Terry Paulson

In George Washington’s Farewell Address, our first President and Founding Father affirmed our common patriotic pride supported by diverse, religious citizens “with only slight shades of difference.” He went on to warn, “...reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle...." Our second President, John Adams, went even further: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The beginning and end of the Declaration of Independence provided the anchors for Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally—“We the People…. With the firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.”

May we somehow connect those dots once again in this generation, one American at a time. For believers, the answer isn’t burning the Quran in Florida; it’s adding some fire to one’s own faith. We’d be wise to claim the three anchors that Glenn has focused on this year—Faith, Hope, and Charity.

The conservative call for smaller government and an end to endless entitlements must still deal with the people in our midst who need help. That’s why Glenn puts such a strong emphasis on tithing. People of faith don’t just spend and save their earned income; they’re called to provide charity and support for those in need.

When pundits commented on the political implications of Glenn Beck’s event, they talked about Republicans taking back Washington. Glenn said that was not the point. To Beck, such progress would be short-lived. What is needed is a new Great Awakening that will change the hearts of men and women. A new awakening that would renew a commitment to individual responsibility, Constitutional principles and God could once again focus our country on faith, hope and charity. History will tell whether that awakening occurs.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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