Religious Faith: The Rock Upon Which Their Character Stood

From the beginning of the struggle to secure America’s independence, our leaders encouraged patriots to keep religious faith central in their thinking and actions. For example, signer Samuel Adams urged:

May every citizen in the army and in the country have a proper sense of the Deity upon his mind and an impression of the declaration recorded in the Bible, “Him that honoreth Me, I will honor; but he that despiseth Me shall be lightly esteemed.”


[I Samuel 2:30]

Signer John Witherspoon similarly advised:

Let therefore everyone who… offers himself as a champion in his country’s cause be persuaded to reverence the name and walk in the fearof the Prince of the kings of the Earth; and then he may with the most unshaken firmness expect the issue [God’s protection] either in victory or death.

General George Washington likewise told his troops:

The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor so to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.

He later reminded them:

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.

In the early stages of the Revolution, the patriots lost battle after battle, but their strong faith in God would not let them despair—a point clearly illustrated by a conversation between signers Benjamin Rush and John Adams. As Rush later recounted:

Upon my return from the army to Baltimore in the winter of 1777, I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with G. Britain, he answered me, “Yes — if we fear God and repent of our sins.”

With the signers’ unwavering faith in God and their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” they finally saw the tide begin to turn. The change of fortune was so obvious that General Washington told General Thomas Nelson:

The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations [to God].

For the early patriots, God and Country, although two distinct entities, were inseparably joined in a mutually beneficial relationship. Perhaps Abigail Adams stated the premise most concisely when she declared:

[A] true patriot must be a religious man… [H]e who neglects his duty to his Maker may well be expected to be deficient and insincere in his duty towards the public.

Signer John Witherspoon agreed, reminding a group of patriots:

[H]e is the best friend to American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not [do not hesitate] to call him an enemy to his country… God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both.

Clearly, for most of the patriots, the rock on which their endeavors were based was religious faith.


 



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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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California has gone to hell. Homelessness and violence have spiked. Civil liberties and businesses have been destroyed in the name of "COVID safety." Children have been brainwashed with racist critical race theory. And yet, Democrats want to use California as the test model for the entire country. Your state and your town are next. They want their FAILURE to become YOUR FUTURE.

Dave Rubin, host of BlazeTV's "The Rubin Report," moved to Los Angeles about a decade ago. In that time, he's watched it descend into absolute chaos. While most of his news and comedy friends have fled, Dave tells Glenn Beck why he's riding it out and how the rest of the country must save itself from progressive policies and "evil" governors like Gavin Newsom — or else the great American experiment will be over.

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Just like the left did in Georgia, Democrats and the media are now insisting that Texas' new proposed voting laws are a racist threat to democracy. But this time, instead of actually letting democracy play out through a vote, Democrats in the state legislature walked out and stopped the democratic process.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere take a look at the voting bill — which Democrats say is racist because it keeps early voting polls closed on Sundays until 1 o'clock to allow for poll workers to attend church — and explain why they believe the backlash is just another ridiculous display of hypocrisy from the left.

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Ever since he was in high school, Rishi Sharma has dedicated his life to making sure that the stories of our World War II veterans are never forgotten. He's spent countless hours interviewing these men and documenting their firsthand experiences on his YouTube channel, "Legends of WWII" — and the timing couldn't be any better.

Rishi joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to warn that "they don't teach World War II in school any more, and what they do cover is 'brainwashing' young Americans to "hate our country, to hate our veterans, and our way of life."

"I can honestly tell you they don't teach World War II in school anymore. What they do cover is how 'bad' the U.S. was," Rishi told Glenn.

"I mean, people are being brainwashed nowadays. The younger generations are being brainwashed to hate our country, to hate our veterans, and our way of life. It's not right, and I don't want to see it happen any further. That's why I'm recording these stories of what these veterans actually went through, the atrocities that they came across. Whoever has that footage, is going to be able to control the narrative."

Rishi went on to share some of the shocking accounts of what really went on during WWII, which he learned through interviewing more than 1,100 veterans, and the devastating results of anti-American propaganda both then and now.

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