Northwest of Eden # 17 – KINGDOM OF THE FREE AND BRAVE

The United States of America was not born over night nor was it planned.  The need to become a separate nation was forced on the colonies by the English government that treated the colonists like slaves or a conquered people with no rights of their own.  The King tried to impose Anglicanism with a Bishop on all the colonies.  To pay for his costly war and lifestyle, his government imposed a number of taxes and enforced them with the army.  The Colonists responded by dumping the heavily taxed tea into the harbor.  The soldiers began to use force and the colonists that were aching to show their grievances fired back with their guns.  The fight for freedom, justice and equal rights exploded into what is known as the War of Independence.  It divided the colonists into two camps.  Those loyal to Britain did not join in the fight for independence and were branded as traitors.  They had no alternative but to move to Canada, back to England or somewhere else.  Hereinafter conflict and conditions dictated and directed the outcome of the war.  It can be compared to David and Goliath.  The colonists had adapted to Indian guerilla fighting.  Small bands attacked the British army details and depleted their men power and supplies.  The British soldiers had to spend way too much time hunting these hit and run fighters and began to alienate even some loyalists.  Meanwhile, General Washington could build up an army and force the English to surrender.   
A handful of men caused the separation from the English monarchy and so did the rash reaction by the British.  Most of the colonists were content with their religious freedom and self-government.   Even those that belonged to the domineering Protestants and Catholics of Europe favored the new freedom in the Colonies where all people were equal before God.  Everyone wanted to be free of outside interference in their religious believes and observances.  They were completely unaware that they had also opened the door to a secular movement that hated and despised Christianity and wanted to be free of all religious influence.  The colonial Christians were not open or tolerant to non-Christians.   They caused the rise of atheism, humanism and naturalism.  To the secularist, colonial religion was a return to what Europe had for 1500 years.  Their teaching appealed to all youth.  Christian morality during the Revolutionary War had lost its impact on social life.  English Deism and French naturalism were blamed incorrectly for the moral conditions.  The sad fact was that the secularists were alarmed at the lack of morality some Christians had (Ro. 2:24). 
Christians were led to believe that they were predestined by grace to be saved regardless of who they were and what they did.  This teaching was not acceptable to a deist like Jefferson that saw the absolute necessity of a Hebrew Christian God and morality for a new country.   It was easy for Voltaire and Rousseau to spread their atheistic venom among the young that joined Jacobin clubs and Illuminatti societies for the purpose to destroy Christianity.  Infidelity and atheism became a fashionable lifestyle.  Christian schools that once trained ministers and missionaries were producing modern pagans.  Right after the Colonies had agreed to become a United Nation 1776, Princeton had two Christians, Bowdoin had on, Yale had five and William and Mary was a hotbed of infidelity and skepticism.  It was amazing that the second great awakening of 1797 not only reversed the tide of atheism but also gave the new nation a renewed Christian mission task to the world.  The Constitution began to allow a religious kingdom to function within a secular kingdom on earth for the next one hundred fifty years without interference.  The United States became a shelter for all religions, secularism and atheism.  Secularism believed that the Creator had endowed man with the ability to mange his affairs without help from heaven.  Atheism denies the existence of God or a superior divine intelligence. 
The very idea of a Republic dates back to Plato B.C. 500.  The Greeks were too opinionated to come to an agreement as to how to govern and fell to the Macedonian Monarchs.  Alexander the Great spread Hellenism via military power over Assyria, Egypt and Southern Europe.  When Alexander died, four generals became heads and dictators of four kingdoms.  Their lands were taken over by Rome.  The Roman Republic lasted more than a thousand years.  All of these rulers embodied in themselves politics and religion.  The Caesars had powerful senates, but they alone decided whether they were to be venerated as gods.  The emperors or the kings had the final word.  The new republic on this continent did not want a single person to decide the fate of others.  Christianity and the Bible provided additional examples of what government should be or should not be like.  The framers of the Constitution were keenly aware of the impact individual leaders like bishops, popes, kings have on people and their destiny.  They were also cognizant of the impact different groups and denominations can have on public life.  It had to be a governing body that was bound by definite rules.  These rules were put together in a document called “The Constitution.”  It called for three branches of government: an executive (President elected by the people), a legislative (elected senators and congressmen) and a judicial (nine supreme court appointed judges).   These three branches were to check and balance each other.  To win the war and ratify The Constitution, the founders needed the assistance of the Baptist, the Congregationalist, the Quakers, the Moravians and even Lutherans, Presbyterians and Reformed groups the new Republic could not have become a possibility.   The same applied to the atheists, deists, humanists, rationalists and romanticists that were more dominant than the Christians.  When they settled their differences by guaranteeing liberty for all men and no government interference in religious practices, both parties were victorious.   It was the most perfect system in the world.  Whoever thought that two kingdoms could exist side by side and prosper.   Jesus did believe that heaven could be present but not physically.  
The key was: “The separation of Church and state.”  The Free and the brave did not quite understand what they had accomplished.  Especially the religious people were pleased that government would no longer interfere. The greater success went to the secularists that had secured for themselves a system that could exist without a religion.  It would take Christians a century and a half to realize what their forefathers had created, a nation without religion and a religion without a nation.  Both, governments and religions were independent systems and were not allowed to interfere in each other’s business.  Nevertheless, a growing nation had many needs and both systems cooperated out of necessity.  Morality was basic for both and so was life.  But when the state began to assume the role of religion by deciding who lives and who does not, the real bell of freedom went off.  The Church of Christ found herself imprisoned or in a ghetto.  She is being held hostage and confined to sanctuaries and temples.