America and Christianity — Part 2
As we continue to look at how the Founders incorporated their Christian faith into their daily lives, business lives and government we see that the view held by today’s courts is not the view of the people that wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Founders had a strong opinion concerning their Christian principles being fully part of their business and government actions.
Benjamin Franklin – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Diplomat, Scientist, Signer of the Constitution, printer and Governor of Pennsylvania.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.1
Eldridge Gerry – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Constitutional Convention, Framer of the Bill of Rights, member of the United States House of Representatives, Governor of Massachusetts, Vice President of the United States.
As governor of Massachusetts, he called on the State of Massachusetts to pray that . .
with one heart and voice we may prostrate ourselves at the throne of heavenly grace and present to our Great Benefactor sincere and unfeigned thanks for His infinite goodness and mercy towards us from our birth to the present moment for having above all things illuminated us by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, presenting to our view the happy prospect of a blessed immortality.2
A year later Gerry again called for a day of prayer and fasting:
And for our unparalleled ingratitude to that Adorable Being Who has seated us in a land irradiated by the cheering beams of the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . let us fall prostrate before offended Deity, confess sincerely and penitently our manifold sins and our unworthiness of the least of His Divine favors, fervently implore His pardon through the merits of our mediator.3
Alexander Hamilton – Revolutionary General, Signer of the Constitution, author of the Federalist Papers and Secretary of the Treasury.
He was a very devout Christian that practiced his faith in all areas of his life and even when he was scheduled to duel with Aaron Burr, he refused to take a life outside of war and was consequently mortally wounded. When he was brought back from the field and he called for his two pastors. The Rev. J. M. Mason and the Rev. Benjamin Moore. Rev. Moore recounted what occurred at that time when there was only twenty hours of life left in Hamilton.[I]mmediately after he was brought from [the field] . . . a message was sent informing me of the sad event, accompanied by a request from General Hamilton that I would come to him for the purpose of administering the Holy Communion. I went. . . . I proceeded to converse with him on the subject of his receiving the Communion; and told him that with respect to the qualifications of those who wished to become partakers of that holy ordinance, my inquiries could not be made in language more expressive than that which was used by our [own] Church. – [I asked], “Do you sincerely repent of your sins past? Have you a lively faith in God’s mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of the death of Christ? And are you disposed to live in love and charity with all men?” He lifted up his hands and said, “With the utmost sincerity of heart I can answer those questions in the affirmative – I have no ill will against Col. Burr. I met him with a fixed resolution to do him no harm – I forgive all that happened.” . . . The Communion was then administered, which he received with great devotion, and his heart afterward appeared to be perfectly at rest. I saw him again this morning, when, with his last faltering words, he expressed a strong confidence in the mercy of God through the intercession of the Redeemer. I remained with him until 2 o’clock this afternoon, when death closed the awful scene – he expired without a struggle, and almost without a groan. By reflecting on this melancholy event, let the humble believer be encouraged ever to hold fast that precious faith which is the only source of true consolation in the last extremity of nature. [And l]et the infidel be persuaded to abandon his opposition to that Gospel which the strong, inquisitive, and comprehensive mind of a Hamilton embraced.4
At the time of his death, Hamilton was in the process of forming a religious society called Christian Constitutional Society and listed two goals for its formation: first, the support of the Christian religion; and second, the support of the Constitution of the United States. The purpose of this organization was to establish numerous clubs throughout each state that would work to elect to office people who would reflect the goals of the Constitution of the United States.5
John Hancock – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of Congress, Revolutionary General, Governor of Massachusetts.
Hancock was reported to be one of the wealthiest men of the Thirteen Colonies and used his wealth for the support of the cause of the Colonies. Heavily involved in the political arena his influences was felt on many levels. His influence was grounded in his Christian faith.
Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement.6
As governor of Massachusetts he also called on the State of Massachusetts to pray and give thanksgiving for the great benefits God had bestowed upon the nation of America.
Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving, October 28, 1784 “. . .that all nations may bow to the scepter of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that the whole earth may be filled with his glory.7
Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving, October 29, 1788 “. . . that the spiritual kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be continually increasing until the whole earth shall be filled with His glory.8
Proclamation For a Day of Fasting and Prayer, March 16, 1789 “. . . to confess their sins and to implore forgiveness of God through the merits of the Savior of the World.9
Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise, September 16, 1790 “. . . to cause the benign religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the inhabitants of the earth.10
It is, without doubt, not the intention of the Founders to separate their Christian faith and principles from government. The evidence is overwhelming that they involved their Christian faith in everything they did. There was no way they would separate the two. Because they didn’t, then why do we allow today’s courts to force upon us something that has caused the rise of ungodly principles within our government, our so-called education system and now the government is attempting to even govern our religious life.
Our chaplains are not allowed to pray as we have been instructed. There is now a threat of court-martial for any member of the military to share his/her faith with another soldier. In 2010 there were 10,700 homosexual assaults in our military because this president has demanded that homosexuals be allowed in the military after 237 years of it being forbidden. George Washington would have flogged the homosexual and court-martialed him. Obama embraces this abominable lifestyle.
It is up to us if we will continue to allow the slide into the politically correct disaster that is now Europe?
- Benjamin Franklin, Works of Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904), p. 185, to Ezra Stiles, March 9, 1790.
- Elbridge Gerry, Proclamation for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, March 13, 1811, from a proclamation in our possession, Shaw #23317.
3. Elbridge Gerry, Proclamation for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, March 6, 1812, from a proclamation in our possession, Shaw #26003.
- John M. Mason, A Collection of the Facts and Documents Relative to the Death of Major General Alexander Hamilton (New York: Hopkins and Seymour, 1804), pp. 48-50.
5. Alexander Hamilton, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, John C. Hamilton, editor (New York: John F. Trow, 1851), Vol. VI, p. 542, to James A. Bayard, April, 1802; see also, Alexander Hamilton, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Harold C. Syrett, editor (New York: Columbia University Press, 1977), Vol. XXV, p. 606, to James A. Bayard, April 16, 1802.
- Independent Chronicle (Boston), November 2, 1780, last page; see also Abram English Brown, John Hancock, His Book (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1898), p. 269.
- John Hancock, Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving, October 28, 1784, from a proclamation in our possession, Evans #18593.
8. John Hancock, Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving, October 29, 1788, from a proclamation in our possession, Evans #21237.
9. John Hancock, Proclamation For a Day of Fasting and Prayer, March 16, 1789, from a proclamation in our possession, Evans #21946.
- John Hancock, Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise, September 16, 1790, from an original broadside in our possession.
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