It gets so tiring listening to irreligious zealots claim that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. The fact is that we were founded by a preponderance of men who had a clear and concise understanding of Christianity; and, who viewed the principles of Christianity as essential in forming a new government. This is not to imply that they wanted to form a theocracy. Our founding father new all too well what happens when a government is allowed to fall under man’s concept of religious control. Yet, our founding fathers were Christians and they wanted to live in a country where the government tempered man’s ambitions and desires with Christian principles. They did not, however, want to have a secular government which was subject to undo influence from any single Christian denomination. Therefore, it is imperative that when we highlight our founding fathers desire to separate religion and government it was separation of Christian denominations and government … it was not a desire to have an irreligious libertine government. Yes, our founding fathers wanted a secular government, but they also wanted a government that adhered to generic Christian values and principles.
We can say, without equivocation or mental reservation, that America was founded as a Christian nation. A close look at our founding fathers will reveal their Christian values and beliefs. A survey of 52 founding father’s statements about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Christianity, the gospel message, and the bible revealed them to be rather devout Christians. It was discovered that 77% of these founding fathers clearly acknowledged a belief in Christianity. Another 10% expressed a belief in God and Jesus but did not actually profess Jesus to be savior. In all probably we would be justified, however, in assuming that their acknowledgement of Jesus infers a belief in Jesus as savior. All of the remaining men expressed a belief in God but they did not come out and declare any belief that would led us to think they were a Christian. Thus, we can say with a great deal of certainty that over 80% of our founding fathers were Christians; and, we can say with a great deal of confidence that over 90% of our founding fathers were religious. In fact, if we restrict our survey to just the signers of the Declaration of Independence we will find that they all belonged to a major Christian denomination. So you see, it is absolutely ludicrous to believe that our founding fathers were not heavily influenced by Christian principles.
The next time you are confronted by an irreligious libertine, who claim that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation, tell them to examine the evidence. It is absolutely impossible to deny that the vast majority of our founding fathers were Christians. Based on the statements they have made, and the religious organizations they belonged to, it is obvious they were strongly influenced by Christianity. Even those who may not have had been very religious were influenced by Christian teachings. And, it is a fact that we Christians tend to weave Christian principle into the fabric of social and organizational governance. Yes, we were not founded as a theocracy, but we were founded as a nation anchored in Christian principles and teaching. We were founded as a Christian nation and we were blessed by God.