Some think that the United States of America is simply an ideology. If that is true, then the ideology of America is one of biblical proportions.
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
While much has been written to try to dismiss the fact that America was founded on biblical principles, all the revisionist history in the world can’t change the facts. Anyone who examines the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements of the individuals who were instrumental in the founding of America, will find an abundance of quotations showing the profound extent to which their thinking was influenced by a Biblical Worldview. Here are some examples:
George Washington, our 1st President, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
John Adams, our 2nd President, said, “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity…I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, said, “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world…and I say to you, ‘Search the Scriptures.’”
John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it; and my body I recommend to the earth…nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God.”
Patrick Henry, Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution, said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it.”
John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, “Providence has given to the 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.”
Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security of the duration of free governments.”
Perhaps John Adams and John Hancock said it best when they said, “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.”
Based on these quotations (and others we’ll read as we travel through today), we could conclude that the Founders almost all thought from a biblical perspective. The Holy Bible, which is the Word of God, is what the Founding Fathers used to shape America.
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