WHAT THEY REALLY SAID

July 8, 2019

 

Keeping with the spirit of the season, I thought it appropriate to review some comments of those who have gone before us.  Barrak Obama told us that America is not a Christian nation, but in the light of foundational sentiment, that appears to be wishful thinking on his part.  The evidence of a Christian heritage is over- whelming to any who would examine the stones of the building fitly framed together.  The testimony of each boulder cries out in defiance against those who would assume the contrary.  Consider first the thoughts of early presidents who were actual participants in the formation of this nation:

“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 implore His protection and favor.” - George Washington

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” - John Adams

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” - Thomas Jefferson

“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior ---that it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?  Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?  That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” - John Quincy Adams

Other founders joined the ranks of the “deplorables.”  One speech of great notoriety was delivered by Patrick Henry.  In part, he said, “An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!  Sir, we are not weak if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.  There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

In similar fashion Benjamin Franklin added:  “I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth:  That God governs in the affairs of men.  If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.  I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a polar opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and friends, wrote:  “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next.  Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”  On another occasion he said, “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.”

An original justice on the same court, James Wilson, stated:  “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is Divine…Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants.  Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”

Opinions had not changed over the next one hundred years as indicated in a Supreme Court ruling in 1892 in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the United States.  The Court wrote in part:  “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.”  This was a unanimous decision declaring America a Christian nation.  Significantly, the U.S. Supreme Court cited dozens of court rulings and legal documents as precedents to arrive at this ruling; but in 1962, when the Supreme Court struck down voluntary prayer in schools, it did so without using any such precedent.

Even Congress demonstrated no partisanship on the question.  A House Judiciary Committee report, dated March 27, 1854 reads:  “At the time of the adoption of the constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged…In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the Founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  Psalm 33:12

 

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