America’s Christian Heritage

Happy Birthday, America!
July 4, 2021 celebrates the 245th birthday of the greatest country God has ever placed on planet Earth.  The United States has compassionately opened her arms to refugees from all over the world, inviting them to become productive members of this great nation. A nation whose laws are roots and planted in Biblical principles.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, many (so-called) institutions of learning and others deny America’s Christian heritage.  Even the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, said on April 6, 2009, speaking halfway across the world in Turkey, made a shocking proclamation: that the United States did not consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation.  “Although, as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation.”

Contrary to what we have heard from Obama and other revisionists about America not being a Christian nation, our forefathers grounded this country solidly on Biblical principles.  The truth of this is evident in many of their writings.  America’s Christian heritage is evident in the preambles of many of the original constitutions of most states – especially those of the thirteen colonies.

It is true, according to most Bible scholars, that the United States of America, the most powerful nation in the history of the world, is mysteriously absent from the pages of Scripture. Why is this so?  Sadly, over the years, as this nation has drifted away from its founding declarations, it is painfully clear that our Creator and Sustainer has been turning His face away from a disobedient, idolatrous America – just as He did with ancient Israel.

Several of our founding fathers warned of the necessity to hold fast to our form of government.  It is precious and delicate.  John Adams stated clearly that: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  See Strong warning from the founders by control-clicking:  Strong Warnings from the Founders (nccs.net)

Following is a short listing of quotations from our founding fathers related to this nation’s founding and its Christian heritage:

John Quincy Adams:
“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? – that it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? – that it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”

In this quote from John Quincy Adams’ 4th of July address, Adams is speaking to the fact that the United States is the only nation in history established by mostly Christian people, founded upon Biblical Natural Law principles and dedicated to the purpose of religious and personal liberty and equal justice under the law for all men. This truth is observed within America’s earliest history. –Lesli White, belief.net

Patrick Henry is remembered for his famous words, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”  He also said:
“Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others… [T]he great pillars of all government and of social life: I mean virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”

John Adams in an address to the military on October 13, 1789:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, a controversial figure, nevertheless had a deep belief in God:
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

George Washington:
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

This is the statement Washington made in his address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776. Washington’s sense of morality was grounded in the Bible and his belief in God. While leading the American army during the Revolutionary War, Washington demanded that his men act with integrity, morality and honesty. He wanted his men to be more than good soldiers. During the course of the war, Washington’s character helped sustain his troops. He hoped and trusted “that every officer and man will endeavor and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of our country.” –Lesli White, beliefnet

James Madison of Virginia argued in 1785 that the exercise of faith must be directed only by the conscience of the individual:
“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

Jedidiah Morse, in a sermon delivered by Morse on April 25, 1799, he described the depth to which Christianity and our American government are intertwined:
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys…Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.”

While the Declaration of Independence is not a Christian document and the Constitution only has one direct reference to God “in the year of our Lord” Baylor University history professor Thomas S. Kidd argues that religion played a much larger role in influencing the ideas and principles that became bedrocks of the nation. In an interview with U.S. News, Kidd discussed the role religion played during the Revolutionary era. Kidd says, “It’s there in ideas that help to motivate and unite the Revolution, most importantly the idea that all men are created equal that [Thomas] Jefferson articulates in the Declaration of Independence.” The founding fathers trusted in God and that played a huge role in the foundation of this country. –Lesli White, beliefnet

This is truly a unique and great nation. Question is, can we keep it?
God Bless America

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