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The United States Was Started As A Christian Country

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 16, 2007 in World
There are huge amounts of evidence to prove the United States was founded as a Christian nation. The capitol building regularly served as a church until well after the civil war, the printing of the Aitken Bible received Congressional approval in 1782.
There is overwhelming evidence the United States was founded as a Christian country. The bold type in the quotes were added by me.
George Washington, in a speech to the Delaware Chiefs in 1779, suggested they would be happier if they converted to Christianity, and promised Congressional help to do so.
You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention; and to tie the knot of friendship and union so fast, that nothing shall ever be able to loose it.
Also in 1779, George Washington stated in his General Orders of November 27th, that Congress proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to "Almighty God" and a prayer to "spread the light of christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth" among other requests to the Lord.
The Congress officially "highly approved" and "recommended" the Aitken Bible in 1782 to the people of the United States.
Whereupon,
RESOLVED,
THAT the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work, they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this Recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.
CHA. THOMSON, Sec'ry
In 1812, President Madison signed a federal bill which economically aided the Bible Society of Philadelphia in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible.
On April 20, 1816, Congress also approved relief for the Baltimore and Massachusetts Bible Societies.
The US capitol building served as church building before Congress moved into it until after the Civil War. The services in the House Hall were interdenominational, but some Sundays up to four other churches were also holding services in the Capitol. The Marine Band was part of the early church services also.
Jefferson attended church at the Capitol while he was Vice President and also throughout his presidency. The first Capitol church service that Jefferson attended as President was a service preached by Jefferson's friend, the Rev. John Leland, on January 3, 1802. Significantly, Jefferson attended that Capitol church service just two days after he penned his famous letter containing the "wall of separation between church and state" metaphor.
Many of the Founding Fathers were professed Christians. Signers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Governors, Revolutionary War Generals and Supreme Court Justices are all on record calling Jesus Christ their Savior.
Gary DeMar makes several relevant points in his article, Founding–Lie or Libel?
This seems to sum it up for me:
There is much more to America’s founding than the Constitution. America was not born in 1787 or even in 1776. The Constitution did not create America, America created the Constitution. The states (colonial governments) were a reality long before the Constitution was conceived, and there is no question about their being founded on Christian principles.
State Constitutions had strong religious references at the time the US Constitution was drafted. The Federal Constitution was designed only to enumerate the needed powers of the Union, without limiting the states powers. Some examples of early state constitutions:
Pennsylvania’s 1790 Constitution declared, “That no person, who acknowledges the being of God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this commonwealth.”
The Constitution of Massachusetts stated that “no person shall be eligible to this office, unless . . . he shall declare himself to be of the Christian religion.” The following oath was also required: “I do declare, that I believe the Christian religion, and have firm persuasion of its truth.”
North Carolina’s 1868 Constitution stated that “all persons who shall deny the being of Almighty God” “shall be disqualified for office.” The 1776 constitution, that remained in effect until 1868, included the following (XXXII): “That no person, who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.” North Carolina describes itself as a “Christian State” in the 1868 constitution (Art. XI, sec. 7).
There are many more examples to prove my point that I could give, such as the early federal government recommending the Bible be used as a text book and George Washington mentioning the importance of religion three times in his farewell speech.
It's easy to see that the United States was started as a Christian, religious country.
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