Monday, December 27, 2010

Original Intent- David Barton

Original Intent by David Barton is a must read for every Christian. Barton recounts numerous founding documents and cases that establish the blatantly Christian heritage of our nation. Only in recent times, mainly the last 50 or 60 years, have Americans been willing to jettison our heritage and acquiesce to the whims of liberal historical revisionists and cow tow to the activist judicial system.

This book will give renewed courage and an unapologetic apologetic for our Christian roots, the place of Christian religion in the public sphere both in the courts and in our education system, and hope that the liberal interpretation of America's past is patently refutable.

This book ought to be required reading in every law school. That is unlikely, but our Christian law schools must insist that their students know this history and are able to articulate it in the face of a culture seeking to cut the past off from the present and the future. Such a tactic is sure to bring God's ire and it appears that this has already begun.

One of the great national sins in the Scriptures is forgetting; forgetting God's blessings, forgetting to honor His name, forgetting to count on Him for the future. In recent years, our national leaders, especially in the executive and judicial branches, have self-consciously cut God off from the public sphere. Christians must once again stand for the truth that Jesus Christ is the rightful ruler of these united States of America. We must remember and repent and then take action, standing confidently on God's Word and in the public square. Perhaps God will see fit to rain down His blessings upon us anew.


Anonymous said...

Barton's book falls into the same pits as those who prooftext scripture.

vhurt said...

I get your point. He does use many quotes. If used on their own, out of context, he would be guilty of not telling an accurate story. It would be easy to do that. But Barton covers that mistake in one section and does his honest best at quoting in context.

He is a credible witness. He does an excellent job of defending the real history of the United States and the judicial system without special pleading.

Those who prove non-biblical points by prooftexting are not being faithful to the Scriptures. Those who prooftext but do so in a form that is consistent with biblical teaching are not doing a disservice to the text. Barton does the latter and not the former.