The First Principle is that the God, who created man, is man’s loving friend and caring helper. This is so foundational that it cannot be arrived at by any other proposition. It is the foundation upon which all other principles follow (Philippians 4:4-13). Is there a mistake in calling this a first principle? Webster defines a first principle as “that which is basic or self-evident.” So… not a mistake. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
The In God We Trust worldview has been the foundation for public education, from the beginning continuing for over 340 years. The Supreme Court’s ruling, in the Everson v. Board of Education decision of 1947, began a shift toward the imperial rule of a militant secular minority. Although secular militants have done great harm to the educational foundations of this nation conceived in liberty, there is reason for optimism. There were traitors within when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress; yet we prevailed in the war against King George III of England.
The issue that confronts man is the matter of two opposing presuppositions—humble respect for the Higher Authority of creation’s God, spoken of in the American Declaration OR the pride of believing that men are gods unto themselves, glorified in secular humanist manifestoes. Visible in history, one is the presupposition that leads to lasting success, the other leads to confusion that ends in tyranny.
It is the impartial, omnipotent God of creation who put the miraculous complex of life together. He alone can provide the knowledge needed by man to win over Satan and his hosts. In God We Trust empowers believers to police their own lives. When that happens, harmful cultural outcomes are minimal and the reason for big government bosses is quelled.
~ D. Norris