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America’s Founding Fathers believed the Bible is true and works in this present world. They proved this by the structure they gave to this nation and by the spirit of morality they taught must be in that structure for it to function as it was designed. Neither were they hesitant in expressing this. They wanted their children to understand where this nation, that was becoming the envy of the world, came from.
By miracles in the Revolutionary War, a basically Biblical government was re-established in America. And, over the next eleven years, they would work with that government to make it better. The end product, our national Constitution (written in 1787 and approved by the states by 1789), was no less of a miracle. Many of our Founders would speak of the miracle that brought our national Constitution into being. George Washington would acknowledge God’s hand in that Constitutional Convention in a letter to his good friend, Jonathan Trumbull, then Governor of Connecticut. He wrote,
“…we may, with a kind of pious and grateful exultation, trace the Finger of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the States to appoint a general Convention, and then led them one after another…to effect the…adoption of the system recommended by that general Convention; thereby in all human probability laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness…
“That the same Good Providence may still continue to protect us, and prevent us from dashing the cup of national felicity [blessedness], just as it has been lifted to our lips, is [my] earnest prayer…”
(Washington, George. July 20, 1788, in a letter written from Mount Vernon to the Governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull. Jared Sparks, ed., The Writings of George Washington, 12 vols. (Boston: American Stationer’s Company, 1837; NY: F. Andrew’s, 1834-1847), Vol. IX, p. 397. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington, MN: Garborg’s Heart’N Home, Inc., 1991), 7.20.)
James Madison, who was the chief author of our national Constitution, likewise acknowledged the blessing and protection of God in bringing forth this new government. He stated,
“No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer…of the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States. His kind providence originally conducted them to one of the best portions of the dwelling place allotted for the great family of the human race. He protected and cherished them under all the difficulties and trials to which they were exposed in their early days. Under His fostering care, their habits…prepared them for a transition in due time to a state of independence and self-government. In the arduous struggle by which it was attained they were distinguished by multiplied tokens of His [kind] interposition. During the interval which succeeded He reared them into the strength and endowed them with the resources which have enabled them to assert their national rights…”
(Madison, James. 1815, in a Presidential Proclamation. James D. Richardson (U.S. Representative from Tennessee), ed., A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1897, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, published by Authority of Congress, 1897, 1899; Washington, D.C.: Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1789-1902, 11 vols., 1907, 1910). Benjamin Franklin Morris, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States (Philadelphia: George W. Childs, 1864), p. 550.)
Now at last, the Pilgrim vision of creating government that would protect the right to take the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ to the next generation was done on a national level, just as it had already been done on a state level. As all law is just the codification of some religious belief, the religious beliefs of the Pilgrims had now grown from internal self-government all the way to the external civil government—even at a national level. All that was left was for the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ to go to each succeeding generation that they might have the opportunity to choose to let Jesus Christ come into their life, and flow through them to their children. Thus, they would become “a vessel fit for the master’s use” (2 Timothy 2:21) in their spirit, soul, and body: Individuals, and a generation, through which God could live His life! Americans would now be free to make that choice—both as individuals and as a nation.
Have you made the choice to surrender to Christ that He might use that life He loaned to you?
Think about it; because if you don’t, someone else will do your thinking for you—and for your children! And you won’t like what that brings to you. I’m Don Pinson; this has been Think About It.
(This message has been taken from our book Why God Birthed America. You can order a copy of Why God Birthed America at HERE)