America has enjoyed the signature blessings of God throughout our history. We have indeed been a providentially blessed people. However, when the virtues of our nation are mentioned there are those who seek to deny its Christian influence. Some even derogatorily claim the early years of our nation was governed by Old Testament rules, as if this is a bad thing; they are ignorant of the fact the Old Testament is brimming with the basic tenets upon which a moral and prosperous society can be developed.
Today we are constantly bombarded by those who want to argue that the fundamental ideals upon which this country was founded were not conceived by those of the Christian faith. However, an honest, forthright investigation of the motivations of our forefathers makes it impossible to separate America’s founding from the Christian faith that provided the framework which guided their efforts.
John Witherspoon , one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, oversaw the project of printing the Bible authorized by Congress. Charles Thompson, secretary of Congress, was responsible for America’s 1st translation of the Bible from Greek to English. In fact, a number of the signers of the Declaration were involved with starting 121 Bible societies within an eight year period. During the signing of the Declaration, Benjamin Rush asked John Adams regarding the impending war , “Do you think we can win this conflict?” Adams replied, “Yes, if we repent of our sins and rely on God.”
This is just a small sampling from the historical record of the overt Christianity expressed by the founding fathers, and it is a far cry from what is being taught today. Historical Revisionists, with an agenda to misrepresent the truth, have poisoned much of our youth. And, although it is consistent with the intent of the forefathers that other religions would be free to worship in this land, it is imperative to remember it is because of the Christian faith and its established principles that this freedom was instituted.
I trust you will have a blessed 4th of July. Bow your head and thank God for the privilege of living in the greatest nation on earth – America!
Don’t forget the Fellowship on Sunday. I want all, and I mean all of us to take part!
God bless you, and God bless America!