2009 has been a difficult year for America. But with the coming of Christmas we always can hope for better because the birth of Jesus Christ was in itself the single most hopeful event in world history.
It is easy to think about Christmas as just bright lights and holiday cheer. And songs and parties and gift-giving. What better time than the period of the winter solstice to lift our spirits from the gloomy dark. And that all is true. Christmas is wonderful! Just imagine December without Christmas and its joy.
But it is the Christian foundations of America on Biblical principles that have brought freedom and joy to us and to much of the world today. It has made every day in freedom like Christmas. And until you live without your freedom, you can never know the meaning of such a statement.
Yet there are people who want us to eliminate the word ‘Christmas’ from our vocabulary; who want Christmas messages out of the public square; and who tell the world that we Americans “do not consider ourselves to be a Christian nation”, which Obama said in a speech in Cairo. That is because Obama is not a Christian at all, but only plays one for public consumption.
Still most Americans gladly embrace the spirit and the joy of Christmas whether they be Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. And those creepy atheists can sit in the corner scowling as they calculate a thousand ways not to believe in the undeniable power of a Supreme Being.
Today as we look around our nation we see that it still is the best nation ever created. Our land is vast and beautiful and bountiful, our pursuit of happiness is unique in world history, and our prosperity is what the Founders envisioned if only we would follow the Good Book of Christian wisdom.
Were our Founders Christians?
Here are quotes from many of our Founding Fathers to confirm that they indeed were Christian believers, contrary to the claims of some in the media and in our universities that the Founders wanted a secular nation or were ‘deists’. These quotes were taken from a wonderful book by David Barton called Original Intent – The Courts, the Constitution & Religion. Please read this excellent and informative book to learn more about the genuine foundations of America. It is available at www.wallbuilders.com or through any bookstore or bookstore website.
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were said not to be genuine Christians. Yet Jefferson said, “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” Franklin told the French: “(B)ad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added, that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practised. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity (a disbelief in the Scriptures and in Christianity) rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country, without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an atheist or infidel.”
Here are other quotes from Founders affirming their Christian beliefs:
“Principally and first of all, I recommend my soul to that Almighty Being who gave it and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.” – Samuel Adams, theorist of the American Revolution and signer of the Declaration.
“Firstly I commit my Soul into the hands of God, its great and benevolent author.” – Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration.
“Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom, and for all His other kindnesses, to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.” – John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution.
“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.” – Patrick Henry, political leader of the American Revolution.
“My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator, whose tender mercies are all over His works, who hateth nothing that He hath made, and to the justice and wisdom of whose dispensations I willingly and cheerfully submit, humbly hoping from His unbounded mercy and benevolence, through the merits of my blessed Savior, a remission of my sins.” – George Mason, ‘father’ of the Bill of Rights.
“With an awful reverence to the Great Almighty God, Creator of all mankind, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God for the same.” – John Morton, signer of the Declaration.
“I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being, the Author of my existence, in full belief of His Providential goodness and His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state.” – Robert Treat Paine, signer of the Declaration.
“My hopes of a future life are all founded on the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away (evade or object to)… the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively asserted and at other times countenances (permits) His disciples in asserting that He was God.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States, vice president of the American Bible Society, member of the Massachusetts Bible Society.
“My only hope of salvation is in 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.
“I shall now conclude my discourse by preaching this Savior to all who hear me, and entreating you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for ‘there is no salvation in any other’ (Acts 4:12)…(I)f you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish.” – John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration.
“I… am endeavoring… to attend to my own duty only as a Christian. …let us take care that our Christianity, though put to the test… be not shaken, and that our love for things really good wax not cold.” – William Samuel Johnson, signer of the Constitution.
“(D)on’t forget to be a Christian. I have said much to you on this head and I hope an indelible impression is made.” – Jacob Broom, signer of the Constitution.
“(Pray t)hat God would graciously pour out His Spirit upon us and make the blessed Gospel in His hand effectual to a thorough reformation and general revival of the holy and peaceful religion of Jesus Christ.” – Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut.
“I am at last reconciled to my God and have assurance of His pardon through faith in Christ, against which the very gates of hell cannot prevail. Fear hath been driven out by perfect love.” – John Randolph of Roanoke, US congressman, diplomat.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens… Let it simply be asked, where is the security for prosperity, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education… reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington.
“To the eternal and only one true God be all honor and glory now and forever. Amen!” – Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, signer of the Constitution.
“Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unremitted blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son… Blessed be His holy name.” – John Jay, original chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
In addition, the following early American officeholders had ties to Christian societies: Alexander Hamilton (signer of the Constitution, first Treasury secretary) who proposed the formation of the Christian Constitutional Society to spread Christianity worldwide; John Jay, president of the American Bible Society; Francis Scott Key (composer of The Star-Spangled Banner) officer and manager of the American Sunday School Union and vice president of the American Bible Society; Benjamin Rush, founder and manager of the Philadelphia Bible Society; Caleb Strong (Constitutional Convention, US senator, governor of Massachusetts) vice president of the American Bible Society.
There are many, many other quotes and examples of the piety of the Founders. Do not believe those who claim that our Founders wanted a secular nation.
Merry Christmas to all!
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