“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
In spite of what some history revisionists are propagating today, there is overwhelming historical evidence that commitment to Christ and biblical Christianity were the driving forces behind the founding of the United States of America. Consider the following facts which are only a fraction of the evidence that could be presented.
- In 1607, when the first permanent English-speaking settlers in America landed on the coast of Virginia, their first act was to plant a cross and dedicate this new continent to God Almighty.
- A few years later, in 1620, the settlers at Plymouth made a covenant with God called the Mayflower Compact. It stated, “In the name of God…Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith…in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic.”
- The Delaware Constitution, typical of the other colonies, declared that a candidate for office must say: “I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost. In God who is blessed forevermore I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures and the Old and New Testaments which are given by divine inspiration.”
- Most of the original signers of the Constitution were not deists as some historians claim. Research has proven that the vast majority were avowed, Bible-believing Christians. The father of our country, George Washington, said, “To the distinguished Character of a Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the most distinguished Character of Christian.” He also prayed, “Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ.”
- Patrick Henry, a leader of the American Revolution, said, “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.”
- An extensive study and report by the U. S. House Committee on the Judiciary declared in 1854: “At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity…must be considered as the foundation on which the whole structure rests…That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”
- In 1892, the U. S. Supreme Court studied our history and concluded, “We are a Christian people…These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation” (The Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States).
- David J. Brewer, Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, 1889-1910, said, “In no other way can this republic become a world power in the noblest sense of the word than by putting into her life and the lives of her citizens the spirit and principles of the great Founder of Christianity.”
- As recently as 1931, the U. S. Supreme Court declared, “We are a Christian people” (United States v. Macintosh).
Folks, we are so far removed from where we once were that it’s not even funny. America needs to turn back to God like never before. Evangelist Billy Graham once said, “It’s either back to the Bible or back to the jungle.” The jungle is creeping up on the United States!
May we, as Americans, take to heart the words of one of our late presidents, President Herbert Hoover: “Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitiveness to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invasion by foreign armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior.”
Let’s revisit our nation’s godly heritage and refresh our appreciation of the principles America was founded upon. And most importantly, let’s renew our commitment to pray as our early leaders prayed for our nation. That may be America’s only hope!