The Fabric of Society

America has experienced more freedom and prosperity than any nation in history. Liberty seekers from nations dominated by tyrants landed on these shores with dreams of true fulfillment and happiness. By 1776 they were able to unify thirteen diverse colonies into one nation. What was the secret to the founders' success? They virtually all agreed that there were two foundational pillars that unified and strengthened them. Those pillars of liberty were what President George Washington called "true religion" and morality, which made possible the living out of biblical principles in every sphere of life. Washington 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."

President John Adams echoed Washington's words: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Adams also gave us a grave warning: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice [greed], ambition, revenge, or gallantry [superficial courage] would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net."

Samuel Adams added these thoughts: "While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." Surely "internal invaders" — led by the prince of darkness himself — have worked for generations to destroy the virtue of the American people with the goal of their enslavement.

Throughout the 20th century anti-Christian progressives worked relentlessly to do exactly what Washington warned against. They claimed to be patriots, but instead they were committed to "subvert the great pillars of human happiness." To accomplish this diabolical goal, they slowly infiltrated and then captured America's institutions, all of which began upon a biblical basis. These included education, the media, business, government and all expressions of Christianity. In 1930 one subversive leader called their plan "the long march through the institutions" referring to the sacrifice it would take to change each one. Several decades later in the riots and revolutions of the 1960's and 1970's, many Americans, including my wife and I, saw firsthand the radical fruit of their plan to destroy the "morality and religion" of the baby boom generation. As campus directors of a student ministry at USC, we spiritually and intellectually challenged the fallacy of the socialist campus leaders. We were able to see thousands of confused students come to Christ and reject their atheist worldview.

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