A Founding Thought
Posted by Godefroi on August 19, 2008
Most people, when considering the beliefs of Thomas Jefferson, would consider him a Deist, that is, one who believes in God but also that God does not interfere in the affairs of the world.
If God does not meddle in mortal matters, then the following idea expressed in Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia makes no sense.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
What reason is there to tremble for America if God doesn’t get involved?
The Truth is that God cares for His creation, and He is active in it.
Jefferson’s last sentence bears remembering in these licentious times of rampant immorality. “God Bless America” may be our wish, but it’s certainly within His realm of authority to do otherwise…and woe to us when He does.