Are we or are we not a Christian nation?
Let us review our Constitution and those who signed it.
Sam Adams and Charles Carroll, signers of the Declaration of Independence, stated religious freedom was the reason they joined the revolution.
Rev. Dr. Mayhew, Rev. Dr. Cooper, Rev. George Witfield, Rev. James Caldwell, Rev. John Peter Mulenburg, Rev. Agustus Mulenburg, Walcott, Samual Huntington, and many more clergy members were among signers of the Constitution.
Preachers would stand on the pulpit and call candidates by name, the parties by name, and compare their principles to the Bible.
Ministers were invited to start the legislative secessions.
John Locke, considered a theologian, wrote the "common place book to the Holy Bible."
Richard Henry Lee stated the declaration was copied from Locke's Treatise on Government.
A total of 15,000 writings were analyzed, 3,154 quotations & sources and the Bible was quoted most by the founders. Yes, 34 percent of quotes in the Constitution were from the Bible.
The separation of powers referred to Jeremiah 17:9.
Article 1 Section 8 Uniform Immigration laws from Leviticus 19:34.
Article II, section 1 - president must be natural born citizen to Deuteronomy 17:15.
Article III section 3 witnesses and capital punishment to Deuteronomy 17:6.
Article III section 3 Provision against attainder to Ezekiel 18:20.
Three branches of government to Isaiah 33:22.
Tax exemptions for churches to Ezra 7:24.
Article IV Section 4 Elections at local, county, state and federal levels to Exodus 18:21.
Noah Webster is responsible for Article I Section 8 cited Exodus 18:21.
To quote John Adams, "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity."
Also declaring that America was founded on Christian principles were Elias Boudinot, president of Congress during the revolution, John Hancock, Benjamin Rush, Stephen Hopkins, Samuel Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Rufus King, John Dickinson, Roger Sherman.
Justices making similar declarations were Samuel Chase, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, Joseph Story, James Kent, and Zephaniah Swift.
In 1892 the Supreme Court stated after extensive review of more than 60 historical presidents, that this is a Christian nation.
Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, the most common names we hear were the least Christian of all founders but more Christian than most today. Franklin, as governor of Pennsylvania issued state wide prayer proclamations, recommended Christianity in public schools and worked to boost church attendance across the state and called for the establishment of chaplains and daily prayer at the Constitutional Conventions. Jefferson closed document signing with "in the year of our Lord Christ."
Half the founders were raised in bible schools. Many wrote bibles, hymn books.
Thomas Mckean, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, delivered a gospel message to a condemned man asking him to seek Christ before hanging.
In 1954 an amendment was slipped in to a bill to limit freedom of speech by clergy. Clergy still have options to speak out but will they? Why the silence?
Contrary to some voices out there, we started as a Christian nation and the nation was blessed accordingly.
Christians are the largest voting block, but among the smallest group to vote.
Our present predicament is due to Christians failure to vote and to demand moral leadership. As such, morality has been replaced with power and one can see what we are reaping.
Should Christians fail to vote in this next election, they have but themselves to blame for their demise.
It's time to reset the moral compass of this nation and return it to greatness. Peace.