America’s Spiritual Foundation

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

America is unique in her Christian origin and way of life ever since the Mayflower landed in 1620. The very purpose of the Pilgrims was to establish a government based on the Bible. The New England Charter, signed by King James I, confirmed this goal: “…to advance the enlargement of the Christian religion, to the glory of God Almighty…”

Daniel Webster wrote, “Lastly, our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits.”

The goal of government based on the Bible was further reaffirmed by individual colonies such as the Rhode Island Charter of 1683 which begins: “We submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His Holy Word.”

Those “absolute laws” became the basis of our Declaration of Independence, which includes in its first paragraph an appeal to the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Our national Constitution established a republic upon the absolute laws of the Bible, not a democracy based on the changing whims of people. Noah Webster wrote, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”

In 1811 the New York state court upheld an indictment for blasphemous utterances against Christ, and in its ruling, given by Chief Justice Kent, the court said, “We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity.”

Joseph Story, in his 1829 inaugural address as Dane Professor of Law at Harvard University said, “There never has been a period in which Common Law did not recognize Christianity as laying at its foundation.”

In a Supreme Court Decision, 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, the court said, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian … This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation … we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth … 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.”

But these early upbringings and noble traditions that made up America’s foundation have been progressively eroding. The moral fiber of America is rotting away, and our priceless freedom is in grave jeopardy. So what can be done? The worst thing we could do today is to remain silent! If our nation is to survive and prosper, we must give our lives to Christ and re-dedicate ourselves to America and our unique, God-given liberties and freedoms. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways if we truly want God to heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

I am deeply burdened about the condition of our country. Let me encourage you to pray daily and vote in this upcoming election. Our country needs to once again stand upon the truths it was founded upon, which is God’s way of life. Let’s pray that our Lord will grant mercy upon our nation!