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Founding Fathers relied on God's wisdom

Dec. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Our Founding Fathers understood the significance and potential ramifications of their actions as they gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to create the most influential document in the history of the western world -- the Constitution of the United States of America.

Conventional wisdom alone would not suffice in creating the document that would become the foundation for our nation's growth for hundreds of years. This task required wisdom from On High.

And that wisdom came from God's Word.

The distortion of history perpetuated by some would have you believe our Constitution has no Biblical or Christian roots and the Founding Fathers were mostly deists and not Christians.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Most early Americans were dedicated, Bible-believing Christians who took their faith seriously. Research reveals 52 of the 55 framers were avowed Christians and drew upon their faith and biblical principles to construct the Constitution.

James Madison, the chief architect of the document, said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it ... We have staked the future of all of our political institutions ... upon the capacity of each and all of us...to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

Understand, for progressives to justify their inclusive, "adjustable standards" approach to "moving forward," they must first bring into question the divine providence, exactness and intent of the most important compilation of scriptures ever written -- the Bible.

It isn't surprising that false prophets professing a "scholarly" biblical wisdom would challenge the accuracy of God's Word. Compromising the impact of the Bible on the founding principles of our nation opens the door to charges of inaccuracy and misdirected application of every document birthed from the Bible's influence and clears the path for people to experience the world's "progressive freedoms" as opposed to the freedom provided by God's truths.

The Gospel of Matthew warns us of "ravening wolves" that would come to us in "sheep's clothing" offering a comforting, yet deceitful word in pursuing the desires of the flesh.

After all, isn't that the approach Satan used with Eve in the Garden of Eden?

Genesis describes the "serpent" as being more "crafty" than any of the other wild animals God had created.

Satan queried the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

Creating doubt in Eve's mind as to the accuracy and intent of God's instructions enabled ambiguity in the disobedience of the act.

Our Founding Fathers hoped the transcendence of religious faith in America would be a guiding light toward building the "constitution" or "character" of our nation.

But progressives seek "fundamental change" irrespective of our Christian roots and misuse the First Amendment's mandate for Congress to "make no law respecting an establishment of religion" by purposely ignoring "or prohibit the free exercise thereof" in a movement against Christianity.

The Bible declares God made foolish the wisdom of this world. And it must be true.

Liberals remind us of it every day.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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