To say that I’m “involved” in every aspect of my business would be a pretty dramatic understatement. I don’t just like to know what is going on, I need to know. The thing is, when your business and your name are one in the same, you really have to keep your eye on things. So while keeping my eye on Fusion, I also get the pleasure of having the first and last word (and all of the other ones in between). You can write things and then rewrite them until you get it just right… making sure the ideas ring true and accurately represent your point of view. The reason I bring all this up is because Fusion has always been my baby, and you know you don’t hand your baby over to just anybody. This month though, I have handed it over, but not to just anybody.
First and foremost, David Barton is a friend. Lucky for me, he also happens to be a brilliant writer. When I say that, I don’t mean brilliant in the sense that someone writes something you don’t really understand, but they did it in such a fancy pants way that you think they must be super smart. No, David’s brilliance comes from the clarity of his writing. He never lets his expertise get in the way of concise ideas and simple explanations. But more than that, it’s not so much how David says things, but what it is he says.
I believe David Barton may be the most important writer on spirituality for this time in our nation’s history. Ironic- ally, it’s a message that’s hundreds of years old. Officially speaking, "David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage." OK, you caught me; that’s from the WallBuilders web site but I couldn’t say it any better.
You should also know that David holds the largest private collection of papers from the Founding Era, and a good deal of those writings deal with matters of faith. David has a profound understanding of divine inspiration. The Founders knew we wouldn’t stand a chance without the tenets of their abiding faith as the cornerstones of their new nation.
Too many have forgotten the role that God and His teachings had on the creation of our nation. During a recent appearance on my radio show, David relayed the following story:
Well, this is where it’s really fun to go back with those old documents, because we have thousands and thousands of those pages of sermons that shaped the American Revolution. One was a great sermon on taxes from 1766 after the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act came down. Charles Taltsy said, "Okay, what does the Bible say about taxes? Because here’s what scripture says about tax policy." They did the same thing on governments. They did the same thing on military. We have a lot of their sermons… they would talk about any- thing that was in the newspaper, they would comment from a scriptural perspective. And so I’ve got sermons of theirs on architecture. I’ve got sermons of theirs on earthquakes and fires and floods and railroads. You name it.
These days, the government seems to think it’s their job to silence the voices coming from spiritual leaders across America, trying to tell them exactly what is and isn’t appropriate for them to talk about from the pulpit.
Washington has forgotten (or they’ve chosen to ignore) that you cannot discuss the past, present and future of America without also discussing God and faith. Our Founding Fathers knew we’d never make it unless we were a nation of faith, and you need only look at the absence of those ideas to see how our great nation has stumbled. But we have not fallen, and it is the renewal of our faith that shall strengthen our footing! David Barton knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got something important to say. So this issue is all his, and you and I are all the better for it. Read every word.
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