“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.” – John Hancock and John Adams
Clearly, there was a predominant Christian consensus in colonial America that shaped the founders thinking and their writing of the founding documents and laws, resulting in the republic we have today. The Declaration of Independence identified the source of all authority and rights as “Their Creator,” and then accentuated that individual human rights were God-given, not man-made. Thus, there would be no king or established religion to stand in the way of human liberty or dignity— uniquely Judeo-Christian ideals.
This core group of men represents the religious sentiments of those who shaped the political foundations of our nation. As a matter of public record, the delegates included 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown, and 3 deists (those who believe in an impersonal God who gave the world its initial impetus but then left it to run its course). A full 93 percent of its members were members of Christian churches, and all were deeply influenced by a Biblical view of mankind and government.
Taken from The American Patriot’s Bible – Dr. Richard G. Lee, General Editor; Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2009, pg I-11.
56 signers of the Declaration of Independence:
- Nearly half of the signers had degrees from what today would be considered seminaries or Bible schools.
- Started the Sunday school movement.
- Started Bible societies.
- Started missionary societies.
- Penned numerous religious works.
- Published Bibles: American Family Bible, Greek Septuagint to English.
September 12, 1782 Congress approved the production of nearly 20,000 Bibles:
- Written inside each: “Whereupon, resolved that the United States in Congress assembled…recommend this edition of the Bible to the United States.”
- Designated for the use of our schools.
- Congress itself was the first Bible society.
Taken from David Barton’s DVD titled “America’s Godly Heritage.” www.wallbuilders.com
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]