Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:51 AM
A few days ago I was at the post office mailing a package and as I turned to go the Lady at the desk said “God bless you”. She was instantly rebuked by her supervisor. She was told that it was against Post Office policy to invoke the name of God or to make any religious statements. She was a new hire and in training and did not know this political correctness policy.
I shook my head and walked out the door thinking how sad it was that our government, a government formed on Judeo-Christian principles, would go to such lengths to remove God from our lives. I knew that for years this had been happening on the national stage but now it had reached the sleepy little village where I resided.
The founding fathers intended that we would have freedom of religion in this country. It was not their intent however that this cornerstone principle of America would morph into freedom from religion. The men who risked all for this experiment in democracy were Christians and believed deeply that God’s hand guided them in the formation of the United States of America.
George Washington, the father of our country, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.” During his inauguration, Washington took the oath as prescribed by the Constitution but added several religious components to that official ceremony. Before taking his oath of office, he summoned a Bible on which to take the oath, added the words “So help me God!” to the end of the oath, then leaned over and kissed the Bible.
John Adams, the second President, said: “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals 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.”
Benjamin Franklin, founder of the U.S. Postal Service and known as something of a free thinker said: “God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel”
These men would turn over in their respective graves if they could see what is going on in this nation today. Secular humanists are attempting to eliminate virtually all acknowledgments of religion from public life, including removing the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and barring the offering of a prayer at the presidential inauguration. The Ten Commandments are being removed from Courthouses and Christmas trees are banned from public places.
How do we stop this insanity? I don’t have an answer for the big picture but I plan to say “God Bless you” to everyone I meet in our little Post Office. It’s a start and maybe others will join me.
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