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Consider the nation's debt to biblical faith
Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 4/7/12 | Katherine Kersten

Posted on 04/08/2012 4:48:53 AM PDT by rhema

For Americans who don't share Christian beliefs, Easter -- Christianity's holiest day -- may mean little more than a family brunch and childhood memories of colored eggs hidden in all the usual places. To many of us, it's merely another Sunday.

But could it be that Easter holds powerful lessons for believers and unbelievers alike?

The day seems to offer a fitting occasion to reflect on our nation's enormous debt to Christianity. In some respects, these fruits are obvious. For example, our great civil-rights revolution was led by Christian pastors like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and grew directly from the foundation of Judeo-Christian biblical faith.

Earlier, the antislavery movement itself was wholly Christian in inspiration. It was part of an extraordinary, mid-19-century manifestation of evangelical Christian fervor whose fruits ranged from the enactment of child labor laws to the improvement of housing and schools for the poor.

But America's debt to Christianity and its Jewish roots goes even deeper. Our nation is unique in being founded on an idea, a proposition. At the heart of that vision is the Judeo-Christian God, and his creation of a man as a being of unique standing in a universe characterized by a moral law that man can know through reason.

The Declaration of Independence puts it this way: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"Endowed by their Creator:" Aren't these words an outdated historical artifact? On the contrary, the idea they express is the linchpin of the American project. In America's founding vision, it is man's creation in God's image that undergirds his dignity and "unalienable" human

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: catholic; christianity; constitution; easter; judaism; moralabsolutes

1 posted on 04/08/2012 4:48:55 AM PDT by rhema
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To: wagglebee; Salvation; narses;
On Easter 2012, however, our nation's precious heritage of religious freedom is under threat. Increasingly, we find ourselves in a struggle with a government that seeks to suppress the autonomy of religious organizations and appears willing to violate freedom of conscience in order to expand government control.
2 posted on 04/08/2012 4:49:55 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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Courageous editorial, especially considering where it was printed. The comment section shows the intolerance and ignorance of the liberal mindset...

3 posted on 04/08/2012 5:34:42 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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Very courageous indeed since the Christian calendar & its adopted religious days have absolutely no foundation in Scripture other than Pentecost and the fact that none of them were sanctified or blessed by God. On the other hand, they were rebuked.

And people wonder why our nation is in the toilet. If only our nation would return to its true biblical founding when the majority of what is now considered the acceptable religious days were not only not considered acceptable, in many places they were outlawed because they are nothing but the fruit of the one & only adversary of the one true God.

Messiah rose on his Father's Sabbath right as the sun was setting 3 days after he was laid in the tomb right before sunset prior to the high Sabbath of Unleavened bread and that is why he is called the “Lord of the Sabbath”. He is God's only begotten son and the Sabbath is the “mark” God is going to use for His harvest to separate the wheat from the tares which the adversary has effectively eliminated from the core teachings of the churches who claim to be churches of the one & only God of the universe, Creator of all things in the heavens and on earth. Churches who tout their morality when in fact they have caused the greatest foundation of God's morality to become almost completely obsolete calling it a “Jewish thing” when the apostles taught there was no such thing as Jew or gentile in God's kingdom thus there is to no separation of such kind here on earth amongst His children. He chose one day to be His Sabbath and it isn't Sunday and His son did not rise on a pagan unholy day for all the world to commemorate.

4 posted on 04/08/2012 6:42:00 AM PDT by patlin ("Knowledge is a powerful source that is 2nd to none but God" ConstitutionallySpeaking 2011)
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5 posted on 04/08/2012 7:18:14 AM PDT by narses
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Our Christian heritage is what makes these United States unique. It is why our Constitutional government cannot be forced on other peoples. Absent our religious foundation America is just real estate. It is why the Left MUST destroy God as the power superior to government.

6 posted on 04/08/2012 4:20:50 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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