Quote of the Day: Inadequate to the government


“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams (Founding father and 2nd President of the USA)

This is a good reminder that our government was never made to be totally separate from religion. In fact, the government cannot continue to adequately serve the people and protect our liberties without having a religious people. It relies on having a religious people as a prerequisite for being successful.

The idea that we can completely separate the government from our country’s religious foundation would have been a totally foreign idea to the founding fathers.

And if you are saying to yourself right about now, “Well, what about separation of church and state?” then you need to actually learn what that statement means because it is likely that you have greatly misunderstood it. Separation of church and state has become the battle cry for groups of secularists who don’t have the slightest idea of what the founders meant by the word “church” and have a total disregard for its historical context.

In other words, it’s a silly idea to use the “separation of church and state” (which is not even found in the constitution by the way) as a basis for removing all traces of God or religion from public or governmental life.  Not only is this unfounded and unconstitutional, but it erodes our necessary religious foundation.  A foundation that gives our form of government hope of being adequate.

Our government, while based on democratic principles and mechanisms – is not itself a real Democracy.  It is a Republic.  It is based on laws and rights that the government is supposed to protect from the democratic mob.  Let me say that again – our civil laws are made to protect and uphold greater, more fundamental laws and rights with which we are each endowed by our Creator.

Our civil laws are made to protect our more fundamental rights and serve these greater laws.  If we disregard these greater laws, pretend they don’t exist, or insist on separating them from our civil law then what is left for our civil law to protect and enforce?  Nothing.

Our civil laws do not stand by themselves.  They reflect a divine law, a natural law, and a moral law.  And these more fundamental laws come from something bigger.  They don’t come from us.  They don’t come from a democracy deciding what they are.  They don’t even come from the U.N. (yes, I know that’s hard to believe).  They come from God.  How else can they possibly exist apart from all else?

And the only way they are upheld and effected in our society is by the hearts and minds of a morally just and religious people with well-formed consciences.  It is foolish to think we can ignore morality and religion and still maintain our liberties in the long term.  For a people who ignore the Divine, Natural, and Moral laws will find our form of government wholly inadequate.  At least our founders thought so.

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Joe Jordan March 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Good comments Matt. Sadly most Americans, let alone most of our youth, don’t understand the difference between a democracy and a republic or the basis behind the term “separation of church and state”. Thanks for helping get the word out!

Cindy March 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

Separation of church and state has become the battle cry for groups of secularists who don’t have the slightest idea of what the founders meant by the word “church” and have a total disregard for its historical context.

Matt, I can’t find where you define for us what the Founders did mean by “church.” John Locke’s “Letter On Toleration” was the principal document that informed the Founders during the debate regarding establishment of a national church. I wish our schools were more focused on the reading of the original texts that have informed and guided our formation as a republic and a society. We waste a lot of time commenting on the commentary. Go to the sources of western thought and the muddiness of modern debate will clear up rather quickly.

Matthew Warner March 4, 2009 at 1:32 am

Cindy – In my post, I linked to this article here where I talk a little bit about the separation of Church and state: Separation of Church and Hate

It’s not as in depth as it sounds like you are looking for. But I don’t think it needs to be to make the point.

Good thoughts!

D Hunt March 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

Excellent quote of the day!I just bought The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America -I am hoping to read these daily with my children.But I love history and they don’t!I want them to know & understand the history of our country. I have also purchased, America: The Last Best Hope Volumes I & II

Kevin March 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I had a friend post this quote some time ago on Facebook and thought the few preceding sentences would enlighten the ones which you posted:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

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