Repetition of statements successfully sways thoughts. I once was misled to believe false comments about our founders’ intentions concerning church and state separation. Have you also been deceived? We all need to be more discerning and do some research; otherwise, we’ll be duped by any popular or authoritative sounding message.
Our nation’s historical values have been devalued and rewritten. The Common Core curriculum contains false information concerning our country’s history and politics. However, “The Truth Project” (Focus on the Family), is a recommended and accurate resource for American history.
While we celebrate Independence Day, let’s remember that the Pilgrims came to America with a biblical worldview. America did not begin as a secular country; Christian principles birthed our nation. Our Constitution was signed “in the year of our Lord, 1787.”
A minister led the first Congress in prayer and the Bible was read. Politics and Christianity were integrated, not separated. Several presidents, leaders, and Declaration of Independence signers separately wrote that the foundation of Christian religion and morality underlies freedom. Our country’s documents reveal its Christian roots.
The Constitution of the New England Confederation (1643) states, “Whereas we all came to these parts of America with the same end and aim, namely, to advance the kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospell thereof with purities and peace, and for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of the gospell...”(sic).
Article 22 of the original Delaware Constitution required that every person holding office shall subscribe to “profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore;” and “acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.”
The Northwest Ordinance stated that for a territory to become a state in the Union, their schools must teach Christian religion, morality, and knowledge. The New England Primer was the students’ reading textbook; its alphabet and vocabulary were loaded with biblical terminology and principles.
In 1636, Harvard’s original rules and precepts stated, “Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John17:3) and therefore lay Christ at the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” Harvard’s original motto was “Truth for Christ and the Church.” Princeton’s founding statement (1746) was “Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the Cross of Christ.” In 1892, the NEA said Christianity is needed in school.
Our forefathers never intended our independence to be from God. They acknowledged that without God, our democracy would not be successful. We see that evolving now; our nation is ceasing to be democratic as secularism and lawlessness permeate the country. Obama’s military directives, bullying tactics, and appointments of radical Muslims to executive positions created an opposition to Christianity, morality, and patriotism. Judges, politicians, and educators are now blatantly disregarding our country’s Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
We recognize God has blessed America in the past; “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). The Bible reveals that God blessed the nation whose leader led the people in fearing, obeying, and worshipping Him but destroyed the nations that did not serve Him (Deuteronomy 8:20). “For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined” (Isaiah 60:12).
A fierce spiritual battle is taking place in our nation and we need to take seriously our responsibility to pray for our government’s leaders and lawmakers (1Timothy 2:1-2). Prayer makes a difference; God answered Moses’ prayer and saved Israel from destruction (Exodus 32:9-14). No person can make this nation safer, stronger, or more prosperous without the Lord’s help.
O Lord God, forgive our nation’s sins, and for the sake of those who pledge their allegiance to You, please protect and have mercy on us. Remove those leaders who will not fear or obey You, and restrain those who persecute Christians. Give us the desire and courage to stay devoted to You. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.