Restoring Civic Virtue – Redemption

If we believe that God created the earth and that it was good, and that The Fall has corrupted the world, leading to the evil that is evident around us, then we are justified in asking “What is God doing about this?” That is where Redemption comes in. But it is not just those other guys that need God’s redemption, it is you and it is me – every one of us has sinned and needs redemption.

Restoring Civic Virtue – A Biblical Worldview

Recently I saw a post on social media in which the writer opined that he did not see that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence were in fact self-evident. While the truth that God has endowed men and women with unalienable rights is self-evident to those of us with a Biblical Worldview, as it was to the Founders, it is not self-evident to those that are influenced by the secular, or any other, worldview.

Restoring Civic Virtue – Faith and Law

On September 6, 2017, during a confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Diane Feinstein called into question Barrett’s Roman Catholic faith, implying that her orthodox views might prevent her from judging fairly. During the hearing, Feinstein said, “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues…” This appears to: 1. Set up a religious test for the bench. 2. Violate Ms. Barrett's First Amendment rights.

Restoring Civic Virtue – The Old Testament View

The Old Testament clearly teaches us that the virtue of a people is important. Those that practice virtue will experience blessing, while those that practice evil will eventually be judged. It also illustrates that virtue is an important characteristic of leaders, for when the leaders, like David and Solomon are virtuous, the people prosper, but when the leaders stray from righteousness, the people suffer.

Restoring Civic Virtue – The First Great Awakening

The Founders were also influenced by the First Great Awakening which took place in the American colonies In the early 18th century. The preaching of clergymen such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield had both a social and political impact on colonial America. In short the revival of the early 18th century prepared the American colonies for self-government.