There have been many articles, debates and outright arguments as to whether this nation this America is a Christian nation. Let me say right at the start in the sense that it is ruled by Christians it is not a Christian nation. Our government is a secular government and I am very content with that ideology. However to deny that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles is to deny history. We often look back at those we call our founding fathers. They were indeed instrumental in building a new nation, in establishing its constitution and its freedoms. They were also only a few of the millions of people that lived, worked and prayed here. If look back past the revolution, to the real founding of this nation to the very beginning we cannot in good conscience deny that the foundation of this nations was indeed built upon a strong belief in God.
Christopher Columbus who is accredited by history with the discovery of the Americas and who is often maligned by history did what he did in accordance with what he believed was God ordained. His name means Christ-Bearer. He felt it was his God given duty to spread the gospel of Christ. The pilgrims when they came to flee religious persecution indeed. Yet if you read what they wrote in the Mayflower Compact we can see that they came here with a firm Biblical worldview and a purpose beyond just fleeing persecution.
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country,
One of our oldest forms of government established here on this soil for the purpose of advancing the Christian faith. They came here with a solid biblical worldview a solid foundation built upon Christianity. In 1643 the New England Confederation established a constitution as the colonies grew and became united again shows the strong Christian values of the original founders.
“ Where as we all came to these parts of America with the same end and aim, namely, to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to injoy the liberties of the Gospel thereof with purities and peace, and for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of the gospel.
Once again we see a nation of people dedicated to the Christian principles and a biblical worldview. Each of the early state constitutions reflected many of the same principles and values. Article 22 of the Delaware Constitution stated
Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house or appointed to any office or place of trust…shall…make and subscribe the following declaration. to wit:
“I______________________, do profess faith n God the Father, and in Jesus Christ his holy Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; And I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration”
Most every state constitution of the time contained similar wordage. The people of the time believed that virtue and morality were strongly tied to faith and religion. The people we call our founding fathers were raised, educated and lived in this same society. We would be greatly amiss to say that they were not strongly influenced by this same society, that they were not strongly influenced by the Judeo-Christian principles that this nations was founded upon. The very liberties and freedoms they and we hold so dear were built upon these same principles. In part two of this series we are going to look at our founding educational system and see how it to was greatly influenced by these same principles and how the founders of some of our greatest institutions of higher learning felt strongly that without these principles educations was lacking.