse Tung murdered over 20,000,000. Mao hunted down and murdered Christians and clergy. Hitler decreed to destroy every Jew in Europe. Millions perished. In Hitler’s drive to conquer Russia (“Operation Barbarosa”) 26,000,000 people were killed. In a word, more soldiers plus men, women, and children perished in the 20th century than since the beginning of recorded history. In describing military warfare alone, Major General John K. Singlaub referred to that warfare as “…the most horrible violence the minds of men can create…”.

The professor was right in declaring that “the history of the world is the history of a gigantic slaughter bench”. America, founded on the doctrine of Jesus Christ – the Author of liberty, is truly a sacred trust to her citizens.

Divine Blessings of Liberty

In retrospect, and even in today’s world, no nation’s citizens have ever been so blessed as have Americans with life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, individual freedoms and prosperity. Such previously unimagined rights were made possible at America’s founding only because our government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” was structured upon a Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution that were founded upon the divine laws of the Bible.

200 Year Standoff – Freedom vs Tyranny

The miracle which has given our U.S. Constitution its endurance for over 200 years is the recognition by its Christian fathers of the fallen nature of man and his propensity toward tyranny over his fellow man. In 1877 English politician/historian, Lord Acton, wrote this now-famous statement: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” which has come to be accepted as a truism.

Isaiah 33:22 Executive, Legislative, Judicial

The obvious paramount question before the founders was: how could they form a government that would maximize freedom for the individual citizens, be governed by the citizens, yet not degenerate into a dictatorship such as a monarchy, oligarchy, or some form of corruption-prone tyranny over the people? They searched the Bible and found the answer in Isaiah 33:22: a trinity of checks and balances upon which they structured the Constitution: executive, legislative, judicial. That concept of protecting man against himself so that when one branch of government becomes corrupted the other two can overrule and checkmate it, was unique and unprecedented in the history of governments.

Bonded by Christian Faith

Our government and freedoms would not have been possible had the founders not been bonded by their Christian faith. In fact, the historical record shows that no proposed Article in the Constitution would be considered unless it first passed the biblical test for its origin.

For decades, enemies of America’s freedoms, in an effort to confuse the American citizens and weaken their resolve to be “eternally vigilant” in the defense of those sacredfreedoms, have attempted to discredit the faith of well-known fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington.

Deists, Secularists, Atheists

The antagonists have included deists, seculars, atheists such as Marxists, agnostics, cultists and persons unlearned; that is, persons apparently committed to digging for scraps of evidence which may refute the historical record 0f the courageous Christian faith of the fathers and their willingness to die for the sacred cause of freedom. As the signers of the Declaration of Independence wrote, to that cause they committed their “lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor”. Succeeding generations became the beneficiaries and the trustees of the God-give blessings of liberty.

Perhaps the Christian commitment and zeal of America’s founders and her citizens could be best summarized in the July 4, 1821 Independence Day celebration words of John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States, son of founder John Adams:

Church & State – John Quincy Adams

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

Also, consider the words of Alexis deTocqueville>, famous French statesman and historian:

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.

Scriptures In Stone

The Bible and the righteousness of God were the centerpiece of early American life and education. In fact, the founders even carved verses from the Holy Scriptures into all of the national buildings and monuments in the capital of this nation, even into the walls of Library of Congress and the White House and later upon its completion the Washington Monument. Engraved in stone above the head of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court are the Ten Commandments with the Great American Eagle protecting them.

Upon examination of the documents by which our land was founded, and the addresses of all of the Presidents in their inaugurals, and written into the constitutions of all fifty of our states, you will find unimpeachable evidence of the official commitment of this land to a belief in the living God, and His Son Jesus Christ.

U.S. Supreme Court – America Is A Christian Nation

In fact, the 1892 landmark case of “Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States” attests specifically to the Christian founding and essence of America:

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian…This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth…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.”

Jefferson, Washington

Thomas Jefferson, often charged with being a “deist”, authored the Declaration of Independence in which he wrote these words: …all men are created equal. Note that he did not say or imply “evolved”. “Created” requires a Creator.

On May 24, 1774 Jefferson led the Virginia House of Burgesses to declare a Day of Fasting, which is only observed by people who believe in a personal God.

Attesting to his personal faith, Jefferson declared…it (the Bible) is a document in proof that I am a Christian; that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”

George Washington, The “father” of America, kept a diary into which he wrote his prayers. Following are two excerpts:

Washington’s Personal Faith

Accept me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ.

Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit…Daily frame me more and more unto the likeness of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in Thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life. Bless my family, friends and kindred, and unite us all in praising and glorifying Thee in all our works.

Christ – The Actual Founder of America


In conclusion – the framers of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, acknowledged Jesus Christ to be the Author of liberty, to the extent that historians have claimed that the actual founder of America was Christ Himself through the founders.

It has been said that America today is a beacon of hope and light in an increasingly dark and despotic world.

Christian Duty In Crisis America

Speaking of America’s increasingly perilous future, a famous Presbyterian theologian, Dr. D. James Kennedy (Coral Ridge Ministries, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) summarized our nation’s condition and our Christian duties:

We have lived on the sacrifices of those who have gone before, but now it comes down to us…to you and to me.

Enemy Identification By Discerning Citizens

There are many expressions such as “As goes the church, so goes the nation” which are actually indictments of contemporary “positive-only, feel-good”, politically passive, financial prosperity-based politically impotent clergy, and church members who ignore the action mandates of Christ such as Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free (Gal. 5:1). By intent they turn a deaf ear to Christ’s mission statement: The Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil (1John3:8). Christ is the Christian’s leader and example.

Imperative For Biblical Discernment

Unless free people maintain their awareness of the ongoing battle between the forces of righteousness and evil they will lose their ability for discernment. Confusion will reign, thus they will be unable to define their mortal enemies and will become easy victims for the masters of deceit. They will be unable to obey God’s mandates to be “watchmen on the wall” and to act.

Imperative For Eternal Vigilance

Our freedoms were purchased at a horrific price of blood and sacrifice, and only if that banner of courage is carried forward will America prevail in the fast accelerating struggles for oursacred trust of freedom.

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