Were We Ever a Christian Nation?

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“Every generation thinks that what’s old is outdated, but some things are timeless. Like the Bible. It is up to us to revive it…to breathe life into it by relearning it.” -My Uncle Jimmy

Our country believes in relative truth. Whatever is true for you is “your truth.”

Our president is dubbed by Time Magazine, “Architect of the New America.” Obama is (admittedly) nothing like our founding fathers. Those old, white haired stiffs are old, boring news now. In fact, politicians and professors are even teaching that the founding fathers didn’t found a Christian nation – some saying they weren’t even Christians. “Experts” will quote “separation of church and state” and use it to mean that our forefathers didn’t intend to bring Christianity to America. You’ve probably heard many say that our founding fathers were not Christians, but rather “deists, atheists, and agnostics.”

Quite the contrary.

Check out some of these historically accurate quotes from none other than America’s founding fathers – men surrendered to Jesus Christ who truly wanted to see the Gospel permeate the land.

John Adams: “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
–Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.

Thomas Jefferson:“God who gave us life gave us liberty. 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; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”
–Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
–The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.

John Hancock: “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
–History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.

John Quincey Adams: My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away [evade or object to]. . . . the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively asserted and at others countenances [permits] His disciples in asserting that He was God.

The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” [Isaiah 52:10].

Congress, 1854:
The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John Hancock called on the entire state to pray: “that universal happiness may be established in the world [and] that all may bow to the scepter of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole earth be filled with His glory.”

John Dickinson: “Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom, and for all His other kindnesses, to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.”

“[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.”

This is not even close to an exhaustive list of quotes. It is completely ridiculous for one to claim that the founding fathers weren’t Christians and even MORE ridiculous to claim that they didn’t aim to see God glorified in this nation. Yes, they were all for “freedom of religion,” and didn’t wish to force the Gospel on anyone. You can’t force the Gospel on someone who doesn’t want to accept it, anyway. These guys were running away from religious persecution in England. They came here to start a country where people could worship freely. But, these guys were Christians and knew that a society governed by God’s law would be the healthiest and most prosperous – even if its citizens differed in belief.

Have you ever had a college professor or “intellectual” friend of yours deny our country’s Christian heritage? What did you say?

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