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America Founded as a Christian Nation

Updated on January 8, 2017

Introduction

The history of the United States and its founding cannot be complete without the Christian influence. Some in modern America wants to promote the idea that the US was founded as a secular nation. That is a distortion and an attempt to re-write history. I will outline some definitive proof. You be the judge.

- Jan. 2017

Background

America is an exceptional nation. It was created by a group of highly educated men, who were divinely inspired by God, the Creator, to form a new government. This was a new experiment to try and form a government by the people for the people. This has never happened before In the 5000 years of human history.

It is true that our Constitution does not make any reference to God. That was deliberate and by design. They wanted a government that is separate from any one religion. The founders were Christians but of various denominations. They did not want a single religion to be the "State religion" as some European nations had. The Bill of Rights and the first Amendment contain the freedom of religion clause. What does it mean? Is this the root of the "separation of church and state" mindset? What did the Founder's intended?

How are we a Christian Nation?

The Founders were mostly deists. The belief that God has created the universe but remains apart from it and permits his creation to administer itself through natural laws. Deism thus rejects the supernatural aspects of religion, such as belief in revelation in the Bible, and stresses the importance of ethical conduct.

Our national motto is "In God We Trust" which appears in our money and currency. Our national anthem, "the Star Spangled Banner" which contains 4 stanzas. We usually sing the first stanza. Here is the final stanza:

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Divine Guidance

Young George was taught to believe in God and to rely on Him. He was often seen praying for help when he needed it, even as a young boy. When he was General George Washington leading the Continental Army and helping the American colonies to become free of British rule, he prayed often. He would retreat to his tent to pray for guidance and sometimes he would go into the woods to pray.

The Ten Commandments

The 10 Commandments was God's laws given to Moses over 5000 years ago according to the book of Exodus. It also appears enshrined in the Supreme Court building in Washington DC.

National Day of Prayer

The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2016, as National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in asking for God's continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world.

Swearing in oath in Court

Oath: I swear that the evidence that I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Affirmation: I solemnly affirm that the evidence that I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Some Patriotic Songs...(lookup the lyrics)

  • America
  • America the Beautiful
  • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • God Bless America
  • Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Presidential Swear In

Every President since George Washington have taken the oath of office by swearing on the Christian Bible.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

The proclamation was issued by George Washington in 1789 declaring a day of Thanks to Almighty God for the blessings on America.

Prayer Before Session of Congress - Since 1789

The Chaplain of the United States Senate opens each session of the United States Senate with a prayer, and provides and coordinates religious programs and pastoral care support for Senators, their staffs, and their families. The Chaplain is appointed by a majority vote of the members of the Senate on a resolution nominating an individual for the position. The three most recent nominations have been submitted based on a bipartisan search committee although that procedure is not required.

Naturalization Oath to become a Citizen of the US

The current naturalization oath reads as follows:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

What Do I Mean by Founded As a Christian Nation?

By the comment I received, I feel it is necessary to explain further this concept. The reason I believe we were founded as a Christian nation is based on the words of our Founding fathers. They have made statements regarding the importance of the Christian religion and its teachings to make our Constitutional democracy viable. It is the Christian faith which embraces liberty and equality and charity and compassion and fidelity and unconditional love and forgiveness...all qualities that are compatible with our form of government.

Look at it from another angle, suppose America was founded by the Indians or by a Muslim nation. Do you think we would accomplish the same success and prosperity? Are all religion equally "good" and compatible with our Constitution? My honest answer would be no. I can make a case for a buddhist religion/philosophy that might be workable due to their work ethics and spirituality and peaceful coexistence tendencies. However, it is the Christian philosophy that help created our laws and our Constitution for the very fact that our founders were all Christians.

What I am suggesting is that the two goes hand in hand and to reject our Christian heritage is just an attempt to re-write our history. I hope this is clearer.

Summary

In this hub, I have highlighted some of the information that proves America was founded as a Christian nation. One that believes we are blessed by God as a righteous and just nation. Our unique path to prosperity and greatness was not an accident. We are under the protection of God because we as a people honor Him.

America is changing due to immigration and demographics. It does not affect our founding and our heritage or our history. Those who wants to push the idea that we were never a Christian nation are just re-writing history. Why are they so bent out of shape?

The genius of our Founders was to insure religious liberties and to prevent the government of establishing a national religion. It was never intended to build a wall separating church and state.

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      Readmikenow 6 months ago

      Excellent article. I enjoyed reading this. I am still certain that whether the United States is a Christian nation or not is a debate that will continue for a long time. Good work!

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      Jack Lee 6 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, you are probably right. There are some atheists that cannot accept the truth about our founding. The fact is, they are living proof of the greatness of this nation. It is our Christian values that help make us great and to allow for dissent. Very few other nations has his. That is why we are exceptional.

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      Angele Parris 6 months ago

      How can you come to the conclusion that America was founded as a Christian nation. I think you mean America was founded to be a Christian nation.

      Most of us interpret the Christian bible wrong. Read the prophets and apostles again. These books are an attempt by God to use prophets to take people out of slavery. Thus until we become one nation under God, and see "Merry Christmas in the stores again", I cannot agree with you that America was created as a Christian nation.

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      Jack Lee 6 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Angele, I don't see a difference between the two. Whether founded as or to be a Christian nation, it is the same in my mind. I have added a new module above to explain this term. Perhaps this will clarify for you what is meant. Thanks for checking in.

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      Jack Lee 6 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Anyone still doubt what I have written here should watch or listen to the Presidential inauguration today. This ritual has been repeated every 4 years since 1789. Notice the prayers, invocation, Bible, swearing oath...and the speech. God is present throughout. Jesus name was repeated several times...

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      Congratulations on pointing out facts that are seldom mentioned in regards to America's Christian foundations and I'll also add to them. The fact that scripture verses are inscribed all over our nations capital, that our institutions and laws have been greatly influence by Christianity.

      The Supreme Court in 1892 and 1952 declared America a Christian nation. 106 of 108 of our first universities were Christian, set up primarily for training young men in the ministry.

      John Jay, the first Chief Justice said:

      “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to to select and prefer Christians for their ruler's"

      George Washington in his 1797 farewell address:

      “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

      The Mayflower compact clearly stated the pilgrim’s mission:

      “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith”.

      The succeeding charters for Massachusetts, New Haven, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all contained similar language to that of Mayflower Compact.

      Fisher Ames, author of the First Amendment, in 1801 expressed his concern that textbooks might replace the Holy Scriptures as the primary text in public schools. He clearly saw no contradiction with this and the First Amendments Establishment Clause.

      When liberals say America was not created a Christian nation, they fail to define what is meant by "Christian Nation". As you mentioned, America did not establish a state religion, but established a government most compatible with Christian values and principles.

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      Jack Lee 5 months ago from Yorktown NY

      wba108, Thanks for checking in. You have some great quotes. John Jay was one of my heroes. I wrote a hub on him recently. Great comments.

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