“My only hope of salvation is the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!” – Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” – John Adams, Second President of the United States.
“He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all… Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.” – Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Over the course of the last decade or so, many people have attempted to dismiss the fact that America was founded upon the Biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity, all the attempts in the world to revise history will never, ever, change the facts. Those who take the time to examine the original writings, diaries, personal letters, biographies, and publicly made statements, would be shocked to quickly recognize the Christian worldview behind the individuals who were instrumental in planting the Christian-American roots of liberty. In further looking into the writings and biographies of these individuals, you will see a heavy-handed use of quotes. These quotes evidence the reach of how the Christian worldview would influence their daily thinking and lives.
So, here’s the stump in the road. Arguments of how not all the Founding Fathers were Christian have been common, and it's true. It is clear that not all were followers of Christ. The point here is that even those who were not of the faith were completely influenced by the principles of Christianity. It is this fundamental mind-set that allowed for the shaping of America’s political ideas. It really becomes possible to become so distracted with whether individuals such as Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin put their personal faith in Jesus Christ, that one completely misses the fact that the Founders all thought from the Biblical worldview, that is, the Christian lens—whether they believed it or not.
The overall Christian consensus in colonial America helped to shape the Founders views and thinking when writing the founding documents and nations laws. This all resulted in the Republic that we all live in today. Here, the Declaration of Independence was specific in identifying the source of all authority, and rights, as “Their Creator,” and then emphasized on the that individual human rights were God-given and not man-made. As a result, there would be no king, queen, or emperor, nor would there be just one established state religion. Because of this simple direction, there would be no tyrant to stand in the way of human liberty---or self-respect, which are uniquely Judeo-Christian.
Most historians do not consider the “Founding Fathers” to the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention, this core-group of individuals painted a picture of the Christian sentiments of those who shaped the political roots of America. So let’s investigate the matter of public record here. The delegates included:
28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 Unknown, and 3 Deists (Deists believe that God is impersonal and left earth to man to run its course). So, a whopping 93% were members of the Christian church and 100% of them were completely influenced by the Biblical worldview of government and humanity.
In just a brief study of the Founding Fathers last wills and testaments, you should be convinced that their own personal declarations were backed by strong Biblical beliefs. Now add to that their personal accounts concerning their utmost faith in Jesus Christ. Throw in their roles in leadership, the guiding of many Bible societies, their participation in ministry… the evidence is overwhelming.
You can see more for yourself here:
The Founding Documents, Declaration of Independence - What does it mean?
Daniel L. Smith,
Over time there have been many questions into why the United States of America even supports Israel and its political interests in the first place. Many Americans today cast Israel aside without thinking twice about the worlds first true God-given nation. Just recently, a man who was speaking publicly in Washington DC mentioned, "God created Israel because he loved man, man created America because they [man] loved God." There is a reason that this was stated, and it's because of where the history lies.
Call it organic history. It's a rich history. It's a national history so deep, that it's in the Bible. It's a nation however that's been actively slandered by many who are very unaware of the past--both ancient and recent. This is the resulting thought process of secularized history. Is it unreasonable to believe Christianity being in rapid decline for the last 60 years parallel the lack of support for Israel? Yes, it sure does. And there really is an honest answer behind this whole Israeli-American international relationship. As the Bible mentions, it was political boundaries that were established here--before any other nation on earth.
First, look at the original Twelve Tribes of Israel. Now, look at the current map of Israel today.
Over time, Persia would end up establishing its massive Dynasty and the later, Alexander the Great of Macedonia (Greece), would take a bite out of Persia's strategy in overall dominance and influence. Wars have always been fought since the Fall of Man (read Genesis). When wars occur, boundaries change. Let's look at the history here as evidenced by maps over time:
First, look at Ancient Persia (Iran). Now, look at the current map of Iran (Persia).
As you can see with traditional historical Christian presuppositions in place, there are reasons why Christian-American's have always supported Israelis' territorial and cultural integrity. It is because foundationally, there is an original boundary line for the first nation. The maps above are just a visual representation into why there is territorial and cultural disputes between modern-day Israel and the rest of the Middle East. Regardless of any new alliances between the Jewish and Muslim nations, Israel is lost in a sea of outright polarized middle-eastern diplomacy. And according to Scripture (think Revelation and Isaiah) it's not getting any better.
The Jewish nation of Israel is the only one on earth who's blessed land was given to man directly by God Himself. Likewise, by way of Providence, North America was destined to bless and hold those Christian faithful in safety. The land was transformed, and over time the political landscape shifted into a Christian-American nation. Therefore this original Christian-American nation is the only one on earth who's blessed land was given to man through Divine Providence and the love of God Himself.
Throughout my scholarly studies, I've learned that God blesses those individuals who sacrifice their own gratifications and wants for the greater good of mankind. The Christ-centered missionaries who wandered the wildernesses of North America were prominent in sewing the fabric of North American history. They are long forgotten about, but live on throughout literature. The American Founding Fathers were no different.
It is quite evident through their own achievements and undertakings in building America, that the distinct relationship between Israel and the United States of America plays into something unique. It is a bond so special that it lies in the heart of tradition. That is, a sacred bond bound to humanity both spiritually by God and by the laws of man. America and Israel will always, physically and in spirit, be united on earth.
Daniel L. Smith,
Was the Roman Empire really all that great and mighty? Sure it looked pretty, and worked out well for some lengthy amount of time. But in the end, who really made out well? I know that the pro-life and pro-abortion movements are running at equal speed today, so how does this all parallel Rome?
As I am writing out my manuscript for Providence and the North American Indian, I tend to run into many exciting events that occurred throughout history. I get this information from the root of its source. In doing so recently, I actually found some startling information on the Roman Empire towards its latter days. You see a lot of people these days comparing Rome to their own culture, especially its final collapse.
Well if you want to get into parallels about morals and ethics, how about we try this one on for size from the Preface (iv) of A Star in the West by Elias Boudinot, L. L. D. (Trenton, NJ. 1816):
Plutarch in his Morals, 1 vol. 96, says that [between 264-146 BC] the Lacedemonians [a regional Italian culture inside of the Roman Empire] murdered their children who were deformed or had a bad constitution. The Romans were allowed by Romulus to destroy all their female children, except the eldest. Human sacrifices were offered up in almost all the eastern countries [of the Roman Empire]. Children were burnt alive by their own parents, and offered to Baal, Moloch, and other pretended deities.
Mr. Hume says in his Essay on Political Science; the most illustrious period of the Roman history considered, in a political view, is that between the beginning of the first and the end of the last Punic war; yet at this very time, the horrid practice of poisoning was so common, that during part of a season, a praetor punished capitally, for this crime, above three thousand persons in 'a part of (enlightened) Italy and found information of this nature still multiplying.”
Interesting parallels to a modern day and age...
Daniel L. Smith,