By Russell Capps
For the still patriotic Americans, July 4th claims a special place in the heart. Despite the cultural temperament in our society that is becoming more degrading day by day, America is a nation to be proud of.
She was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by those who left their homeland where their Christian freedoms were threatened, to come to a new land and establish a homestead where they could freely practice their beliefs.
America has stood for freedom, and in doing so, has inspired the world for all the years since their venture. I’m still so humbly proud to be called an American. For all her faults, during my long lifetime I have stood strong in support of real freedom — the freedom that only comes from our creator, God.
Today there is an abundance of ignorance on behalf of those who seek their false definition of freedom. Thomas Jefferson well stated, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
A proper understanding of our true history is the key to protecting it. Recall the letter which John Adams wrote to his wife in the defining moments of America’s history. Adams told his wife to remind the pastors to provide “thunder and lightning in the pulpit.” I am afraid that the absence of thunder and lightning from the pulpits in recent times has allowed the rush of moral decay becoming ever more prevalent today. From the pulpits of America should be heard the proclamation without apology of the clear Biblical teachings of Scripture on issues such as marriage, which has come under such massive attack by those who are ignorant of what freedom really is.
Perhaps you have, as have I, returned again and again to the words of the Bible for the definition of marriage. The words pertaining to marriage remain the same.
A few days ago, the highest court of the land had its day in court. They got it wrong! There will be a day when those judges will face a higher court still and their twisted reasoning will appear before them. That court will get it right. The book that will judge then will be the same book they denied in their ruling of a few days ago. There will be no public opinion to spin the truth. The verdict will be final! There will be no appeal.
As we celebrate our freedom today, we do so as a country whose founders would barely recognize it as the nation they founded. Alexis de Tocqueville, an aristocratic Frenchman who visited America in 1831 when he was only 25 years old, exhibited a powerful assessment of his findings. Here are a couple of his quotes:
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money;”
“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle;”
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
De Tocqueville summed up the greatness of America as not coming from its booming business and industry, nor from its blazing fields of golden grain, but from its flaming pulpits proclaiming God’s truths. This young man was able to see with real eyes. How we long for leaders today who could see so well.
—J. Russell Capps is president of the Wake County Taxpayers Association.