“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison (1778 in a speech to the Virginia General Assembly
When the secularists and even more the atheists attempt to paint a picture of Madison at the most being a Deist and not a Christian, it is best to dig deep into Madison’s own words. The author of so much of out guiding first principles believed our government and acting in accord with God’s will were inseparable. It is clear throughout his speeches and writings and way he spent his life. To the degree that we have fallen away from this, it has been to America’s detriminent and not our best. We would be very wise to understand this and live and choose accordingly as to how our society acts as individuals within this society but also in how we govern and how we act and react with other nations. It is not about asking God to be on our side. We should and indeed must be on God’s side in all our strivings.