What's so disheartening about America's present political environment is that those in Washington are truly convinced that more and bigger government is America's primary solution for recovery, future growth and security. President Barack Obama even declared early in his presidency that "only government" is our savior.
Our Founders had a far better solution than only government. And it's probably a good time, during Christendom's Holy Week and with heightened frustrations toward government across the country, to recall that solution and that, though our Founders initiated our government, they didn't expect it to usher in any form of Utopia.
As proud as they were of their newfound republic, our Founders' trust and hope was not in government, but in God. For what? For most of the things that people today often look to government to provide: life, liberty, happiness, provision, salvation, decency, civility, morality, honesty, restraint, equity of power and future hope, to name a few. Tragically, in modern times, government has usurped God's role in our republic and Americans' lives.
But if our government and even public schools won't remind Americans of our godly heritage (and hence the way out of this national mess), who will? The answer: we patriots. The least we can do is to remember and recall to others the Creator's place in our republic, in hope of reawakening just one more American, especially during this Easter week.
For America's Founding Fathers, God and government were intricately linked. As Thomas Paine echoed in 1775, "Spiritual freedom is the root of political liberty. ... As the union between spiritual freedom and political liberty seems nearly inseparable, it is our duty to defend both."
It is no coincidence that the Declaration of Independence begins with a spiritual emphasis: "When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People ... 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. ... We hold ... that all Men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."