The Shunning of Our Christian Heritage — Part 2
As we begin to see more and more attacks on the church and its stand for Christian principles all we have to do is go back to around 1910 when the way in which lawyers were educated in law. Up to that time lawyers were required to attend four years of seminary because it was understood by the Founders and those that established our judicial system that one could not judge a man unless one knew how God judged a man. So at the turn of the last century, biblical influence in the court system was removed and the secular influence began. Then the 1947 Supreme Court decision of Evers v the Board of Education began to take the influence and the principles of the faith of our Founders out of the public arena. The church began becoming more irrelevant and in 1954 when the Johnson gag order took the church out of the political arena, something that the Founders would not have allowed. With that influence removed politics, our judicial system and even the public arena began to be more and more corrupt.
In June or 1962 the Supreme Court removed the Christian principles from public schools by removing the 17-word prayer that was said in every classroom in America. That and all other prayers were outlawed in America’s public schools. What has happened since that prayer was removed? These figures are a few years old and have gotten worse but it shows just how much that simple prayer influenced our society. Violent crime is up over 800%. Divorce rates were declining at the time of this ruling but shot up after that to the point where over 50% of all marriages end in divorce. A dramatic rise in sexually transmitted diseases occurred along with premarital sexual activity, unmarried couples living together and teen pregnancies skyrocketed by 533%.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Since 1963 America has become the leader of industrial nations involuntary abortions and illiteracy. Academic achievement goes along with godliness and before 1963 the SAT scores were averaging 980 but immediately dropped 80 points. But Christian schools, outside the influence of public policies, remained at 980.
We have little regard for morality in today’s society. Most things on TV today is nothing but soft porn and the promotion of abominable lifestyles. Jeremiah 6:15 “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.” Consider a gay pride parade. Just what is there to be proud about walking around where the clothes of the opposite sex? If a person is unable to determine their gender by the anatomy that God gave them, then there is confusion and confusion is of the devil. Even churches no longer teach this anymore. They embrace what God calls an abomination. There is nothing noble about unnatural affection.
Thomas Jefferson is the one Founder most referenced when calling for the separation of church and state but his example does not fit their narrative. He opened every public building in D.C. for church services his eight years as President. He attended the services at the Capital building while he was President. His views on the comingling of Christian principles with the government also flies in the face of revisionist historian’s concept of separation. Jefferson believed that God gave us life: “The God that gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” Our Declaration of Independence even acknowledged God: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” He even believed that God is a just God: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” I his notes for the Virginia, Query xviii, Manners, he states: “It is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Natures God; that is, he follows God in his works and in his word.”
There is no way that we can study the Founders and see what revisionists want us to believe. Here are some quotes from the Founders on Jesus:
John Adams: “Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.” 1
Samuel Adams: “I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace.” 2
Elias Boudinot: “Let us enter on this important business under the idea that we are Christians on whom the eyes of the world are now turned… [L]et us earnestly call and beseech Him, for Christ’s sake, to preside in our councils. . . . We can only depend on the all-powerful influence of the Spirit of God, Whose Divine aid and assistance it becomes us as a Christian people most devoutly to implore. Therefore I move that some minister of the Gospel be requested to attend this Congress every morning . . . in order to open the meeting with prayer.”3
House Judiciary Committee Resolution: “Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle… In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity… That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” 4
Benjamin Franklin: “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.” 5
This is just a sample of the thoughts from the Founders on their faith. This is how they lived, this is how we must live. If we ever intend to regain any of the greatness our Founders gave us we will have to return to how they lived and believe how they believed and live by the principles they lived by.
In spite of what we have been told, our Founders made the greatest nation the world has ever seen based on the precepts and commandments of God. We owe it to our children to give them a nation better than what we received.
- John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1856), Vol. X, p. 254, to Thomas Jefferson on April 19, 1817.
- From a Fast Day Proclamation issued by Governor Samuel Adams, Massachusetts, March 20, 1797, in our possession; see also Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1908), Vol. IV, p. 407, from his proclamation of March 20, 1797.
- Elias Boudinot, The Life, Public Services, Addresses, and Letters of Elias Boudinot, J. J. Boudinot, editor (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1896), Vol. I, pp. 19, 21, speech in the First Provincial Congress of New Jersey.
- Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives Made During the First Session of the Thirty-Third Congress (Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854), pp. 6-9.
- 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.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.