I have recently watched the HBO mini-series on John Adams…three times. In essence, I determined that he was an attorney under British law. He was, at times, an ill-tempered man when he was confronted with, in my own words, idiots. John Adams took no crap from anyone at any time and he was an avid thinker. Yes, he did debate but he always won his debates because he was a thinker. He was an amazing man and the HBO mini-series did him a lot of credit. I was surprised seeing that I have read all the data that I could find on the man.
In the entire series, the statement I heard several times is depicted in the photo to left. I paused the DVD and thought about how many people in this Nation seem to think that the embracing of other cultures into ours is so defective words cannot truly bring about how I feel. Our Constitution will not work in other Nations. Why? Because other Constitutions outside of the USA instruct the people under their rule how to act, play, work, etc.
In our Constitution - the only one in the world like it - tells the federal government how to act, play, work, etc. And that is the general practice, is it not? Not now. But listen to the words of a Godly man which was our second President of the United States.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends, in the beginning, and they were friends at the end of their lives. In between they had issues and we will talk about that when I write about Thomas Jefferson.
They were both considered to be thinkers with John Adams being a vocal man and Thomas Jefferson the quiet one. It was said that the 13 colonies thought both of these men to be the North Pole and the South Pole of the thinkers. John Adams was the North Pole and Thomas Jefferson was the South Pole. Adams was from Massachusetts and Jefferson from Virginia.
Both men were instrumental in the successful Revolution against Britain because of the way they thought while the rest were the debaters in conflict. We were at a time of war and there were many heated debates during the Declaration and the writing of our Constitution as well.
“Statesman…may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.”
He must have been a reader of Ecclesiastes and Proverbs and he had a deep relationship with George Washington who knew all about the the socialists of the world.
“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 governments of any other.”
We call ourselves a Christian Nation, but are we? Don’t we see avarice, ambition and revenge in DC these days? Yes, we do. The only thing that can “change” this is when America relearns its roots of God.
“The general principles upon which our fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity…I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
How many “presidents” in recent years have even thought about saying these things in public?
Reverend Jacob Duché at the first calling of the First Congress read Psalms 35 in its entirety. The first verse intrigued John Adams and he later told his wife,
I never saw a greater affect upon an audience. It seemed as if Heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on the morning.
Psalms 35:1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
John Adams expressed a portent in his life especially when it came to expressing his dreams and aspirations to the new Nation called the United States.
The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which in God we shall not.
I can just hear John Adams singing, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice”
John Adams wrote Thomas Jefferson quite often and they always did and this letter is what I believe all should undertake.
The general principles, on which the fathers achieved Independence were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young gentlemen could unite…and what were these general principles? I answer, the general principles of Christianity, in which all these sects were united: and the general principles of English and American liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.
Now, I will avow, that I then believe and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty, are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system.
John Adams always said, wrote and believed what he said at all times, even if he was a little mouthy. The problem is, for some, is he was correct all of the time. God is alive and He is living in us today in America.
The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure, than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.
How true is that? Look around you today. Do we have freedoms in this Nation? Do we?
John Adams could see into 2013, couldn’t he? Do we have a lasting liberty? Have we renounced God in all things just to make the minor few happy making the vast majority angry? Is that liberty? Our liberties are dying every day and Benjamin Franklin once said that we have a Republic if we can keep it. Americans, the vast majority are afraid to speak up. They are afraid to proclaim Christ openly.
Just to add to all of this, there is a book called, The Day America Told the Truth, and there is a poll in this book that states: 48% of people in the USA said that they had no beliefs in which they would die for. None! 30% said they would die for God and their faith. 30%. Fewer than 30% said they would die for their country. Surely our Founders, as John Adams so stated, if liberty dies, we should be repenting for this shame.
Can America restore courage to its soul? I doubt it. I truly do.