Mine Creek Baptist Church
Our Nation’s Godly & Christian Heritage
By Preacher Chris Rathbone
Listening to how many people talk today, one would be led to believe that our nation was founded by a bunch of atheists. They want us to think that our founding fathers wanted God, The Holy Bible, and Jesus completely left out of the public and political square. They want us to believe that these men had no moral basis or compass on which they founded this great nation known as the United States of America. They attempt to justify certain “rights” or “equality” by stating that our founding fathers wanted the citizens of our nation to basically shun any moral guidance given to us in the Bible and have the right to live any way one would choose. I beg to differ folks. I am a Christian, I am a preacher, and I am an American. I believe that many of our founding fathers looked to Almighty God and their faith in Jesus as the moral foundation in which they established our country. This month I would like to share with you some quotes from a few of our founding fathers and let you decide for yourself what these men believed and the desire they had for our nation to be built on a Christian foundation.
John Adams: SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; JUDGE; DIPLOMAT; ONE OF TWO SIGNERS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS; SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
Samuel Huntington: SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS; JUDGE; GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT. “It becomes a people publicly to acknowledge the over-ruling hand of Divine Providence and their dependence upon the Supreme Being as their Creator and Merciful Preserver . . . and with becoming humility and sincere repentance to supplicate the pardon that we may obtain forgiveness through the merits and mediation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Thomas Jefferson: SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; DIPLOMAT; GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA; SECRETARY OF STATE; THIRD PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
“The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of man.
The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.
I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.
I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
James Madison: SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; AUTHOR OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS; FRAMER OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS; SECRETARY OF STATE; FOURTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.
I have sometimes thought there could not be a stronger testimony in favor of religion or against temporal enjoyments, even the most rational and manly, than for men who occupy the most honorable and gainful departments and [who] are rising in reputation and wealth, publicly to declare their unsatisfactoriness by becoming fervent advocates in the cause of Christ; and I wish you may give in your evidence in this way.”
Patrick Henry: REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL; LEGISLATOR; “THE VOICE OF LIBERTY”; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.
“Being a Christian… is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast.
The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.
Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.
The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.
This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.”
Pretty good words from men who some apparently believe were non-believers! I will be the first to acknowledge that not all of our founding fathers were necessarily Christians, but most all of them recognized the Biblical and moral foundation that our country needed to be built on. Many may simply choose to ignore our country’s heritage or even choose to walk away from it, but there is no denying that our founding fathers wanted this nation built on Biblical and Christian principals. We as citizens, as community leaders, as political leaders, etc, are only fooling ourselves if we forsake God and moral truths given to us in the Holy Bible and think that somehow, we will not suffer the consequences. As we celebrate our Nation’s Independence let us recognize that it is God who has blessed America. Let us also pray for our nation, for we have strayed far away from the moral foundations that our founding fathers gave us. May God have mercy and may He continue to bless our nation as hopefully one day we will strive to return to Him!