In a recent letter to the editor a challenge was made that we were not a nation founded under Judaeo / Christian principles and a lesson in civics 101 was offered. Unfortunately it was incomplete. 

In the National Archives in Washington, D.C. sits not only the Constitution of the U.S. but also the Declaration of Independence, which shares with the Constitution equal significance, for without it there would be no Constitution. The declaration is written from a decidedly Christian perspective. 

The opening statement makes reference to Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and it continues with “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” However, if this is not convincing enough, the final sentence of the Declaration should send chills up your spine. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

There can be no more a Christian statement than this. You need look no further than the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. The signers were making an affirmation of the very faith they studied and lived. 

It is well-documented that our founders were not men who lacked faith. They did believe in a Creator. Any attempt to revise them as such is an attempt to revise history to suit some other purpose.

It has become apparent that in our attempts to father justice through the political landscape we have failed and failed miserably and rightly so. We are attempting to solve moral problems through the political prism and it cannot be done. The only solutions to moral problems is morality. And in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “Men have not got tired of Christianity; they have never found enough Christianity to get tired of. Men have never wearied of political justice; they have wearied of waiting for it.” 

If we are going to give civics 101 lessons they should be complete. Our children deserve to hear the whole truth.

Jim Chmelik

Idaho County Commissioner 

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