In her official response to President Biden's State of the Union address, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The dividing line is no longer between right and left; the choice is between normal and crazy.” She said this to highlight the damaging consequences of the Democrat Party’s rejection of Christian morality and common sense. Democrats were not happy.


In an interview with Sean Hannity immediately following Sanders’ response, Geraldo Rivera demanded to know what Sanders and Republicans consider “normal.” “Is it Marjorie Taylor Greene?” he asked, referring to the Congresswoman from Georgia who is deeply despised and hated by Democrats.

I can answer Geraldo’s question. I have followed Sanders’ career long enough to know what she considers to be the standard for “normal.” It is the same standard that was held by America’s founders, and is the standard Geraldo and the Democrat Party have openly rejected.

For Sanders and America’s founders, the standard for “normal” is Jesus and His teachings. For example, in a June 14, 1783 letter from George Washington to the governors of the various states, he urged them to make Jesus their moral standard  and follow His example. He exhorted that we all must,

Demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of His example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 120).

Thomas Jefferson also considered Jesus to be the moral standard for “normal.” He once said, “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” As president, he closed all official correspondence with the words, “In the year of our Lord, Christ.” He also said, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Revived America149-50).

Benjamin Rush was a founding father, Philadelphia physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He wanted  the teachings of Jesus to pervade every area of American society. To emphasize his Christ-centered focus, he  once said, “I have been alternately called an Aristocrat and a Democrat. I am neither. I am a Christocrat” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Revived America, 156). 

It is obvious that when America’s founders speak about morality, they are talking about the morality of Jesus and the New Testament. This is the case with John Adams who, in a 1798 speech, said, ” Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Revived America, 168).

This is not to say that past generations lived up to the moral standard of Jesus. Certainly not! However, because the standard was everywhere acknowledged, society was pulled in the right direction. As a result, slavery was ended, Jim Crow was defeated, the "evil" Soviet empire was brought down, and the nation prospered. 

Sadly, Geraldo and the Democrat Party have rejected the “normal” of Sanders and America’s founders. In 2019 the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism. 

In their postmodern worldview, “normal” is relative and is whatever “I” decide it to be. Such an egocentric worldview, however, can only lead to chaos and the disintegration of society, which we are seeing happen before our very eyes. 

In this new amoral “normal” of Geraldo and the Democrat Party, anything goes. Men can use women’s restrooms and locker rooms and compete in women’s sports. They only have to declare, “I am a woman.” School children are told there are numerous genders from which they can choose and that men can have babies and women can be fathers. This is the “crazy” to which Sanders referred.

America must have a Jesus Revival that turns the nation back to Him as the "normal" for individuals and society. As Paul said to the believers in the pagan city of Corinth, Imitate me as I also imitate Christ. (I Corinthians 11:1). Let's bring back the bracelets and attire of a past decade that carried the inscription WWJD meaning, "What would Jesus do?"

As we pray for such a revival, let us also pray that God will raise up a new generation of political leaders who, like Sanders, Washington, and Jefferson, will once again make Jesus and His teachings the moral standard for what is “normal.” Only then will America ever be great again and a blessing to the nations.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian, and Bible teacher with a vision for another Great Awakening in America and around the world. He has written several books on the topic including 1726: The Year that Defined America, which was used in the writing of this article.

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