Our action as a nation don’t exude being Christian

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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

The battle over America ’s beginnings muddles wishful hero worship with efforts to commandeer America ’s past so to steer her future. The most vocal proponents of Christian America and their counterparts advocating a completely secular state necessarily cherry-pick data to prove exaggerations while discarding inconvenient details.

By transforming our Forefathers into faithful servants of Christ the Religious Right risks compromising the biblical message. Baptist theologian Al Mohler warns advocates of Christian America have “confused their cultural heritage with biblical Christianity.” While Believers must exercise their views, cheapening what constitutes Christianity for political gain profanes the Gospel.

Moreover, Believers should refuse Big Government operating in Christ’s name. As empty pews in Europe testify, politicized religion impedes ministry. Beautiful cathedrals dot the Old World , but with scant congregants, they memorialize a funereal dearth of faith coming from state sanctioned pulpits.

Ps 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (NKJ)

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” Ps 33:12

Recently a national Radio Talk Show Host and a call-in listener were talking about Christianity in America.

As the conversation continued, the host, who is an avowed agonistic, said, “Why do Christians think they had anything special to do with the founding of this country… Anybody who reads history books knows that Christianity was no more involved in America’s founding than any other religion.”

Unfortunately and inaccurately that seems to be the prevalent thought of many Americans today. But the truth of the matter is we are a nation that has been shaped by the Judeo-Christian ethic found throughout the Bible. We are a Biblical nation from our very roots.

But are we a Christian nation? To answer that question we must define the meaning of the question itself. If being a “Christian nation” means that everyone is a Christian, then we are not a Christian nation.

But if it means that Christianity was the religion of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s Founding Fathers and if its influence is undeniably seen in our nation’s Founding Documents, and that Christian ethics and moral codes were accepted as the rule for our social order, then yes, we are a Christian nation!

Certainly those throughout America’s history were not timid about this fact.

The Legislature of New York declared in 1838:
“This is a Christian nation. Ninety-nine hundredths, if not a larger proportion, of our whole population, believe in the general doctrines of the Christian religion.”

It was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in the year 1892 that declared in the court’s opinion the United States was a “Christian nation.”
(Refer to APB pg. 448)

Our nation’s twenty-eight president, Woodrow Wilson in his famous address, “The Bible and Progress,” stated the following,

“America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.” (Refer to APB pg. 1278)

Today let’s look at America in the context of Christianity’s influence upon it.

I. AMERICA’S BEGINNINGS
It is safe to say that the Christian faith was involved in practically every aspect of our nation’s beginnings.

Christopher Columbus in 1504 wrote his reason for setting forth to discover a new land to be:
“I was led of the Holy Spirit to carry the message of the Gospel to undiscovered lands.”

The purpose of the Pilgrims in coming to America was to establish a political commonwealth governed by biblical standards. The “Mayflower Compact” stated that they had come for “the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
(Refer to APB pg. I-6)

The Puritans, realizing the backslidden state of the Church of England set forth to America for the stated purpose of showing how a nation could prosper it citizens lived under the laws of God.

(1) Plymouth Charter says the Colony was established: “To advance the enlargement of the Christian religion to the glory of God Almighty.”

(2) Delaware Charter defines the purpose of their Colony, “To further propagate the Holy Gospel.”

(3) Virginia Charter
assures the right for people to live in “Christian peace” and instructs the people to: “Propagate the Christian religion to such people who yet live in ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.”

(4) The Rhode Island Compact: “We submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

On July 4, 1776 Continental Congress signed the “Declaration of Independence” which states their belief in Creator God. Before signing they called the signers to prayer and fasting to the God of the Bible.

Now think of the role the Christian Church and its pastors played in America’s early days.

A Preacher named Frances Bellemy wrote our “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Another Preacher, Samuel Smith wrote the Hymn “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

John Leland another Preacher wrote the introduction of the first Amendment to the Constitution.

Prior to the War Between the States, 90% of all of America’s College Presidents were Preachers of the Gospel.

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, William and Mary and Columbia were founded by Christian preachers and church affiliations with the expressed intent to educated youth for Christ.

John Harvard a Pastor in Charlestown, Massachusetts and the man for whom Harvard University was named stated that the purpose of the University was, “That every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main ends of his life and studies: to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the foundation of all knowledge and learning, and see that the Lord only giveth wisdom. To let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek Christ Jesus as Lord and Master.”

Even Harvard’s original seal, which can be seen on the campus today, states these words, “Truth for Christ and the Church.”

Columbia University wrote that it was founded for: “the chief things that are aimed in this college are to teach and gauge the children to know God and Jesus Christ and to love and serve Him in all sobriety.”

American’s first schoolbook was the “New England Primer.” It has the Lord’s Prayer on its cover. It taught the alphabet in Theological verse.
A. In Adam’s fall we sinned all.
B. It’s Heaven to find, the Bible’s mind.
C. Christ crucified for sinners died.
(Refer to APB pg. I-22)

Hold in your hand a one dollar bill. On the back is the Great Seal of our nation. On the seal is an unfinished pyramid. Above it is the eye of God. It is surrounded by the words in Latin, “God has smiled upon our beginnings.” And since 1865 purposefully printed in the center of our currency are the words,” In God We Trust.”

The Influence of God upon the founding of our great nation is so evident that no one who was a student of historical accuracy would reasonably deny it.

And where has this denial of God brought us as a Nation? Think with me for a moment.

II. AMERICA AT THE PRESENT.
Of course there is much that is good about America; she is still the greatest nation on earth. But even so we have much to be concerned about.

(Insert current examples for concern. Such as Abortion, Gay Marriage, Education, etc.)

III. AMERICA’S HOPE
Good sense would tell us that if we were once great as a nation then it would behoove us to return to that which made us great in the beginning.

But what are we to do? Can we really make any difference? Indeed we can.

(Refer to APB’s “Call to Action” article for the material below)

1. We must Pray.

2. We must work within the Process.

3. We must Participate.

4. We must Persevere.

2 Chronicles 7:14
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJ)

Ps 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (NKJ)

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