THE UNITED STATES—A CHRISTIAN NATION.
Contrary to the statements one might hear today, the history of this nation clearly indicates America was founded by Christians—and as such, upon the principles of Christianity. These founding fathers constructed our government utilizing the strongest foundation possible–their reverence to Almighty God. America was destined to be blessed by God.
OUR FIRST PRESIDENT SAID THIS: “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the highest duties of religion.
To the distinguished character of patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. I commend the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them to His holy keeping.”—George Washington
“Almighty God! We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou Will incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to depose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”—George Washington
Ben Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, said this;
“I have lived a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it possible that an empire can rise without His aid?
We have been assured in the sacred writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it! I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”—Benjamin Franklin
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES:
The original 1892 version ⇒ I pledge allegiance to my flag, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been modified 4 times since 1892—with the most current revision in 1954, when “under God” was inserted.
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.
THE SONGS OF A CHRISTIAN NATION.
MY COUNTRY, ‘TIS OF THEE: 1831:
My country, ’tis of thee…sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died…land of the pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountain side…let freedom ring.
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free, Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our father’s God to thee,
Author of liberty…to thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright…with freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might—Great God, our King.
Samuel F. Smith
AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL; 1895.
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good, with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress,
A thoroughfare for freedom beat, Across the wilderness.
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife, Who more than self their country lov’d,
And mercy more than life.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness, And ev’ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream, That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears.
God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Katharine Lee Bates.
Our National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner, 1814.
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, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in 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.
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when 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!
Francis Scott Key
April 22, 2014; The 150th Anniversary of ‘In God We Trust’
IN GOD WE TRUST.
The success of America is the direct result of God’s blessings—which is further acknowledged from the words and prayers of our leaders throughout history; our laws and allegiance to the principles founded by this nation; the words on our currency; to the very songs we sing to honor Him—and this country. (The first U.S. coin was imprinted with “In God We Trust”; 1864 2-Cent piece).
Statistics still confirm the great majority (70-80%) of this country’s citizens profess a belief in the one and only true God, and are Christians. That said, why is this great majority (essentially) silent when we hear our leaders make statements such as; “The United States is no longer a Christian nation”? How do we react to those who support and legislate no Christian prayer in our meetings, schools…but encourage and permit other religions to do so?
Our true National Motto is–“In God We Trust.”
The Honorable (then) Congressman J. Randy Forbes sponsored this “reaffirmation” measure (RE: The National Motto of the United States) to the House of Representatives. Congressman Forbes, and others previously sent this letter to the President, after his speech in Indonesia last year. The vote results: 396 Yea; 9 Nay. Who voted No?
Th following video was published May 6, 2009–after President Obama’s statements in Turkey:
The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. ¹