- Pastor Tom Cunningham
THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS…
Woven throughout with excerpts from “Our Godly Heritage”
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven". —Matthew 5:13-16
The BIRTH of a NATION, the United States of America
We celebrated the United States yesterday, July 4th, 2011; freedom, liberty and the philosophy of the greatest nation to ever exist in history. There is much rewriting of history going on in our generation as ungrateful people who dislike God and seem to have a great grievance with Christians as a whole are trying to change the perception of the way this great Nation was founded. Make no mistake, despite whatever “new revelations” you read about, the United States of American was founded by Christian men! The following commentary was taken in part from David Barton’s “America’s Godly Heritage.”
As a point of clarification, throughout the writings of the Founders of the Constitution, they sometimes refer to Christianity, sometimes religion, sometimes godly principles, etc. Also, “Providence” was a term used commonly to refer to God. The religion they are referring to is always Christianity and the God is the God of the Bible. It was so well known at the time and referred to in so many writings, that it was assumed in other writings that everyone knew THE religion they were talking about—there was no confusion on “truth”.
GEORGE WASHINGTON – 1755 FRENCH and INDIAN WAR In the French and Indian war in 1755, George Washington commanded 1300 troops against the Indians in a woodland battle. Washington’s officers (on horseback) and most of his troops were cut down. At the end of the battle Washington was the only officer that remained and still on horseback. Afterwards he found 4 bullet holes in his jacket and wrote to his wife that God had protected him.
Fifteen years later, the Indian chief that fought against Washington traveled a good distance to meet him when he heard that he was in the area of the battleground. This chief stated that he had commanded his braves to concentrate on killing Washington and had personally shot at him 17 times. He wanted to meet the man that “God wouldn’t let die”.
This exciting story and Washington’s letter, used to be in the American history books. In an effort to degrade American heroes that depended on God, American history books are being revised and this story and letter have been removed in this century.
PATRICK HENRY – AN AMERICAN PATRIOT He is known for his saying “Give me liberty or give me death.” He also said “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.”
AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY – AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY (and others) It is interesting that the Founders of the Constitution of the U.S. were the same people that were among the Founders of the early religious evangelical societies that are still in existence today. In 1813 the American Tract Society bound together their tracts from many years past into a book and the names of many of the Founders are included.
THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER – 1795 The New England Primer was a reader used in what would be the modern equivalent of our 1st grade. It was first introduced in 1690 and taught for 200 years in America, until 1900. The alphabet was taught with Bible verses that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Also lessons had questions about the Bible and the Ten Commandments.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS With the education that had a Godly influence, John Quincy Adams received an appointment to Ambassador to Russia at 14 years of age. He later wrote “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it tied together in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
JOHN JAY Jay was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the three men most responsible for the writing of the Constitution of the U.S. He said, “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 Rulers.”
How long has it been since the Supreme Court said to make sure you elect Christians for your leaders? We have lost this guidance which made our country great.
GEORGE WASHINGTON – PRESIDENTIAL FAREWELL SPEECH Washington was a public servant for 45 years. He was President of the convention that gave us the Constitution. He called for the 1st Amendment Bill of Rights. After 2 terms as President, he gave a farewell speech which was heralded as the most significant political speech ever given to the nation. It has since been removed from American history books and it would be rare to find it in any for at least the last 30 years. Why? – In it he said “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”
Apparently the people writing our history books want to change what our children are taught about the connection between political prosperity and religion and morality. This form of government, however, established by the Founders of the United States has lasted over 230 years. Some other countries have undergone many different forms during this same period; such as France, 7 forms and Italy 40 forms.
You are what you read…
Political Science professors at the University of Houston wondered if there was something unique about the government of the United States. They gathered 15,000 quotes from the Founders and located where all of them came from. They then boiled that down to 3,154 quotes that had significant impact on the founding of America. It took them 10 years to finish the project, but they found that the three men most quoted by the Founding fathers were Blackstone, Montesquieu, and John Locke.
They also found that the Bible was quoted:
4 times more often than Montesquieu,
12 times more often than Blackstone, and 16 times more often than Locke.
Additionally, 34% of all quotes were from the Bible,
Another 60% of the quotes were from men who were using the Bible to arrive at their conclusions.
Added together, 94% of all the quotes of the Founders had their origin in the Bible, which shows the importance of God’s word in their lives and of this Nation’s founding.
(For the LORD is our Judge [Judicial Branch], the LORD is our Lawgiver [Legislative Branch], the LORD is our King [Executive Branch]; He will save us); —Isaiah 33:22