The French Revolution took place in 1789, not long after the success of the American Revolution. The American founding fathers established a stable form of human government that remains to this day, the most successful and prosperous nation the world has ever known. Over that same period, France has gone through a dozen forms of government, and several entirely new constitutions.
What made the difference? France was swept up in the era of the European Enlightenment and the philosophies of those prominent thinkers such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, who postulated that mankind is basically good, and therefore capable of creating a utopian society and government in the image of man.
Across the ocean, our founding fathers saw mankind differently. David Gibbs writes, “Because our founders believed in the Biblical concept of man’s sinfulness, they gave us a much more secure form of government…they began with the assumption that man is basically evil; therefore, citizens must protect themselves even from those who run the government.”
Thus, they gave us the checks and balances built into the three branches of Government, the Judicial, the Legislative, and the Executive branches. But from whence came this concept? They got it from the Scriptures. The Lord God is represented as all three of these governing forms as we read in Isaiah 33:22, For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Though the forces of the Prince of Darkness have raged against it, America has been blessed to the present time as, “One Nation Under God.”