Beyond the "Shades of Gray"

America's Forgotten Christian Heritage


"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 33:12)
Created April 11, 2000 ~ Information Last Updated: February 27th, 2011

Table of Contents Links

Introduction
Statistical Information
The Pledge of Allegiance "One Nation Under God"
God in the Declaration of Independence
God in the First Amendment
George Washington's Farewell Address
Words of President John Adams
Thomas Jefferson's "Separation of Church and State"
Words of Noah Webster
Words of John Jay and George Mason
Francis Scott Key and "The Star Spangled Banner"
Our National Motto "In God We Trust"
Words of President John Quincy Adams
Words of President Abraham Lincoln
A Christ-Centered Black History
Godly Historical Court Precidents
Biblical Concepts of American Government
Closing Remarks
The "Sinner's Prayer"
About This Article

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Introduction


~ On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court of the United States, for the first time in our history, issued a court decision with absolutely no historical or legal precedent cited at all in the court opinion. In Engel vs. Vitale, the Court simply issued a statement which overturned 170 years of previous precedents, and thus made school prayer unconstitutional.

~ Again the following year, on June 17, 1963 in Abington vs. Schempp and Murray vs. Curlett, with absolutely no historical or legal precedent to back their decision, the Court also ruled that Bible reading in school was unconstitutional.

~ When the Supreme Court rules something to be "unconstitutional," they are in effect saying that such an act goes against the original intent which our Founding Fathers had when they wrote our Constitution. But beginning with the 1962 Supreme Court, a new and dangerous practice was adopted in ignoring historical and legal precedent, and of abandoning the clear intent of our Founding Fathers in favor of the Justices' own interpretations of the United States Constitution.

~ The practice of modern revisionism has rewritten our history, omitting all historic references to the role that Christianity has so clearly played throughout our nation's establishment and 230+ years of history. On this page, my intent is to recapture some of the God-inspired words and events recorded in our nation's history, in order to reconnect the American people with our Christian roots. In so doing, my sincere prayer to God is that our hearts would indeed return again to the religion, morals and politics which once made America so great in the eyes of the entire world.

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Statistical Information

All statistical information herein cited from the WallBuilders video, "America's Godly Heritage"

The 1962 Engle vs. Vitale decision made the following 22-word generic prayer unconstitutional:

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country."

The Supreme Court did a study in conjunction with the 1963 ruling which also removed the Bible from public schools. The findings were that only 3% of the nation's population did not profess any belief in God. Therefore, at the time of these court rulings, some 97% of our nation's population held religious beliefs which were in agreement with the context of that generic school prayer, and which favored Bible reading in classrooms. And yet the Supreme Court chose to make the 3% the "majority" with these decisions by forcing the other 97% to submit to the beliefs of a 3% minority of the population. What kind of justice is that?

Prior to 1962-63, America was advancing morally and leading the world in many social categories. The rates of other less than desirable categories, such as those named below, were either steady or decreasing in America, in spite of the population growth. However, since those two outrageous court decisions, America has sadly become the world leader in all of the following areas:

~ #1 in Violent Crime Rates
~ #1 in Divorce Rates
~ #1 in Illegal Drug Useage
~ #1 in Number of Voluntary Abortions
~ #1 in Teen Pregnancy (western world) and
~ #1 in Illiteracy (western world)

Additionally, a group of political scientists set out on a ten year project to examine 15,000 of the founding father's writings, which are available from the period just prior to our Declaration of Independence and our nation's founding, up until the time of the penning of our national Constitution. The reasoning behind such a study was that if they could isolate the sources most quoted by our founding fathers within those writings, then they could determine what the greatest influence was upon our founding fathers, as they penned the US Constitution.

From those 15,000 original writings, the group was able to isolate 3,154 direct quotes within them. And the group determined that the single most cited reference used in all of those various writings was the Holy Bible itself, which had been quoted 34% of the time. This was four times more often than their second most quoted reference, who was Charles Louis, Baron of Montesquieu (1689-1755), who was quoted 8.3% of the time in their writings. Next in line was William Blackstone (1723-1780), who was quoted 7.9% of the time. And in fourth place was John Locke (1632-1704), who was quoted just 2.3% of the time, within those writings of our nation's founding fathers.

~ There can be no doubt from this kind of evidence, that ours is indeed a Christian Nation, founded upon a framework of Christian morals and ideals, Christian influence, and Christian principles.

In fact, before the 1962 Supreme Court's unprecedented departure from Christian principles, there are over 800 Supreme Court decisions on record that refer to one or all of the biblical Ten Commandments, as part of their justification for the decisions so rendered in the cases, and with regard to one or more of the laws which have been established, here in the United States of America.

Our biblical heritage was so well understood by the Supreme Court of 1892, that they actually ruled on our founding father's constitutional intent, within the 16-page court decision, citing biblical principles as the basis for their constitutional intentions (Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States). At the end of the 87 historical precedents cited, the Justices said that they could go on citing many more available precedents, but that 87 were certainly more than sufficient to prove that "we are a Christian Nation."

The problem with the left-thinking revisionists today is that they feel threatened by this, and somehow equate it to mean that we are a Christian Theocracy. But that couldn't be farther from the truth, and that is certainly not what I am advocating with this article. But what I am advocating is that we have departed from the Christian values and principles of governing that have always allowed for responsible free choice among the people, and responsible government by our elected officials. We've done this by systematically removing the Christian God and His influence from our governing, and it has greatly influenced the ways in which we've always morally conducted ourselves, as a nation of people. The moral decline is obvious, and it will be the death of us as a nation, if the trend is not reversed, and our nation's God is not invited back in.

The Pledge of Allegiance

In 1954, Congress voted to add those two very important words, "Under God," to our original Pledge of Allegiance. President Eisenhower addressed Congress after the resolution was passed, saying, "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future. In this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


God in the Declaration of Independence

Excerpts from the actual Declaration:

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

...WE, THEREFORE, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES... ~And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

In Colonial Congress, July 4, 1776

From the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to the Constitution in 1787, and then the Bill of Rights in 1791, was a span of only 15 years. So it is easy to see how these three principle documents in our history are inter-woven in their ideals, and inseperably linked in their goals and purpose.

But the Declaration of Independence, in that it preceeded them all, it is the cornerstone of our very Nation, and the foundation of the principles upon which our Constitution, and later, the Bill of Rights, were also inspired and authored. The Declaration of Independence stated our very purpose for becoming a new nation unto ourselves, independent from the rule of England, recognizing the Creator, God himself, as the ultimate authority governing our freedoms and our rights of independence. So it is inspiring to me, knowing that our nation began with such powerful words.

The Founding Fathers went on to say that it is for the very purpose of securing these God-given Rights, that governments are instituted among men. Would they have made such a statement were it not for the fact that this is why our own government was to be instituted? Surely not! And while the King of England sought to deprive the American colonists of these God-given rights, our Fore-Fathers sought to restore them to us. It is the very reason for which the United States of America was born.


The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

About the First Amendment:

~ The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was also first in the hearts of the men who gave us the Bill of Rights. Their intent is obvious by the wording alone: that we should have freedom OF religion. But today the liberal thinking in our government is that it implies we should have freedom FROM it. The amendment clearly dictates that Congress will never be allowed to create any law to establish a federally mandated religion, nor will Congress ever be allowed to create a law which would restrict the freedom to exercise one's religion. No where in this amendment was it ever implied that religion should be kept from influencing our government. Only that religion should forever remain free from government influence. And yet we continue to see the nominations of conservative judges blocked, and liberal judges appointed to our courts. And these liberal judges feel their role is to interpret law by liberal thinking, rather than appold it with precedent.

The First Amendment also grants us Free Speech, of which public prayer and the sharing of the Gospel are certainly included.

Actual Text of the Amendment:

~ "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Ratified December 15, 1791


President George Washington's Farewell Address

About George Washington:

~ George Washington was a General over the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He became our first president at the birth of our nation and was the president of the convention which gave us our Constitution. He was also the president who called for the Bill of Rights, and oversaw their ratification to the Constitution.

~ On September 17, 1796, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, President George Washington gave his farewell address to the nation. It has been said that this was the single most significant presidential address ever given.

~ For a century-and-a-half, George Washington's farewell address was included and studied in America's schools. But today, the speech has mostly disappeared from text books. In text books where it does appear, some of President Washington's warnings to the nation are purposely left out, because they mention God and have strong Christian inferences. But President Washington was warning our nation of exactly the type of undermining that is being used today to subvert our Constitution and remove God from our public view:



Excerpts from the actual Farewell Address:

~ "...I shall carry it with me to my grave as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence... that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these states, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing...

~ Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare which can not end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger natural to that solicitude, urge me on an occasion like the present to offer to your solemn contemplation and to recommend to your frequent review some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appears to me all important to the permanency of your felicity as a people...

~ The name American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appelation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles...

~ All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the deligated will of the nation will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community, and... to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans, digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests...

~ However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the people, and to usurp for themselves the reigns of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

~ Toward the preservation of your government and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite... that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles... One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown...

~ The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield.

~ Of all the dispositions and habits 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 of human happiness - these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, 'Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?' And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

~ In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish - that they would control the usual current of the passions or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations..."

Commentary:

~ Looking in retrospect at "these counsels of an old and affectionate friend," it is clear to me that our courts today have ignored much of what George Washington told us that day.

~ His question now echos in my own heart, "Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life?" Because "the sense of religious obligation [has deserted] the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice." Our courtrooms use to be an honorable and respected place where the appointed judge would administer justice in accordance with the laws and statutes enacted by the democratic society of people which had appointed that judge. But more and more I find our judges are being appointed not as instruments of justice, but as instruments of all sorts of liberal agendas such as abortion, physician assisted suicides, condoms in our schools, or the normalizing of homosexual behavior.

~ Has the heart and spirit of our "free Constitution" been "sacredly maintained by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use" of those freedoms it grants? President Washington had an "apprehension of danger natural to that solitude" we enjoy under the "blessing" of a free Constitution. Thus, there were some "sentiments" he recommmended to our "frequent review." The President felt very strongly that his sincere warnings were "all important" to the "permanency of [our] felicity as a people." Yet our courts have ignored his cautions, which is, in the words of our first president, a "fatal tendency."

~ Our courts did not "resist with care the spirit of innovation upon [constitutional] principles," and have allowed "alterations which impair the energy of the system" and which also "undermine what cannot be directly overthrown," given our First Amendment rights.

~ Moreover, our courts have not allowed the precedent to "always greatly overbalance the permanent evil" of "any partial or transient benefit," gained to reach their "popular ends."

~ "Religion and Morality" were our "indespensable supports." They were our "great pillars of human happiness." But our courts have made them "unconstitutional," even to the point that the only "sin" in our "politically correct" nation today, is for one to call sin, "Sin!" And the new definition of "intolerance" today seems to be when one infringes upon another's so-called "right" to be immoral.


President John Adams on Morality and Religion

About John Adams:


~ John Adams, like George Washington, was one of the 55 Founding Fathers. He served as Vice President under George Washington, and as our nation's 2nd president. He was often known for his differing political views from those of the other Founders of our nation. But there was one important and widely held Constitutional precept which President Adams always agreed upon:



Actual Words of John Adams:

~ "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 a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

~ "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were... the general princiles of Christianity... Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that the general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."


The Truth about Thomas Jefferson's

"Wall of Separation Between Church and State"

~ Thomas Jefferson was another of the Founding Fathers. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, served as Secretary of State under President George Washington, served as Vice President under President John Adams, and became the third President of the United States.

~ At the turn of the 19th century, Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut were being persecuted because they were not part of the "Congregationalist" religious establishment of that state. So the Danbury Baptist Association, concerned about religious liberty in our new nation, wrote to President Thomas Jefferson on October 7, 1801.

~ In response, President Jefferson wrote his letter containing the now famous phrase, "thus building a wall of separation between church and State." In the context of his letter, the "wall" President Jefferson spoke about was that protective wall which was created by the First Amendment, in order to keep the Government from establishing a federally mandated denomination of Christianity, and from prohibiting the American People their right to the free exercise of religion.

~ Today however, our Government is taking away our religious freedoms. We are deceived into thinking that Thomas Jefferson's phrase is a part of our Constitution, and that its intent is to prohibit any free exercise of religion within our governmental institutions or in public view, when in reality, just the opposite is true. The clear intent of Thomas Jefferson, the First Amendment to the Constitution and of our Founding Fathers, remains today as their intent originally was and always has been: Not that religion should be kept out of our Government, but that our Government should be kept out of religion. That being so, President Jefferson writes:

The actual Text of the Letter:

"Gentlemen:

~ The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which are so good to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association, gave me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

~ Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between a man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all of his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

~ I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessings of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem."

Thomas Jefferson; January 1, 1802



Commentary:

~ Prior to 1947, "church" had consistently been defined, constitutionally, to mean any one "sect," (or denomination), of Christianity. Because this is a "Christian nation," according to Chief Justice John Jay. And the Supreme Court had always cited Thomas Jefferson's complete letter to establish that fact. But from 1947 to 1962, "church" gradually began to take on the constitutional meaning of Christianity as a whole, in order to remove Christianity from our government first, and now from our public view altogether.

~ The 1947 Supreme Court was the first to cite the phrase, "separation between church and State," apart from the context of President Jefferson's entire letter and meaning. The phrase has been increasingly used out of context by the nation's courts ever since. So it is worthy to note here, that in the 1958 Baer vs. Kolmorgen court record, a dissenting Supreme Court Justice in the case warned, "If this Court doesn't stop citing, 'separation between church and State,' the American People will very likely begin to think it is part of the Constitution!" His words could not have been more prophetic.


The Beliefs of Noah Webster:

~ Noah Webster is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work with our language. However I also acknowledge him here for his passion to teach godly values to the school children of our country.

Noah Webster was born in Connecticut and came of age during the American Revolution. He was educated at Yale University, and when his family lacked the funds for further studies, he became a teacher. And in that calling, this well-known Colonial American patriot began his teaching career, using the Bible as his most valued school textbook.

Noah Webster used the Bible and applied Biblical principles in the classroom, firmly believing that the children of our new nation should be taught to honor God's Word and to learn the moral laws taught in the Scriptures. He also believed that Americans should have American books from which to learn spelling and grammar. His "Blue-backed Speller" (so nicknamed for its blue cover) became the standard for American school children for over 100 years.

It wasn't until years later that he developed our country's first dictionary, because he believed that all Americans should speak distinctly American English, rather than British English. That first Webster's Dictionary took him 27 years to complete, and contained some 70,000 words. Throughout, he applied many Biblical passages in the definitions, and Webster's Dictionary is still in wide use today.

Noah Webster understood that our form of government is not a democracy, but a constitutional republic. And he taught that the authority for our republican form of government is biblical law and Christianity.

Mr. Webster once said,

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."

"Our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion."

~ And Noah Webster also wrote these words:

"It is extremely important to our nation, in a political as well as religious view, that all possible authority and influence should be given to the Scriptures; for these furnish the best principles of civil liberty, and the most effectual support of republican government. They teach the true principles of that equality of rights which belongs to every one of the human family, but only in consistency with a strict subordination to the magistrate and the law.

The Scriptures were intended by God to be the guide of human reason. The Creator of man established the moral order of the universe; knowing that human reason, left without a divine guide or rule of action, would fill the world with disorder, crime, and misery. A great portion of mankind, ignorant of this guide of rejecting its authority, have verified the fact; and the history of three thousand years is a tissue of proof that human reason left of itself can neither preserve morals nor give duration to a free government. Human reason never has been, and unquestionably never will be, a match for ambition, selfishness, and other evil passions of man. On the other hand, opposed to the force of these passions, constitution and laws are generally found to be mere cobwebs and gossamer. The principles of all genuine liberty and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man therefore who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.

In my view, there are two powers only which are sufficient to control men, and secure the rights of individuals and a peaceable administration; these are the combined force of religion and law, and the force or fear of the bayonet....

The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society; the best Book for regulating the temporal concerns of men, and the only Book that can serve as an infallible guide to future felicity."

~ It is quite clear to me that this American Hero had a clear understanding of the intended relationship between church and state; that the First Amendment in no way prevents godly, Biblical morals and principles from being taught to the very people for whom the government was instituted, with a clearly stated constitutional mandate to protect, among other things, their religious freedoms.

The liberal-thinkers have it all backwards. And this backwards approach continues to severely damage the moral climate in our nation, and indeed the whole world today.


The Views of John Jay and George Mason

About John Jay:



~ The Honorable John Jay was the original Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington. He was one of three men most responsible for drafting the Constitution. The Honorable John Jay was therefore perhaps more familiar with our Constitution than any U.S. Supreme Court Justice since, and yet he saw nothing "unconstitutional" in making a statement such as this:


Actual Words of John Jay:

~ "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."


About George Mason:



~ George Mason was a Revolutionary War statesman. He served on the Constitutional Committee for, and is known as the Father of The Bill of Rights. George Mason held the Biblical world-view that our nation is accountable to Almighty God for both the good and the evil which are birthed out of it by its leaders and its people:



Actual Words of George Mason:

~ "As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities."

That being said...


Consider September 11th, 2001

& Hurricane Katrina in September, 2005


~ Where was God on September 11th, 2001? Where was He during Hurricane Katrina in September, 2005? For that matter, where is God in America with any of the pervasive evil and increasing violence present within our society and our schools today if God is really so loving and good?

Yes, God is loving and good. But when a nation of people has pushed away his protective hand, first from our public schools, and now from our government institutions and the public arena altogether, how can we expect that his hand would be there to protect us any longer from "national calamities" like the terrorist attacks of September 11th or from the destructive forces of nature like that seen in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? We can't! So "national calamities" will continue not because God is angry, but because we, as a nation, have pushed him away.

In the shadow of Hurricane Katrina's devistation, and in one of the most shameful displays of human behavior by an elected official I've yet to see, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin spewed obscenities across national television and radio airwaves, taking God's name in vain and demanding to know who in the Federal Government was to blame for what happened in his city? Well take a long, hard look in the mirror, Mr. Mayor! WE ALL ARE! What was New Orleans during every Mardi Gras, if not a prime example, year after year, of just how far America's moral values have declined? And what is our government if not representative of our own citizenry? So stop pointing the finger of blame at the Federal Government, when it's the people who elect those who serve in our government!

The people of our Nation would take a great stride toward beginning the recovery process from and avioding horrible disasters like these in the future, if first we would all just look into our own hearts and do some genuine soul-searching as we drop to our knees in prayer. America has chosen pathways that lead us away from God, and it shows. It's been showing for a long time now! So wake up, my brothers and sisters; fellow Americans one and all! For I believe that these are but glimpses of such tragedies that may be yet to come upon us all over time, without national repentance.

God will never force us to accept his outstreached, protective hand. But rather we must humble ourselves as a nation again, and reach out for it. I pray that we do. Because at the rate we are going without Him, the America I love and cherish will one day cease to exist as a nation. Accept it or not! But that is indeed the spiritual reality of what you see happening all around us. And both John Jay and George Mason had the wisdom to warn us about such things, over two centuries ago.


Francis Scott Key

~ The date was September 14, 1814, and the War of 1812 was winding down. As 35-year-old Lawyer and Poet, Francis Scott Key, raised his spy glass to scan the smoke filled shore line at the mouth of the Potomac River, he gazed toward Fort McHenry which had been bombarded all night by the British fleet, trying to attack Baltimore. In the dim light of the new morning, he saw our flag waiving above the fort, and then joyfully shouted, "We didn't lose the fort! Our flag is still there!"

That event inspired him to pen the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which would become our National Anthem. Its words attest to his acknowledgement that God had made and preserved our nation.

The Star-Spangled Banner:

~ O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming!
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

~ On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

~ And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

~ Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


In God We Trust ~ Our National Motto

"In God We Trust" goes back to 1814, when in September of that year, during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Francis Scott Key composed the poem, "Star Spangled Banner," of which one line in the final stanza is "And this be our motto - 'In God is our trust.'"

Later, around 1861, the Chief Justice Chase of the Supreme Court wrote the following in a letter to the Director of the Mint: "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins." In 1865, Congress enacted legislation authorizing the phrase "In God We Trust" to be placed on certain coins.

In 1931 Congress passed the act that until today officially designates as the national anthem "the composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner." 36 U.S.C. § 301. However, it was not until the height of the Cold War in 1955 that Congress mandated the inscription of "In God We Trust" on all coins and paper currency. The legislation's sponsor, Representative Bennett, stated on the floor of Congress: In these days when imperialistic and materialistic communism seeks to attack and to destroy freedom, it is proper for us to seek continuously for ways to strengthen the foundation of our freedom. At the base of our freedom is our faith in God and the desire of Americans to live by His will and by His guidance. As long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail. To remind all of us of this self-evident truth, it is proper that our currency should carry these inspiring words, coming down to us through our history: "In God We Trust."

The following year, Congress codified "In God We Trust" as the national motto: 36 U.S.C. § 302 (2001). Congress's rationale for doing so can be found in the relevant House Report: It will be of great spiritual and psychological value to our country to have a clearly designated national motto of inspirational quality in plain, popularly accepted English. The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives recognizes that the phrase "E pluribus unum" has also received wide usage in the United States. However, the committee considers "In God We Trust" a superior and more acceptable motto for the United States.

Thus the words, "In God We Trust" have been long recognized as one of our national mottos since as early as 1814, and it has remained our official national motto since July 30th, 1956.


President John Q. Adams' Independence Day Speech

~ John Q. Adams served as our nation's 6th president. On July 4, 1837, President Adams gave an address wherein he compares the two "most joyous and most venerated" holidays celebrated each year in America:

Excerpt from the Actual Speech:

~ "Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and venerated festival returns on this day? 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?"


Some Words from Abraham Lincoln

About President Lincoln

~ Abraham Lincoln was our well known sixteenth president. He once said, "The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." So when our government eliminates the Word of God from the schoolroom and politics, it will have blindly committed suicide by also eliminating the very nation that Word protects.

~ Among the many things Abe Lincoln is remembered for during the Civil War period, is his dedication speech for the National Cemetery at the Cival War Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His great words still echo a godly edict to preserve our democracy by preserving those godly principles of government which are our very foundation.

Excerpt from the Gettysburg Address

~ "...It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ~ that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion ~ that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain ~ that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom ~ and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

Abraham Lincoln; November 19, 1863


A Christ-Inspired Heritage of Black History

~ The "Liberal-Left," having hijacked many prominent members of the black civil rights movement; when Black History Month is oserved each year, we seldom if ever hear the truth of how many of these black men and women did what they did because of their faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Below are just a few examples I was made aware of while listening to a radio commentary, by Chuck Colsen:



~ Sojourner Truth is often identified as a women’s rights advocate and abolitionist. Overlooked is the source of Sojourner’s fiery devotion to human rights: That was her commitment to Jesus Christ. "The Lord gave me the name Sojourner," she declared, "because I was to travel up and down the land, showing people their sins, and being a sign unto them." At age eighty-eight, her dying words were, "Follow the Lord Jesus."






~ Many people know the story of Rosa Parks, the seamstress who helped ignite the modern civil rights movement. But far fewer people know that Parks is a devout Christian and that it was her faith that gave her the strength to do what she did that day in 1955. "Since I have always been a strong believer in God," she says, "I knew that He was with me, and only He could get me through that next step"—that is, refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.





~ Our kids have also been hearing a lot about Jackie Robinson’s quiet dignity in the face of racial bigotry on the ball field. But many don’t realize the source of Robinson’s ability to turn the other cheek: It was his faith in Jesus Christ. During his ten years with the Dodgers, he endured racist remarks, death threats, and unfair calls by umpires. But Robinson’s faith helped him keep his anger in check. Every night, he got on his knees and prayed for self-control.


~ Most people know that George Washington Carver was a chemist and agronomist. Born a slave in 1860, Carver rose to become director of agricultural research at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He is remembered for developing 118 derivative products from sweet potatoes and 300 from peanuts—including my favorite food, peanut butter. Thanks to his efforts, by 1940, peanuts were the second largest cash crop in the South. But go to his name in the encyclopedia, and you’ll find no reference to the most important aspect of his life: how his faith in God inspired his creativity. "I didn’t make these discoveries," Carver once said. "God has only worked through me to reveal to His children some of His wonderful providence."



~ Clarence Thomas is the second black judge appointed to the United States Supreme Court, sworn in on October 23rd, 1991. In Good News Club vs. Milford Central School, the school discriminated against the Christian values and teaching practices of the club. And Justice Thomas rendered the appropriate Court decision by saying: "We disagree that something that is 'quintessentially religious' or 'decidedly religious in nature' cannot also be characterized properly as the teaching of morals and character development from a particular viewpoint."

~ Mr. Colson continued the commentary by saying: "Stories like these are a reminder of what a central role the Christian faith has played in the lives of many great Americans. We Christians need to reclaim our cultural heritage from those who seem intent on deleting it from history books—and from Black History Month celebrations."

I couldn't agree more.


Some Historical and Legal Precedents

An 1853 House Judiciary Committee conducted a one-year long inquiry when a group petitioned the government to remove Christianity from our government institutions. On March 27, 1854, that Committee brought the following conclusion:

~ "Had the people, during the revolution, a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle... At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and its amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, but not any one sect... In this age, there is 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."

~ Two months later, The House Committee added these words to their previous ones:

~ "The great, vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."


In 1892 from Church of the Holy Trinity vs. The United States:

~ "No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people... This is a Christian nation."

~ The Supreme Court provided 87 previous legal case precedents in their 16-page opinion, and stated that many more precedents were available beyond the 87 which were cited in the opinion. This was unlike the 1962 and 1963 Court which cited zero precedent to render school prayer and Bible reading, "unconstitutional". If anything, the High Court ignored all of the precedents which preceeded this case, and which were consistently in favor of prayer and Bible reading, dating all the way back to the birth of our nation.


Biblical Concepts In America's Government

The Three Branches of Government:

~ The Judicial Branch
~ The Legislative Branch
~ The Executive Branch

The Biblical Foundation:

~ "For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us." ~ Isaiah 33:22


Biblical Foundations for the Constitutional Separation of Powers:

~ "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." ~ Psalm 139:23-24

~ "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10


Biblical Foundation for Church Tax Exemption:

~ "You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God." ~ Ezra 7:24

Biblical Foundation for Other Sections of the Constitution:

~ That our President must be a natural-born citizen (Article 2, Section 1) is from Deuteronomy 17:15

~ Regarding witnesses and capital punishment (Article 3, Section 3) is from Deuteronomy 17:6

~ The provision against attainder [holding a person responsible for the crime of a relative] (Article 3, Section 3) is from Ezekiel 18:20

~ The provision requiring uniform immigration laws (Article 1, Section 8) is from Leviticus 19:34

~ The povision requiring national republicanism [elections held at the local, county, state and federal levels] (Article 4, Section 4) is from Exodus 18:21

Closing Remarks

~ What do we do? If you are anything like me, you are probably saddened by, and even a little angered at our government and the courts, because of the systematic removal of God from our public view, in favor of what was once a minority group of boisterous, non-religious plaintiffs in our nation.

~ And are we who hold to our sacred Christian Values now becoming "the minority" in America? If we are, then where did this humanistic way of thinking that has infected our own government come from? I believe each of us will answer to God for the motives we've used to cast our votes in governmental elections. This nation elected a presidenial candidate in Barack Obama, who clearly stated all of his ungodly and immoral intentions, prior to the election (such as imposing open homosexuality upon our military forces, and doing all he could to support the countless murders of unborn children within their mother's wombs, just to name two). And yet the popular vote elected him anyway!

~ Remember that the Scriptures warned us of days such as these, in the first chapter of Paul's letter to the Roman Church. So being a believer in Christ, I have to ask, "Where was the Christian Church in America when all of this was happening? Why did we close our eyes and allow it to happen? And are we still apathetic towards it all, even today?" Oh God, please forgive us for what we've failed to cherish and hold dear.

~ This is what we must do: I hope that others will join me both in praying daily for our nation, and in becoming more actively involved in the political process. Contact your elected officials often, and voice your concerns. Take seriously your right to vote, and please endeavor to select godly candidates when you do vote. Finally, please heed the Biblical call to pray for our judges, elected officials and for all of those in authority over us here in our nation.

~ God's Word still holds true: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2nd Chronicles 7:14

~ "If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it," says the Lord.
Jeremiah 18:7-10

~ Godspeed, to us all!


You Can Pray to Receive Jesus Christ

into Your Own Life and Situation:

"God, I realize that I am a sinner. So I'm asking you for your forgiveness. I don't understand everything about this new relationship with you right now, but I'm willing to trust you for the answers I don't yet have. What I do believe is that Jesus is your Son. And I believe that Jesus gave his good and perfect life for mine, as a ransome payment for all my sins, when he died in my place that day, on the cross. And God, I believe that you raised Jesus to life again, from death. Jesus lives his life for you today, and he will help me to also live my life for you from now on, because you raised him to life again as Lord over all things. So I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. Please also send your Holy Spirit, to live inside of my heart from this moment on, so that he will help me to become more like Jesus in my every day character and love. Thank you for making me one of your own children, Father, and for receiving me back into your family forever. All of these words I pray are in the name of your Son, Jesus, the Christ whom you sent to save us all. Amen."


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