PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

12/4/19

American Exceptionalism

Tocqueville What made young fledgling America so special and experience such growth? A famous French statesman, Alexis De Tocqueville came to America in 1831 and for eight months toured the country. Upon returning home he gave his report in what became known as “Democracy in America.” Completely impressed with what he saw, he said: “The position of the Americans is quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one.”

It was this statement that gave rise to the phrase, “American Exceptionalism,” describing the unprecedented stability, prosperity and liberty produced by the institutions and policies based on concepts such as God-given inalienable rights, individualism, limited government, full republicanism, separation of powers and an educated and virtuous citizenry.” (Founders Bible)

Where did all these ideas of our Founding Fathers come from? In the 1980’s political scientists analyzed 15,000 writings from 1760-1805 with the goal of isolating and identifying the political sources used in each writing. It was believed that the source of the reference would reveal the source of their political ideas.  The single most-cited authority (3,154 times) was the Bible, nearly four times more often than the second most quoted source.

Alexis went on to say; “Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there the more did I perceive the great political consequences resulting from this state of things, to which I was unaccustomed. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country…there is no country in the world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America…The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.

Aren’t you thankful for the wisdom of our Founding Fathers who went to the Bible for direction in building the constitution?  Aren’t you thankful to God to be able to enjoy the benefits and privileges of living in America? If so, tell God every day.

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:  Wednesday 4, 3:30.  NO Confirmation class, or Bible study.

Sunday 8, 9:00 Morning worship and Sunday school for all. Sermon: Hope Has Come. Romans 15:4-13

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