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One nation under God

  1. 1. One Nation Under God ©2012 Tamara J. Hulse
  2. 2. Before America – Historical Review • During the Dark Ages, Europe came to be ruled by Kings. • The common belief was that God raised up a royal family to rule over the land. God bestowed upon the King the Right to govern the people The King determined which rights to bestow upon the people The common people were “subjects” to the King.
  3. 3. The Divine Right of Kings  The royal family would inter-marry to preserve a pure blood line.  The King had the responsibility to seek God’s counsel in governing the people.  Ancient writings suggest that prophets would go to the mountains to speak with God.  The peaks on the crown represented mountain peaks – symbolic of the King’s duty to seek God’s counsel.
  4. 4. The Oath Oath: A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. The Kings of England in the 1500s (Henry VIII), 1600s (James I), and 1700s (George III) established oaths requiring subjects to swear loyalty to their specific king.
  5. 5. Ruler’s Law – The greatest enemy of self-government and freedom All power in the ruler (National) State Community Family Individual Under Ruler’s Law, government assumes all power and imposes its will on the people. The ruling group makes the law, interprets the law, and enforces the law.
  6. 6. Ruler’s Law • All power is in the ruler: – Monarchy : Royal government by the “one” – Autocracy: Government by the “one” – a dictator – Plutocracy: Government by the wealthy class – Aristocracy: Government by those with inherited titles or the privileged class – Oligarchy: Government by an exclusive few – Empire: Aggregate of kingdoms ruled by a monarch – Military Dictatorship: Government by a few top military leaders
  7. 7. “The accumulation of all powers –legislative, executive, and judiciary—in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” - James Madison
  8. 8. Chief characteristics of Ruler’s Law • The thrust of government is always from the ruler down, not from the people upward. There is no vote by the majority. • The people have no unalienable rights. • Problems are always solved by issuing new edicts, creating more bureaus, appointing more administrators, and charging the people more taxes to pay for these services.
  9. 9. Ruler’s Law and Violence • The transfer of power is nearly always by violence – the dagger, the poison cup, or fratricide and civil war. • The long history of Ruler’s law is one of blood and terror, both anciently and in modern times. Those in power revel in luxury while the lot of the common people is one of perpetual poverty, excessive taxation, stringent regulations, and a continuous existence of misery.
  10. 10. Government Power is Exercised by Force Government power is exercised by compulsion, force, conquest, or legislative usurpation. Power Force Force is the counterfeit of true power.
  11. 11. Under Ruler’s Law, the People are Governed by Fear • The Rulers remain in power because the people live in fear of punishment if they do not comply. • When the common people live in fear, they may remain subjects of a tyrannical government for generations. • The challenge of breaking the cycle: People tend to behave according to what they believe; therefore, fear of the ruling class is taught from cradle to grave unless . . .
  12. 12. The Enlightenment : Moving from Fear to Faith, from Force to Power • A movement for freedom of religion among the common people began to stir during the renaissance. • Their longings for a higher knowledge brought a reformation and illumination that would grow brighter and brighter. • Knowledge increased, reawaking and revitalizing a world hidden in obscurity.
  13. 13. The Bible in the Middle Ages • Though Bible translations of any kind were denounced, Bible reading during the Middle Ages was never totally denied. • During this time, however, reformers who promoted Bible reading many times paid with their lives. • Persecution had taken the lives of many martyrs of religious freedom since the 1300s.
  14. 14. Translation of the Bible • John Wycliffe – late 1300s translated Bible from Latin to English. He and his followers were severely persecuted. • William Tyndale - early 1500s – translated the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament from Greek and Hebrew into English. His friends warned him that he would be killed for doing so, but he was undaunted. • On October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was strangled and his body burned for determination to translate and print the Bible.
  15. 15. Turbulent Political Times Brought Change • Because of a disagreement with the church in Rome, King Henry VIII (1500s) declared himself the head of the church in England and required that copies of the English Bible be placed in every parish church. • Hungry for the gospel, people flocked to these churches, reading the scriptures to one another until their voices gave out. The Bible was also used as a primer to teach reading. • Aware of the divisions within his own country, English King James I agreed to a new official version of the Bible. (1611)
  16. 16. Influence of the Bible Political Philosophy “The Liberty of a People is the gift of God and Nature.” “The Liberties of Nations are from God and Nature, not from Kings.” Algernon Sidney (1623-1683)
  17. 17. Algernon Sidney challenged the Divine Right of Kings • “God having given the Government of the World to no one Man, nor declared how it should be divided, left it to the Will of Man.” • “A general presumption that Kings will govern well, is not a sufficient security to the People.” • “Samuel did not describe to the Israelites the glory of a free Monarchy; but the Evils the People should suffer, that he might divert them from desiring a King.”
  18. 18. Algernon Sidney – Observations on Liberty “Liberty produceth Virtue, Order and Stability: Slavery is accompanied with Vice, Weakness and Misery.”
  19. 19. John Locke 1632-1704 • Referring to mankind: All men are in a state of political equality in which there is no natural superior or inferior. “that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions…” • Theory of Social Contract: The people agree to transfer some of their rights to a central government, while retaining others.
  20. 20. Political Reformers in England Influence the Founders • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were both influenced by the writings of John Locke and Algernon Sidney. • Their ideas can be seen in the Declaration of Independence and again in the Constitution of the United States.
  21. 21. Divine Right of All Men “All men have been endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Declaration of Independence Divine Right of Kings Divine Right of All Men A Giant Leap Forward and Upward
  22. 22. America – One Nation Under God Our Founding Fathers invent a system of government where all men are accountable before God.
  23. 23. “In the beginning of the contest of Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable than an empire can rise without His aid? Benjamin Franklin (at the Constitutional Convention, 1787)
  24. 24. “We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel . . . I therefore, beg leave to move that hereafter prayers, imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.” Benjamin Franklin (at the Constitutional Convention, 1787)
  25. 25. What type of government? • Monarchy – a government in which the supreme power is lodged in a single ruler • Democracy - a form of government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively. • Republic – a state in which the exercise of sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people • Theocracy – government of a state by the immediate direction of God. (Religious theocracy – God chooses the leader; A political theocracy – people choose righteous leaders to be accountable to God)
  26. 26. The Founder’s Formula • A combination of 3 types of government to protect the citizens from the Monarchy. – Democracy (supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively) – Republic (the exercise of sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people) – Theocracy (the people choose righteous leaders to be accountable to God – oath of office)
  27. 27. Millions of Individuals (Each endowed with unalienable rights) Democracy Community, County, State, Federal Representatives (Selected rights are loaned from people to representatives) Republic Righteous government leaders are accountable to God (Oath of Office) Theocracy Republics are created by vote Theocracies are created by covenant (oath)
  28. 28. Vertical Separation of Powers Only specific limited power assigned to each level of government. The further up the pyramid, the less power given to that branch of government. The Federal Government The Several States Thousands of Counties Millions of Communities Tens of Millions Families Hundreds of Millions Individuals
  29. 29. Levels of the Republic – Individual level • The people have unalienable rights to exercise agency in governing their own affairs as long as it did not impose on the rights of others. • Individuals have the right and responsibility to solve problems relating to work, play, associations, creature comforts, education, acquisition, and disposition of property. • As a member of society, the individual has the right to a voice and a vote.
  30. 30. Levels of the Republic - Family • Marriage and Family – Created by Covenant before God – The woman loans some rights to the man – to provide, protect, and represent the family – The man loans some rights to the woman – to bear the children, nurture and serve the family • The family is the most basic and important unit of organized society. • Within a family, the individual will find greater satisfaction and self-realization than in any other segment of society.
  31. 31. Levels of the Republic - Community • Some services can be provided more efficiently and effectively by a community than an individual family. • Certain rights are loaned to community leaders to provide services (roads, schools, water, police) and uphold standards of morality, decency, and safety. • Community leaders may pass laws, collect taxes, and create policy for the good of the community. By taking the Oath of Office, elected community leaders make a promise to God to uphold these rights.
  32. 32. Levels of the Republic - County • A group of communities can handle some services collectively with more efficiency than an individual community. • Certain rights are loaned to county leaders to provide county services (county roads, bridges and drainage systems; rural police services; elections; public health; caring for the needy; records of deeds, births, deaths, marriages; prosecution of serious crimes). • County leaders may pass laws, collect taxes, and create policy for the good of the county. By taking the Oath of Office, elected county leaders make a promise to God to uphold these rights.
  33. 33. Levels of the Republic - State • The sovereign entity of a specific region can function more effectively for all communities, counties, and people of the state than they can do for themselves. • Certain rights are loaned to State leaders to provide State services (regulating commerce; establishing courts; establishing public schools; roads and bridges; laws to protect health, safety and morals or the people; moral problems including liquor, gambling, drugs, and prostitution). • State leaders may pass laws, collect taxes, and create policy for the good of the State. By taking the Oath of Office, elected State leaders make a promise to God to uphold these rights.
  34. 34. Levels of the Republic –National “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” James Madison • Certain rights (20 powers) are loaned to National Government leaders to provide National services (foreign affairs; war, peace and national security; naturalization; patents; federal lands and property; coining of money; post offices; federal courts; violations of the laws of nations) • National leaders may pass laws, collect taxes, and create policy for the good of the nation. By taking the Oath of Office – Elected officials promise God to uphold the rights loaned to them.
  35. 35. The Purpose of the Bill of Rights • The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution as an extra protection against the federal government assuming too much control and authority. • The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the theocracy. • The States say NO to the Federal Government. “Congress shall pass no law . . .” • By saying NO to the Federal Government, each community becomes liable to the Creator. • The local community has the power to determine morality, decency and safety for their own community to insure the individuals are responsible for the stewardship God gave them regarding their unalienable rights.
  36. 36. Democracy in America – Alex de Toqueville “there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a great influence over the souls of men than in America; and there can be no great proof of its utility and its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.” Alex de Toqueville The free exercise of religion allowed religious principles to thrive in the hearts of the people who then selected leaders who would uphold moral laws and principles.
  37. 37. Influence of Women “I have nowhere seen women occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked, (...) to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply,—to the superiority of their women.” Alex de Toqueville
  38. 38. Influence of Morality and Religion “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams Individual righteousness is the driving force behind a righteous Republic.
  39. 39. In God we trust is not only written on our coins, But it is written in the hearts of a free people. IN GOD WE TRUST What happens when the people lose their trust in God?
  40. 40. Decrease in Faith Loss of Interest in Religion Increase in Fears Fears rob the people of confidence in the theocracy Government moves towards monarchy Challenges to the Republic
  41. 41. Millions of Individuals (Each endowed with unalienable rights) Democracy Community, County, State, Federal Representatives (Selected rights are loaned from people to representatives) Republic Corrupt government leaders are elected to office Monarchy Fears motivate people to choose corrupt representatives Corrupt representatives transfer increasing amounts of power to central government.
  42. 42. Fear is our Greatest Enemy • Fear has been the driving force behind the movement to remove the preamble to the Bill of Rights and to ask the Federal Government to restrict rights and responsibilities of local governments. • 1940s - The Supreme Court declared that the purpose of the 14th Amendment was to limit the States not just on racial civil rights issues, but on numerous items contained within the Bill of Rights. • By applying the Bill of Rights to all levels of Government – we lose protection of our unalienable rights and by default we began the move towards a monarchy.
  43. 43. Preamble to the Bill of Rights “THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution . . .”
  44. 44. How the 14th Amendment changed the 1st and 2nd Amendments The original intent of the Founders was to restrict the powers of the Federal Government so the State and Local governments can oversee the needs of the people. – We have the responsibility within our own communities to protect our standards of morality, decency and safety. – Each individual has a right and responsibility regarding standards of behavior in their community. – If we the people allow evil to come into our community, then we are responsible.
  45. 45. 14th Amendment – New Interpretation • The Bill of Rights was applied to all levels of Government. • The Supreme Court replaced the Creator as the watchdog and enforcer of our unalienable rights – our rights became vested rights. The power to interpret is the power to control, and the power to control is the weapon to destroy.
  46. 46. FEAR was the driving force behind this new interpretation • Fear that communities and states would not protect their citizens moved people to ask the Federal Government to become the watch dog. False Evidence Appearing Real • When citizens react with emotionalism absent of principle, they ignorantly destroy the protections of our liberties.
  47. 47. Fear or Faith? “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” - Samuel Adams “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin
  48. 48. Power or Force? Power Force Power accomplishes with ease that which force is unable to accomplish even with extreme effort. Characterized by humility, truth, self-evident principles. It is always associated with that which supports the significance of life itself. * Characterized by arrogance, polarization, and conflict. Force is pompous; it has all the answers.It is concrete, literal and arguable. It requires proof and support.*
  49. 49. Power vs Force* • Power arises from meaning. It has to do with motive and it has to do with principle. It appeals to that in human nature which we call noble. Those things which uplift and dignify. * • Force appeals to that which we call crass and must always be justified. Force always creates counter-force; its effect is to polarize rather than unify.* *David Hawkins, Power vs Force, 2004.
  50. 50. Power vs Force • Statesmen represent true power, ruling by inspiration, teaching by example and standing for self-evident principle. The statesman invokes the nobility which resides within all men and unifies them through what can best be termed the heart.* • Force is seductive because it emanates certain glamour, whether that glamour is manifested in the guise of false patriotism, prestige or dominance, while true power very often is quite unglamorous. *
  51. 51. Hitler vs Churchill • History has taught us that power of truth and principle will stand triumphant when it meets the forces of tyranny. • Adolf Hitler assembled a military force that seemed unbeatable; yet he could not defeat a tiny island across the English Channel because of the virtue and faith of Winston Churchill. • Churchill stood for power, Hitler for force. When the two meet, power always eventually succeeds; in the long run, if it is deeply founded in the will of the people, power is immune to force.*
  52. 52. Gandhi vs. British Empire • Mahatma Gandhi, a ninety-pound man who single handedly overcame the vast British Empire that ruled two-thirds of the face of the globe. Gandhi’s success is attributed to his ability to stand for principle: the intrinsic dignity of man and his right to freedom, sovereignty and self- determination. • Gandhi’s faith was based on the fact that such rights are bestowed upon man by virtue of the divinity of his creation and not to be granted by any earthly power. *
  53. 53. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  54. 54. Divine Right of All Men: A Powerful Idea “All men have been endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Divine Right of Kings Divine Right of All Men A Giant Leap Forward and Upward
  55. 55. All Men – Refers to All Mankind Divine Right of Men • Provide for the basic needs of the family • Protect the family from physical, spiritual, emotional, and moral harm • Represent the Family Divine Right of Women • Co-creators with God in the bearing of children • Make the Home a place of refuge, order, and peace • Nurture family members with love and words of God In addition to the unalienable rights specified in the Declaration of Independence . . .
  56. 56. Divine Right of Men • The Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, was designed to empower men to provide, protect, and represent their family. • We invite all men, especially fathers, to join a movement to Restore the Constitution to the Original form to protect your Divine Right and Responsibility. • Ask about our presentation: Restoring America’s Balance of Powers
  57. 57. Divine Right of Women • Co-creators with God in the bearing of children • Make the Home a place of refuge, order, and peace • Nurture family members with love and the words of God Are we homemakers or HomeMakers?
  58. 58. home dwelling place Home – growing place with a nurturing, inspiring environment where full potential may be realized. maker maid and cook Maker – creator of an environment that will nurture, protect, educate, and inspire homemaker or HomeMaker
  59. 59. “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee . . . “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1: 5-7
  60. 60. By their very nature, HomeMakers possess the power to determine the future of America • What power? –The Power of Faith –The Power of Virtue –The Power of Patriotism
  61. 61. The Power of Faith • The power of God’s word – The Bible teaches truth – things as they REALLY are, as the REALLY were, and things as they REALLY will be. – The Bible teaches the unalienable rights of man. – The Bible teaches faith in God. – The Bible teaches the virtues required to live as a free people. – The Bible teaches men to dedicate themselves to a cause greater than oneself.
  62. 62. Fear Faith Spend a few minutes each day to read from Holy Writ. Share Bible Stories with your families.
  63. 63. By faith, Abigail Adams cared for her young family alone. By faith, Martha Washington served the soldiers in her husband’s winter encampments. By faith, George Washington led a rag- tag army through an 8 year war with the most powerful army on earth. By faith, Abraham Lincoln turned to God during the Battle of Gettysburg and pled for victory.
  64. 64. By faith, today’s HomeMakers. . . Mother • Serve as co-creators with God in the bearing of children. HomeMaker • Make the Home a place of refuge, order, and peace. Nurturer • Nurture family members with love and the words of God.
  65. 65. The Power of Virtue By precept and example, a virtuous woman *nurtures the character traits of the rising generation. Her contribution to liberty is without price. “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31: 10
  66. 66. HomeMakers – Gardeners of Liberty • The HomeMaker is a nurturer. • *To nurture means to cultivate, to care for and to make grow. • Just as a master gardener creates an ideal environment for plants to grow, the HomeMaker creates the home environment that allows goodness and virtue to grow and prosper. • HomeMaking is vital and dignified. It requires virtue, organization, patience, love and work.
  67. 67. Makers of the Home Nurturers of Love Creators of Beauty Cultivators of Faith Gardeners of Liberty
  68. 68. Teach Virtue thru Story and Example Scriptures The Freedom Series The Classics Family Heritage Stories Stories of Personal Experiences
  69. 69. The Power of Virtue Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed. . . . -Patrick Henry
  70. 70. The Power of Patriotism • Patriotism: Love or devotion to a cause greater than oneself: Liberty in the Home, Community, and Nation • A Patriot will sacrifice personal comforts, time, and conveniences to protect and preserve the cause of liberty. A mother’s greatest act of patriotism will occur within the walls of her own home.
  71. 71. A Patriotic Family • Serves family, community, and country • Strengthens marriage and family • Celebrates Heritage (National, State, and Local, and Family) • Sings Patriotic Songs • Reads true accounts of American History • Supports and serves the military • Develops Self-reliance • Participates in Civic Responsibility
  72. 72. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no court can save it.” Learned Hand
  73. 73. By their very nature, HomeMakers possess the power to determine the future of America • What power? –The Power of Faith –The Power of Virtue –The Power of Patriotism
  74. 74. Stalin acknowledges the power of America "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its Patriotism, its Morality, and its Spiritualism.“ —Josef Stalin
  75. 75. There is no place like Home to restore hope in America
  76. 76. One Nation Under God ©2012 Tamara J. Hulse “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” Isaiah 54:13