Whether everyone acknowledges it or not, our country was founded upon the morals and principles of the Judeo-Christian faith. This clear conviction is obvious in the attitudes an writings of our founding fathers. Over time however, there has been a foundational shift to the left. In her new book, “Be The People; A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise”, political science professor and conservative Christian Carol Swain paints a vivid, realistic, and at times frightening portrait of the current moral climate in the United States.
Dr. Swain begins her book by showing the reader what the foundations of this country were (truth, justice, value of life, pursuit of freedom). She then systematically shows how our government and modern culture have been eroding the Christian values of the founding fathers through choices that moved us away from God. Swain tackles many of the hotbed issues in politics today (family values, feminism, racism, abortion, and immigration). In doing so, she shows how a loss of our moral compass has influenced public policy.
“Be The People” is a tough read. The writing style is not tough. Swain has written with an engaging and inspirational style. The tough part is the content. This book is well-researched and the author has brilliantly made her case that America needs a redirection. The material that she has included evokes feelings of sadness and anger (at least it did in me). I like many things about this book. The perspective of the author is real. Swain writes from the perspective of an African-American Christian female growing up in poverty, twice divorced, now a college graduate teaching in one of the country’s most prestigious universities. All of this together gives her credibility. This book is not a “list of complaints”. Rather, it is a truthful and accurate at the steps that have been taken leading us away from our founding. At the end of each chapter, there are actions steps for the reader as to how we can get back to where we once were. Swain also provided, as reference and background to the reader, our founding documents (Ten Commandments, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution (1787). Very educational. “Be The People” is a phenomenal work and is well worth your time.