Was America a Christian Nation?
In 1980 while I was serving in the Navy, I read that the U.S. Supreme Court had concluded that the Ten Commandments were considered unconstitutional. Within a short time the Commandments were removed from every school in our country. When I read the court ruling on why they were unlawful, it was recorded that:
“If the Ten Commandments had any effect at all it would induce the children to read, meditate and even obey the commandments…This is not an objective of the establishment clause.”
This establishment clause does not want children to learn:
• That there are absolutes of truth.
• That they should honor their parents
• They should not lie
• They should not steal
• They should not murder
• They should not covet other people’s things.
These are the very things that schools are struggling with since the Commandments have been removed. God promises a curse if the people should disobey his commandments (Deut. 11:28). If the children don’t see them, how can they obey them?
My first thought about the court ruling was if they are unconstitutional, how did they ever get into the school system in the first place? I was taught that if something was unconstitutional it was because it was against the original intent of the framers of the Constitution. So, I started looking at our nations past to see what the intent of our forefathers was.
Our starting point will be with the one who discovered our land, Christopher Columbus. His intent, as recorded in his writings, was that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed to the Isles afar off (Isaiah 66:19). As I studied the early documents of our nation, I found that our country was founded on a Christian basis. Please note the following documents.
Virginia Charter of 1606
“… by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government:…”
The Mayflower Compact
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, … having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and the advancement of the Christian faith….etc
The Fundamental orders of Connecticut of 1638-39
This is the document that led to Connecticut bearing the title “The Constitution State”
“Where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; do therefore associate and conjoin ourselves to be as one Public State or Commonwealth; and do for ourselves and our Successors and such as shall be adjoined to us at any time hereafter, enter into Combination and Confederation together, to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess,…”
New England Confederation of 1643
“Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel in purity with peace; and whereas in our settling (by a wise providence of God) we are further dispersed upon the sea coasts and rivers than was at first intended, so that we can not according to our desire with convenience communicate in one government and jurisdiction…”
Rhode Island Charter of 1683
“We submit our persons, lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ and the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute law of His given us in His most holy word. . …”
These are just a few of the documents that declared that America was colonized to be a Christian nation.
In 1892, the case Holy Trinity Church vs United States the Supreme court declared: “…Nor are we bound by any expressions in the constitution, as some have strangely supposed, either not to punish at all, or to punish indiscriminately the like attacks upon the religion of Mahomet or of the Grand Lama; and for this plain reason that the case assumes that we are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply ingrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those imposters. … 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.”
Not only did the Supreme Court declare that America was indeed a Christian nation, but they backed it up with over 80 government documents, some of which have been listed previously.
Today such groups as Freedom from Religion Foundation would have America ignorant to believe that America did not have a Godly heritage. One of their strongest arguments is the misunderstanding of the First Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
What these groups fail to report is that the intent of this amendment was to not establish a government church like they had in England, but that Christian principles would influence the nation. Furthermore, the “wall of separation” that Thomas Jefferson talked about was that the government would not influence the church. This fact is clearly spelled out in the original writings of our forefathers as well as those that wrote the First Amendment.
Rewriting of a nation’s history was done in Nazi Germany. It succeeded because the German people forgot where they came from and did not know where they were going. America has forgotten her Godly heritage. When French philosopher Alex de Tocqueville visited America, he wanted to find out her greatness. He visited our government, businesses and our schools. It was not until he visited our churches that he found the secret of our greatness. He said “America is great because America is good, when America ceases to be good America will cease to be great.”
In Psalms 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord …
One thing that is firmly established in our nation’s past is the truth that: America was a Christian Nation!
It is so sad that professing Christians have been deceived into believing that biblical principals need to be separate not only in public institutions like schools, but even in Christian schools. For example:
More than ten years ago our family was working with some of the young people in our church. One of the fathers shared that their son, who attending a Christian school asked his father, “How do we know that the Koran is not the word of God?” What brought that up was that Muslims had enrolled their children in this school. The school started to be sensitive to the Muslim kids by lessening the principals that taught that Jesus was the only way to heaven. That school lost their chance in ever winning them to Christ. What I was concerned with, was why would Muslims bring their children to a Christian school if they were still committed to the Koran? Secondly because of their not proclaiming Biblical truth, they started causing the other kids to question the Bible.
The only hope for our nation is:
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
This nation needs a revival as experienced during the “Great Awakenings” in America’s past!
You may be reading this and you have never answered the most important question in your life and that is …
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13