A Return to Morality is the Basis of Recovery
As I write this blog, today is September 22. It was on this day in 1796 that George Washington delivered his farewell address to the American people.
He reminded the people, as a good father would (he being the father of our country) that morality is the basis of a free people. But he went on to say that religion is the basis of morality.
Here are his words:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Dear Reader, America has lost its way. And we the people have lost our way. We must return to decency, to God the Father, and to a life lived in His service.
To do so, you must re-find your conscience and become friends with it. You will know God when you have a change of heart and yearn for truth. You must desire with all your heart to live properly. But even as you yearn, you will realize that in your present condition, you don't even know what the right thing to do is.
Yearn not to be the good, but to discover truth. It is this type of attitude that draws the spirit of compassion from the Creator. Through the process of repentance, He will remould you and give you new purpose; and your life, new meaning.