In this last article of November let us take a look at where we came from and where we are in America. Why should we be concerned about where we came from? If we don’t remember where we came from we will surely end up where we do not want to be in this nation. It will be difficult, in one article, to examine the landscape, but here we go.
There is a real danger today in this country as 76% of Americans claim to be Christian, yet our morals and values are on a steady decline. Nation politicians are, in fact and speech, denying our Christian heritage which our founding fathers feared would happen. John Adams, a founding father of our nation wrote, “You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it. (Letter to Abigail Adams, 26 April, 1777 SOURCE: Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife (ed. by Charles Francis Adams), volume 1, page 218.)
Outside of Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic madam, if you can keep it."
Where did the slide downward start in this nation? Benjamin Franklin said, “When people find they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the Republic.” Well, our congress has the best medical insurance in the world; they have great salaries and benefits; they have magnificent retirement, even if they only serve a few years in congress; they have slush funds to allow them to travel at will.” Franklin precisely predicted what would happen to his beloved America when he said, “We must all hang together or we will all hand separately.”
Our founding fathers understood the Mayflower and the signing of the Mayflower Compact on November 11, 1620. It reads, “In the name of God, Amen. Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith, a voyage to plant the first colony, etc. etc.” It is quite clear that our first settlers came to this country in the name of the Triune God.
In 1776, 150 years after the Pilgrims landed, 99.8% of Americans professed themselves to be Christian. Listen to the words of some great early Americans:
George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.”
Andrew Jackson said, “The Holy Bible, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.”
Ulysses S. Grant said, “The Bible is the sheet armor of our liberties.”
And Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams. etc.
Consider this poignant remark by David Barton. Barton said (I paraphrase), a Christian nation is the only kind of nation where other religions can exist and flourish. WOW! That is an exclamatory remark and so true. He goes on to say in, “Is America Christian” that by allowing other religions to exist next to Christianity the open market concept will eventually attract people from those religions to Christianity.
Dear friends, many of academia and national leaders have denied and even outright said they are opposed to our Christian nation and blatantly deny our Christian heritage. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 reads, “We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.” Please know that Paul wrote these words in the midst of the Empire of Rome who ruled with an iron fist. The only freedoms the people had were the freedoms given by the government.
In 1782 there were 22,000 copies of the Bible printed and distributed to the people and government. Take a guess who printed and distributed those Bibles. Ready, it was the Congress of the United States. You will not find that taught in universities or the high schools in America. Our text books and many government officials are offended by our Christian heritage. Don’t be surprised, because the people voted them in and they are in congress and the executive branch of government by the will of the people of the United States. Will our nation ever be a free enterprise economy with all the freedoms and benefits our businesses and citizens were guaranteed in the beginning?
While David Barton spoke to a (very prestigious, yet will remain unnamed) law school, students were only able to name the two founding fathers who were diests. They had never heard of any of the other 54 founders of our country. Out of those 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 of them held seminary degrees.
A history book published in 1848 called, “Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence” was used in our public schools for generations. It had 4 to 6 pages of biography on each of the 56 signers of the Declaration. We knew everyone of them, we knew about their lives, their faith and their characters.
So what about the college textbook, “The Godless Constitution?” This textbook was written by two college professors, Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore. Let’s look at the foot notes to this book. What were their sources? “…we have dispensed with the usual scholarly apparatus of footnotes.” Say what? The result of dispensing with footnotes is an absolute “no-no” is the world of academia. With no footnotes the authors can make up anything they want and call it reliable and valid. This is called “Revisionism.” That is to say, the authors have “Lied” about the facts of our constitution and Christian Heritage. No footnotes means no research, which means lies and fiction.
George Washington, in his farewell address properly identified the foundations of our country. After 45 years of public service, he gives his farewell address. He lists the two foundations of our country which we need to remember in order for this great nation to continue under God’s blessings. “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” and in the very next sentence he continues, “In vain would that man claim the truth of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”
The first public school law ever passed in America was in 1647, it passed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. It was called “The Old Deluder Satan Act.” It said that the “Old Deluder Satan’s” number one priority was to keep us out of the Scriptures. We are not going to let this happen in America.” For the next 320 years, the Bible was a part of public education in america. The first time it was not a part of public education was on June 17, 1963, when the Supreme Court issued a double decision that we’re not going to do that anymore.
Well, there are thousands of references of evidence that we were a Christian nation and still are a Christian nation.
So, if being a Christian nation is not based on any of the above criterion, then what makes America a Christian nation? According to Justice Brewer, America was “of all the nations in the world . . . most justly called a Christian nation” because Christianity “has so largely shaped and molded it.”