June 27, 2022

The true root of American conservatism

By Pastor Greg Young

Our Founders understood the role that government was to play was to secure the rights of the people. Having broken free from an oppressive authoritarian ruler they wrote out a Constitution, based on a Declaration Of Independence that had outlined what they did not want in a government. They established this United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights to secure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and their posterity. They also understood that a right granted by men or a group of men could be taken by those same men, but a right granted by God, that was literally a part of who we are could never be taken away and was worth dying for. During their deliberation to produce this Constitution they had reached an impasse. They were tired and they were near surrender on the issue when Benjamin Franklin rose and gave his famous admonition.

Benjamin Franklin Saves America

Mr. President,

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks in close attendance and in continual reasonings with each other, with different sentiments on almost every question, is melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?  In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity.  And have we now forgotten that powerful friend?  Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, in Psalm 127:1a, that “Except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this. And I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.

 

Thus upon meeting several days later the atmosphere had been changed and the formation of the documents upon which this nation stands were formed. I would suggest that the pillars of conservatism in American politics were laid in this speech. I share the entire scripture reference below.

Psalm 127

1{A Song of degrees for Solomon.} Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

When You Build Your House On Sand

Unfortunately, conservatives in recent memory have not heeded this admonition and wisdom. Below is a common refrain which reflects the very issue to which Franklin was speaking. Its root founded in the present condition of our education, or indoctrination system. A system I address below using the following quote as a point of entry.

Victimization Of Children is Evil

“There are more important things to worry about in this world than giving eight-year-olds access to pornography in the school library.  Far more important, wouldn’t you say? “

No, with all due respect, I would not. Sadly, eight year old’s in public school have seen more porn at that age than many of their grandparents. Desensitizing the children through porn and grooming them for sexual predators, PC; minor attracted persons.  So, they grow up with no concept of right and wrong, believing murder as the answer to unwanted babies, murder as an answer to old people (Euthanasia) and murder as an answer to settle an argument over whatever they have been told is emotionally important and expedient to them. This is the problem with today’s conservatism. It has no morals. Is God’s priority Russia or China or the threat of a World War? What should conservatives really care about?

Matthew 18:1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

1 Timothy 3:1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

It’s Time to Reveal a Secret

For America to lead the world her house needs to be in order. What made America great was the Christian heritage and America’s moral compass. Both Russia and China as well as Islam know that our immorality is what will destroy us from within. That’s why eliminating God, by entering the Seminaries in the 60’s was a top priority of the subversives that stayed behind during the Vietnam War. Removing prayer, the Bible and the pledge of allegiance are key components of the 45 Goals of the Communist Party. Infiltrating the schools, perverting the minds of our children, and traumatizing them so we have no next generation to lead. We are well down that road. Kinsey’s influence on our education system is generations old. Hugh Hefner’s life was held up as some great examples of his contributions to our culture. That should tell you the condition of the soul of America. Are there more important things than to protect and defend the most vulnerable in our own nation so that there is a future generation? The liberal schools know the answer to that, and they know that a morally bankrupt conservative movement that has signed on to the mantra “those are social issues” is no threat to their agenda. If our rights come from God and not man, then shouldn’t we be paying attention to the things He says are important in order to preserve those rights?

Luke 6:39And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

A New Evil Axis Has Formed

In closing let me say that what we are witnessing is the rise of an evil axis, Russia, China and Iran, Putin, Xi and Raisi. All aspire to grow empires and advance their visions of dominance. All have empty, soulless ideologies of death and torture. They are all godless, yes Islam is a godless cult of death and destruction. In fact, they are so ruthless that even the Nazi SS abandoned them in Africa during WWII because their atrocities were too much even for them.

Here in the west, we can hardly conceive or even imagine this kind of evil, yet the atheism that spawns it has made its way into the minds of our children. This is the real battle. There is no power on earth that can repel this kind of evil with its resolve, save the goodness of God revealed in the sons of God, blood bought through Jesus Christ our King, and America was chosen for such a time as this.

The bible reminds us that the Word does not return void but prospers in everything that it is sent out to do. The seed of the Word of God is deep in the soil of America. Blood was spilt on this land to pay for the freedom the Benjamin Franklin spoke of. More blood was spilt in an attempt to obtain that more perfect union in our civil struggle. Still more American blood has been spilt across this globe in the pursuit of stopping despots like the ones we face today.

Finding the Answer For Victory

First, we must put our house in order and that begins by reestablishing the firm foundation of God and Christian virtue in our children. There fore we must loudly declare that America is God’s country and that He is the author of Life, the giver of liberty and the sustainer of happiness. The rights are nonnegotiable and those who would fritter them away are not friends but enemies of our nation. Stop letting them tell you these are “social issues”. These are issues of life and death. We must choose God. We must apply the full measure of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so we can wield the most powerful weapon that we have, the Holy Spirit. SO we may be identified like the mighty men of valor who fought with David on the side of God and Israel. What we have access to wield is a mighty weapon, the Faith of the Son of God. It has been deposited in us and if it were not so mighty why would the enemies work so hard to try to disarm us.

God’s Power Revealed

In 1997 I was in Washington DC for the Promise Keepers million-man prayer rally for America. “Stand in the Gap” it was called and as I traveled on the train from Long Island New York with two friends, Don and Patrick you could feel the power of God at work. As we approached the grounds where the event was being held we encountered protestors who were there standing against the event. I felt the Holy spirit nudging me to have an encounter with them and so I did. They were yelling at those passing by and were surprised when we stopped at their protest area. They were behind a roped in area and the News Camera’s were all focused on this group. None of them wanted to cover the wives of the men who were a block further away and had come out to cheer their husbands on and testify about how great Promise Keepers was and how their husbands had been positively changed.

We spoke to several of them and even got interviewed for a local TV broadcast. They were decidedly against the event and the organization. After a short while one of the individuals we were speaking to came out from behind the barrier and began to walk with us as we were heading to the event. We reached a crosswalk and they were proceeding away from the event and we had to part ways as we were going to the event. Just as the sign said walk and they were going to leave I felt the power of God come over me and in a very gentle manner I placed my hand upon this atheists chest and said “In the name if Jesus Christ I claim your soul” That was it. He looked a little confused but also seemed to be grateful that I cared. There was an elderly couple walking along that had joined the conversation and were quite hostile to our Christian world view. Immediately after I did this, they came unglued. They screamed at me. “What have you done! You have done an evil thing and we are going to report you. This is unfair, you can not do that!” The man I prayed for said not to worry no one was reporting anything and we continued to the event, and they proceeded to cross the street, with the couple still yelling at us. It did not dawn on me at the time, but what was unfair if they were atheists and did not believe in God? Why were they so shaken? I know why, do you? This is my reason for optimism.

Pastor Greg Young is a host on the Chosen Generation Radio Network, and appears with Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning on Mondays and Wednesdays weekly.

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