Our Constitution is one of the most highly regarded documents in history. It was birthed out of America’s newfound freedom and written to safeguard that freedom for years to come. Yet our Founders knew this document alone couldn’t save us.
Benjamin Franklin said, “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”1
The Founders knew the success of our new republic would hinge entirely on adhering to the biblical principles it was founded upon, then teaching these principles of freedom to the next generation.
Rooted in Faith
During Colonial days, parents established schools primarily to teach their children the Scriptures. In fact, it was the Christian ministers who originally went house to house, tutoring the students. This was the origin of the first grammar schools.2
Did you know 106 of the first 108 colleges were also founded on the Christian faith? For example, Harvard was founded by Rev. John Harvard in 1638. Governing rules required the professors to “open and explain the Scriptures to his pupils with integrity and faithfulness.”3
This is quite a contrast to where we are now! Today, most of our public schools teach a worldly, humanistic philosophy that contradicts the Biblical principles of our Founders. Why is this so important?
The Bible teaches that we reap what we sow (see Galatians 6:6). For centuries, Christianity was sown in the hearts of Americans, and we reaped liberty, growth and prosperity. Conversely, Colossians 2:8 tells us that a worldly philosophy produces bondage and a lack of freedom.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”4 You can’t remove God from our schools and institutions and expect nothing to change!
How to Turn Things Around…
We have a responsibility to stand up for godly principles and take every opportunity to educate ourselves and our children about our nation’s true godly history. As we learn about the foundation of America and the great and mighty things God has done, it gives us direction and a passion to change things.
In 1962, one persistent person got prayer removed from public schools. Just imagine then what we can do if Christians unite to vote, participate in government and individually and collectively stand up for our faith.
If we want to be free—if we want America to hold on to the liberties we’ve been given—then we cannot allow ourselves to be enslaved by ignorance. We must educate ourselves and our children, and we must learn our nation’s true history.
We must take action to preserve our freedom for future generations.
Dave Meyer is Joyce’s husband and vice president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. His passion is to share about this country’s rich Christian heritage.
1. Mark A. Beliles and Stephen3. Ibid, p. 95. K. McDowell, “America’s Providential History,” The Providence Foundation, 1989, pp. 102-103. 2. Ibid, pp. 109. 3. Ibid, p. 95. 4. Ibid, p. 90.