Did you know that 52 of the 55
signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed
Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the
God of scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed
the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of
Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000
copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called
the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words,
'Give me liberty or give me death.' But in current textbooks the context of
these words is deleted. Here is what he said:
'An appeal to arms and the God of
hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is
a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not
of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the
price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course
others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.'
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.
Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The
following year, 1776, he wrote this
'It cannot be emphasized too
strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists,
but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that
reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship
Consider these words that Thomas
Jefferson wrote on the front of his well- worn Bible:
'I am a Christian, that is to
say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole
country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the
pure doctrine of Jesus also.'
Consider these words from George
Washington, the Father of our Nation, in his farewell speech on September 19,
'It is impossible to govern the world
without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to
political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable
supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be
maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that
our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.'
Was George Washington a Christian?
Consider these words from his personal prayer book:
'Oh, eternal and everlasting
God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate
blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more
and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and
dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the
justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let
the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.'
Consider these words by John Adams,
our second president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society.
In an address to military leaders he
'We have no government armed
with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality
and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'
How about our first Court Justice,
He stated that when we select our
national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.
' Providence has given to our
people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege
and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams,
was the sixth U.S. President.
He was also the chairman of the
American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said,
'The highest glory of the
American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the
principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'
James Madison, the primary author of
the Constitution of the United States , said this:
'We have staked the whole
future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have
staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each
of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten
Today we are asking God to bless
America . But how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him?