America is a nation with a strong Christian heritage.
Do you agree? Many don’t.
“God isn’t even in the founding documents.”
“There must be separation of Church and State.”
“The founders never specified that we should claim ‘In God We Trust.'”
“We cannot have both individual liberty and Christianity.”
“The word Bible doesn’t even appear in our founding documents.”
These refutes are stated as fact. And, logically and historically, the statements wrong.
Primary source evidence is overwhelming that America is a nation with a strong Christian heritage.
Our government was never meant to replace God, the President serving as the Divine Being, himself. The founders believed this would be understood by future generations of their countrymen and women. Instead, attacks come from all angles, especially around the “intentions” of the founding writers, particularly with the principles espoused by deism and the enlightenment.
Below are some evidences of our Christian heritage, in a far from comprehensive list…
Declaration of Independence (primarily Thomas Jefferson): “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”
Declaration of Independence: “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…”
Declaration of Independence: “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world…”
Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Henry, the same speaker of the famous line “Give me liberty or give me death,” saw no inherent conflict between free will and Christianity.
James Madison: Americans have “staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
George Washington: “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into His holy keeping.”
Benjamin Franklin: “Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights (James 1:17), to illuminate our understanding? Int the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for divine protection…”
John Quincy Adams: “From the day of the Declaration, the people of the North American Union and of its constituent states were associated bodies of civilized men and Christians…They were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct.”
Noah Webster: “The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government…and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”
Each and every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a preacher, whose salary has been paid by taxpayers since 1777.
The Presidential Oath of Office is taken on a Bible.
America is a nation with a strong Christian heritage
Please don’t continue to tell me what the founders “really meant to say.”