By Danny Gardner
The religious nature of America is a touchy subject with people on the left and right. The right folks believe we are a Christian nation because our founders based nearly every principle of incorporation on the Bible and Judeo-Christian doctrine.
The left folks love to point out the “separation of church and state,” along with court rulings kicking the Ten Commandments and official prayers out of schools (though not out of the Supreme Court building itself).
Are we a Christian nation? Definitively NOT from any number of arguments. America enjoys a broad diversity of religious faiths. Thank God people are still free in this Country to exercise their many different faiths, Christian and otherwise.
Our Constitution says nothing about Jesus or Christianity and only hints God exists.
Point is there are many proofs we are not a Christian nation.
HOWEVER (this is sort of a big however), we have no shortage of writings and expressions by our founders and subsequent leaders regarding the necessity of maintaining a biblical and Christian worldview in order to sustain a stable government with liberty for all citizens.
Consider their words:
Andrew Johnson, 1875, “Men who see not God in our history have surely lost sight of the fact that, from the landing of the Mayflower to this hour, the great men whose names are indissolubly associated with the colonization, rise, and progress of the Republic have borne testimony to the vital truths of Christianity.”
James Madison, primary author of the US Constitution, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Benjamin Franklin, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth…that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
George Washington, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Patrick Henry, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
John Adams, 1797, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1802, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God?”
Ronald Reagan, 1984, “During my lifetime, I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state. These ideologies held, at first, a certain fascination for some intellectuals. But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet; indeed, they deny the existence of God. Because of this fundamental flaw, fascism has already been destroyed, and the bankruptcy of communism has been laid for all to see – a system that is efficient in producing machines of war but cannot feed its people.”
President Reagan’s declaration notwithstanding, neither fascism, nor communism, nor socialism, nor atheism has been destroyed. Unfortunately all these isms survive and flourish even in the sunshine of American liberty.
Sure all the isms are politically correct, especially among the elite intelligencia of our great nation. But, none are the heritage we received from our founders. If we or our children’s history books fail to remember and venerate our founding Christian principles, our nation will surely self-destruct.
No, we are not a Christian nation. But, we would not even be a nation and we cannot continue to be a nation without Christian leaders and citizens espousing a biblical worldview.