Things You Weren't Taught

by Les Coley

Note: Les Coley is one of the more reserved elders of Faith Community, so when he speaks, it tends to carry great weight. As a practicing obstetrician, Les cares deeply about the sanctity of life, and the other moral issues of our day. His thoughtful observations will inspire and challenge you.

Some eighteenth and nineteenth-century stuff you weren't taught, and you kids are forbidden to learn today (From Traci Alexander's Work, Mountain of God):

"The great vital and conservative element in our system (the thing that holds our system together) is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (House Judiciary Committee Report; May, 1854).

"The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society—the best book for regulating the temporal (secular) concerns of men" (Noah Webster).

"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws; all of the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from them despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible" (Noah Webster).

"If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the school children to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments...This...is not ...permissible" (1980 Stone v. Graham. The Court ruled it was unconstitutional for students at public schools to see a posted copy of the Ten Commandments).

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people" (President John Adams, second President of the United States of America).

"It is a great mistake to suppose that the paper we are to propose will govern the United States. It is the men whom it will bring into the government and interest (they have) in maintaining it that are to govern them. The paper will only mark out the mode and the form. Men are the substance and must do the business" (John Francis Mercer, the Constitutional Convention).

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

"We can overcome if we fear God and repent of our sins" (John Adams replying to Benjamin Rush's question if it was possible to defeat the British).

"...a time to prayer, a time to preach, a time to fight,and that time is now. If we fail to stand against the oppressor; if we don't rise up to protect our selves and our precious liberties, we will lose them to the tyrant. For none else will take up this cause for us, we must make the sacrifice, we must bear up in arms in the fight. So I call you now to stand with me in this cause—most urgent and noble" (Rev. John Peter Gabriel; a message to his congregation in Woodstock, Virginia—The Pulpit of the American Revolution, 1860).

"Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have moved a conviction that these liberties are a gift from God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever" (Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, 1801-1809).

"You cannot have good civil law without Divine Law" (James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States).

"Finally, ye...whose high prerogative it is to...invest with office and authority or to withhold them and in whose power is it to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust...which God...(has) put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them... Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you" (Rev. Matthias Burnet, 1803).

"I urge you, by all that's holy, by all that honorable, not only that you pray, but also that you act" (John Hancock, 1737- 1793).

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