There’s an urgent need in America today to understand both the beautiful story of our Christian founding as well as the principles upon which our nation’s unique form of government was built. We are not an “irredeemable and evil” nation as some would now have us believe. Rather, the United States of America was founded with a distinctly missionary focus and its governmental forms are rooted in Judeo-Christian ideas - ideas that have led to the fullest expression of individual liberty, productivity, invention and opportunity in the history of the world.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Ideas have consequences. If a constitutional republic upheld by a self-governing people is just a “good” idea, then perhaps Marxism is a “better” one. However, if America was founded on unchanging biblical principles - “God” ideas - well, those ideas are worth fighting and dying for. Today America's true foundations are deliberately undermined, distorted and disdained and we often don't have the tools to defend them well. To give our posterity a fighting chance to preserve their heritage of liberty - a heritage purchased with much sacrifice - we must understand our history and founding principles and be prepared to pass them down.
To that end, I'm headed to St. Cloud, Florida the evening of January 22nd and all day January 23rd and I hope you'll come, bring your students, learn "the story" AND be encouraged about the part you have to play. Here's a DOWNLOADABLE FLYER if you'd like to promote to others, here's the LINK TO REGISTER ($15 Adult/ $10 Child 12 and under) . . .and here's an overview of what I'll cover in this 8-hour seminar:
Identifying Principles- introducing foundational ideas like “Private Property is Biblical,” “The Biblical Spheres of Government,” the “Christian Principle of Self-Government and its Relationship to Liberty.” In addition, a chart is presented to compare the two extreme expressions of godless government (tyranny and anarchy) with the biblical model that brings a balance between liberty and law.
Historical Overview of Government- a flyover of world history identifying biblical principles of civil government as revealed in Creation, the Tower of Babel, the Exodus, the Israelite monarchy, Greece and Rome. We conclude with the coming of Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection empower the believer with the desire and ability to be self-governed as the laws of God are now written on their hearts. Self-government opens the door to a fuller expression of liberty.
Biblical Ideas of Civil Government Re-emerge - We begin with the remarkable story of God’s Providence in the uniting of England under the Christian King Alfred, who would base English law in the law of God. We move forward to 1215 AD and the reinforcement of that law in Magna Carta, drafted by pastor Stephen Langton. From there we observe the Protestant Reformation, when matters of conscience became life-and-death decisions and “Sola Scriptura” was held up as the ultimate authority for every part of life. The theologians of this era, so devoted to adherence to biblical standards at all costs, inspire and instruct us in their writings about the relationship between man and civil government. It is perhaps equally as inspiring to recognize that our founders considered these “reformers” to be the “virtual founders of America.”
Planting the Principles in America-We return to England to trace God’s Providence in that nation’s preservation during the trying days of the English Reformation. We’ll see how those very trials became the driving force in planting the first English colonies in north America: Jamestown and Plymouth. The original chartering documents reveal the clear missionary motives of those settlements as well as the biblical forms of government (traceable back to King Alfred and his biblically-rooted law) that were now planted for the first time in the New World.
Preparing for Independence- a historical overview of the Great Awakening as the spiritual preparation for the War for Independence with a focus on the character of George Whitefield and the providential preservation of the colonies in the face of a massive French invasion in 1746. The French and Indian War that follows will become the physical preparation for a war not yet anticipated by any English colonist. There we focus on the character and providential preparation of George Washington with compelling stories from his life.
Our Biblical Form of Government- These sessions provide a broad overview of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We point out the key concepts they contain, connect them to the “chain of liberty” which originated in the Hebrew example and confirm their alignment with the biblical view of man and government.