America's Christian Foundation & Our Continuing Responsibility
Written by Phil Morris, Editor / Writer of "Ameritianity," in 2008
Yes. America is a "Christian Nation." The debate is over. I have decided. (Sounds like a liberal)
Like many topics and issues, it is necessary to define terms in order to avoid misunderstandings and conflict. Let’s define “Christian Nation.”
“Christian Nation” is NOT a nation where everyone is a Christian, must BE a Christian, or must LIVE as a Christian. That’s the problem with allowing someone who instinctively does not want America to be a “Christian Nation” to define the term.
America is a “Christian Nation” by the same way our Declaration of Independence declares that we are entitled to certain rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
America is "Inalienably" a "Christian Nation" based upon its existance. It is "self-evident."
From our Declaration:
"... We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, ..."
"... And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor ..."
From the Mayflower Compact: "... for the advancement of the Christian Faith ..." GOTO
Revisionist Historians have over the last 50 years attempted to “re-educate” Americans to believe that Christianity had nothing to do with our nation’s founding. If you are not familiar with the HUMANIST movement (they call it a Religion), if you do not know the workings of Horace Mann and John Dewey, if you are not aware of the “Humanist Manifesto,” the American version of the European “Communist Manifesto,” then you will not know of their stated goals for America which have met with some success. Even the existence of the “Humanist” movement gives evidence that even they are aware that America is a “Christian Nation.”
Humanist goals included developing a centrally controlled educational system, (they have stated that ‘if we control the minds of ALL of their kids 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, their Christian teachings taught some of the children for 1 or 2 hours a week won’t have a chance”) the press, the media, the Judiciary, the Legislatures. How have they done? (By the way, “Humanism” is basically the belief that there is no God…that MAN is the ultimate authority in all issues. Look it up.) It also includes their attempt to "FIX" or "EQUALIZE" things that have been based upon there existing a "Creator" of all this. Gender, roles, race, intelligence, abilities, aptitude, nations ... all must be altered in the eye of the Humanist because man himself should not have relied upon a belief in a non-existent God or Creator. Political Correctness designed to counter Creation. All things our Creator God has made uniquely must be mashed together by the Humanist in order to produce their idea “equality” and “fairness.”
Many will try to say that the founders of America were seeking to run away from a “forced” Christianity in Europe. Many were. But they were not running FROM Christianity. They were seeking to practice Christianity their way and not be dictated to by kings, queens, popes, and other political leaders who many times took control by force.
In fact, virtually every State in America was established primarily by a particular “Christian Denomination.” Christianity was really the only “Religion” involved in the “Founding” of America … regardless of President Obama professing that “Islam was intertwined in the very foundations of America.” Sorry, just another Obama lie. Ever hear the “Marine Corps Hymn?” Where it says “…the shores of Tripoli?” One of the New Americas first conflicts was WITH Muslim terrorists – from Tripoli, Libya - who would pirate American merchant ships and hold the crews for ransom. Sound familiar? Did you know that the “US Marine Corps” was established PRIOR to the founding of America?
When the “Declaration of Independence” was written, the term “Creator” was not just some mythical, catch-all answer for all things not fully understood. Our founders were very familiar with the term and were in fact affiliated with numerous Christian Denominations including Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Dutch Reformed, and others. In fact, leading up to, during, and after the creation of the Declaration, Christian prayers were offered seeking Almighty God’s guidance on their efforts. Humanists and others would have us believe that our founders were actually violating the very document they were preparing which Humanists would say prohibited our founders from doing the very thing they were doing. Think about it!!
Even the spoken terms used at the time were derivatives of the very name Christ. “Church” the building and “Church” the people are uniquely Christian. Chaplain was originally a Christian.
Today Humanists attempt to prohibit “Chaplains” from praying in the name Jesus Christ. Humanists have spent decades trying to rid American institutions of their origins of Christianity. Christian prayer was immediately IN the schools, IN our Government. The Ten Commandments were posted IN our schools and our Court Rooms. There had been no massive political movement to get them in … they were simply assumed in.
America’s “Freedom of Religion?” Even “Freedom of Religion” is uniquely a Christian Principle. As Christians, we believe that a Christian is an individual who has freely chosen to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Yet, opponents would try to convince others that “Christians want to force you to be a Christian.” It’s not possible. You cannot force someone to "Freely chose to accept Jesus Christ as Savior" and no one is born a Christian.
Some will say “Christians try to force there to be no abortions and no gay marriage. They try to force Christianity upon you.” Problem is that BILLIONS of world citizens who aren’t even Christians are against abortion and gay marriage, while some Christians do find a way to be in favor of them. Being for or against abortion or gay marriage is not a uniquely Christian position. They are moral and ethical positions which a society should determine, not a politically appointed judge.
Look at State Constitutions. While they all speak to “Freedom of Religion,” many require a basic belief in “God,” the “Supreme Being,” or the “Creator” to hold high public office.
In Fact, the US Supreme Court ( READ IT ) has already ruled that America is a Christian Nation. Not everyone who believes, as I do, that America was established as a Christian Nation, believe that it violates our Constitution. When some state that "they want to do away with the First Amendment" ... those are their words, not ours. It is not so much a "pronouncement" that we are a Christian Nation as it is a recognition of the “historical fact."
Been relying on someone-else to interpret the Letter to the Danbury Baptists for your feelings on this issue? You may want to read it for yourself AND read the letter the Danbury Baptists wrote to Jefferson which precipitated his letter. Their letter contains the following: “...we have reason to believe that America's God has raised you up...." Read it all here. You will see that the actual purpose of the letter to Jefferson and from Jefferson was to clarify that America would not be dominated by a specific “Christian DENOMINATION.” They already knew that America is a Christian Nation.
I like to deal in facts. Here is another one: Most State Constitutions contain provisions like the following from Texas: "Sec. 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall anyone be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." Since Christianity was actually the only religion at issue in America at our founding and of the founding of the States, the term "Religion" was used synonymously with "Denomination." Section SIX even refers to "Denomination." America is historically a Christian Nation. How many of the Ten Commandments are not or have not in the past been incorporated into our laws? http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CN/htm/CN.1.htm
The terms “RELIGION” and “DENOMINATION” were used synonymously at the time of Americas founding and thereafter. Why? Because Christianity was the only religion of significance at the time. Understand this basic FACT and many objections to the historical reality will melt away.
How could a person who does not believe in the Creator God be capable of protecting the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness which our Founders and the Declaration of Independence have established come from The Creator God?