Americanism Starts with Belief in a Creator Endowing Us with Inalienable Rights
by Pastor Earl Wallace
If that sounds religious, it is because the concepts come primarily from understanding how the Bible applies both to people’s personal and civic lives.
America was founded upon the application of the Bible to civics. There are Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States contains ten amendments. Each amendment of the Bill of Rights is designed to compel people in government to treat “We-the-People” according to the Ten Commandments. The Declaration of Independence says God, our Creator, endows each of us with unalienable rights.
Thomas Aquinas called these rights our “natural decalogue rights.” America’s founders understood that through the Ten Commandments, God secures our rights to not be murdered (#6), sexually mistreated (#7), stolen from (#8), lied to or about, nor slandered (#9), and to not have our persons, people, position or possessions coveted (#10) by people who would use government power to deny us the blessings God provides for us. The First Amendment of the Constitution secures our right to worship God the way He wanted be worshipped in the Ten Commandments (1-4). Commandment # 5, provides for the autonomy of our family sanctity, providing its members do not violate the Ten commandments against one another.
Americanism is not a matter of creed, birthplace or national descent, but was an inspired belief system rooted in the Bible, which impacts the soul and transforms the human psyche in what Jesus called, being “born again,” in John 3:3.
The concepts in America’s Declaration of Independence evolved through a series of Spiritual risks that early Americans like the Puritans took when they came to America to purely apply the Bible to every aspect of life, including our civics. They had earned their name in Europe and England by attempting to purify the Anglican Church. Also, they resisted state run churches, whose clerics compromised on what the Bible says, and colluded to work alongside government power brokers to arrest and torture anyone and their families who were determined to live what the Bible says in both their personal and civic lives. Thus they came to America “seeking religious freedom.”
One of their milestone acts was in 1620 to write the 197 word Mayflower Compact in which they entered into a covenant before God and agreed to submit to Him and govern themselves according to Biblical values: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/
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They also bound themselves to Christ’s “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5:1-48, which actually increases people’s responsibilities beyond the Ten Commandments). They committed to a new way of life “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith.” Those settlers codified in 1620 their intention to do God’s will, in God’s way in both their personal and civic lives. I am very thankful that God honored their faith to bless US (pun intended) with a wonderful country, and that God continues to inspire us to hold to that tradition.
This tradition should stimulate pride, not shame, despite it being under attack today by those who want to divide and separate us by calling “cultural appropriation” and “racial privilege” the sharing in the blessings God brings into the world through the diversity of people He Creates and inspires. In fact, as a pastor, I have dedicated my life to revitalizing faith in Christ and the pure application of the Bible to every aspect of our lives, including our civics. This just happens to be consistent with the original traditions of the United States of America.
I believe God still is calling US (pun intended) to submit to Him and participate in personal belief and devotion to God that is expressed through our proper application of civics. The Bible’s expectation is for every “whosoever” of John 3;16 to develop a “personal relationship with Him by reading God’s Word, the Bible, for themselves. Christ said the Holy Spirit will personally inhabit each individual believer (John 16:7-8). Each of us is to look to God’s Holy Spirit to purify our hearts and minds in order to give us understanding and the will to conform our behavior to be consistent to live out God’s will in our personal and civic lives. The Bible says “whatever you do, do to the glory of God! (1 Corinthians 10:31 & Colossians 3:17)
As a contemporary member of the historical body of Christ, I appreciate how God has worked to inspire past believers to codify His will for our freedoms in America’s earliest civic and founding documents. I also stand for truth by resisting deceptive revisionist historians who convince us to cast aside those traditions that connect us to God, Who is Author of our Ten Commandment inalienable rights!
I feel compelled to call to repentance people who are willing to break every one of God’s Ten Commandments, and to get us to abandon the traditions of pursuing, life, liberty and happiness, handed down to us by America’s founding Christians. Satan’s tactics include blinding us to the importance of applying the Bible to civics by getting us to misunderstand and mishandle the concept of “separation of church and state,” a phrase neither appearing in the Bible, nor the Declaration of Independence, nor in America’s Constitution! Go research those documents and see for yourself.
If God was going to separate Himself from any aspect of the lives of the people He loves, especially civics, He never would have drowned Pharaoh’s army in the sea when that ruler led his state to disobey God. We also would not see god working through government rulers during the Bible episodes involving the judges, Queen Esther, the three boys in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Ezra and Nehemiah getting support to rebuild Jerusalem, Kings David and Solomon, and even John the Baptist being sent to call King Herod to repentance, which would have been a blessing to his kingdom.
I believe our challenge is that we are trying to be patriotic to the vision of America’s Founders and loyal to the U.S. Constitution they wrote without possessing the Bible – believing faith that inspired and directed them. Or, we think we are operating in a way that is consistent with that tradition, but we’ve actually gone far off course due to the deceptive interpretation of “separation of church and state.” Because America’s Founders, for the most part, were unified as disciples of Christ, who believed the Bible was the supreme reference for all matters of life, including personal and public behavior, science, government and civics, I believe America only can be restored through a revival of people committing to a genuine relationship with Christ, through the esteeming of God’s Word.
I believe in a nation that has in its founding documents that we have inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator, coming to Christ is the patriotic thing to do.
Pastor Earl Wallace
Earl is the pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship Church, which developed from evangelism after God showed him that America is making the same mistakes Israel made as stated in Judges 2:10 “And there arose another generation after them (Joshua and his generation) who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.” God showed Earl the history of how He divinely inspired men to seek the rights and freedoms expressed through the Ten Commandments, which America’s Founding Fathers realized are God’s way of saying we each have a right to do as commanded in 1-4 & 5, and we each have a right not to have Commandments 6-10 perpetrated against us. This application of Christianity to civic life made America a peaceful and stable society, ripe for the Great Awakening, and saw Christianity spread throughout our land. Earl began teaching “The Biblical Basis of the Bill of Rights” (3-BR), in firehouses and libraries. People came to Christ, and others rededicated themselves to the Lord. These became the nucleus of Liberty Christian Fellowship Church. Mr. Wallace wrote “The Three Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context,” which has been endorsed by three other world renowned “leadership gurus.” Earl has taught 3-D MRC Leadership throughout America, and in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.