Whoever said religion and politics don’t mix, is walking
through life with blinders.  It has always been so – and in
America it was religion first, both in 1620 in Plymouth and
in 1564 in St. Johns River Settlement in Florida.  These
were groups of courageous Christians coming to these shores
in the quest for freedom and peace to worship God as their
conscience dictated.  Of course, with any group of people, a
certain form of government becomes inevitable.  Socialism
was tried and failed – we’re mortal, after all.  What manner
of people could be, and remain, happy, when too much
government becomes a new master?  Freedom – to immigrants
from around the world, meant finding new grounds where they
could develop their own talents, benefit from their own
sweat and build a life without government intervention.  But
government needs a conscience.  David Brewer, (1837-1910), a
justice of the Supreme Court, wrote in his opinion in 1892
that “Religion, morality, and knowledge are necessary to
good government for preservation of liberty, and the
happiness of mankind.”

When Rene de Laudonniere led a group of French Huguenots to
the shores of present-day Florida in 1564, and after they
colonized and built Fort Caroline, he wrote: “We sang a
psalm of Thanksgiving unto God, beseeching Him that it would
please Him to continue His accustomed goodness towards us.”

Perhaps the greatest preacher of the 19th century, Charles
Finney, president of Oberlin College, wrote: “The church
must take right ground in regards to politics … the time
has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take
consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them.
God will bless or curse this nation according to the course
Christians take in politics.”

Over forty five years ago, I met a most remarkable survivor
of one of the world’s worst Communist prisons.  Reverend H.
Richard Wurmbrand (a Lutheran pastor) obtained his freedom
after 14 years from an underground prison in Romania.  He
had not seen the light of day for 14 years!  He had been
beaten, starved and other cruelties administered that are
hard to describe – all in the cause of Communism attempting
to extinguish his belief in Jesus Christ.  In great
admiration, I quote, from one of his letters:

“Every freedom-loving man has two fatherlands, his own and
America.  Today, America is the hope of every enslaved man,
because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.
Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand
as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of
the world.

“It is the last “dike” holding back the rampaging
floodwaters of militant Communism.  If it crumples, there is
no other dike, no other dam; no other line of defense to
fall back upon.  America is the last hope of millions of
enslaved peoples.  They look to it as their second
fatherland.  In it lies their hopes and prayers.  I have
seen fellow-prisoners in Communist prisons beaten, tortured,
with 50 pounds of chains on their legs — praying for
America … that the dike will not crumple; that it will
remain free.”

Pastor Wurmbrand could not envision the “America of today.”
Nor could any of the others mentioned.  Revival is
desperately needed to turn this country around.
Christianity is the only morality behind government; without
it, there is only chaos.

All quotes from “America’s God and Country,” William J.