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America Founded as a Christian Nation
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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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