From: Bob Williams
A spirit of rebellion against God’s Word has existed almost from the day man was created. Over time, the rebellion and disobedience to God extended to the city and to nations. That includes our country, although it was not always the way it is today in America. As we approach July 4, a close look at the thinking and the reasoning that went on in the minds of the founding fathers when they framed our Constitution is instructive.
First of all, they did not establish a Christian nation. There never has been, nor will there ever be a Christian nation. What we see are Christians within a nation, any nation including those considered ungodly like China and Russia. For example, the Apostle Paul had only the highest praise for the church he established in Thessalonica. This church was the premier example of what the Christian church was meant to be and to function. But in reality this was a unique body of Christians who had “turned from idols to serve the living and true God ...” (1Thes. 1:9) and were living in the midst of a pagan and godless nation. This is similar to where Christians are in the U.S. today.
The founding fathers would never have sought to establish a Christian nation, because by definition, that would imply that Christianity would have been the official state religion. They were all too familiar with the evils and injustices that had taken place in England when the church and government were amalgamated. The founding fathers wanted to make sure what would never happen in this country was the establishing of an official state religion with its particular tenets of beliefs and doctrines. It would have the authority of the state to persecute those individuals not ascribing to those beliefs and doctrines. That is the true meaning of the separation of church and state. This reasoning is also the basis for Article VI of the Constitution stating that “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
There is a great deal of difference between a Christian nation and Christians within a nation. For example, every one of the 56 men signing the Declaration of Independence and all 48 men signing the Articles of the Constitution had church affiliations. Many of these men were preachers of the Bible. There was not a single atheist among them, although there were three deists. A deist believes in a Creator and in universal absolute truth, as found in the Bible, but does not believe in things like prophecy or miracles. Being Christians and deists within what would become a great nation, the founding fathers’ thinking and reasoning ties into what the Bible teaches about what is needed for any government to function successfully.
Noted historical scholars Donald S. Lutz and Charles Hyneman researched 2,200 political books, pamphlets, newspaper articles and monographs written by our founding fathers between 1760 and 1805. They did this to examine exactly what our founding fathers were thinking, saying and writing and to find out which political philosophers were quoted most often and thus most influential as the Constitution was being written. These researchers found that 34 percent of all direct quotes our founders made were from the Bible. Another 60 percent of all quotes came from other authors who were also quoting from the Bible. This is the same Bible many today are working tirelessly to categorize as nothing more than hate literature. How far we have fallen from the ideals, thoughts and writings of our founding fathers, as well as God our Father.