Compare and contrast the rhetoric of modern candidates for the office of U.S. president with the sorts of things spoken by our earliest presidents. The contrast speaks volumes about the spiritual and moral decay in present times.
Part of our current moral decay is that utterances like these from our nation’s first presidents are, practically speaking, expunged from all modern-day public policy discussions.
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.
– George Washington
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.”
– John Adams
Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.
– James Madison
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my county when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
– Thomas Jefferson
Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?
– John Quincy Adams
Source: Hobby Lobby full-page newspaper advertisement July 4, 2016