American HeresyMay 23, 2007
Former Vice President Al Gore, who will be one of the speakers at the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, offered some excellent remarks about religion and politics on "Larry King Live" last night. He stated:
When America was founded, they -- our founders said, OK look, we are not going to pretend that whoever is elected to office has been ordained by the almighty to be the decision maker. The person who is elected is elected by us, the people of this country. And the divine right of kings was rejected by the founders of the United States.Amen! His last two paragraphs in particular are right on. Regardless what disagreements one may have about Gore's politics, he makes an excellent point here that many Christians need to hear.
And what replaced that, the divine right of individuals in this sense, we believe that we are all created equal. And that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. So the relationship that our founders believed was appropriate for -- between America and God was their belief that every individual has certain rights and has dignity because that person is a child of God.
Now, for those who don't believe in God, I'm not proselytizing. I'm just telling you what I believe and what our founders believed. But what -- but this has been twisted around in recent times by some people who want to convey the impression that God belongs, if not to a particular political party, that God has a particular political ideology and that those who disagree with a right-wing approach to this or that are against God.
That is an anti-American view. That is completely contrary to the spirit of America. It is an American heresy and people in both parties ought to reject that and fight against it.
Thanks to Don Byrd at the Blog from the Capital for pointing out this quotation.