John Quincy Adams, 6th President of United States, was invited as keynote speaker at a large patriotic celebration in Newburyport, MA on July 4, 1837 (61st Anniversary of Declaration of Independence). He asked the question of the audience, and answered his own question…. “Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [on the Fourth of July?]”
John Quincy Adams’ answer: “Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of a nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
According to John Quincy Adams, on 4th of July, 1776, the Founding Fathers had taken the principles that came into the world through the birth of Christ and used those principles to birth the nation, thus joining Christian principles and civil government in what he called an indissoluble bond. The remaining founding fathers were equally outspoken about the importance of maintaining Christian principles IN, not OUT of the civil arena.
John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, states: “Providence has given to our people the choice of our rulers; and it is the duty – as well as the privilege and interest – of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
Biblical Principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution:
- Isaiah 33:22 – Sets forth 3 distinct branches of government.
- Jeremiah 17:9 – The logic for the separation of powers.
- Ezra 7:24 – The basis of tax exemptions for churches.
In fact, U.S. Supreme Court had no difficulty in rendering a unanimous decision with what might be a surprising declaration for us today.
1892 U.S. Supreme Court – “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this a religious people…. [T]his is a Christian nation.”
1844 U.S. Supreme Court Girard College decision – delivered by Joseph Story (appointed by James Madison) “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament…be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [school] – its general precepts expounded…its evidences explained…and its glorious principles of morality inculcated?…Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”
1811 New York Supreme Court – “Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.”
These facts and material were taken from David Barton’s DVD titled “America’s Godly Heritage”
When we as a nation and its leaders know, pursue and pray for the righteousness that God desires, as modeled by the Founding Fathers of America (i.e. our Godly heritage), then God will respond to our obedience and faith in Him with blessing and exultation for our nation, as He promised. Psalm 33:12 states: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” and Proverbs 14:34 says: “Righteousness exalts a nation…”
I have a passion to educate American citizens and inspire them to re-establish our country’s foundations with the Biblical principles that God had originally designed for us. I have prepared an educational presentation intended to ignite a spark in the hearts of fellow believers to remain silent no longer. I proclaim the truths of America’s Godly heritage and provide action ideas for all ages. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31Blessings, Tom Hughes [email protected]