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Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

July 4, AD2017

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God was here right from the start.  Our unalienable rights were given to us by God.

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“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.”

When Thomas Jefferson wrote these words in 1776, he could not have known that the country he and the other Founding Fathers envisioned would become, by the grace of God, the greatest country on the planet. (I’m an American, and that’s what I believe.  Any non-Americans reading this are free to believe whatever you want.)   And there is no doubt that The Founding Fathers were counting on the grace of God in forming this country.  As John Adams said in 1798, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

The Civil War

Four score and seven years after our country was founded, Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg address “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

Lincoln concluded his address resolving that, “. . . this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Presidents and politicians have continued to talk about God in speeches and prepared remarks right on up to today.   Today every politician wants the Catholic and Evangelical vote even if they don’t all really believe the same things that Catholics and traditional Evangelicals believe.

A New Civil War

But’s it’s becoming more and more evident that we are once again “engaged in a great civil war.” This time, however, the civil war is between Christians and Secular Moral Relativists who want everyone to believe that Moral Truth does not exist and that God has no place in public education, or the public square either for that matter.

Today a new civil war is being fought to decide if the United States of America really is a Christian country founded on Judeo-Christian principles and natural law – God’s Law – or if it is a secular country where politicians, lawyers, judges, and the courts get to decide what is moral and what is not.

George Washington cautioned about removing morality and religion from civics over 200 years ago, in his Farewell Address of 1796:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  . . . Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?  Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Science or Religion and God?

Some today would have us believe today that science is supplanting religious truths with scientific facts. God’s existence cannot be proven, say the atheists.  But neither can science disprove God’s existence, and no one has yet been able to come up with a good explanation for what caused “the Big Bang” that beat Intelligent Design.  And truth be known, there are lots of scientists that do believe in God.  Even the Big Bang Theory itself was proposed by a Catholic scientist – Fr. Georges Lemaître.

Bishop Robert Barron hit the nail on the head in an article at Catholic World Report, “It comes down finally to this: if Jesus was not raised from death, Christianity is a fraud and a joke; if he did rise from death, then Christianity is the fullness of God’s revelation, and Jesus must be the absolute center of our lives. There is no third option.”

We have to hold our elected representatives accountable for ensuring that our great nation does not lose its way. Only through prayer, an active participation in the political process, and, as the concluding words of the Declaration of Independence say, “a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” can we ensure that the United States of America is around to celebrate the 4th of July for a long time to come.

Happy 4th of July America.  Have fun.  Celebrate our Independence.  But don’t forget to keep things in perspective.  The late Vince Lombardi didn’t quite get it right.  Our priorities should always be God, our family, our neighbors, and then our country.

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About the Author:

Gene M. Van Son is retired after spending 35 years in the automobile business working for two of the Big 3 Automakers as a writer and editor, and then as a project manager in the areas of satellite communications and wireless technology. Originally from the Chicago area he has now resided in the Detroit area for more than half his life. He is a cradle Catholic who attended a Catholic grade school, high school and university. He has been married for 42 years to the love of his life, who is a certified Catechist, and they have three sons. He is now putting his BA in Journalism to use researching and writing about topics and issues that interest him. In addition to writing for Catholic Stand he has also had articles and essays published at www.AmericanThinker.com and at www.crisesmagazine.com .

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  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    Hmm…It NEVER fails, Mr.Van Son…every Fourth of July, America’s true “gods”, the so-called “Founding Fathers” paeans of wisdom, virtue, and holier-than-thou ruminations are trotted out,and the United States of America engages in its annual ritualistic orgy of self-serving congratulations and exceptionalism. Tell me sir, have you ever read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, “What is your 4th of July to the slave”? Do you even have who Frederick Douglass is? Why is that in America’s patriotic fervour, the two great who benefited the LEAST from the Founders efforts are rarely,if ever mentioned,i.e. the cruelly enslaved Africans and the indigo peoples,the Native Americans? When was the last time that you saw a descendant of any Indian tribe on an AM street? Why is that to all intents and purposes Native Americans have practically ceased to exist? I told one of my friends that if white America could have eliminated the black slave population like they did the Native Americans, they would have, but they needed them to do the work that the Native peoples refused and do,so…mull and reflect,Mr.Van Son. Perhaps you will view Independence Day in a different light. Yours, a descendant of African slaves.

    • Gene Van Son

      Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, called slavery “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot” (https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-slavery) and many of the Founding Fathers were opposed to slavery and wanted to see it ended (http://www.christiananswers.net/q-wall/wal-g003.html).

      In so far as the Federal Government’s treatment of Native Americans goes, there’s no question that the government did not know how to deal with the numerous tribes already here. Historian Andrew Boxer has a good article at History Today that explains the conundrum: http://www.historytoday.com/andrew-boxer/native-americans-and-federal-government

      But let’s not forget either that many of the tribes did war amongst themselves, too, for land and hunting rights. Stronger tribes took land from weaker tribes, especially in the plains states. Some tribes were sworn enemies of other tribes.

      Warfare amongst peoples for land, resources, and power, throughout the history of mankind, is a fact. Even today, North Korea is technically still at war with South Korea (an armistice was signed but still no peace treaty). This does not change the fact that good people who have always tried to do what is moral and right have always been around as well.