What Makes America Great
In our last post, we posited the qualities that comprise American greatness and discussed those governments which have not and cannot establish or support the kind of greatness that the United States have experienced. We can now begin to investigate the only kind of government that could support American greatness. Which kind of government could fertilize exceptional prosperity, liberty, virtue, and justice?
It appears that the form of government enshrined in the Constitution is the only form of government that fulfills our requirements and produces the exceptional qualities that our nation has experienced.
Under the Constitution, we enjoy the sole rights to our property. We enjoy a free market and are free to trade with whomever we please and market our products in whatever context we please.
Under the Constitution, we are free to conduct our lives in whatever way we please, so long as our actions do not infringe on the rights of others.
Under the Constitution, God’s principles of human rights and moral equality are recognized, and a system of government is instituted which mandates checks and balances to prevent the nourishment of vice and encourages virtuous behavior.
Under the Constitution, we enjoy the fruits of the freest, most prosperous nation to ever grace the planet.
This kind of government, which is heavily dependent on self-government, has been called a republic — a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Romans 13:3-4 tells us,
“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.
“For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
What makes America great is that, until recently, no matter what system of government was proposed, God’s principles of government prevailed, lauded by both the commoner and the acclaimed politician. Those in American government have punished evil and let good be. They have taken minimal involvement in the lives of individuals, and have pursued justice in every area.
At this point you may be thinking, “This doesn’t sound like reality in America. Obamacare has restricted the market for health insurance and the Supreme Court has infringed on the right to life, religious liberty, and the freedom of association through such cases as Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges. We’re taxed at an extraordinary percentage, and the government controls how much of our income we get to keep.” Well, these things are all true; but, they would disappear in a republic that followed the U.S. constitution scrupulously. These are symptoms of a dereliction of Constitutional precept.
Conclusion: America is Great Because God is Great
Ultimately, America is great because she has recognized that she is “one nation under God.” She has recognized that God is the Author of liberty and has acted accordingly. John Adams, for example, made the following several quotes:
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.
“Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.
“The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!
“I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.”
John Dickinson said,
“[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.”
I could list numerous quotes if time permitted, but you get the point — the Founding Fathers understood that God was the Author of liberty, and they praised Him as such. They built government around His principles.
In the end, then, America is great because God is great. He created the principles of good government, and, until recently, they have flourished in America.
We have a hope in something bigger than American greatness; we have a hope in Jesus Christ and His power to transform hearts. We hope in the One Who made America great and Who will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Blessings in the fight for Liberty!