Benjamin Franklin told a woman that our type of government was a Republic, “If you can keep it.” The problem is, how to KEEP it. They had a solution:
The same Congress that passed the first amendment also passed the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that gave the requirements for the admittance of states. It is considered part of the Organic Law. It tells what the Founding Fathers considered our “peculiar security”.
It says, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged”.Art. 3.
Our peculiar security was the consensus of the people to be governed by the laws of nature and nature’s God, which to them was the God of the Bible. To foster this consensus, schools taught our “godly heritage”. The Bible was taught in public schools until 1962.
It is only where “the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution. “[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said.”[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”
John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
There is no way we can keep the freedom the founding fathers bequeathed us, without the lived-out faith that they had, according to their own testimony. It takes a North Korea to govern a populace whose passions are unbridled by morality and religion, which is where atheism inevitably ends.
Last quote, If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants. William Penn