John Pearrell

We have just celebrated Independence Day. July 4th became the day that we celebrate our Declaration of Independence, which begins with these very memorable words: “When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

“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, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

George Washington, who led our nation through the war that followed and then became the first president of these United States of America, said in his farewell address to the nation given on Sept. 19, 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” According to his first biographer he also said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

And he warned, “ . . .of (the) fatal tendency to put, in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party; — often a small but artful and enterprising minority . . .they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People and to usurp for themselves the reigns of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

We are seeing the father of our country’s fears come to fruition in our country today.

When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn received the Templeton prize for Progress in Religion, he stated, “If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty-million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” A few years later when he repeated this on one of our nations Premier Ivy League Institutions, he was booed and jeered by the student body.

I believe we stand at dangerous crossroads in our country today. There is no question that our government has taken the turn toward the fatal tendency that our first president saw. As I watch the shenanigans in Washington, it is clear that the will of a party has become more important than the will of the nation. It is also clear that this shift has become possible due to the “indispensable supports” of religion and morality. In fact, we have a party that proudly champions blatant immorality and eschews any sense of morality. Under a guise of reproductive rights it denies any right to life of embryonic individuals. It decries cruelty to animals and applauds the murder of unborn children. And it does so all the while insisting that God cannot be factored into the governing equation!

If there is going to be any real hope for this nation, it will only begin with a renewed Declaration of our Dependence upon God. Our hope cannot be in the White House, or in the courthouse and certainly not in our houses of Congress; it must be in God. Only He can change the human heart. At this point, only He can stop the train of repression that has clearly left the station and is gaining in speed.

Dr. John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington. For more information, visit or email


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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