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Just because the Founders chose to create a republic rather than a pure democracy does not mean they were "anti-democratic. It simply means that they were wise men who understood the world through the lens of Scripture. Even the modernist must admit that the distrust of man, that caused the founding fathers to form the government in the manner that it now exists, emanated from a Biblical foundation. It is in the Scripture that we find that man is a sinner.
"Whether the Fathers looked to the
cynically illuminated intellectuals of contemporary
And who is the author of all nature upon
which these men fashioned their government? The devout Christian and physicist, Isaac
Newton (whose ideas
So (deriving their thought from the notion that man is innately a sinner) a system of constitutional government was formed in a manner that various sources of interest would check each other. A federated government was developed to confront the evils that would develop within of a state that was ruled according to the democratic whims of sinners.
If a single state faction sought to rise up and take the situation by force, the totality of the states, bound in a federation by a constitution could stop it through the power of a central government. So, the constitutional government was formed filled with a system of checks and balances, and a representative form of government that in itself was a check against the iniquity that could come about if the people were merely left to rule themselves if given a pure democracy.
The founders of the Constitution have left us with the three branches of government that are carefully placed as to balance one another out lest any become dominant. John Adams in his Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America stated his beliefs as paraphrased by Hofstadter, "The aristocracy and the democracy must be made to neutralize each other. Each element should be given its own house of legislature, and over both houses there should be set a capable, strong and impartial executive armed with the veto power. This split assembly would contain within itself an organic check and would be capable of self-control under the governance of the executive. The whole system was to be capped by an independent judiciary."
But the modernist is no longer content to accept the underlying Christian-based beliefs upon which these men authored our Constitution. Hofstadter concluded, "No man who is as well abreast of modern science as the fathers were of eighteenth-century science believes any longer in unchanging nature. Modern humanistic thinkers who seek for a means by which society may transcend eternal conflict and rigid adherence to property rights as its integrating principles, can expect no answer in the philosophy of balanced government as it was set down by the Constitution-makers of 1787."
The message that is being taught here is clear. We are an advanced society, far too sophisticated and enlightened by science to accept the passť philosophies embraced by the founders of the Constitution. We have advanced beyond those old notions of power according to property and man's inert sinful nature. Didn't you know? Man is not a sinner. Rather he is noble! We need to look at government in a new way. God forbid where it is going to take us.
In the same revisionist vein,
Now according to this historian, in
So where are we headed with this
dissertation? Well, it appears that the ideas
As the deception proceeds to advance, it
was "revealed" that
Though the author conceded that
Let's not mention Lincoln's years in Salem as a postmaster, the ferryman ventures down the river, the hours spent in store keeping and splitting rails, the flopped business venture, the years in practicing law as he traveled throughout the state doing business as a lawyer, and the fact that he lost his fill of elections. Instead we will claim that he was a pampered politician. Let us assert that the cost of his political associations was personal compromise.
There was no moral integrity behind his feelings towards the black man the author insists. Rather it is asserted, "It was during this period that he learned the deliberate and responsible opportunism that was so later characteristic of his statecraft. . .His keen onslaughts against slavery, in fact, carry the conviction of a man of far greater moral force than the Presidential Lincoln ever revealed in action."
These are strong judgments ascending on a President who explained to a pair of Unitarian antislavery clergymen, "We shall need all the anti-slavery feeling in the country and more; you can go home and try to bring the people to your views; and you may say anything you like about me. Don't spare me!" Herndon recalled Abe saying with a laugh.
A big to do was made about the fact that
Now you have it! The true target of the "scholar" has been revealed. Western history, and particularly that of English origin, is filled hypocrisy that leaves it illegitimate and unworthy of respect. And what institution stands as the foundation of Western civilization? You got it; the Church. The implications are clear.
Likewise so are the ramifications that
come from the next assertion that contended that for
"I like the system which lets a man
quit when he wants to,"
Obviously, in slavery, there is no
chance for upward mobility. Yet observe that
Apparently, not in the revisionist's mind, for the declaration of Hofstadter persisted in asserting, "Always privately compassionate, in his public career and his legal practice he never made himself the advocate of unpopular reform movements."
This statement was backed by the
assertion that it was only after the Kansas-Nebraska Act (that declared that the
So at the age of 45 for the first time
in his life,
Therefore when Lincoln said, "If free Negroes should be made things, how long, think you, before they will begin to make things out of poor white men," Lincoln was addressing an economic issue rather than a moral one.
He was supposedly no more than a
politician looking for votes. Therefore, as he campaigned for a seat in the Senate,
Douglas, his opponent, brought up to
Way up north in Chicago on July 10, 1858, Lincoln declared, "Let's discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal."
Yet when in the deep South in Charleston on September 18, 1858, Lincoln apparently contradicted himself by proclaiming, "I will say, then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races: and I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters and jurors of Negroes, nor qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people. . .And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
Let's not make mention of the fact that
it was during his campaign against Douglas that Lincoln became universally known as an
opponent to slavery as a result of his famous debates with Douglas over the issue. Let's
not give credence to the fact that he lost that election, because his stance on slavery
was apparently not the most popular position to take in his district. (It appears in that
Let's not take into consideration that
he was talking to a deeply divided country on the brink of revolution. It was a country so
distraught with itself that during the 1860 Democratic national convention, delegates from
the South walked out after a furious and bitter battle that saw
Let's not consider that
Let's not give proper acknowledgment to
the fact that consistently through his brilliant political career,
This resolve on Lincoln's part may have
produced some early inconsistencies in his stance on the slavery issue, as he attempted to
meld the two concepts of Union and slavery together into a unified whole that would leave
the nation intact. The fact is,
The intellectual may desire to devaluate
How can you argue with the one who held
our country together in a time when the future of democracy itself was on the line? Yet in
his resolve to undermine the person of
Instead, the Hofstadter stated, "It
is not easy to decide whether the true
A person will always view events according to his own paradigm. You tend to ascertain occurrences within the light of your own self. The thing that is easiest to see is that the modernist is looking at the past through his own eyes. These are eyes that are corrupted by sin and rebellion.
So, the cerebral mass of arrogance
extended his argument to demand that
Remember though, that the Civil War occurred during a time when the colonization of the first 13 states was not as distant as it is now. Colonization is how our country began, you might remember. I find it difficult to see how it is anything other than inconsistent to attach a negative connotation an idea that gave us our freedom to begin with.
With that in mind, we don't have to go
to the "informed" historian to understand why
As it was, the blacks showed very little
interest in the plan that, by the way, was suggested by
In spite of one's personal opinion
Though the new tutors of history resolve that Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation only out of military necessity, and only after all his other policies had failed, Lincoln himself confided after endorsing it, "I never, in my life, felt more certain I was doing right, than I do signing this paper." Previously, all the official documents the President had signed only displayed the initial "A" to indicate his first name. Now he boldly wrote in full, "Abraham Lincoln" -- as if to certify that he had a personal interest in the plight of the black.
Oh yes, the liberal historian is correct
when he tells you that this document in reality didn't free any slaves. It neglected to
include the slaves in the
What they fail to mention though is that
just three months prior,
The famous document concluded, "And
upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution,
upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious
favor of Almighty God." And has the liberal historian afforded
No doubt each individual evaluates others in the light of his own prejudices and pre-suppositions. The posture of the progressive teachers towards Western and American history comes from a desire to live their lives as they see fit without accountability to absolute ordinances established by God. They want to divorce themselves from Christianity, and the only way to do it is to alienate themselves from the truth history as generated by the Christian faith.
Adhering to moral standards is something they wish to avoid. Can they be trusted to make ethical judgments on history?
You can either take a man for his word,
or you can't. When the intellectual reads the accounts and testimonies of those who lived
The bulk of the evidence asserts that
Lincoln himself attested that he signed his name to that historic document for reasons far more profound than just "military necessity." He asserted the abolishment of slavery was Constitutional and just, a theme that he pronounced more than once during his political career.
The contemporary historian on the other hand, would want you to believe his motives were no more than those of a self-serving politician who freed the slaves only for the benefit of the whites. Who do you believe?
Those of us, who have embraced God's word in our lives as the only truth of God, are familiar with arguments that attempt to undermine the virtue of another person. Liberal theologians use the liberal line of reasoning utilized by the modern historian to frustrate the integrity of the Word by "bringing up" supposed discrepancies they contend cannot be explained in any manner other than realizing that the Bible is filled with mistakes -- because in their mind it was penned by mortal men. In the same manner as Satan as he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, they elicit half-truths, pulled out of context, to deceive the uninformed.
And this is how they deal with anyone
who has been sent to them with a message they don't want to hear (particularly when the
theme of the memorandum condemns the way they live their life). They attack the messenger
himself rather than listening to message. They bring question to the messenger's
credibility, hoping that if they can deface the person they can rid themselves of the
guilt. But the message of
A Heartbreaking Ending?
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln
actually started the Civil War? At least that's how the story goes according to the
contemporary historians. It seems that when the Confederates made the first move by
The fort, occupied by Union troops, was
placed at the mouth of
So let's devaluate the man since he was
a good chess player! The fact that
It was not easy to convince people that
they needed to go to war for the preservation of democracy. It would have been even more
difficult to rally them to free the slaves. How does this fit in with the declaration that
The South seceded from the
The words coming from Lincoln that confess, "I claim not to have controlled events but plainly that events have controlled me," when understood in the context of the turmoil and hatred of the time that threatened to terminate America's government, sound like the words of a man who did the best that he could do in the calamitous situation he was handed.
Professor Charles W. Ramsdell
nonetheless, has suggested that as he began to see the cost of lives of the venture
(618,000 lives were lost in the Civil War on both sides),
And so the academic thinker concluded, "For a man of sensitivity and compassion to exercise great powers in a time of crisis is a grim and agonizing thing. Instead of glory, he once said, he had found only 'ashes and blood.'. . . He had his ambitions and fulfilled them, and met heartache in his triumph."
This is a pretty sad ending to the story of a man who has historically been viewed as the most dynamic hero of our nation. For those of us who stand for righteousness, the devaluation of our nation's founders appears to be the foremost affront on our contention that our nation should return to obedience to the precepts of the Bible.
How does it make you feel? Do you want to stand up and say, "Oh yea!" Would you like to beat someone over the head, or what ever it would take to silence those who seek to draw our culture into immorality and the oblivion that can only result from it?
The non-truths that pervade in our educational system today are the genesis of attitudes such as these towards our forefathers. It is time that we as believers speak out the truth in the midst of this gross distortion.
However, this cannot be accomplished
until we discover the truth itself. What is the reality of our Christian heritage? Is our
Christian background no more than a myth? Is it in actuality the God of the Bible who has
provided the glue that has held
C. S. Lewis commented in Mere Christianity, ". . . I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on."
Enough of the modern folk lore myths proposed by the intellectuals! Let's go back in time to discover the true story of the man Abraham Lincoln, and his lifelong search for the Lord. You see, the answers to these questions are not to be found in the liberal's pen, but in a modest one-room log cabin perched deep in the frontier of our 19th century western expansion.
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