Conclusion of America’s Christian History – Hidden in Plain View

This concludes the series of historic quotes, assembled and published by Hobby Lobby, indicating that Christianity was prized by the early leaders of this country to the same degree that Secularism is prized by its current leaders.

I put “hidden in plain view” in the title because such quotes as those I’ve given are found easily enough – it’s just that today’s secular media won’t publish them.  Therefore, young people grow up ignorant of this critical aspect of our history as a nation.

Only by contrasting the words of America’s original leaders with the words of its current leaders can you see so clearly the distance we have fallen.  Here again is one of the quotes I gave you:

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my county when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
– Thomas Jefferson

If the early leaders were thus concerned about God’s judgment on them, then how much more we ought to be concerned about it.

If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
–  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

America’s Christian History According to Foreign Opinion – Hidden in Plain View

It wasn’t just that early America saw itself as Christian – outsiders agreed!

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.
–  Alexis de Tocqueville, French observer of America in 1831, author of Democracy in America

There is no country in which the people are so religious as in the United States.  …The great number of religious societies existing in the United States is truly surprising: there are some of them for everything; for instance, societies to distribute the Bible; to distribute tracts; to encourage religious journals; to convert, civilize, educate…to take care of their widows and orphans; to preach, extend, purify, preserve, reform the faith; to build chapels, endow congregations, support seminaries…to establish Sunday schools…to prevent drunkenness, etc.
–  Achille Murat, French observer of America in 1832

What French observers would say such things about us today?

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America’s Christian History According to Harvard and Yale – Hidden in Plain View

Here’s the way Harvard and Yale used to direct their students.  Wish they still did.

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.  And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2, 3).  Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.
–  Harvard 1636 Student Guidelines

All the scholars are required to live a religious and blameless life according to the rules of God’s word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, that fountain of Divine light and truth, and constantly attending all the duties of religion.
–  Yale 1787 Student Guidelines

It is possible for any institution to depart as far from its original values as these have?

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America’s Christian History According to Congress – Hidden in Plain View

This is the way the U. S. Congress used to talk.  Can’t it talk that way again…if voters want it to?

We are a Christian people…not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay due regard to Christianity?”
–  Senate Judiciary Committee Report, January 19, 1853

At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged.  …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.
–  House Judiciary Committee Report, March 27, 1854

When was the U. S. government shorn of its Christian orientation?  Who voted to change America from a Christian nation to a secular nation?  Since the founders of this republic expected Christianity to remain the religion of their descendants, can’t we go back to it?

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America’s Christian History According to Supreme Court Rulings – Hidden in Plain View

Have you read a recent Supreme Court ruling that sounded like either of these?

There is no dissonance in these [legal] declarations.  …These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic [legal, governmental] utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people.  …These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.
–  Trinity v. U. S., 1892 (Unanimous decision declaring America a Christian nation).  Significantly, the U. S. Supreme Court cited dozens of court rulings and legal documents as precedents to arrive at this ruling; but in 1962, when the Supreme Court struck down voluntary prayer in schools, it did so without using any such precedent.

Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in [schools] – 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?
–  Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 1844 (Unanimous decision commending and encouraging the use of the Bible in government-run schools)

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America’s Christian History According to Its Early Supreme Court Justices – Hidden in Plain View

What would happen if next nominee to the Supreme Court were to speak like these Supreme Court justices?

The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next.  Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.
–  John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is Divine.  …Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants.  Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.
–  James Wilson, original Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court

One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law.  …There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation.  …I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.
–  Joseph Story (1779-1845), U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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America’s Christian History According to Its Founding Fathers – Hidden in Plain View

Here’s the way America’s original leaders spoke.  Compare their comments with those of America’s current leaders.

“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys. …Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown , our present republican forms of government – and all blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.”
– Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), the figurative “father of American geography” and literal father of Samuel Morse (inventor of Morse code)

An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! …Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. …Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. …Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
– Patrick Henry

I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
– Benjamin Franklin

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America’s Christian History According to Its Early Presidents – Hidden in Plain View

Compare and contrast the rhetoric of modern candidates for the office of U.S. president with the sorts of things spoken by our earliest presidents.  The contrast speaks volumes about the spiritual and moral decay in present times.

Part of our current moral decay is that utterances like these from our nation’s first presidents are, practically speaking, expunged from all modern-day public policy discussions.

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.
–  George Washington

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
–  John Adams

Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.
–  James Madison

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my county when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
–  Thomas Jefferson

Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the 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?
–  John Quincy Adams

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Do Any of America’s Current Political Leaders Think as American’s Original Leaders Did?

I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men.  If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.  I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
–  Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick Henry’s Reliance on God

You probably know that American founding father Patrick Henry (1736-1799) said “Give me liberty or give me death!”  But do you know the context of those words?  That is, do you know what he said in the sentences leading up to that sentence?

An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! …Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. …Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.  There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. …Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
–  Patrick Henry

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