Worship, the first item in the Bill of Rights, is a prerequisite for preservation of a government that will secure the rights endowed to us by our Creator. Our founders recognized that trust in God is necessary if the system they bequeathed to us is to last.
John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Washington’s parting advice to us includes: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
The chasm between the position of our founders and where we find ourselves today is frightening. The severity of the problems we face as a nation tracks the degree to which we have dethroned God. Every culture has its version of the Ten Commandments. The solution to our crisis is a return to Sunday School or its equivalent.