In June of 2007 Barack Obama gave a speech in which he stated that America is no longer a Christian nation. He continued with his rhetoric that America is a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a nation of non-believers. His hapless comment gave rise to the question as to whether America is a Christian nation. And I want to clarify right here and right now on this Christmas morning that there is no debate. The United States of America is great because of the birth of Jesus Christ. America is, without question, a Christian nation.
Because of the secular/progressive forces which have been wreaking havoc on our educational system, most Americans, through no fault of their own, are clueless as to the role of Christianity in not only the founding of this great republic, but through her rise to greatness. The evidence abounds of the influence of Jesus Christ upon our Founders and leaders, all throughout our 240 year old history. And sadly, the true story of the faith behind the story of America has been deliberately concealed to advance the globalist agenda.
Revisionists have buried the details of America’s founding so as to deny We the People the historical knowledge necessary to understand the uniqueness of our heritage. The expansion of globalism is contingent upon an ignorant and faithless populace. Progressives understand that the link between Christianity and America’s exceptionalism must be cloaked as a nefarious bond that brought about slavery and imperialism.
Christians can no longer allow for this lie to stand. They need the ammunition to stand steadfast against the Left and their assault on Christianity. The War on Christmas is just one battle in which anti-Christians try to discredit the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Declaring America to be a Christian nation does not mean that all Americans are Christians. It does not mean that we have an established theology to which all people must adhere. And it does not mean that people of other faiths cannot worship as they please in America. No one is compelled to follow Christianity in America. To the contrary, the Constitution specifically says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof.”
So, if the Constitution specifically states that America cannot establish a national religion, how can we justify saying that America is a Christian nation? In the mid 1800s, Supreme Court Justice David Brewer explained, “of all the nations in the world, America is most justly called a Christian nation, because Christianity has so largely shaped and molded it.”
In the early 1800s, Constitutional law professor Edward Mansfield stated, “In every country, the morals of the people…whatever they may be, take their form and spirit from their religion. In the United States, Christianity is the original, spontaneous, and national religion.”
Founding Father and Supreme Court Justice John Marshall said, “With us Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange indeed, if with such a people our institutions did not presuppose Christianity and did not often refer to it and exhibit relations with it.”
Multiple United States presidents have identified America as a Christian nation. Founder and President John Adams stated, “the general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”
President Teddy Roosevelt said, “The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole social and civic life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what the life would be if these teachings were removed.” Sadly, one century after Teddy Roosevelt’s prophetic words, Americans have learned what happens when the teachings of Christ are removed from our social and civic lives.
In the early 1900s, President Woodrow Wilson said, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness that are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”
Also in the early 1900s, President Herbert Hoover said, “American life is builded, and can lone survive upon the fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen hundred years ago.”
President Harry Truman stated, “This is a Christian nation.”
In 1852 atheists attempted to remove all religious activities from the government and reference to religion from the public square. Congress responded vociferously and declared America to be a Christian nation. The House Judiciary Committee responded, “Had the people, during the Revolution, had any suspicion of war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect. Any attempt to level and discard all religion would have been viewed with universal indignation. In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; that in its general principles, that in its great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee responded, “We are Christians, not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay a due regard to Christianity?”
There are hundreds upon hundreds of accounts of our Founders, our presidents, our Congressional leaders, and our judges exclaiming America to be a Christian nation. But progressive forces have denied Americans the right to know the true history of America’s greatness and the role that Christianity played in the extraordinary greatness of this nation.
America is great, because her traditions, customs, and culture are founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. And to forget or deny this fact is to lose America to the forces of darkness. This Christmas morning, as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, let us promise to ourselves and our fellow Christians that we will raise awareness to the role in which Christianity played in giving rise to the United States of America.