There has been discussion for many years now whether the United States, or America, is a Christian nation or not. Actually there are several resources about the subject if people would just look them up and then believe what the writers have presented. Of course if your view is jaded and not flexible to accept the truth because it clashed with your ideology you will never accept the truth of history as it is not the rewritten version.
There is a book that was published in 1905 entitled “The United States: A Christian Nation” written by David J. Brewer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It was republished in 1996 and is a book well worth the time to explore what Justice Brewer had to say about Christian faith in the country. There are other publications and court decisions affirming that the Christian faith was the predominate faith at the foundation of this country.
Christianity was the principle cause of the settlements on these western shores.
It has been identified with the growth and development of those settlements into the United States of America, has so largely shaped and molded it that today of all nations in the world it is justly called a Christian nation. (Contrary to what the current sitting president has disputed it to be)
Christianity has always stood for purity of the home, and who doubts that our homes (in the past) have been the centers of the holiest living. It is Mormonism, Mohammedanism, and heathenism and not Christianity which have proclaimed polygamy and debased woman from the sacred place of wife to the lower level of concubine. It is not Christianity which has sustained social evil. All through our history, colonial and national, the hope and ambition of every young man and woman have been for a home of their own, into which one husband and one wife shall enter, “and they twain shall be one flesh.”
Christianity has stood for liberty and the rights of man. It was the Christian church that was the glue that bound together the founders, families and hopes for the future of this great nation. It was a well known fact that great nations are built on
The church and the Christian preachers who kept the mass of the people loyal to the leadership of George Washington and his associates. Christianity has stood for good quality education and was instrumental in establishing nearly every academy, college and university that was founded by and was under the control of some one of the several Christian denominations. Today we see how that has transcended into being controlled by progressives who do not teach our children about the history of the nation and try to turn them instead into subjects of the liberal/progressive camp.
THE RECOGNITION OF SUNDAY
Another significant matter is the recognition of Sunday. That day is the Christian Sabbath, a day peculiar to that faith, and known to no other. It would be imp possible within the limits of a lecture to point out all the ways in which that day is recognized.
The following illustrations must suffice: by the United States constitution the President is required to approve all bills passed by Congress. If he disapproves he returns it with his veto. And then specifically it is provided that if it is not returned within ten days, “Sundays excepted,” after it shall have been presented to him it becomes law. Similar provisions are found in the Constitutions of most of the states, and in thirty-six out of forty-five is the same expression “Sundays excepted.” In a Louisiana Supreme Court decision (52 La.An.936) (p.944) it states:
In laws Sundays are generally excluded as days upon which the performance of any act demanded by law is not required. They are held to be “dies non juridici.”
And in the Christian world Sunday is regarded as the “Lord’s Day,”and a holiday- a day of cessation from labor.
By statute, as far as back as 1838, this day is made in Louisiana one of “public rest.” Rev.Stat.,Sec. 522; Code of practice, 207,763.
This is the policy of the State of long standing and the framers of the Constitution are to be considered as intending to conform to the same.
By express command of the Congress, studies are not pursued at the military or naval academies, and distilleries are prohibited from operation on Sundays, while chaplains are required to hold religious services once at least on that day.
THE NAME OF GOD
While the name of “God” is not infrequently used both in singular and plural to denote any supreme being or beings, yet when use alone and in a singular number it generally refers to that Supreme Being spoken of in the Old and New Testaments and worshiped by Jew and Christian. In the sense that the word is used in constitution, statute and instrument. In many State Constitutions we find in the preamble a declaration like this: “Grateful to Almighty God.” In some he who denied the being of God was disqualified from holding office. It is again and again declared in constitution and statute that official oaths shall close with an appeal “So help me, God.” When upon inauguration, the President-elect each four years consecrates himself to the great responsibilities of Chief Executive of the republic, his vow of consecration in the presence of a vast throng filling the Capitol grounds will end with the solemn words, “So help me, God.”
In no other charter pr constitution is there anything to even suggest that any other than the Christian is the religion of this country. In none of them is Mohammed or Confucius or Buddha in any manner noticed. In none of them is Judaism recognized other than by way of toleration of its special creed. While the separation of church and state is often affirmed, (but is not commanded as proposed by current anti-Christian organizations) there is nowhere repudiation
of Christianity as one of the institutions as well as benedictions of society. In short, there is no charter or constitution that is either infidel, agnostic or
anti-Christian. Wherever there is declaration in favor of any religion it is of the Christian. In view of the multitude of expressions in its favor, the avowed separation between church and state is the most satisfactory testimonial that it is the religion of this country, for a peculiar thought of Christianity is of a personal relation between man and his Maker, uncontrolled by and independent of human government.
For further information on this subject I suggest you look up The United States; A Christian Nation by David J. Brewer and two books authored by Larry Schweikart;
7 Events That Made America America and What Would The Founders Say? All are quite revealing of the background of religion, government, Christianity and education in America. Available on Amazon.com.
Written, researched and summarized by Robert Bostick / 3/9/15 copywriter.