“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,