The following 3-part question was asked in a recent thread.... "So, and here's the part I'd like to have you confirm, are you saying that: 1. We are exceptional as a result of the intervention of divine providence? 2. Being "watchmen on the walls of world freedom" not only allows us, but obligates us to intervene in the affairs of other countries if we determine that their level of freedom is not acceptable to us? 3. Our ability to determine the acceptable level of freedom in other sovereign countries has been given to us by God? In other words, He has made us judge and jury?" Short answer: Yes, Not really, and No. But .I really would rather a longer answer so if you can afford the time .. 1. The Jewish people have the exceptional honor of beholding that there is one God, an invisible one, to whom they made a commitment, and established a covenant. They promised to follow certain beliefs, such as investing the beliefs stated above, and, in turn, certain miracles befell them. 2. One can debate the existence of, or the definition of, miracle but it has been quite a while since the first appearance of the Jewish people. Consider the words of Cicero: History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity. 3. How to explain the continued existence of a nationless people, who are identified with God, in a world in which power and authority are often based on erasing any indication of God, religion and morality? a. After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave-a tremendous, gruesome shadow. God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. -And we-we still have to vanquish his shadow, too. From Nietzsche's The Gay Science, (trans. W. Kaufmann), s. 108 4. Historian such as Spengler, and Toynbee were confounded by the reality of their existence, too. Nor, were they the only ones: Over three hundred years ago King Louis XIV of France asked Blaise Pascal, the great French philosopher of his day, to give him proof of the existence of miracles. Without a moment's hesitation, Pascal answered, "Why, the Jews, your Majesty-the Jews. History News Network. 5. In a sense, the Jewish people have been re-born here, in the United States. The Founders rooted the new nation in the Bible. The Puritans, in fact, saw their endeavor as a re-enactment of Exodus. England was Egypt and America, the New Israel. The most quoted source was the Bible. Established in the original writings of our Founding Fathers we find that they discovered in Isaiah 33:22 the three branches of government: Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. Here we see the judicial, the legislative and the executive branches. In Ezra 7:24 we see where they established the tax exempt status of the church: Ezra 7:24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. When we look at our Constitution we see in Article 4 Section 4 that we are guaranteed a Republican form of government, that was found in Exodus 18 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: This indicates that we are to choose, or elect God fearing men and women. Looking at Article 3 Section 3 we see almost word for word Deuteronomy 17:6: No person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses. . . Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses. . .. The next paragraph in Article 3 Section 3 refers to who should pay the price for treason. In England, they could punish the sons for the trespasses of the father, if the father died. Roger Anghis -- Bring America Back To Her Religious Roots, Part 7 a. The first design for the official seal of the United States recommended by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1776 depicted the Jews crossing the Red Sea. The motto around the seal read: "Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God." b. The inscription on the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia was a direct quote from the Book ofLeviticus "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Jews and the Founding of America | Pathways 7. In the book, The Covenant, Timothy Ballard contends that Americas founding fathers tapped into an ancient power to build the nation a feat they accomplished against all odds. The founders, being well-versed in Biblical understanding, believed that the U.S. was a new Israel of sorts, birthed out of a relationship and a covenant with the Almighty. Ballard maintains that, in contemporary times, the nation risks losing its blessings if individuals dont recognize the importance of the covenant and an ongoing relationship with God .According to Ballard, they are liberty, protection and prosperity all elements that the U.S. has traditionally enjoyed .her transformation from an infant nation with little resources and ability to historys most profound mega-force Tim Ballard Discusses The Covenant With The Blaze & Glenn Beck | Video | TheBlaze.com a. There are four references to Devine in D of I 1)in first paragraph Laws of Nature and of Natures God, 2) next paragraph endowed by their Creator, 3) Supreme Judge of the world, and 4) divine Providence, last paragraph. This is important because our historic documents memorialize a government based on individuals born with inalienable rights, by, in various references, by the Devine, or Natures God, or their Creator, or the Supreme Judge, or divine Providence. http://web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/calendar/conferences/Declaration02-Morrison paper.pdf b. Freedom sees religion as the companion of its struggles and triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its rights. Tocqueville, Democracy in America So...in my opinion, the answer to part one is "Yes." Part two.....not really: our obligation extends only to providing a model, what was know as 'a light unto the nations.' It is interesting to note how many national constitution are based on ours. Part three....not at all. To show liberty, democracy and a successful model carries with it no requirement to force other to do the same. If our citizens vote to aid allies, or to defend ourselves from enemies....that is how we should function. Thank you for reading such a long answer.