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We constantly hear Americans claim this or that is their right. Politicians are regularly campaigning to be the protectors of various rights, that would have been unheard of when I was a teenager. No one seems to know which new rights our elected officials are going to tell us we have next. The Declaration of Independence declares that American rights are "endowed by our Creator" and we are entitled to those rights by the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." I have not heard any person mention these things when it comes to what is right as an American citizen. Here is what was taught in elementary school seventy years after 1776.
First Lessons in Civil Government ... Adapted to the Capacities of Children and Youth, and Designed for the Use of Schools. Andrew W. Young 1846
10. Civil government and laws, therefore, are necessary to preserve the peace and order of a community, and to secure to its members the free enjoyment of their rights. A right is the just claim or lawful title which we have to any thing. Thus we say, a person has a right to what he has earned by his labor, or bought with his money. A man is entitled to what is lawfully or justly his own; that is, he has a right to it.
11. We have a right also to do things. We have a right to go where we please, and to act as we please, if by so doing we do not trespass upon the rights of others. This being free to act thus is called liberty. But it must be remembered that all men in civil society have the same natural rights, and no one has a right to disturb others in the enjoyment of their rights.
12. All laws ought to be so made as to secure to men the liberty to enjoy and exercise their natural rights. Natural rights are those which we are entitled to by nature, rights with which we are born. They are called natural rights, because they are ours by birth. And because all persons in society have naturally the same rights, we have no right to what belongs to another, nor to say or do what will injure another.
13. The law of nature is that rule of conduct which we are bound to observe towards our Creator and our fellow men, by reason of our natural relations to them. It is a perfect rule for all moral and social beings, right in itself, right in the nature of things; and it would be right, and ought to be obeyed, if no other law or positive command had ever been given.
14. Mankind being dependent on their Creator, they owe to him duties which they ought to perform, though he had never positively enjoined them. It is right in itself that we should love and serve our Maker, and thank him for his mercies; and it would be just as much our duty to do so, if he had never so commanded. And it is right in the nature of things that we should love our neighbor as ourselves; and our obligation to do so would be just as certain, had the duty never been enjoined by a positive precept. [i.e. the Bible]
15. Living in society with our fellow men, on whom we are in a measure dependent, and who have the same natural rights as ourselves, we are bound by the principles of natural justice to promote their happiness, by doing to them as we would that they should do to us; that is to say, the law of nature requires us to do so. And here let it be remarked, that the all-wise and kind Creator has so constituted man, that in thus promoting the happiness of his fellow men, he increases his own.
16. But it may be asked, if the law of nature is the rule by which mankind ought to regulate their conduct, of what use are written laws? The will of the Creator is the law of nature which men are bound to obey. But mankind in their present imperfect state are not capable of discovering in all cases what the law of nature requires; it has therefore pleased Divine Providence to reveal his will to mankind, to instruct them in their duties to himself and to each other. This will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and is called the law of revelation, or the Divine law.
17. But though men have the Divine law for their guide, human laws are also necessary. God has commanded men to do that which is right, and to deal justly with each other; but men do not always agree as to what is right : human laws therefore become necessary to say what shall be considered just between man and man. And these laws must be written, that it may always be known what they are.
18. Again it may be asked, what must be done when a human law does not agree with the Divine law? Must such law be obeyed? Men have no right to make a law that is contrary to the law of God; and we are not bound to obey it. The apostles were forbidden to preach the gospel; but they said, "we ought to obey God rather than men;" and they continued to preach. (Acts, Chapter 5.) But we may not disobey a human law simply because it fails to require strict justice. A law may be very imperfect, as many human laws are, and yet we may obey it without breaking the Divine law.
Maybe the reason no one in American politics talks this way is because we were never taught this in any stage of education in America today. We are sure to not have this type of education in the Common Core curriculum. Maybe we need to return this historical truth back to our education system. No human law is valid if it contradicts what is plainly written in the Scriptures. The Bible is the basis of American civil rights. I wish I were smart enough to make this stuff up.
Was Christianity ever a part of American education?
Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of Mankind!
Jeff Wallace, is a former Mississippi state representative candidate, and in his book "In God We Trusted" he explores the contradictions between his state's constitution and what the courts say about the separation of church and state. He believes in challenging people to seek out information and educate themselves about their country.
He is the winner of 2010 Christian Choice Book Award for his first book and holds an associate degree in theology from Way College of Biblical Research. For more than three decades he has been involved in non-denominational Christian outreach and teaching ministries and is married with two sons. For more information, visit http://2peter120.com/
"In God We Trusted"
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