From the Jan-Feb 2011 Issue of Fusion Magazine. Many people today think that religion should be kept separate from government, but in truth, the faith of a people is the most important aspect of civil society. George Washington wrote in his “Farewell Address” in 1796, “[of] all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
Our Founders believed that it was not just faith in any god or religion that formed the foundation of free societies, but it was specifically the Christian religion and faith in the true God. In fact, signer of the Declaration Benjamin Rush wrote in 1806: “Christianity is the only true and perfect religion, and that in proportion as mankind adopts its principles and obeys its precepts, they will be wise and happy.”
All nations are religious. All nations are built upon some religion, that is, upon some set of presuppositions about life, law, right, truth, and morality that is ultimately rooted in the faith of the people. A people’s faith determines a people’s character and worldview, which in turn determines how free, prosperous, just, and virtuous the nation is. In short, the religion of a people is the life-blood of the nation. It is the primary seed that produces fruit in every sphere of life.