All things were created by God....

I have decided to take some time to cover the 28 principles outlined in W. Cleon Skousen’s book "The 5000 Year Leap" The founders believed these principles to be necessary to establish and maintain the form of government that has made this country the greatest bastion of freedom in the world. In each post we will dissect one of the principles and apply it to problems faced by our country. I hope you will take the time to read “The 5000 Year Leap” and accompany me on this journey of exploration.

The fifth principle: All things were created by God, Therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.

This concept is controversial for a myriad of reasons. I think some of those who reject God do so just for the above reasons. In a secular society, such as the modern incarnation of the United States, individualism, self determination, and hedonistic pursuits are often the only motivation for action. No one wants to think that they are dependent upon or responsible to a higher authority. No one wants to be judged for their actions or to be told that right and wrong are clearly defined lines in the sand. It is easier to believe that we are only responsible to ourselves and accountable to no one. It is easier to muddle about in the gray of moral equivalency.

The sound reasoning espoused by John Locke was a fundamental stone upon which the founders built their ideals of the American experiment. Locke found fault with the presupposition that everything in existence was a result of fortuitous circumstance. The founding fathers believed that law was passed to us from God and was immutable and undeniable in nature. There was only black and white; right and wrong. It was the reason God was so integrated into the writings of the founders. They believed there was only one authority and that was God and that God's law was the only foundation for a just society.

How far have we drifted from the path they had envisioned? Can anyone truly believe that our government has become better for the removal of God from their ranks? Have the attacks on Religion produced a more just and moral ruling class. Have they become the champion of the people or devolved into a mob of amoral power brokers? It is not my intent to paint atheists as amoral or unprincipled. I know and count as friends many atheists that I believe to be of high moral character but when dealing with those who hold so much power over our lives I believe that there must be an authority to which they are accountable. When the leaders in Washington believe that they are the givers of law and bestower of rights, then they can rescind those rights as they see fit. When "we the people" recognize that our laws and rights are a divine gift then no one can put asunder that which is consummated by God.

Atheist, Christian, Jewsih, Muslim and all others must realize that our rights are not a function of government but that government is an extention of our rights. Government exists for the sole purpose of perpetuating our rights and freedoms; as of late they have only served to impinge upon them.

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