By J. Russell Capps
Christian Action League
Conservatives are quite concerned about liberal Judges who rule by their own bias rather than by the Constitution. Occasionally we do have a ruling by a Judge who follows the law rather than ruling by biased opinion.
Such was the case last week when a Federal Judge denied a motion to lift an injunction he issued two weeks ago barring the government from funding research involving human embryonic stem cells. U.S. Chief District Judge Boyce Lamberth rejected a request by the Obama administration to lift the temporary injunction he had issued pending appeal of the decision.
President George W. Bush has issued the order stopping the government from funding research involving embryonic stem cells (which kill potentially live babies). Studies and records have proven that results from ADULT stem cell research have been highly successful.
There seems to be no absence of those who deny that our great Nation was founded on godly values and principles. The founders at the end of the Declaration of Independence, as Glenn Beck reminds us, didn’t write, “And we have faith, and we’ll mutually pledge to each other our…” No, instead Thomas Jefferson wrote, “With firm reliance on divine providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.” Not just faith. Firm reliance! That is the message Beck has challenged, especially church leaders, to rally for to Restore Honor To America.
President John Adams had, as did all our founders, tremendous insight in what makes a nation strong. Adams said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” With these sober words. President Adams warned that the U.S. Constitution will not be able to sustain our liberties if the American people abandon virtue and religion. He was not alone in his opinion. The view was widely held by our founding fathers who seemed to be able to foresee the day in which we now find ourselves as there those who are working full time to remove every indication of Judeo-Christian principles and values from the public square.
William Peterson, a signer of the Constitution from New Jersey, was appointed by George Washington to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He too, understood the importance of promoting religion among the citizenry. “Religion and morality are necessary to good government, good order, and good laws’, he wrote, “for when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” (Quoting likely from Proverbs).
The Founders understood that Christian morality was essential for both the preservation of liberty and the stability of law. They knew that if Americans ever abandoned the biblical standards of morality, there could be no fixed boundaries to maintain either liberty or law. Consequently, there would be no end to the possibilities of national evil. They saw that the future of the nation was dependent upon the viability of religion and the exercise of biblical morality.
We could go on and on citing the beliefs and values that the founding fathers held so dear and urged for the good of the nation. Does anyone really doubt that our failure to hold to such values and principles has brought us to the brink we face today? Take a look at the evil that caused the death of a young teen being presented in the trial this week in Wake Superior Court – those charged with the heinous murder of 18 year old Matthew Silliman. Just one example of the ever increasing evil pervading our society today as result of the lack of following those values that the founders urged for our America.
Restoring Honor is the great need of our beloved land today. Glenn Beck has begun an effort to do so. He challenged the 140 pastors who sat on the stage at his recent rally to go back to their parishes and challenge parishioners to join the effort. We all need to join the effort and do our part … while there may be time.
J Russell Capps is a member of the Christian Action League Board of Directors. Capps was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1994 to 2006. Capps represented the state’s 50th House District until the General Assembly redrew legislative districts. Capps then represented the 41st House District, which includes portions of the town of Apex, town of Cary, city of Raleigh, and the entire city of Morrisville. The portion of Research Triangle Park (RTP) within Wake county as well as Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) are also in the district. A retiree from Raleigh, North Carolina, Capps served six terms.