Oh, wonderful July! Fireworks, barbecues, and community parties welcome this hot summer month. My heart beats with pride as I listen to patriotic music. How wonderful to be an American and live in the land of the free.
My wife and I try to instill in our children a taste of the incredible heritage we have as citizens of the United States of America. That heritage is one to be embraced and valued. A careful look at our Founding Fathers and their documents reveal an overwhelming bias toward biblical Christianity.
Fifty-five delegates attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which produced the Constitution of the United States. The religious sympathies of this core group of men shaped the foundations of our republic: 28 Episcopalians, eight Presbyterians, seven Congregationalists, two Lutherans, two Dutch Reformed, two Methodists, two Roman Catholics, one unknown, and only three deists. So, 93 percent of the attendees were self-proclaimed Christians.
The American Patriot’s Bible shares, “While much has been written in recent years to try to dismiss the fact that America was founded upon the biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity, all the revisionism in the world cannot change the facts. Anyone who examines the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements of the individuals who were instrumental in the founding of America will find an abundance of quotations showing the profound extent to which their thinking and lives were influenced by a Christian worldview.”
HIGH VIEW OF GOD
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, “With us, Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange, indeed, if with such a people our institutions did not presuppose Christianity and did not often refer to it and exhibit relations with it.”
And U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote, “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.”
STRONG BELIEF IN THE BIBLE
The New England Primer, America’s first textbook, taught the ABCs to children by memorizing basic biblical truths and lessons about life: A. In Adam’s fall, we sinned all. B. Heaven to find, the Bible mind. C. Christ crucified for sinners died. The Founding Fathers stressed the relationship between a sound education based upon biblical absolutes and the future of the nation.
Noah Webster wrote, “The moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” In 1791, Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration and Constitution and leading educator, argued why the Bible should never be removed from public education: “In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them.”
The Founding Fathers’ documents shaped the genesis of this nation, springing from a common understanding, or what we today call “worldview,” of how the Creator designed life to work. This approach to life is known as the Seven Principles of the Judeo- Christian Ethic, rooted in values from the Old and New Testaments.
1. The dignity of human life. God made every person in His image, and thus every human has certain “unalienable rights.”
2. The traditional monogamous marriage. The biblical family unit is the basic building block of our society.
3. A national work ethic. Working hard represents dignity, and our free enterprise system encourages it.
4. The right to a God-centered education. Our forefathers intended an education system that taught the Bible, Creationism, and moral obligation.
5. The Abrahamic Covenant. Covenantal theology understands that obedience to God yields blessing for a nation or individual.
6. Common decency. America is great when her people follow the Golden Rule, treating others as they want to be treated.
7. Divinely ordained establishments. God established the home, civil government, and the church.
The founders of America understood the constitutions, laws, and agreements of federal and state governments depended on the acceptance of these basic ethics.
As Christian parents, may we instill in our children a love and respect for our nation. And may we proudly proclaim, “In God we trust!”
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