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In recent days, Donald Trump has claimed the theme “Make America Great Again” for his campaign. Multitudes of Americans have rallied around him, believing that he mythically has what it takes to bring this country back as it once was. Unfortunately, though he repeats the phrase over and over, he is missing the mark of what will restore our nation as a shining city on a hill. Let us be students of history and examine what a few of our forefathers concluded on this matter.
President George Washington declared in his Farewell Address to America in 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are two indispensable supports. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…. (R)eason and experience forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Daniel Webster, an influential American orator and legislator in the mid 1800s, stated: “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments…we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country…. But if we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injuctions of morality [we become an immoral people], and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”1
Patrick Henry, the bulldog of the American Revolution, thundered, “The great pillars of all government and of social life are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”2
John Adams believed, “Religion and Virtue are the only Foundations, not only of Republicanism and of all Free Government, but of social felicity under all Governments and in all Combinations of human society.”3
Alexis de Tocqueville (a famous 19th century French statesman, historian and social philosopher) traveled to America in the 1830’s to discover the reasons for our nation’s incredible success only a half a century after we won our independence. Reporting back to the French Senate, he declared: “I went at your bidding, and passed along their thoroughfares of trade. I ascended their mountains and went down their valleys. I visited their manufactories, their commercial markets, and emporiums of trade. I entered their judicial courts and legislative halls. But I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the church. It was there, as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave.”4
Furthermore, he wrote some observations, “The idea of right is simply that of virtue introduced into the political world.5 The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.6 The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.7 Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts – the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”8
I believe that America was great in generations past because America was good. Goodness and godliness comes from the ultimate Standard of morality — the Word of God. The Bible is essential for America’s greatness. The moment America ceased to be good from following God’s Word, America’s greatness began to slowly but surely crumble away.
Benjamin Rush warned, “By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”9 Furthermore, he plainly said, “The only foundation for…a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”10
Timothy Dwight, President of Yale College in 1798, wrote: “Where there is no religion, there is no morality…. With the loss of religion…the ultimate foundation of confidence is blown up; and the security of life, liberty, and property are buried in ruins.”11
Dr. Jedidiah Morse preached in the Election Sermon of 1799, “All efforts made to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican form of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”12
Noah Webster believed, “No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.13 The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.”14
As an American Christian and conservative, I feel betrayed by Donald Trump. He has copyrighted his campaign’s slogan to his own name15 and claims that he has the capability to restore America to greatness. But he will never be able to without God’s Word. He cannot “make America great again” through his immoral, antagonistic, egotistical, arrogant lifestyle.
“Donald Trump defrauded his creditors by declaring bankruptcy four different times. Today he boasts of having $4 billion, but his creditors never got their money. He has committed adultery with numerous married women, and he boasts about it. Indeed, he boasts of all manner things, good and bad, and displays pride on a scale rarely seen. He also lies–provably, demonstrably, and constantly. He is foul-mouthed and verbally abusive. He is currently facing a lawsuit for fraud in connection with ‘Trump University,’ which he operated from 2005 to 2010. There is serious suspicion that he has mafia connections. He owns several casinos and strip clubs. And Trump says he has never asked God’s forgiveness because he doesn’t need to. Are Christians going to vote for all of this?”16
The Bible is very clear in Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Patrick Henry urgently explained to his generation and those who would follow: “Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere [of influence] practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.”17
Psalm 33:12 teaches, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” The United States was established as “one nation under God.” America was then nourished to greatness over the generations by those who confidently led our country by the motto, “In God We Trust.”
There is only one candidate who will truly be able to restore our nation as a shining city on a hill and reignite the promise of America: SENATOR TED CRUZ. He has openly declared, “Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this nation.”18 And, he will ultimately lead our country by the Constitution and the Bible.
Senator Ted Cruz is not a perfect man; he makes mistakes just like the rest of us and has struggles like any Christian. He would be the first to acknowledge that. Nevertheless, he truly loves America and has a fervent desire to follow the principles of our Founding Fathers. As a courageous Constitutionalist and consistent conservative, Ted Cruz will lead “we the people” into what true greatness is!
Your friend and servant for God and Country,
EVANGELIST CALEB GARRAWAY
1“The Dignity and Importance of History,” delivered by Daniel Webster to the Historical Society of New York on February 23, 1852.
2Letter from Patrick Henry to Archibald Blair on January 8, 1799.
3Letter from John Adams to Dr. Benjamin Rush on August 28, 1811.
4Manual of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Volumes 7-8, published 1885, page 179.
5Alexis de Toqueville, 1835, “Democracy in America”, page 214.
7Ibid, page 272.
8“Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay,” 1876, page 108.
9Letter from Dr. Benjamin Rush to John Adams on January 23, 1807.
10“Essays: Literary, Moral and Philosophical by Benjamin Rush, 1806, page 8.
11“The Principles of Civil Government Illustrated” by William Henry Grey, 1835, page 372.
12Jedidiah Morse, A Sermon, “Exhibiting the Present Dangers and Consequent Duties of the Citizens of the United States of America,” 1799, page 9.
13Letter from Noah Webster to David McClure on October 25, 1836.
14Preface from “Common Version of the Holy Bible” translated by Noah Webster in 1833.
17Letter from Patrick Henry to Archibald Blair on January 8, 1799.