All we know as western civilization is due to Christianity. Not in a particular order, the general characteristics of western civilization include, but are not limited to:

  • The Rule of Law
  • Capitalism
  • The Natural Right to Life
  • Republican Government
  • Monotheism
  • Equality
  • Honesty
  • Democratic vote
  • Accountability
  • Personal Responsibility


The smallest element of western civilization is self-government. This element depends on a personal relationship with Holy Spirit whose presence in a person’s life produces the fruits of the Spirit.

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control (Self-Government)

Western Civilization cannot survive apart from most of the people governing themselves. Hallmarks of self-control are:

  • Understands and appreciates lawful and spiritual authority
  • Able to keep emotions in check
  • Decisions driven by logic and reason and not by emotions
  • Do not accept offenses
  • Not driven by fear
  • Not envious of others
  • Able to say no, regardless of social or financial pressures
  • Able to set boundaries, to control oneself
  • Not hasty with decisions —not given to impulsiveness
  • Forgiving of the offenses by others and by oneself
  • Learns from personal failures but does not dwell on them
  • Not affected by personal rejection and understands the difference between a rejection and an objection
  • Self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses


“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….” Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence

This key phrase — all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights — means all men have rights that come from God and not from humans. The second key phrase — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — is a safeguard against tyranny.


Republican government is not a political party. And, our system of government is not a democracy because we the people do not vote directly for policies; we elect representatives who vote for policies.

Republican government defined: (1) a form of government in which the people or their elected representatives possess the supreme power; (2) a constitutional form in which the head of state is an elected or nominated president

Etymology of the word republic | Latin rēs pūblica, equivalent. to rēs thing, entity + pūblica public; “the people’s thing”. From the preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People”.


The American way of life continues if Christianity continues and grows. As President John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Our long-standing immigration policies were not put in place to deny any good thing to those who risk life and limb to come to America; our policies exist to properly educate and assimilate prospective immigrants to preserve our republican form of government.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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