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Friday, March 2, 2018

A Nation Untethered

This is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, where 14 students and 3 teachers were killed on February 14, sprayed with bullets by a troubled young man.  

Photo by Formulanone (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

I'm repeating words I wrote on October 13, after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Why? Because I hear pundit after pundit saying we need to "fix the problem," yet the "fixes" I'm hearing are band-aids over cancer.  

Our Founding Father Noah Webster, the one-time 'Schoolmaster of the Nation,' said education is "useless without the Bible." In his Preface to the 1828 Dictionary, he wrote: "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed...No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."

Today, we want freedom from Christianity, not freedom for Christianity.

How's that working out? 

Webster wrote: "...the education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. Education, in a great measure, forms the moral characters of men, and morals are the basis of government." 

And: "...it is much easier to introduce and establish an effectual system for preserving morals, than to correct, by penal statutes, the ill effects of a bad system."

Tell us about it! 

Webster said the Bible is "that book which the benevolent Creator has furnished for the express purpose of guiding human reason in the path of safety, and the only book which can remedy, or essentially mitigate, the evils of a licentious world."  

He declared: "Any system of education...which limits instruction to the arts and sciences, and rejects the aids of religion in forming the character of citizens, is essentially defective."

We have fed our elementary and secondary students a steady diet of defective education since the 1960's, when the 10 Commandments were taken off the walls, the Bible removed, and prayer in our schools declared "unconstitutional." Instead, we'll put armed guards at the doors, and teachers will carry concealed weapons.

Webster would have a few choice words for those '60's judges on the so-called "Supreme" Court. He saw the Higher Court above them.

Webster knew the "fix," and declared it in plain English. Today, no civil leader dares to repeat it.

We are living in a nation untethered. A nation untethered from the Bible, untethered from our God, and untethered from Truth.

That's our real problem, and there's only one fix.

The one we will not tolerate.

This painting of Noah Webster (1758 - 1843), hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Painting by James Herring (1794 - 1867) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons