A Christian nation?

Christian Nation

I grew up in the 1950’s in a small rural church.  Back then, it seemed like everyone attended Sunday school, church, and went to VBS during the summer.  Sunday mornings were sacrosanct.  There were never any organized activities on Sunday mornings because that time was for going to church.  To me, America was a Christian nation.  Then, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, I started hearing America being described as a post-Christian nation.

Indeed the population was increasing, but the percentage of church-goers was decreasing substantially.  Driving to church past soccer fields and softball and baseball diamonds where games were going on and having to avoid bicyclists participating in road rallies; it was obvious that Sunday mornings were no longer sacred.  It was painful to see that we were becoming a post-Christian nation, but were we ever a Christian nation?

We were being told, even from the pulpit, that the founding fathers were deists and not Christians (a deist is defined as someone who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, specifically a creator who does not intervene in the universe).

We are very fortunate that we have many written documents and letters that give first-hand and unimpeachable information about the founding fathers. George Washington said:

“Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.” 

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to emplore His protection and favor.”

Those words are definitively not the words of a deist.  But, surely Ben Franklin was a deist – or was he? The Constitutional Convention was in serious deadlock.  Among other problems, the large states wanted more representation than the small states, and the small states wanted a one-state one-vote rule.  Ben Franklin said very little during the first four or five weeks of the convention, but the 81-year-old statesman was ever observant.  He then addressed the President as follows according to the notes taken by James Madison:

 “…In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.  Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered.  All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.”

He went on to say:

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this – that God Governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

No, Benjamin Franklin was not a deist. Well, you ask, “What about Thomas Jefferson?”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU have made Jefferson their poster boy.  But is that warranted?  Among other things (please do some research yourself), Jefferson was a student of Scripture, was an active member of the Anglican Church, married in the church, and sent his children to Christian schools.  He also gave liberally to missionaries for the Indians.

But, what about the Jefferson Bible where he cut out all of the miracles?  Another myth.

It wasn’t a Bible.  It was an abridgment of the Gospels created in 1804 for the benefit of the Indians.  There is no early evidence of his skepticism, but there are many evidences of his agreeing with the truth of the Christian faith.

The skepticism came after his two terms as President when he rejected the deity of Jesus Christ.  Most conservative scholars agree that he never had a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  Rather he, like so many people today, was a Christian in name only (see RINO).  But he was not a deist.

Moving forward past the founders, consider Abraham Lincoln.  In his first inaugural address he said:

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”

And in a private letter in 1863 he wrote, “Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.”

Next, consider the Supreme Court of the United States.  In an 1892 case before the Supreme Court, Justice David Josiah Brewer writing for the majority said that we are “A Christian Nation.”  And he clarified this in his 1905 book The United States: A Christian Nation where he acknowledged that Christianity is not the established religion nor is anyone compelled to be a Christian to engage in public service.  He states:

Nonetheless, we constantly speak of this republic as a Christian Nation—in fact, as the leading Christian Nation of the world.  This popular use of the term certainly has significance.  It is not a mere creation of the imagination.  It is not a term of derision but has substantial basis—one which justifies its use.”

Obviously, this list of individuals and their quotes is nowhere near exhaustive, but I believe shows without a doubt that we were a Christian nation.

So what has happened?  The churches must bear a large part of the responsibility.  But, politically speaking, SCOTUS “has happened” as evidenced by their legislation from the bench and their propensity to select precedents that suit their judicial goals.

The slippery slope started in 1947 when the Supreme Court ruled that Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state “must be kept high and impregnable.”  Most of you know the history, but I will repeat it anyway in as concise a way as possible.

The Congregationalist Church dominated New England.  The Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut wanted to be assured that they would continue to have religious freedom (i.e., they wanted confidence that there would not be a national religion).  In Jefferson’s letter back to the Danbury Baptists, he used the metaphor “wall of separation”.  (Please note, this was a private letter and separation of church and state is nowhere to be found in the Constitution).  It is obvious from Jefferson’s writings and speeches that he was saying that there was a wall to keep the federal government from interfering with the church and not vice versa.

Justice Hugo L. Black in writing the majority opinion regarding Everson v. Board of Education (1947) found Jefferson’s metaphor compelling (as though it was a legal precedent) and concluded that the separation “must be kept high and impregnable.  We could not approve the slightest breach.”

Building on that “precedent”, on June 25, 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court removed prayer from our nation’s schools. The result: since there is no morality without God the increase in immorality is shocking, and the education system has declined at an alarming rate.

Then on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.  They atrociously abused the 14th Amendment which was written to protect freed slaves.  The result: life is no longer sacred, and we have not just a totally unacceptable murder rate, but a myriad of other consequences.

This website is devoted to starting a viable third party and much has been written about the need to get back to the Constitution.  But we must heed the words of George Washington in his proposed address to Congress in April, 1789.  Knowing from scripture the spiritual condition of fallen man, he said that the Constitution with all its wisdom could come to be meaningless because of man’s depravity, thereby making the document a “wall of words” or a “mound of parchment”.

Truly, unless we get back to being a Christian nation, all of our efforts will be for naught.

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  1. As it has been since the fall of Lucifer…he has lied about the true attributes of God the Father and His tender mercies towards His children…for the devil always lies, how much more his demonic servants…

    John 8

    44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    and

    Ephesians 6

    12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  2. “Only the principle of church-state separation can protect America’s incredible degree of religious freedom. The individual rights and diversity we enjoy cannot be maintained if the government promotes Christianity or if our government takes on the trappings of a “faith-based” state.

    The United States, in short, was not founded to be an officially Christian nation or to espouse any official religion. Our government is neutral on religious mat- ters, leaving such decisions to individuals. This demo- cratic and pluralistic system has allowed a broad array of religious groups to grow and flourish and guaran- tees every individual American the right to determine his or her own spiritual path – or to reject religion entirely. As a result of this policy, Americans enjoy more religious freedom than any people in world his- tory. We should be proud of this accomplishment and work to preserve the constitutional principle that made it possible – separation of church and state.” (https://www.au.org/files/christian-nation-pdf.pdf)

    35 Founding Father’s of America That Will Make Conservative’s Heads Spin, Because They Didn’t Want To Create A Theocracy, a “Christian Nation”
    (http://reverbpress.com/politics/founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/)

    Our Godless Constitution
    The faith of our founding fathers defiantly wasn’t Christianity
    (http://www.thenation.com/article/our-godless-constitution/)

    5 Reasons America Is Not—And Has Never Been—A Christian Nation
    (http://www.alternet.org/story/155985/5_reasons_america_is_not_–_and_has_never_been_–_a_christian_nation/)

    The Founders Versus The Christian Right: Quotes In Support Of The Separation Of Church And State
    (http://churchandstate.org.uk/2015/04/the-founders-versus-the-christian-right-quotes/)

    George Washington, First President of USA:

    “The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

    John Adams, Second President of the USA:

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; ” ~ First sentence in the Tripoli of Barbary. Art. 11. – Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

    Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the USA:

    “The Christian god is a three-headed monster, cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three-headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”

    “The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” ~ Thomas Jefferson wrote, in a letter to John Adams (April 11, 1823)

    James Madison a.k.a. ‘The Father of the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Fourth President of the United States:

    “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.”

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”

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