Was America founded as a Christian nation?
Is Christianity the basis upon which it became the greatest,
most powerful, most benevolent and most
evangelistic nation in human history?
What youth should learn in America’s schools “above all” is
“the religion of Jesus Christ”-that is, “the fear of the Lord.”
1789, the first federal education law, signed by Washington,
directly linked religion and public education together, declaring:
Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government
and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of
education shall forever be encouraged.
1st Constitutional Convention
Benjamin Franklin rose to his feet and said:
“Gentlemen, if it is true that not one single petal from any flower falls
to the ground without escaping God’s attention, will the distress of this nation
go unheeded? Let us therefore determine to seek His face.”
2nd President of the United States
The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence
were… the general principles of Christianity…
1642 – America’s first public education law…
It being one chief project of that old deluder [liar], Satan, to keep men
from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times…
[students shall be taught the Scriptures].
U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Brewer (1837-1910)
“In what sense can [America] be called a Christian nation?
Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion,
or that the people are in any manner compelled to support it.
Nevertheless, we constantly speak of this republic
as a Christian nation – in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world.”
Founding Fathers & Serving in Congress
Every person who shall be chosen a member of [Congress],
or appointed to any office or place of trust… shall… make and subscribe
the following declaration, to wit:
“I, _________, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only
Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God-blessed forevermore;
and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the
Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration.”
The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge.
One of the Original Rules of Attending Harvard:
Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed
to consider well the main [goal] of his life and studies is to know
God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and
therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of
all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom,
let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to
seek it of Him (Prov. 2, 3). Everyone shall so exercise himself in
reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready
to give such an account of his proficiency therein.
The Best Things About
America have Biblical Origins
A republican, elective form of government
The institutional separation of Church and State
(2 Chronicles 26; Acts 4)
Protection for religious toleration and the rights of conscience
(1 Corinthians 8)
A free-market approach to religion, thus ensuring religious diversity
(Deuteronomy 15; Deuteronomy 24; Luke 10; James 1)
A just and restrained judicial process
(Deuteronomy 19; Proverbs 18; Isaiah 1)
Free-market economic system
(Matthew 20; Luke 19; 2 Thessalonians 3:10)
Widespread general public education
(Proverbs 1, 10; Ecclesiastes 12; Matthew 19; John 17)
The Supreme Court of the United States
There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not
recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. There would seem to be a
peculiar propriety in viewing the Christian religion as the
great basis on which it must rest for its support and permanence.
Justice Joseph Story (1812-1845)
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers,
and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to
select and prefer Christians for their rulers.
Justice John Jay (1789-1795)
For many years, my hope for the perpetuity of our institutions has
rested upon Bible morality and the general dissemination of
Christian principles…Our mission of freedom is not carried out by
brute force, by canon law, or any other law except the Moral Law
and those Christian principles which are found in the Scriptures.
Justice John McLean (1830-1861)
Christianity came to this country with the first colonists;
has been powerfully identified with its rapid development,
colonial and national; and today exists as a mighty factor in the
life of the republic. This is a Christian nation…
The calling of this republic a Christian nation is not
a mere pretense but a recognition of an historical,
legal, and social truth.
Justice David Brewer (1890-1910)
John Quincy Adams
6th President of the United States
“No book in the world deserves to be so unceasingly studied
and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible.
The first and almost the only book deserving such
universal recommendation is the Bible.”
25th President of the United States
“The Bible is the best gift God has given to men.
All the good the Savior gave to the world was
communicated through this book.
But for it, we could not know right from wrong.”
28th President of the United States
America was born a Christian nation – America was born to exemplify
that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are
derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.
40th President of the United States
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We don’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children’s children what it was once like in
the United States where men were free.”
Our Law & the Ten Commandments
The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments,
consisting of two tables: one comprehending the duties
which we owe immediately to God; the other,
the duties we owe to our fellow men.
A Nations Duty to God
The Duty of Nations
Psalm 33 1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him
with an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
Acknowledge and worship God
Psalm 33 4 For the word of the LORD is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
A people who seek God and do His will
Psalm 33 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the
inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
A people who fear the Lord and revere Him
Psalm 33 10 The LORD brings the counsel
of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
A people who see the Lord’s plans, not their own
Psalm 33 13 The LORD looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
A people who know they are accountable to God
Prov. 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
Is. 60:12 The nations and kingdoms which will not
serve the Lord will perish, they will be utterly ruined.
Psalm 20:6-7 Some nations boast of armies and of weaponry,
but our Boast is in the Lord our God. Those nations will collapse
and perish; we will arise to stand firm and sure!