Christians founded the United States and left a clear legacy

America was founded by men and women who believed in Jesus Christ and who wanted a government that adhered to principles within the Bible.

That is the truth (even though some liberal journalists and secularists scream otherwise).

In the special section of the Tulsa Beacon this week, we pulled quotes from 18 Founding Fathers and they universally spoke of freedom, self-determination and God. Also, we have quotations from each of the 50 state constitutions that mention God. They don’t mention a “great force” or a “universal spirit” – they mention God and that is the true God of Christians and Jews found in the Old and New Testaments.

Many of the people who fled to the New World – including the Puritans – did so to escape the religious persecution of Europe. They wanted to establish a Christian country.

Here are a few quotes from our Founding Fathers that prove that they believed in God and Jesus Christ.

Benjamin Franklin – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution

“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see.”

Was he a genuine believer? If not, he was about as close as you could get.

George Washington – First U.S. President

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

Washington saw God at work in the answered prayers of his overmatched colonial army as they defeated the greatest army on Earth at that time.

John Adams – Second U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”

Adams knew that even if you didn’t fully trust in Jesus Christ, following the principles in the Bible were the next best option for a nation.

Thomas Jefferson – Third U.S. President, drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. 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 of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”

Those are pretty strong statements from someone who liberals claim had no faith.

John Hancock – First signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

Hancock understood that the only way to preserve the freedoms of a constitutional republic was through the character of a people shaped by Christian virtue.

Patrick Henry – ratifier of the U.S. Constitution

“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. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

Can it be any clearer than this?

America is the great experiment. Freedom embedded in the voice of the people is a system that never truly existed on a such a scale. The crafters of this wonderful system knew that faith in Jesus Christ was the bedrock for its longevity.

Now it is in jeopardy.

Secularists want to wipe every evidence of Christianity from public life. They fight the display of the Ten Commandments. They sue to stop prayer at high school football games. They ridicule Christian lawmakers who stand up for traditional values. They denigrate holy matrimony and promote the destruction of unborn children.

There is a war against Christianity.

But it is a spiritual battle, against principalities and powers. Christians should be ambassadors for Christ and do all we can to persuade nonbelievers to see the Light.

It is a difficult struggle but we owe it to future generations – and to our Savior – to be salt and light.

God bless America!