America has been blessed as the longest, on-going, Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. We’ve been blessed with individual freedoms, opportunity, and prosperity coveted across the globe. These blessings are not accidental. Whatever your religious views, if you are an American, it’s worth understanding the ideas on which our nation was founded.The American Revolution started with faith and with the Founders’ belief in rights that are God’s gift to us. The Declaration of Independence itself included four separate references to God. An acknowledgment to “the laws of nature’s God,” the well-known “we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” an appeal to “the Supreme Judge of the World,” and a closing expression of “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” In addition, the signatures on the Constitution follow the words “in the Year of Our Lord” 1787.
Even within our current government, mentions of God are frequently found. The oath of the armed forces concludes with the statement, “So help me God.” Our pledge of allegiance declares we are “one nation, under God.” American currency is inscribed with our national motto, “In God We Trust” and the US Code has long contained 46 mentions of “Acts of God.”
There is, in fact, a great deal of evidence that America’s Founders were influenced by Christian ideas. Even with the broad history of references to God in American government, current culture wants us to believe any mention of God in government is “unconstitutional.” Ironically, that would make the Constitution itself “unconstitutional.”
Certainly, Christianity wasn’t the only influence on America’s Founders nor did it influence each Founder in the exact same manner. It is however, ridiculous to deny that America was deeply shaped by Christian truths.
This Independence Day, celebrate the wonderful country you are blessed to call home. Be bold in the joy of being a Child of God and an American. Be grateful for the freedom we have in America and be unashamed of our desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and remember Him, in whom such joy is truly found.