“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, “The LORD Is My Banner,” Exodus 17:15
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The following video presents clips of former President Reagan speaking about God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, the First Amendment, our national character, “the one path that provides real hope” for our Nation, and more. [It is 4 minutes 48 seconds long. I have no control over what other videos are offered at the end of the embedded feature. There are several more of President Reagan at the end of this one.]
A Video Tribute by Bel Air Presbyterian Church:
“President Ronald Reagan: Man of Faith”
President Reagan did not IMAGINE America’s relationship to the Creator of the Universe. The unprecedented success of Our Nation, Under God, occurred precisely because we, as a nation, believed in God and based our national character upon His precepts, and in a deep, abiding, faith in Him.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
No, not everything about America has been perfect.
But, in contrast to every other nation on Earth, our foundation lies uniquely in the justice that only exists in God. The Heart of America ever-reaches for improvement in accordance with God’s will and purpose. Because we are a Nation of Free Individuals, under God, we don’t always succeed, but the Heart of America desires to do what is Right.
The perfect nation will never be found on Earth, because Man and Creation are Fallen. Man cannot create “heaven on earth.”  Even until the Last Day, no nation can be perfect. But, with God’s Love, Help, and Providence, America can excel as the best possible nation on Earth, once again. [  See “WHO IS Obama? Part 4: Heaven on Earth?” on this site.]
We can sincerely strive to do all that we can, with God’s Help and Guidance, to live our lives as Free Individuals, accountable to Him for what we do with our Liberty. We can choose renewal as a Free Nation conceived in Liberty , as a Reborn United States of America. In which, we can seek to truly Live in Freedom exercising our God-given Liberty, with a limited government shackled to deny its voracious desire to consume the Sovereign People it serves. [  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, see Historical Documents Section on this site.]
The first document created in the name of the united States of America,
declared without equivocation or apology, that:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness [Right to pursue and hold Property].–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” And, its last words, above the signatures: “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.” [“The Declaration of Independence” – “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” See Historical Documents Section on this site.]
American Freedom is not the anarchic chaos of the 1960s’
demands for license to “do your own thing” without regard for the overall economic, physical, and spiritual health of our Nation – which presupposes the same overall health and the right to pursue property for every Individual. The Liberty God creates us to live, is not enslavement to our base fleshly desires, but freedom from the shackles of sin and death that hold us captive until we Believe and are Liberated to live for God’s will and purpose, instead – which guarantees to each the true happiness found only in Him.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
[For further commentary on limited government versus anarchy, see, “WHO IS Obama? Part 2: Foundation,” and: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ar_libertarianism_qa;]
Too often people allege that the Constitution forbids God’s presence
in any of our public discourse. However, the historical record is replete with proof to the contrary. As one such proof, reference the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare , and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” [See the Historical Documents Section of this site.] [The “general Welfare” clause is NOT a license to create a collectivist welfare state in our Free Republic!!!]
The phrase, “…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…” is a declaration that Liberty entails “Blessings” from our Creator God, and is acknowledgement that these Blessings are desirable to be secured to the founders, themselves, and to their Posterity – all those who have come after them – and who have continually enjoyed the Rights guaranteed by the Constitution they framed and implemented to the benefit of All Americans.
The First Amendment to the Constitution has staggered under unconstitutional demands for government to muzzle the our Right to Freely Exercise our Religion – meaning, Christianity and other religions that do not advocate overthrow of the United States of America - “Free Exercise” does not mean freedom to study and exercise one’s religion solely in the confines of one’s home! [  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” First Amendment. See Historical Documents Section.]
It does not extend to such “religions” as islam, which is a fully integrated tyrannical, political, military, and enslaving religious system that goes far-beyond the American concept of a society whose government is subservient to the Will of the People based upon Biblical Values and Truth.
Islam uses the collectivist tactic of calling a thing what it is not, to deceive and conquer under the guise of something else entirely. This is NOT the concept of “religion” intended by the Founders or the Sovereign People who voted to ratify the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment does not give license to enemies of America’s Liberty to overthrow our Republic using our own Constitution against us! Thomas Jefferson owned a koran to know the Enemy!
Further, the authoritarian attempts of “our” government
to Establish the Religion of Secular Humanism, and to enable subversion of our Nation by that tyrannical system known as islam with its unconstitutional societal laws – Sharia – and its “scripture” based mandate to abolish all political, military, and religious systems outside islam, blatantly violate the “Free exercise clause” of the First Amendment.
Collectivist/Progressives have succeeded in promoting the current state-of-affairs in which Moral Absolutes are denied, and Values and Virtues derived from The Holy Bible denigrated and demonized. America can not long continue in the face of this War on God and His Holy Scriptures, without awaking, repenting and turning back to Him.
America is under attack from within as well as from without. We would do well to hearken to the words of the psalmist, King David, and turn back to the One, True God – Creator of the Universe!
Hear my words, HASHEM, perceive my thoughts.
Hearken to the sound of my outcry, my King and my God,
for to You do I pray.
HASHEM, at dawn hear my voice, at dawn as I arrange
[my prayer] before You, and I wait expectantly.
For You are not a God who desires wickedness, no evil
sojourns with You.
Roisterers cannot stand firm before Your eyes,
You despise all evildoers.
May You doom the speakers of deception;
HASHEM abhors a bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
But I, through Your abundant kindness I will enter Your house;
I will prostrate myself toward Your Holy Sanctuary in awe of You.
HASHEM, guide me in Your righteousness, because of my watchful enemies;
make Your way straight before me.
For there is no sincerity in the mouth of any of them,
their inner [thought] is treacherous; their throat an open grave,
their tongue is glib.
Declare them guilty, O God, may they fall short in their schemes;
cast them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against You.
But all who take refuge in You will rejoice, they will sing joyously forever,
You will shelter them; and those who love Your Name will exult in You.
When You will bless the righteous, HASHEM,
You will envelop him with favor like a shield.
Translation from The Stone Edition, Tanach [Christians call the Tanach, The Old Testament].
We must pray for Revival by God’s Holy Spirit in America,
and for a return to the Foundation of the Greatest Nation ever to exist upon Earth. Without her special relationship with God, as her Spiritual Sovereign under Whom We The American People hold Popular Sovereignty, we will fall – and that Fall will be devastating indeed.
“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land….” 2 Corinthians 7:14
For further documentary proof of our Biblical Foundation and its acknowledgement of God, I received an E-mail message listing excerpts, appearing below, drawn from our State Constitutions. They add emphasis to President Reagan’s words, and are compelling witnesses to, and confirmation of, the true foundation of the United States of America:
Our Nation is founded upon the Common Law, derived
from the Ten Commandments of The Holy Bible of Almighty God.
and History supports the fact:
That the God acknowledged in each of these excerpts,
IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE:
One True God,
Creator of the Universe
and ALL that is therein.
Without this Biblical Foundation, the United States of America would be just another nation among the many in Man’s History, and not the exceptional, free and prosperous Nation she has been for 236 years. It is God Who blesses and has preserved America throughout her History.
From our State Constitutions
Alabama 1901, Preamble:
We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution…
Alaska 1956, Preamble:
We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…
Arkansas 1874, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…
California 1879, Preamble:
We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…
Colorado 1876, Preamble:
We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe…
Connecticut 1818, Preamble:
The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble:
Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
Florida 1885, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…
Georgia 1777, Preamble:
We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…
Hawaii 1959, Preamble:
We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance… Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble:
We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble:
We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble:
We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble:
We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties…
Louisiana 1921, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble:
We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity… And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble:
We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble:
We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction
Michigan 1908, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
Minnesota 1857, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble:
We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble:
We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness. Establish this Constitution…
Montana 1889, Preamble:
We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution…
Nebraska 1875, Preamble:
We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble:
We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V.:
Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors
New Mexico 1911, Preamble:
We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty…
New York 1846, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings
North Carolina 1868, Preamble:
We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those…
North Dakota 1889, Preamble:
We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…
Ohio 1852, Preamble:
We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble:
Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this…
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2.:
All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences….
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble:
We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance…..
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble:
We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing….
South Carolina 1778, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble:
We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties…
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI..III.:
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…
Texas 1845, Preamble:
We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God
Utah 1896, Preamble:
Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble:
Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man…
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI:
That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator,…can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience,…mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
Washington 1889, Preamble:
We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.
West Virginia 1872, Preamble:
Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God…
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble:
We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility….
Wyoming 1890, Preamble:
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution…
May We the Sovereign People of the United States of America awaken to the clear and present danger rearing its tyrannical head, as this once-free Nation faces defeat from within by the evil forces of collectivism – the satanic system designed to enslave us through government. I pray America will soon repent and turn back to God, seeking His will and purpose for the very Life of the United States of America. Amen
“I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution]…should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that…beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.” Benjamin Franklin