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A Christian Nation?

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”

Have you ever wondered if our nation is really a Christian nation? If like me, you were brought up in our public school system, you may have no recollection of Christianity being the actual foundation of our government. I have listened time and time again to the many self-proclaimed intellectuals and teachers telling us that our nation was founded by no more than church-going deists who desired a completely secularized republic. Well, those statements are not only false, they’re purposefully deceptive. I hope that this article sparks an interest in you to go and read about our founding fathers to grasp the importance of this issue. The beginning of this article is a quote from John Quincy Adams, our 6th president. No, not a pastor or theologian, but an early president. So, why would he say such a thing about a supposedly “secular” nation?

John Quincy Adams was not just another president who was wrong about our nation’s Christian roots, as so many would say in response to that question. No, he was supported by none other than James Madison, the author of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Madison nominated Adams to be the first Minister to Russia, or ‘Ambassador’ today. Secularists will claim that Madison was considered only a deist and did not want Christianity to have any bearing on the rule of law. They will point out statements made by Madison that show his lack of true belief in Christianity and conclude their argument. However, though we cannot know whether God truly saved him, we CAN know for a fact that he understood the importance of Christianity in government. In 1776, the Virginia Bill of Rights concluded with this statement: “it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.” What’s so important about this conclusion is that James Madison was a member of the committee that authored and approved that very bill. According to Madison, it is not just a recommendation, but a duty for all citizens of Virginia to practice the principles of Christianity.

So what about a separation of Church and State?
There is absolutely a separation of Church and State. Though it is not stated within the Constitution or Bill of Rights, the idea of a separation was of most importance when drafting the Constitution. Because of England’s established church, it was being corrupted by forceful direction from the government. This very corruption of the church led to the revolutionary war and was, in short, exactly why our founders and the Christians of this nation understood the importance of a separation; to stop the federal government from dictating matters for the Church, thus, ultimately corrupting the church and enslaving the people to its false doctrines. If in fact this separation was meant to keep religion out of the political sphere, why did 9 out of 13 original colonies have established Christian churches and require office-holders to proclaim faith in Christ?

The problem is with the definition of separation given by today’s society. During the creation of this republic and the years after, there was no problem with Christianity being a duty to its citizens, or having church services in the Capitol and Office of the Treasury.  The first amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”.  Nowhere in this statement does it speak of state legislatures holding to that same requirement. Because of the fear of another England-style church government, the founders required that Congress (which is at the federal level) make no law respecting an establishment of religion, denomination, or doctrine to rule them all. Moreover, this amendment bears no statement prohibiting the adherence to Christianity by elected officials. – Today, a prayer by the president can’t contain the name of Jesus without an outcry from extremist groups, judges, and lawyers claiming unconstitutionality. Schools are banning children from praying in the name of Jesus, and Christian symbolism is being removed from state and federal property.

Church: Secularists and Atheists are waging war on this nation. They’re actively suppressing the truth that they bear the image of God while telling us He has no place in our government. As a result, God has brought judgement on our land. Every day that you exchange money in this nation, our federal government is stealing from your pocket to pay for thousands of women to murder their babies. We have slapped the hand that gave us life and liberty. We do not know what God has planned for this nation, but it is our duty as Christians to begin understanding the extreme importance of our role in government and end the idleness. Our founders understood this, and yet we have forgotten.

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams.

Jordan Smith