Christian rooted nation
Signers of the declaration of independence
The media has been pumping in full volume the less desirable aspects of our nations history and gives a one sided argument that is unquestioned in the classroom which degrades our core values, and the rich history that America possesses. While it is true that humanity the world over has been bigoted and oppressive, the United States is no exception. But it is an undeniable fact that it was the core values of our forefathers that got us where we are today.
it is evident that people do not evolve but ideas do, we learn from our mistakes, and it is no trivial matter to deconstruct the establishment of what has grown into the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
We are the great melting pot of society, our work ethics, our diversity of religion, the desire for freedom, and all other human rights afforded to every citizen under the protective umbrella of the bill of rights, a document drafted over two hundred years ago, by inspired men as an iron clad guarantee to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. something which created an stepping stone to an even greater truth that all men are created equal. And that is more valuable to me than the progressive moral relativism that is creeping in to today's world, the increasing greed evidenced by the growing factor of divorce, cohabitation, welfare recipients, crooked businessmen, drug use, abortion, and the desire for government socialization all under the guise of personal freedom.
Taking a look at the religious affiliation of the original signers of the declaration of independence it goes without saying that each and every one of them believed in God. Some of these things might be shocking for the average American to learn about since our secular historians aren't permitted to teach children in school anything about the religious background held by the forefathers of the United States, or the huge influence their beliefs in God had on the founding of this nation. All we get to hear about is oppressive bureaucratic, slave owning, war mongers who didn't want to pay their taxes.
In reality these men were products of their time. It may be held as a disgusting afterthought by your descendants to think that their great grandparents owned gas guzzling, air polluting, automobiles, or that they used ozone depleting chemicals for every day use in the form of spray cans. In fact most of these men were far ahead of their time when it came to organizing and effectively applying the precepts which we take advantage of in this day.
32 signers of this country's founders who signed the declaration of independence were Episcopalian/Anglican, 13 were Congregationalists, 12 were Presbyterians, 2 were Quakers, 2 were Unitarians, and one was Catholic. Each having their own personal convictions, and devotion to God, but most of them believed the one truth that Jesus is the Christ and savior of our souls.
And this is not the only American document, there were others such as the articles of confederation which were signed by 48 Episcopalian/Anglicans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, a Catholic, a Quaker, a Huguenot, a Lutheran, and several Protestants.
Also there was the Delegates to the constitutional convention, who all had similar religious affiliations, most of whom believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
"...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." Thomas Jefferson.
We often see this phrase out of context, as it is quoted again and again as the mantra of those who wish to completely remove religion from our politics, our schools, and our history. What the deconstruction movement in American politics fails to recognize is the fact that this theme given by Jefferson was reiterated by him that it is vital to the basic freedoms of the individual that there be no state governed church. It is a well known fact that this was the case with their previous English oppressors, and it was the driving force that lead countless pilgrims, and pioneers to travel westward in search for freedom of religious worship.
This is the value that America was founded on! It was not created with underlying notions of a God free nation, devised by baseless deists who's goal was to eradicate the ideology of policies, forged with the consideration of the very being who had created them.
Religious explosion in America
Since the time that the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock countless Christians around the world followed in their footsteps.
What started with the pilgrims followed with the immigration of Puritans and Quakers. In Pennsylvania came German sects of Dunkers, Schwenkfelders, Moravians, and baptists. Roman Catholics in Maryland, The church of England established in Virginia.
Then came the first great awakening in the 1730's and rose up the Evangelical movement, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans.
Then in the second great awakening starting in 1800 came Anglicans, Congregationalists, and Mormons.
Then in the 1870's the Third great awakening came, birthing such denominations as Christian science, Jehovah's witnesses, and Pentecostals.
Allegiance to God
Many of those who are reading this article are probably carrying an oath to God in their pocket. Attached to nearly every form of American currency are those famous words, "In God we trust." Not only is belief in God on our money, it's in our pledge of allegiance, "one nation under God.." It's in our national anthem, "And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"" and it's its on our national memorials. Oh yes God was on the minds of the people when this country was created.
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."
--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
--The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
--Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
"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.
"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."
--As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.
"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."
--America's Providential History, p. 93.
William Penn who founded the State of Pennsylvania was a religious leader in the Quaker faith. The principles he laid out for a democratic republic were a large inspiration for the framework of the United states constitution. There should be no doubt as to the religious conviction which was held by Penn, he was imprisoned for his faith, and even shunned by his own father for his convictions.
Williams founded the providence of Rhode Island, and also started the First Baptist church in America. He was a proponent of religious freedom, and advocated the separation of church and state, declaring that it was based on a principle of forced worship which; "stinks in the nostrils of God.”
A major influence on the people of the colonial Era was George Whitfield, he was an Anglican minister, and was a heavily influential spiritual leader in both the American colonies, and in Britain. His unique preaching style helped the spread of the first great Awakening. his approach of preaching was quite different from the traditional one where the congregation would sit and listen to a preacher, he sparked deep emotions in the people and subsequently personal revelation became more important than formal education for preachers. This drastic change in religious assertions also sparked a need for freedom in other ways that undermined the English rule, and therefore was another factor in the cause of the American revolution. It is note worthy to add that over fifty percent of the signers of the declaration of independence were Anglicans or Episcopalians.
The very reason that I have written this article is the implicit fact that when people see a small excerpt which puts the foundations of this nation in a good light, and speaks of the founding fathers without holding them to today's standards of overt political correctness, tolerance, and hypersensitivity is to counter the social pessimists that come out of the woodwork's and dominate the media and rewrite history, to downplay the huge amount of progression that American society has made from it's very beginnings. It eats them up to think that such a great nation was founded on Christian principles, by Christian people.
It is an undeniable fact that while the rest of the world has been and in many parts continues to be ruled by oppression, bigotry, slavery, America moved forward and away from oppressive traditions. While the rest of the world was being ruled by a state ran religion the founding fathers of the Untied States opposed this long standing factor. They stood for freedom, and in all circles when things such as slavery was torn down, it was by the religious people of this nation, and through their pulpit preaching which brought that institution down. The same was true with the civil rights movement.
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