Notable Facts Relevant to America and Christianity

The following facts and quotes are listed in chronological order.  I am in the early stages of building this list.  My focus is American history relative to the kingdom of God.  By reading the list in chronological order, you may see how far America has drifted from the worldview of those who founded it.  (This is but one purpose of this collection of facts and quotes.)

July 4, 1776  –  (emphasis added)

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States…

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

1799  –  James Madison in the Report to the Virginia Assembly (emphasis added)

On this objection it might be observed, first, that there may be instances of usurped power, which the forms of the Constitution would never draw within the control of the judicial department; secondly, that if the decision of the judiciary be raised above the authority of the sovereign parties to the Constitution, the decisions of the other departments, not carried by the forms of the Constitution before the judiciary, must be equally authoritative and final with the decisions of that department. But the proper answer to the objection is, that the resolution of the General Assembly relates to those great and extraordinary cases, in which all the forms of the Constitution may prove ineffectual against infractions dangerous to the essential rights of the parties to it. The resolution supposes that dangerous powers, not delegated, may not only be usurped and executed by the other departments, but that the judicial department also may exercise or sanction dangerous powers beyond the grant of the Constitution; and, consequently, that the ultimate right of the parties to the Constitution, to judge whether the compact has been dangerously violated, must extend to violations by one delegated authority, as well as by another; by the judiciary, as well as by the executive, or the legislature.

September 18, 1850  –  The Fugitive Slave Act was passed by Congress.  This was part of “The Compromise of 1850.”  It requires officials and citizens in all states to cooperate in returning escaped slaves to their masters.

March 6, 1857  –  SCOTUS Dred Scott decision (Scott v. Sandford) ruled that “Negroes could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court (as Dred Scott was attempting to do in order to secure his freedom).  It also ruled that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in the federal territories acquired after the creation of the country.  This Supreme Court decision is uniformly denounced by modern scholars.

March 4, 1861  –

. . . the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.  –  Abraham Lincoln First Inaugural Address, (i.e. post Dred-Scott)

January 22, 1973  –  SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision (legalized abortion)

June 26, 2015  –  SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges (legalized same-sex “marriage”)

September 3, 2015  –  U. S. District Judge David L. Bunning, ruling in the case of Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, said, “The idea of natural law superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed.”  A Washington Post article reporting on the story followed with “Legal experts tended to agree with [the federal judge]” (Source: The Briefing at AlMohler.com).  Note the reference to natural law (made bold) in the excerpt from the Declaration of Independence above.

The Purpose of Reference Shelf for the Kingdom of God

I have been writing the following blogs for the last few years:

I have come to sense that there is a need for a blog dedicated to building a resource library relevant to the other blogs.  These resources consist largely of links to the blogs and web sites of others.  The kind of material I will be posting here has been previously posted on the “Current Events” blog.

The content posted here is less time sensitive and is more oriented to reference purposes.  Think of the other blogs as newspapers and this one as an encyclopedia.  You don’t read a page of the encyclopedia each day.  Rather, you go to it and search it for a particular purpose.  Though all the material at the other blogs is archived and searchable, I will work even harder on this blog to make sure that the blog contents operate like a database in which you can easily find stored materials.

The purpose of all these blogs to to help Christians walk with the one who called them.  If you wonder what I mean by that statement, take a look at Spiritual Christianity Versus Social Christianity.

This blog will provide links to articles, videos, podcasts, and other resources to help you strengthen your faith in Christ and your understanding of the Bible.

Let the library building begin!