It was only in the middle of the 20th century (1947) that America decided that its founding fathers were in fact unlearned and unknowledgeable men, incapable of writing down in a document exactly what they meant, or even able to convey to others what it was that they believed. It would seem that America's modern lawyers and its latest Supreme Courts have had an awfully terrible time trying to interpret what the founding fathers said. Recently a California court judge ruled that even mentioning God in the pledge of allegiance was a violation of the separation of church and state clause. Then today, I read an article in which the Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at a rally referred to our American founding fathers as a bunch of doting self-righteous old white men. Author: Darrell G. Young
I grew up believing that I lived in a Christian nation. I remember being very proud of that fact too. My school had prayer and Bible reading in it up until I was in the fifth or sixth grade. I was taught throughout grade school that our founding fathers were Christians, and helped to conceive a Christian nation and sought to fashion a republic form of government that would perpetuate succeeding generations with Christian based principles. My how times have changed, or have they? Maybe I just grew up in never-never land and didn't know the difference. So, I decided to do some research on the founding fathers of our nation to see what they believed, and what kind of nation they attempted to build.
I quickly discovered that nearly all of the founding fathers believed in Divine Law, or Natural Law, as spelled out by the Creator! The standard of law that the framers of the constitution based their view for our nation's foundation of law upon was predicated by two sources. One was, “Commentaries on the Law”, by Sir William Blackstone of England, and the other was the Holy Bible. In their view, God was portrayed as the great law-giver, and that the law of the land should be based upon God's will. They concluded that the law of nature is dictated by God himself, and is binding in all places at all times, and never changes. Ironic then that the prophet Malachi echoed those very sentiments:
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not;
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Our founding father's believed that certain fundamental rights were designed and built into the existing order of nature by God the creator. This is readily evidenced in the physical laws of the universe, but if there exists a Creator God, then surely he built the same kind of order as a base for the spiritual world, and the human world as well. From the very beginning of creation God provided laws to give order, stability, and harmony to life, and also for the welfare of those he created. For this reason alone, the founding fathers began the Declaration of Independence with these words after alluding to the Laws of Nature, and Nature's God; “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
For more information on natural law, see The Natural Law of God article.
Consider the words of George Washington. “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”.
The father of our great nation recognized that God almighty had granted the precious and elusive gift of freedom to the people of America. He also concluded that the freed people held the responsibility of perpetuating that freedom by maintaining an affinity, and indeed a moral ethic for selecting the utmost Christian persons to become their future rulers. Otherwise the Christian Republic would decay and fall into the same old pit of Satanic dominion that engulfs most of human civilization.
Another founding father, Supreme Court Justice John Jay commented in one of his discourse summations: “We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not the doctrines of worship of any imposter religion.”
Tolerance is politically correct today. Intolerance is frowned upon in today's society. We are regularly besieged with subtle messages that we must keep our Christian ideas and precepts to ourselves, while at the same time making available space for all other religious and philosophic thought. But, let us evaluate some noble ideals of intolerance, such as when Justice Jay leaves absolutely no room, no tolerance whatsoever for the inclusion of other religions besides Christianity as the foundation of American government. Our fore-fathers by actual design founded a Christian Republic in America, and they purposely established it as a basis to perpetuate a Christian Order. To tolerate any other religious precepts within the framework of our governing institutions is tantamount to inviting in and giving the “god of this world” a foothold in our own house for the ultimate scheme of Satan to once again enslave us under his dominion and eradicate our freedom. Satan does not seek our submission under his domain because he hates freedom of speech, or freedom of pursuits, but because he hates the freedom we have of teaching, preaching, and sharing the Gospel!
Samuel Adams, the father of the American Revolution was a tireless patriot and un unparalleled leader in the cause of Christian liberty in our nation. He wrote the following regarding the rights of people under a Republic of Christianity: “These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver (God) and the head of the Christian Church, which are clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”
Adams words were intended to remind all Americans that liberty and freedom may be best defined by simply understanding the Bible. Mr. Adams believed that proper change in government must come from a thorough study of scripture, and that the prevalence of Bible education was vital to the longevity of the Christian Republic. He stated later in life; “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, for when they lose their righteous virtue they shall be vulnerable to surrendering their newly won liberty to the great enslaver. But if virtue and Bible knowledge continue to be diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. That is our national security”!
Adams never separated the American struggle for freedom from the struggle to perpetuate Biblical principles or from the propagation of Biblical education. He believed they went together. Is it any coincidence that the Apostle Paul concluded the same?
II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is “liberty”.
Patrick Henry who is so famous for his fiery speech in which he proclaimed; “Give me Liberty, or give me death,” was also one of the men that was instrumental in the fashioning of our national Bill of Rights. Mr. Henry stated: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists (other religions) but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!” “For this very reason, our nation has accorded the peoples of other faiths the freedom of worship”.
Thomas Jefferson stated: “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis for existence, which is a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are simply a gift of God?”
Noah Webster was another founding father, and perhaps the most active supporter of the Constitution of America. Mr. Webster stated: “The religion which has given us civil liberty is the religion of Christ, which enjoins humility and acknowledges in every person the status of having rights. Rights are bestowed upon us through genuine Christianity, and to it we owe our freedom and our free constitutions of government.” “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to conform the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”
James Madison, who was the chief architect of the Constitution, and therefore should know something about what its intent regarding Christianity and the Bible specifically stated the following: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of our republic upon the capacity of each and all of our citizens to govern themselves and thereby sustain our own selves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Thus, today's Supreme Court is in direct violation and misunderstanding of the intent of the actual architect of the Constitution. Mr. Madison believed that viewing and obeying the Ten Commandments was at the very heart and foundation or our Republic!
How ironic it is that the very document that the Chief Architect of the constitution called the basis for our government is today discarded from the public venue. No wonder we as Christians are left with a mere moment of silence when a mighty prayer to God is so badly needed!
America's founding father's unquestionably, and by design laid a foundation for a new nation in North America based solely upon Christianity. That fact is established, not only by their quotations, but also by a thorough examination of the research in the founding father's writings and their political science undertakings. The source the founding father's utilized most in their assessment of human political science was the Holy Bible.
The founding father's quoted the Bible in approximately 34% of their political statements. Another 60% of their quotes were taken in reference from political ideals drawn from the Bible. Is it any wonder then that over 90% of the founding father's can be quoted as giving credit to the Bible as the source for which they each turned for guidance in framing our Constitution and the foundation of the Republic. The founding father's quoted the Bible 4 times more often than any other source in their speech, their writings, and in describing their intent for America.
The founding father's stipulated within the profession of national statesman the policy of a belief in future rewards and punishments for action undertaken while in political office, or in service to the nation. These early founders of the American Republic realized that their actions carried consequences for the nation. They realized that a nation, unlike an individual does not give account in the afterlife, but rather suffers or enjoys the consequences of its actions in the present, and therefore stands constantly under the mercy or the impending judgment of God.
Benjamin Franklin alluded to that fact in his remarks at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: “I have lived sir a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. We have been assured in the sacred writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in our political building no better than the builders of Babel.”
And so it is indeed! God is supreme! He setteth up and he removeth. He plants a hedge of protection around the righteous nation, and he removes it from the unrighteous nation. His liberty comes from the fruit of wisdom! Thank God, America had some wise founding fathers!
Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Psalms 75:6-7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Oh yes, I know that America has back-slidden, and that our nation is parading far away from the course set by the founding fathers. I see the accusations hurled at America by its many accusers. I watch the parading enemies of liberty chanting death to America, and referring to America as the Great Satan. But, let us remember accurately that our fore- fathers had a great and abiding faith in God that brought forth a Christian nation for us to dwell in. And let us, as children of the faithful fathers never forget, that unless we have that same Faith, and that same wisdom that our fathers expressed, then we may be the generation that loses the precious gift of God's liberty!
" FAITH OF OUR FATHERS"
1.....Faith of our fa--thers ! liv-ing still, In spite of dun-geon,
fire, and sword, O how our hearts beat high with joy
when-e'er we hear that glo-rious word !
Faith of our fa-thers, ho-ly faith ! We will be true to thee till death.
2.....Faith of our fa-thers ! we will strive , To win all na-tions un-to thee,
And through the truth that comes from God
Man-kind shall be tru-ly free: Faith of our fa-thers, holy faith
We will be true to thee till death.
3.....Faith of our fa-thers ! we will love Both friend and foe in all our strife,
And preach thee, too, as love knows how, By kind-ly words and vir-tuous life:
Faith of our fa-thers, ho-ly faith ! We will be true to thee till death.