After attending a Tea Party meeting where a documentary was shown recounting the religious roots of our Founding Fathers, it dawned on me that the core message of the Gospel was missing from the appeal that America must be built on morality and religion if she is to succeed as a Constitutional
Republic. Morality and religion were preached by the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, but it did not create a righteous people.
John Adams famously wrote, “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.”
Such a quotation sound wonderful compared to the current rhetoric of godless secularism. However, biblically, natural man will break through the net of morality and religion as much as through the net of the Constitution. Morality and religion were tried in ancient Israel under the Old Covenant, and they failed miserably. Therefore, Jesus came to bring us a greater promise – the New Covenant and the New Birth. The missing element in most patriotic conservativism is the radical message of the Gospel.
Scripture References: Jeremiah 31:31; Ezekiel 36:26; John 3; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:5; Galatians 6:15; Galatians 1:6-7; Hebrews 7:19; Matthew 7:17-19