Before the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Venezuela, socialism was tried right here on American soil and utterly failed. The Pilgrims, who established the first permanent English settlement in New England in the fall of 1620, at first attempted a socialist style of living. They disbanded it, however, when it became obvious that their community could not survive with such a system.
Socialism Forced on Them
The Pilgrim’s journey to America was funded by a group of venture capitalists who provided the ship and supplies for their journey to the New World. In return, the Pilgrims agreed to live communally until the debt, including interest, was paid. Everyone would receive the same recompense for their work, and everything above their basic necessities would go into a common fund to be used to pay their creditors.
In other words, there was no economic inequality. Income produced by farming, fishing, and fur trading was spread around and evenly divided among members of the community. There was only one economic class of people in this system.
William Bradford, who served as governor of Plymouth for many years, told of the challenges of this socialist system and how it almost destroyed their community (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 36-38).
Four hard lessons the Pilgrims learned about socialism were: (1) Socialism destroys initiative; (2) Socialism fosters irresponsibility; (3) Socialism extinguishes hope and generates strife; and (4) Socialism is incompatible with human nature.
Lesson #1
Socialism Destroys Initiative
Under this socialist system, everyone received the same recompense for their work. No matter how hard, or how little, they worked, all received the same income. With no reward tied to their labor, initiative was destroyed, and everyone put forth their least effort.
Why work and dream when you are trapped in a socialist system that mandates equality of outcome for everyone? This socialist system destroyed initiative and almost destroyed the Pilgrim community.
Lesson #2
Socialism Fosters Irresponsibility
Young men, Bradford said, resented getting paid the same as older men when they did so much more of the work. As a result, they tended to slouch and slack since they knew they would receive the same no matter how hard they worked.
Knowing they would receive the same no matter how hard or how little they worked, the women often refused go to the fields to work, complaining of sickness and headaches. To have compelled them to go, Bradford said, would have been considered tyranny and oppression.
With no individual reward tied to their innovation and labor, everyone gave their least effort. Irresponsibility became obvious throughout the community and many became gripped with a sense of hopelessness.
Lesson #3
Socialism Extinguishes Hope and Generates Strife
This socialist system led to a widespread sense of hopelessness. With everyone locked into a closed economic system, there was nothing individuals or families could do to improve their personal lot. Feeling caught in a trap, bickering and strife began to emerge.
The older men, Bradford said, felt they deserved more honor and recompense because of their age and resented getting paid the same as the youngsters in their midst. The young men, on the other hand, resented getting paid the same as the older men when they often did more of the work.
This sense of hopelessness and the ensuing strife drained energy and discouraged innovative thinking and led to very serious complications for the community.
Lesson #4
Socialism is Incompatible with Human Nature
Bradford believed that socialism did not work because it runs counter to human nature as created by God. In Scripture, God rewards individuals for their labor and good works. Capitalism works because it is compatible with the reality of human nature and the world in which we live.
I will never forget visiting eastern Europe shortly after the fall of the Soviet Empire. I was struck by the grey, drab environment. Even the buildings seemed so plain, flat and lackluster.
It was obvious that the Marxist system had robbed the people of life, energy and creativity. I am here reminded of the words of Winston Churchill, “Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
To Survive, They Had to Change
When it became obvious that lack and perhaps starvation would be their lot, Bradford and the leaders of the colony decided to make a change. After much prayer and discussion, they decided to dispense with that part of the agreement with their creditors that required them to live communally until their debt was paid. In its place, they implemented a free entrepreneurial system that included private ownership of property (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 37).
They Experience the Blessing of Free Enterprise
According to Bradford, they divided the land around them, allotting to each family a certain portion that would be theirs to work and use for their own needs. Bradford said there was an immediate change. The young men began to work much harder because they now knew they would eat the fruit of their own labors.
There were no more complaints from the older men for the same reason. And now the women were seen going into the fields to work, taking the children with them, because they knew they and their family would personally benefit.
Instead of lacking food, each family now grew more food than they needed, and they began to trade with one another for furnishings, clothes and other goods. They also had enough excess to trade with the Indians for furs and other items. In short, the colony began to prosper when they got rid of their socialist form of government and implemented a free, entrepreneurial system.
Of their experience with socialism, Bradford wrote;
This community [socialism] was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort . . . and showed the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s, and applauded by some of later times, that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 38).
Christianity & Capitalism
As Christians, our responsibility is to call people to Christ and help them live out their Christianity in the real world. Living out our Christianity means a life of responsibility, not looking for government hand-outs but working and prospering in a way that we can give a hand-up to those in need.
We desire the best for the greatest number of people which is why we must reject the contemporary vision of a government-mandated socialist system in America.
This article was derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.


During a time of prayer early this morning, I was reminded of an encounter with the Lord from many years ago, and I knew I was to share it, especially with our friends and partners. I knew that God wanted to encourage His people to expect great blessings to come our way—blessings we have not earned.
The Story
It was a quiet Sunday morning in September of 1991 on the campus of Zion Bible Institute in Barrington, RI. Students and staff had gone off campus to attend various church services. The campus seemed especially calm and serene that morning, and I decided to take advantage of the tranquil situation by going to the chapel and spending time in prayer.
As I lay on the floor, I presented to God my concern about finances. Sue and I had accepted an offer to teach and write at Zion and had just made the move from Tulsa, OK the previous month. Being a missionary school, Zion paid us $62.50 each per week and provided housing on campus. We were expected to believe God for everything else we would need.
We had been there about a month and it had become obvious that $125.00 per week did not cover the car payment, car insurance, food, toiletries, clothes and all the necessities of a normal life. It was a stressful situation. But as I lay on the floor lifting my concern to the Lord, the words “8/9 and 9/8” were strongly impressed on my mind.
I reached for my Bible and noted that it was lying open at II Corinthians. I then turned and read 8:9, which says,
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (II Cor. 8:9).
I then turned to 9:8 and read,
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (II Cor. 9:8).
The parallels in the two passages were immediately obvious. Both speak of God’s abundant financial provision for His people and both speak of His provision flowing from His grace. It is not something earned. It is blessing flowing from His marvelous grace.
I knew God was speaking to me and decided to write the date in the margin of my Bible. I was astounded as I wrote, “9-8-91.”
Present Application
This is the story—from 28 years ago--that came back clearly to me early this morning. Maybe it is for someone who thinks, “I don’t deserve God’s blessing.” You are right! None of us deserve His blessing. That fact, however, should not stop you from expecting His blessing since it flows from His amazing grace that Paul says He has lavished on us (Eph. 1:7-8; NIV).
It is the sort of blessing of which God spoke to the people of Israel as they were going in to possess the land of Canaan. God said that they would possess,
Flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant (Deut. 6:10-11).
So, let’s expect unearned blessings, flowing from God’s goodness and grace, coming our way today. Now, that is something for which to be thankful!

Sue and I greatly appreciate those friends and partners God has brought into our lives whose prayers, friendship, and financial gifts keep us going. If you would like to give a gift to this ministry, click the "Donate" icon above or go to www.eddiehyatt.com or www.godswordtowomen.org.



Commenting on the demise of nations in world history, Carl Sandburg, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, wrote,
When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.
That statement captures my deepest desires concerning this, my latest book. America is sick spiritually, socially, morally, and politically; and a basic cause of this sickness is that we, as a nation, have forgotten where we came from. 

In creating the official seal for the nation, America's Founders chose to inscribe the Latin words, Annuit Coepits, meaning, “He Smiled on Our Beginnings.” I have written this book to remind America of her godly beginnings and to highlight how far we, as a nation, have strayed from those beginnings.
The vision for this book unfolded quite suddenly and unexpectedly. This past summer I sensed a stirring in my heart to republish America’s Revival Heritage with a new chapter on how the Great Awakening impacted slavery and marked the beginning of its demise in America.
America’s Revival Heritage, you may recall, was the first book that emerged out of a 7-hour encounter with the Lord in 2010 in which my hope for America was renewed and I saw for the first time that the Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of this nation.
In response to this new directive, I read through America’s Revival Heritage and made notes where edits should be made based on more recent research. I also began the new chapter on slavery and was deeply stirred by the research and writing I was doing on the topic.
In that first encounter with the Lord in 2010, I saw that there was a direct bearing of the First Great Awakening on the founding of the nation. Now, I was seeing that the Awakening also had a direct bearing on the ending of slavery in America. It was out of the Great Awakening that the spiritual and moral forces were unleashed that brought about slavery’s demise in this land.
As I worked on this new project with great excitement, I read that the New York Times had begun what it called the “1619 Project” in commemoration of the first African slaves being brought to Colonial America 400 years ago in 1619. Their stated mission was to argue that America was defined by 1619 rather than by 1776. They are insisting that America is racist and corrupt at its very core, and in need of fundamental change.
My response was, “No!” “America was not defined by 1619.” “America was defined by 1726.” 1726, of course, was the year the Great Awakening began. 1776 would never have happened apart from 1726. Slavery would never have been obliterated as it was apart from 1726.
As I continued researching and writing, I finally concluded that a new book was emerging. At that point, I realized that this was not the 2nd edition of America’s Revival Heritage, but a new book that I would call 1726.
I pray that God will use this book to awaken American citizens to their godly heritage. I pray that He will also use it to awaken the American church to its vital role in the nation's future by contending for another Great Awakening across the land.
Eddie Hyatt, Author
Look for the book on Amazon and at www.eddiehyatt.com after November 12.




No! Judge Tammy Kemp did not violate the First Amendment by hugging Amber Guyger and giving her a Bible.
In case you have not heard the story; in a Dallas courtroom, Amber Guyger had just been found guilty of murder and given a ten-year sentence. The brother of the dead man asked to speak to Guyger, a former policewoman. He proceeded to speak forgiveness to her and encouraged her to receive Christ.
He then asked permission to hug Guyger and Judge Kemp gave the OK. The two came together in a very emotional embrace and sobs could be heard throughout the courtroom. Judge Kemp then came down from her seat and gave Guyger a Bible, hugged her, told her to read John 3:16, and prayed with her.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation did not like Judge Kemp’s actions, claiming it violated the separation of church and state. They, however, have chosen to be ignorant of the fact that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not exist in the U.S. Constitution. They are also willingly ignorant about the following facts concerning the Bible and America’s history.
Facts About the Bible and America’s History
1.     The First Continental Congress opened on September 5, 1774 with an extended time of Bible reading and prayer. Bible reading and prayer continued to be an important part of their proceedings.
2.      George Washington, America’s 1st president, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” He set in motion a tradition by insisting on taking the presidential oath of office with his hand on a Bible (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 137).
3.     The first English Bible printed in America in 1782 included a recommendation from Congress, saying “we recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States and hereby authorize him [the publisher] to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.”
4.       In 1787 Benjamin Franklin called the Constitutional Convention to prayer and quoted from the Gospels and then the Psalms, saying, “We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 144).
5.       A ten-year study to discover where America’s founders got their ideas for the nation's founding documents, found that by far the single most cited authority in their writings was the Bible (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 163).
6.       Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th president, said of the Bible, “That book, sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests.”
7.       Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president, said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.
8.       Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, said of the Bible, “No other book of any kind ever written in English has ever so affected the whole life of a people.”
No Basis for Their Criticism
The claim by the FFRF that Judge Kemp violated the First Amendment is based on a shallow and biased interpretation. The First Amendment was put in place to ban Congress from ever creating an official, state church as had been the case in Europe since the time of Constantine. Nothing more! This was made clear, when the day after ratifying the First Amendment, those same founders proclaimed a national Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.
Joseph Story, the highly acclaimed Supreme Court justice who served for 34 years from 1811-1845, said of the First Amendment, “We are not to attribute this prohibition to an indifference in religion, and especially to Christianity, which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 153).
The First Amendment gurantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, What Judge Kemp did was both godly and American. We should be applauding her and holding her up as an example for other public officials. 

This article was derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. Dr. Hyatt is passionate about recovering America's true Christian heritage in spiritual awakening and seeing another natiional, spiriutal awakening in this generation. Inquires for speaking engagements can be sent to dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.



And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace (Jeremiah 29:7).
The above words to the captive Jews in Babylon must have been a hard pill to swallow. God instructs them to pray for the peace of the city that is home to the people who have slaughtered their fellow Israelites, burned their city, and carried them away captive. The Hebrew word for “peace” in this passage is shalom and it carried meanings of peace, prosperity, and general well-being.
God, however, makes it clear, that in giving this command, He is concerned for their own well-being. They will do themselves a favor by praying for the shalom of Babylon; for if there is peace in Babylon, they will share in that peace. If, however, there is war, bloodshed, and famine, they will also share in the suffering.
In a similar way, we will do ourselves and our families a favor when we pray for President Trump and for the shalom of America. If he is successful in his goal to “make America great again,” every American will benefit. If, however, the nation is plunged into a recession and societal chaos—or even a civil war—we will all suffer. 
Paul made a similar appeal to Timothy who was in the pagan city of Ephesus at the time of writing. He wrote,
Therefore I exhort first of all that prayers, supplications, and giving of thanks be made for all people, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:1-4).
The Greek word for king, basileus, was used for the emperor in Rome as well as for lesser rulers. When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy in the pagan, idolatrous city of Ephesus, the wicked Nero was ruling in Rome.
Paul says that the goal of such prayer for governement leaders is that we might lead a “quiet and peaceable” life. The phrase "quiet and peaceable" is translated from the Greek words heremon and hesuchion. In his Word Studies in the New Testament, Marvin Vincent says that heremon “denotes quiet arising from the absence of outward disturbance” and that hesuchion is “tranquility arising from within.” Together, they express the same idea as the Old Testament shalom.
Timothy and the believers in Ephesus are to pray for kings and all that are in authority for the same reason the captive Jews were to pray for the city of Babylon. They will be doing themselves a favor. If there is peace and prosperity in Ephesus and the Empire, Timothy and the believers in Ephesus will share in that peace and prosperity.
The same is true in America today, and would be true even if Hillary Clinton were president. Such prayer transcends politics. Prayer is a powerful force and we, as Christians, have a responsibility to pray for presidents, prime ministers, and governement officials of any and every political persuasion. 

Paul then delineates another great benefit as a result of praying for civil leaders, and it has to do with the freedom to spread the good news of Jesus. This is expressed in the phrase, For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
When a society is at peace and experiencing the shalom of heaven, roads and communication systems are maintained. Hostility toward Christians tend to subside because of God's favor, and this opens the way for the free flow of the Gospel to all the world. This is good and acceptable in God’s sight, says Paul, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:3-4).

These passages clearly show that we are to pray for civil leaders even if we vehemently disagree with them and their policies. Those who hate President Trump and are bent on bringing him down are in violation of a clear Biblical principle. If they succeed, they will hurt themselves and do irreparable damage to the nation. So, do yourself, your family, and the nation a favor: Pray for President Trump and for God's shalom across America.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the founder of "America's Reawakening" and has written extensively on America's spiritual birth out of the Great Awakening. Dr. Pat Roberson calls his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, "a must read!" His books are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. To schedule a speaking engagement, send an email to dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.



If America’s founders were involved in the current gun debate, they most likely would insist on a moral test for gun owners. John Adams, founding father and the country’s second president, declared, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (Hyatt, Pilgrims andPatriots, 173).
According to Adams, the Second Amendment was not made for the sick, the secularist, the amoral, and the agnostic. It was, as Adams declared, given for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It was made for people with a transcendent moral compass by which they order their lives.
America’s Founders Would Insist on a Moral Test
America’s founders, without exception, believed that Christian teachings provided a moral restraint on evil and was necessary for a stable and prosperous society. George Washington made this clear in his Farewell Address after serving two terms as the nation’s first president. He said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 169).

When the founders use the word “religion” they are referring to Christianity. Note that Washington did not refer to religion and morality as something optional for the new nation. The word he used was “indispensable.” He believed that only Christianity provided the moral restraints and underpinnings for a peaceful and stable society.
The writings of the Founders are filled with such exhortations about the necessity of faith and morality for a stable society. James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, wrote,
The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 131).
Thomas Jefferson also believed that Christian teachings were necessary to provide a moral restraint on evil passions. Having read the Koran and the literature of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Enlightenment, he stated, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.”
Jefferson’s commitment to Christian values is why he closed all presidential documents with the appellation, “In the year of our Lord Christ.” It is also why he took money from the federal treasury to pay for a missionary to work among the Kaskasia Indian tribe and to build them a building in which to worship. He did this because he believed Christian principles necessary for a stable and happy people.
A Moral Test for Gun Ownership
A moral test for gun ownership would be constitutional and the founders would certainly be on board. Here are some suggested non-sectarian moral questions that could be asked on an application for a gun purchase.
1.       Do you believe in a Supreme Being to whom you are accountable for your words and deeds?
2.       Apart from self-defense, do you believe it is wrong to do bodily or mental harm to another person?
3.       Do you accept the moral teachings of Jesus, such as, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Do unto others as you would have them to unto you?”
4.       Do you seek to live a life of integrity, never violating your conscience or internal sense of right and wrong?
The Political Left Opposes Such a Test
Admittedly, in and of itself, such a moral test would have little impact on gun violence in America. What we must have is a general Awakening of Christian morality that touches all segments of American society.

Left-wing politicians, of course, reject any public display of Christian morality. They falsely claim that the First Amendment secularized America and banned public displays of Christian faith. If that is the case, then Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin did not get the memo. 

In addition to the founders many calls for Christian morality, the day after ratifying the First Amendment, that reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or hindering the free exercise thereof,” those same founders proclaimed a national day of Prayer and Thanksgiving. 

Sadly, modern secularist politicians are doing the very things Washington and the founders warned against. They have implemented secularist policies that have left a spiritual and moral void in American society. 

They have pushed for the removal of crosses and displays of the Ten Commandments in all public places. They deny children the right to pray and read their Bibles in their public schools. Heaven forbid that children would be exposed to such moral truths as “Thou shalt not kill” or “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
In place of the transcendent morality on which this nation was founded, these politicians insist on an atheistic worldview that logically leads to the conclusion that all truth is relative and “I” can make up my own moral system.
It is this modern, amoral worldview that is opening the way for mass shootings and other atrocities. None other than Benjamin Franklin warned about the social consequences of rejecting Christian morality.
Franklin’s Warning is Being Realized in Modern America
Thomas Paine sent Franklin a manuscript copy of his book, The Age of Reason, in which he attacked orthodox Christianity. Franklin was not pleased. Not only did he refuse to print the book, he suggested to Paine that he burn it so that no one else would ever see it.
Franklin then asked a rhetorical question that is stunningly relative to the present gun debate and America’s moral dilemma. He asked, ”If men are so wicked with religion [Christianity], what would they be if without it” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 142)?
After sixty years of a war by the left to remove everything Christian from the public life of America, we are beginning to see the answer to Franklin’s question.
This article was derived from the book by Dr. Eddie Hyatt entitled, Pilgrims and Patriots, with the subtitle, The Radical Christian Roots of American Democracy and Freedom. This book and others are available from Amazon and Dr. Hyatt's website @ www.eddiehyatt.com.



The Democrat National Committee unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheists and the non-religious and insisting that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism. In a swipe at evangelical Christians, they condemned those who are, in their words, “loudly claiming that morals, values and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views.”
Obviously rejecting the First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty, the DNC also accuses Christians of using “misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty’ – to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities.”
With this resolution, the DNC rejected the Christian vision of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams and the entire founding generation.
George Washington Saw the World Very Differently
Enter George Washington and America’s Founders who, without exception, believed that only Christianity provided the moral values that would lead to a stable, free and prosperous nation. Washington made this clear in Farewell Address after serving two terms as America’s first president. He said,
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion [Christianity]. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 169-70).
Washington clearly contradicts the DNC on three points.
1)  He says that religion and morality are indispensable supports for political prosperity.
2)  He says that anyone who subverts these “great pillars of human happiness” cannot claim the tribute of patriotism.
3)  He says that national morality will never prevail apart from religious principle.
In the same address, Washington again warned the nation to not neglect its duty toward God, saying, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 174).
Thomas Jefferson Agreed with Washington
Thomas Jefferson was in complete agreement with Washington and he made his Farewell Address required reading at the University of Virginia, which he had founded. Notice that Washington did not call religion optional. The word he used was “indispensable” and Jefferson obviously agreed. It should be remembered that when the Founders used the word “religion” they were referring to Christianity.
Jefferson may have had questions at times about certain aspects of Christian doctrine, but there is no question that he saw Christianity as providing the moral and intellectual system necessary for a stable society. Having read the Koran and the literature of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Enlightenment, he stated, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.”
Jefferson’s commitment to Christian values is why he closed all presidential documents with the appellation, “In the year of our Lord Christ.” It is also why he took money from the federal treasury to pay for missionaries to work among the Kaskasia Indian tribe and to build them a building in which to worship.
John Adams Agreed
John Adams, America’s second president, was also convinced that only Christian morality would enable the American Republic to survive. Two weeks before he signed the Declaration of Independence, Adams wrote to his cousin, Zabdiel, a minister of the Gospel and exhorted him about his vital role in the success of the nation, saying,
Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles, upon which Freedom can securely stand (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).
In a 1798 address to the officers of the Massachusetts Militia, Adams again made clear his belief in a national, Christian morality as the only hope for the survival of the American Republic. He declared,
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . .  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).
The Catholic scholar, William Novak, commented on why Adams believed Christianity necessary for the survival of a free society. He writes,
Without the existence of an all-knowing Governor of the universe, the Divine Judge and Arbiter, Adams argued, there can be no right or wrong, only subjective opinion, whim, and desire. Turning from God is a recipe for moral chaos which no appeal to reason is efficacious, a world in which brute power decides right and wrong.
James Madison Agreed
The Founders unanimously believed that unless America’s citizens would have a moral sense of obligation to their Creator, they would tend to live self-centered lives, harmful to society. This is why James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, wrote,
The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 131).

Good Government and Religion Go Hand in Hand
The same Founders who gave us the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment, also passed the Northwest Ordinance establishing the Northwest Territory--at the same Constitutional Convention in 1787. Not only did they ban slavery in the territory, they also set aside federal lands and funds for the building of schools in order to promote “religion, morality and knowledge.”
They did this because, in their own words, the promotion of religion and morality are “necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.” Further demonstrating that the First Amendment had nothing to do with putting restrictions on religious expression, the Founders also proclaimed a day of “Prayer and Thanksgiving” the day after ratifying the First Amendment.
Novak is thus correct in saying, “The founders did not think that the constitutional government they were erecting could survive without Hebrew-Christian faith.” He also says,
Far from having a hostility toward religion, the founders counted on religion [Christianity] for the underlying philosophy of the republic, its supporting ethic, and its reliable source of rejuvenation (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 174).
It’s Time for Another Spiritual Awakening
The DNC has rejected, not only the vision of the Founders, but the Declaration of Independence itself and its insistence that our rights and liberties come from God. For the DNC, God seems to be an unnecessary inconvenience. A comment from Jefferson is stunningly applicable in this regard. He wrote,
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 (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 160-61).
We too should tremble at the open rejection of God and His moral laws. American liberty has survived because of periodic, national spiritual awakenings that have renewed the faith of American citizens and strengthened their moral resolve. These include the Second Great Awakening (1800-1840), the Great Prayer Awakening of 1857-58, and other regional and national awakenings.
We must pray for another such awakening that will transform the churches of America and stem the tide of secularism and immorality that is flooding the land. Such an awakening is not a luxury but a necessity if the America of Washington, Jefferson and Madison is to survive. Such an awakening will come, not by instituting a new religious order or program, but by following those same instructions God gave Israel for a national healing.
If My people who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray,
And seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, And I will forgive their sin and heal their land (II Chronicles 7:14).
This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Pilgrims and Patriots, and his soon to be published book, 1726, with the subtitle, The Spiritual Awakening that Defined America. His books are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.