Presentation on theme: " Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim."— Presentation transcript:
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. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.
Let it simply be asked, "where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?" And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Their Faith values were reflected... In their private lives as citizens In their public lives as lawmakers
1. Portions of the Ten Commandments -(the keeping of which would safe-guard our “pursuit of happiness” by keeping us from becoming victims of … Murder Adultery Theft False accusation, etc
2. : 2. Jesus’ Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Also common to other religions) “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
3. Miscellaneous Laws: Appoint judges to administer justice. Do not distort justice; Don’t be partial; Don’t take bribes; Pursue justice. (continued)
Need 2 or 3 witnesses to accuse Judges must investigate thoroughly Give aliens, orphans, and widows due justice – don’t take advantage! Punishment should fit the crime; have limits. Difficult cases could be referred to higher court
4. Miscellaneous Injunctions Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 2:21 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3, 4
5. Two Key Imbedded Values Common to the Bible and U.S. Jurisprudence: JUSTICE REDEMPTION / RESTORATION
The heartbeat of the Scriptures from beginning to end is God’s effort to redeem human-kind from the damage and penalty of breaking God’s laws. NOTE: this “heartbeat” is reflected in compassionate justice: the redemption & restoration of offenders.
1. Our Founding Fathers did not want to re-create the abuses they’d fled from in England and other European countries. 2. This was the example set by Jesus and His 1 st Century followers.
never advocated or endorsed the idea. ** refused to be a part of any such movement. Claimed a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly one.
Advocated Respect, Submission, and Prayer for existing authorities and Law Enforcement
1 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior...” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
“Gentlemen,... Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions... (continued)
...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.