Freedom dependent upon Christianity

What do Rush Limbaugh and Charles Krauthammer have in common?

Limbaugh said during his radio program recently that the United States has achieved more that is positive -- freedom, public education, religious tolerance, public health, etc. -- in a little more than 200 years than Egypt -- or any other nation -- in more than 4,000 years. But he did not know why!

In The Augusta Chronicle on Feb. 13, Krauthammer argued for several "freedom doctrines" -- democracy, free press, the rule of law, etc. But he never mentioned Christianity.

In my 60s, I am again a student, taking courses at Augusta State University. Like all state universities, Christianity -- not "religion" per se -- is taboo, as evidenced by the recent counseling/psychology debate. But there is a fact of history that cannot be ignored: At the time of its founding, not only were the colonies predominately Christian, they were predominantly -- by some estimates more than 90 percent -- Calvinist, the strongest doctrinal Protestant group. Jonathan Edwards and the preachers of the Great Awakening were Calvinist. The first organizing group of all thirteen colonies was a Presbyterian (Calvinist) church.

The government of this church is representative republicanism -- government by men of piety and character -- which Krauthammer and many other "scholars" today bungle as "democracy."

Now, cause and effect is easy to deny -- except that there was no other competing ideology in the hearts and minds of these Americans. In the history of the world, nowhere has freedom, as we know it, ever existed under the thousands of individual rulers and bureaucratic concoctions. To have a free Egypt, we need to send Christian missionaries who understand government from a biblical world-view, as our forefathers did. And, they did a pretty good job, did they not?

Limbaugh and Krauthammer, and millions of other Americans, need to do their homework.

Ed Payne, M.D.

Augusta

(The writer is a retired Georgia Health Sciences University associate professor.)

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