Was The United States of America Formed As A Christian Nation
There are many opinions about our founding fathers and their faith. I decided to some research and not pay attention to anything newer than 1850. I really wanted to see what the founders had to say. There world view would build a nation that represented their beliefs. It is preposterous to think that anyone would create or write something that they didn’t believe to govern their life.
This is not about politics but the future of our country.
Benjamin Franklin is said to be a deist. He is someone who believes that there was a Creator and that He is no longer involved with the affairs of men. Here is a website and the research they did. This website advocates for the separation of church and state in part because of what Franklin has said.
Judge for yourself. A quote from their website
“I have 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. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.”
“I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service”
It goes to say that the motion failed to be passed.
Some explain that there was a formality to prayer in those days and they would asked respected religious leaders to lead the event in prayer. These religious leaders were paid. The argument was the convention didn’t have money to pay for the prayer.
Others say it goes to show that the nation is not a Christian nation.
From another website local.gov.
Here is George Washington’s prayer “dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”
In his farewell address after his second term as president he said “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” You can read the complete address here.
I am convinced that the United States was founded on the principles of the Bible. That the founding fathers in general were students of history, wise and knew God and what He did for men. I also believe that they made morality a cornerstone of our nation. Not just any morality but the morality that never changes. The principle and precepts of God and the Bible formed this nation.
It is never to late. We can cry to God and He will hear us. He will deliver us from our enemies from within. Let’s pray for our elected officials that they would know and love Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Let’s pray for the church in the nation to influence the nation and the direction it will go.