Decisions Based On Principles And Not Pressure


The founding fathers of the United States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible.  Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 24 held seminary or Bible school degrees.

As I watch our society spiral out of control. I ask myself what is it going to take to get our attention? In business, when something was not working, there were so many times that we needed to get back to the rules . We wandered away from the basic principles that gave the business life in the first place. Work the plan and the plan works.

Well, our founding Fathers established this great country on Godly principles. These Christian quotes of the founding fathers will give you an overview of their strong moral and spiritual convictions which helped form the foundations of our nation and our government. Their strong convictions and principles leap off the pages for me. How I pray for leaders like this to rise up in our country again.

 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us,  “the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. ” We have done a foolish thing as a nation to turn our backs on God. He provided a safe covering for our nation. He was our mighty fortress. Our shelter in the storm. We were blessed beyond belief for forming a foundation based on His principles.

He is the same God today as he was for the people of Israel. He tells us also in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” How we should make this our call to the Lord. We should make it our cry out to him. We should lift these words high and let them be our battle cry.

There are not many that  can argue against the fact that this world has become a violent place. There is evil all around us. There is a war going on all around us. It is a fierce spiritual war. The only way to fight this war is to put on the armor of God. Pick up our weapons and with a loud battle cry, Yell….. Act….. Believe on 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Do you think it might be time to get back to the basics that this county was founded upon? It is time, once again,  that we base our decisions on principles and not pressure.

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
–The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.

John Adams
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
–Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.

Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”
–Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
–The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.

John Hancock
1st Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
–History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.

John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).
–Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

Roger Sherman
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution

“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.

“I believe that God having elected some of mankind to eternal life, did send his own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the gospel offer: also by his special grace and spirit, to regenerate, sanctify and enable to persevere in holiness, all who shall be saved; and to procure in consequence of their repentance and faith in himself their justification by virtue of his atonement as the only meritorious cause.

“I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him, joined by the bond of the covenant.

“I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
–The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.

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5 Responses to Decisions Based On Principles And Not Pressure

  1. Good post Darla! It does seem like our country has drifted out to sea farther and farther from our heritage of a Christ based faith. Just look at who we have elected and some of the laws we have passed as a people now and you can tell where our country has gone. Do you think the founding fathers would have approved of legalized abortion or legalized marijuana for instance?

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    • darla05 says:

      Amen and Amen ~ Tonya, as hard as it is to swallow, I believe we as Christians are so much to blame. If we would stop being “CLOSET CHRISTIANS” and stand firm, we would see remarkable results in this nation. If we would humble ourselves and ask forgiveness for our ways, our God would heal this nation. Once again we would be a MIGHTY NATION ~ WE stand ~ We stand for the one who gave his life for us ~ He deserves all praise by ALL people. I am on a role this morning . THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts. THANK YOU for your encouraging comments on many post. THANK You for being a difference maker ~


  2. Great article, Darla. I’d like to email you a pdf copy of my new book Franklin on Faith which documents Benjamin Franklin’s conversion to Christianity at the age of 29 and his commitment to his faith throughout the remainder of his life. If you’ll give me an email address, I’ll send a copy to you today.

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