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We Celebrate Christ's Birth, We Must Never Forget that America Is a
Meaning of Separation Of Church And State Education
Nation Of Laws Rooted In Christian Faith
Records Confirm America Is A Christian Nation
America An Enigma
If America Is To Survive
As A Great Nation It Must Preserve Its Christian Heritage
Annually, my wife and
I try to make a visit to the Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg
as part of our celebration of remembering the birth of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. The Grand
Illumination is an adaptation of a common practice during the eighteenth
century. By firing guns and lighting fireworks, ordinary
citizens celebrated extraordinary events such as the birthday of the
monarch, the arrival of a new colonial governor, or major military victories.
The use of candles in the cupolas of public buildings and the
windows of gentlemen’s house were included in accounts written chronicling
illuminations prior to the American Revolution.
The modern tradition
started in 1935 in Colonial Williamsburg to signal the start of the
holiday season that includes eighteenth century fireworks displays and
a variety of traditional holiday entertainment.
For example, singers and musicians performed popular music of
the eighteenth century, and the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums
provided music appropriate to the season.
Also, entertainment found in Williamsburg two hundred yeas ago
was provided by costumed performers. And Christmas carols were sung by church choirs.
As my wife and I walked
the streets of the colonial village, we were joined by more than 35,000
people on that cold evening moving about by the light of lit torches
lining the streets. Each torch
was shaped in the form of a wire basket attached to a metal pole. The baskets contained wood that emitted at times tiny red hot ashes
and smoke. The crisp air smelled
with the scent of burning wood and hot cider as the sounds of choirs,
fifes, and drums echoed throughout the village.
Four outdoor stages were located at various locations throughout
the streets. One of the stages
that we stopped at was located near the Governor’s Palace. Performers sang songs that praised the Lord and included lyrics
such as Jesus Christ our Savior, the birth of the King of Kings, Christ the Savior who saved us from Satan’s
powers, Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day and the Son of God
. Also, fifes and drums performed such songs
as “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “O’ Little Town
of Bethlehem.” As we enjoyed
the entertainment, I commented to my wife how openly religious the early
colonists were in their expressions of Christian faith.
As I savored this thought,
I said to myself, “What has happened to America, that more than two
centuries later those who wish to express and celebrate their Christian
faith are now punished and censored?”
In an effort by schools officials to accommodate different cultures
and not offend non-Christians an increasing number of public schools
nationwide are becoming no-Christmas zones this year.
For example, a school in Sacramento County, California banned
teachers from using the word Christmas.
Also, a Queens family had to sue the City of New York for discriminating
against Christians with its public school holiday display policy that
allows other religions’ symbols but bans Nativity scenes.
Many schools throughout the nation will promote Halloween, a
paganistic and Satanic tradition, but will no longer allow students
to talk about the birth of Jesus or read Christmas stories.
Once again the many Christians in a Christian nation must be
discriminated against because in the eye of these individuals it is
all right to offend Christians with Halloween, but you dare not offend
a non-Christian with remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. Students
are allowed to wear Satanic symbols, but Bibles are banned.
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Meaning of Separation Of Church And State
One of the unique freedoms
that has always separated America from other countries around the world
is the freedom of religion. Total
separation of church and state is not the meaning of the First Amendment. If one reads the Constitution, the terms “separation,”
“church,” and “state” will not be found. Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “wall of
separation,” but it is not found in the First Amendment although it
is often used by the court when hearing and deliberating cases involving
such matters. Jefferson’s “wall
of separation” statement was used thirteen years after the passage of
the First Amendment and eleven years after its ratification in an address
to the Danbury Baptists in 1802.
In fact the very day
after Congress passed the First Amendment, Congress called upon the
President to declare a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, thus neutralizing
proponents of the total separation of religion from government myth.
The meaning of the
words of the First Amendment was asked of James Madison as he offered
it to Congress in original form in 1789. His reply was that he apprehended
the meaning of the words to be, that Congress should not establish a
religion and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel
men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience.
It is quite clear that
the Founding Fathers had no intention of separating religion from government
although they wanted to protect individual freedom of conscience. This fact is easily deduced from the frequent
references to God and Christianity in the Continental Congress as well
as the quote previously mentioned by James Madison. Furthermore, the authors of the First Amendment had no intention
of separating religion or religious thinking from public life or public
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Nation Of Laws Rooted In Christian Faith
In its simplest form,
law is a dictation of what is right and wrong.
Hence, it must be predicated upon a source of true law. That source was unmistakably and indisputably
the God of the Holy Scriptures in America’s first century as a nation.
The validity of the
legal system itself depends on the validity of religious faith, and
more particularly of the Protestant Christian faith that predominated
the new American Republic. This
was the belief of the authors of the Constitution, even among those
who were very skeptical of the truth of traditional theistic religion.
The French historian Alexis de Tocoqueville validated this truth
in his famous work Democracy in America that detailed through observation
what made America so distinctive and great among the nations of the
world. In 1835 de Tocqueville wrote, “There is no
country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains greater
influence over the goals of men than in America.”
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Records Confirm America Is A Christian Nation
Many legal records
also confirm that America is a Christian nation.
One such example is the Church of the Holy Trinity v. United
States, in 1892, in which the Court stated:
This is a religious people. This is historically true. From
the discover of this continent to the present hour, there is a single
voice making this affirmation…these are not individual sayings, declarations
of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice
of the entire people…these and many other matters which might be noticed,
add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances
that this is a Christian nation.
It was the “organic
utterance” described by the court that proved this was a Christian nation. In a legal sense, “belonging to the fundament
or Constitutional law,” is the meaning of the word. And both historical information and previous
legal rulings based on such historical information can make up what
is organic. Therefore, the base
on which laws are built and are part of the law is organic utterances. Judges term them the “common law.” The “mass of organic utterances” provided “a
volume of unofficial declarations,” noted the court. As a result, “this is a Christian nation” was their official conclusion.
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The Founding Fathers
of this nation believed that education and religion were synonymous. That is why they wrote in the Northwest Ordinance
of 1787: “Religion, morality and knowledge-being necessary to good government
and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education-shall
forever be encouraged.”
And, although no act
of Congress has ever repealed this 1787 “forever” law, some individuals
in twenty-first century America have reinterpreted the meaning of religion’s
placement in society. This battle
against God and the Bible in public schools and other public places
has resulted in two detrimental casualties in America-righteous government
and freedom of religion in education.
The opening sentence
of the First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In recent years, this guarantee has been widely, almost willfully,
misunderstood. It has been from
the Constitution that the federal government is forbidden to control
or subsidize even indirectly the practice of religion.
The Founding Fathers would have been astonished and angered by
their actions. The First Amendment
guarantees that Congress may not set up a state religion like that of
the Church of England. It also
guarantees that Congress may not interfere with the practice of any
religion. Thus, recent interpretations of the First Amendment
run directly contrary to the plain and obvious meaning of this guarantee.
And, it is a flagrant breach of the Constitution for a court
to forbid individuals to hold prayers in government buildings and public
The Founding Fathers
were not afraid of religion. They
welcomed it into their private and public lives.
On September 24, 1789, the House of Representatives passed the
First Amendment which guaranteed, among other freedoms, the freedom
of religion. And, by a two-to-one majority, a resolution
calling for a day of national prayers and thanksgiving was passed the
next day by Congress.
Religion’s role in
the establishment of this nation can also be seen in many state constitutions. “Provided he do not disturb the public peace
of others in their religious worship…” all states guaranteed freedom
of religion to everyone. In
the North Carolina
their understanding of “establishment of religion” is most clearly stated:
“That there shall be no establishment of any one religious
church or denomination in this state, in preference to any other.”
In addition, state
governments were highly in favor of moral and righteous leaders. A religious test for holding office in state
government was found in most of the state constitutions. A belief in a “Supreme Being” was required
in Rhode Island and acknowledgment of “Almighty God” was required in
Pennsylvania. In addition, all
but atheists were allowed to hold public office in these two states. Required adherence to the Christian religion
was also required in other states that had religious tests. Only Protestant Christians were allowed to
hold public office in New Hampshire, New Jersey and North Carolina.
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America’s success was
certainly an enigma to other countries lacking the freedoms enjoyed
by early settlers. The French
government commissioned Alexis de Tocqueville to journey through America
to discover what it was about the American experiment that made it such
a conspicuous success almost 40 years after the French Revolution when
France was still troubled by the Reign of Terror.
Both America and France had gone through bloody revolutions.
However, Americans, unlike the French, had come out basically
loyal, law-abiding citizens, remarkably tranquil, charitable and respectful. De Tocqueville told his countrymen in his book,
Democracy in America, that it was faith in God that made the American
experiment a success.
The Founding Fathers
understood the value of the Christian principles which helped to establish
America. They also realized that these principles must be taught to younger
generations in order to maintain the stability of the early American
government. So that the people
would be well-informed and morally upright, it was established that
children should be educated in the Christian religion, morality, and
common knowledge. Then, as people were subservient to God, they
would create a government subservient to the people-a government of
the people, by the people, and for the people.
An example of this
type of education can be found in the action of the state of Nebraska
when they were admitted into the union in 1875.
Within their state constitution, they included Article III of
the Northwest Ordinance.
Religion, morality and knowledge, however being essential
to good government, shall be the duty of the legislature to pass suitable
laws…to encourage schools and the means of instruction.
In America, leading
up to and into the twentieth century, it was common understanding that:
- Essential to good government were morality and
- Linked to religion were both morality and knowledge;
- And the responsibility of the school system were
religion, morality, and knowledge.
In America’s public
schools or any other public place as late as the 1940’s, there were
no federal government restraints on prayer, God, and the Bible. Unfortunately, in recent decades, America’s traditional support
of religion, morality and knowledge has been questioned and discouraged
by new ideas of humanism and the existence of God.
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America Is To Survive As A Great Nation It Must Preserve Its Christian
Our Founding Fathers
wisely realized that maintaining a free society requires politically
educated people to understand the workings of free government that are
based upon a foundation of Christian morality.
Many Americans were astute in all areas of knowledge, especially
political theory, at the time America became an independent nation.
Furthermore, according to Harvard Professor Harold Berman, American
law was rooted in Christian principles.
If you asked Americans whether the United States (U.S) was a
Christian nation more than fifty years ago, yes would have been the
answer of the overwhelming majority. If one would take this question
just a step further at the same time, the overwhelming majority would
have said that the Ten Commandments, the Bible, or maybe the Church
was where our system of law came from and upon what it was ultimately
based. Yet for more than 50
years, the Christian morality and ideals that have made this nation
great have been under assault and are daily being eliminated from our
society. Oblivious to the wishes of the American people
is the agenda of the media, educators, university and law school professors
and big government. In our society
these people are convinced that their major purpose in life is to discredit
the past and to redesign the future according to their own idealistic
beliefs as America tradition and standards in their minds no longer
apply. From their viewpoint, those who believe and
treasure “traditional values” must be silenced and that the real problem
in American society today is Christians and conservatives.
As Christian values
are increasingly eliminated from the public arena, we have observed
a degradation of America’s young
and a general loss of respect for America’s traditions.
The “enlightened thinkers” of our time argue that fundamental
change of our society is required.
But the change that they have promoted over time has caused our
art, music, theater and television to become increasingly vulgar.
They promote the concept that we as a society must listen to
the young and must give them a voice in society because they are the
future. Unfortunately, many young people under this
philosophy have grown up to be uneducated, undisciplined and lacking
a respect for life because they have lacked traditional moral guidelines. Tragically, they have grown into adults that
are doing everything they can to destroy America’s heritage and have
a hatred for what has made America the great nation it is. As they continue to erode America’s Christian heritage and introduce
their system of false beliefs into our society, America as a whole continues
to be weakened.
If one compares America
prior to this assault on our Christian heritage to now, one sees a nation
that is quite different. The
music of our young has become brutal, wild, coarse and vulgar. Similarly, popular entertainment has become increasingly vulgar,
sexually explicit, and violent. If
one just compares the entertainment on TV Land that has programming
predominantly from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with modern programming found
on stations such as Cinemax and HBO, one can see how entertainment has
progressively declined over the decades.
Programs such as “Leave It to Beaver,” “The Andy Griffith Show,”
“The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Father Knows Best,” and “The Brady Bunch”
that are featured on TV Land promoted family values and morality.
Critics laughed at the Brady Bunch when it premiered and said
it did not represent a typical American family of the day.
Yet children across America flocked to watch the weekly series. In the 80’s, Dr. William Crosby Jr., presented
quality family entertainment with his weekly television show “The Cosby
Show.” Many children eagerly
watched this program because they pretended and wished that their parents
could be like the parents in the television program — happily married,
successful loving parents that cared for their children and loved them
unconditionally. Today, critics rave about the HBO series “The
Soprano’s” which promotes violence, vulgarity, death and amoral behavior.
Also, E! Entertainment Television broadcasts the vulgar, dysfunctional
and amoral “Anna Nicole Show” which is a highly rated program on cable
television. And another popular cable television program
on MTV is “The Osbournes” which spotlights the dysfunctional daily family
life of Ozzy Osbourne. (Surprisingly,
former Vice President Dan Quayle had positive comments about the program.) Tragically, as Christian values and principles
have been eliminated from television programming and traditional, idealistic
behavior has been replaced with the enlightenists’ new idealistic behavior,
our society as a whole has been degraded and conditioned to accept vulgarity,
violence, perversion, amorality, and dysfunctional families as normal.
Many lives today are
dominated by drug use, promiscuity, drunkenness, homosexuality, drunkenness,
and other types of self–indulgences.
Riotous excesses and decadence continue to spring up across America
as it loses its moral and social restraint.
An example of this was just observed across America a few weeks
ago when college football teams won important games, and students started
riots in celebration of the victories.
Common in our society today is the desertion of both children
and spouses, violence against husbands, wives, and children, abortion
and the promotion of euthanasia.
America is currently
on the road to imminent collapse as it faces challenges like it has
never faced before in history. External
terrorists and internal activists and reformers are trying to dismantle
America’s Christian heritage. It
is time for Christians across America to pray, look to God for guidance
and take a stand to change this trend that has caused our nation to
decline. Christians must continue to remind America that this nation was
founded and rooted in Christian principles.
For too long these enlighten thinkers have been redirecting the
course of our society, and now it is time for it to stop. The time has come for Christians to become even more active than
they were in the political and legal processes to stop the assault to
remove our Christian heritage from society.
It is because of these principles that Americans possess the
freedoms they do. The strength of America is represented in these beliefs
and religious convictions. In his History of the United States, first
published in 1832, the great American educator Noah Webster said, “Almost
all civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles
of the Christian religion.” Webster explained that the political freedom
that religion brings is not the result of any denominational establishment,
not ecclesiastical dogma, and not a formal exercise. He states:
No; the religion which has introduced civil liberty is the
religion of Christ and his apostles which enjoins humility, piety, and
benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister,
and a citizen with equal rights. This
is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of
government….It is the real source of all genuine republican principle.
Nations that have tried
to establish popular systems of government have failed throughout history. The reason for this is that the people did
not embrace a Biblical moral code.
A classic example of this is France at the end of the eighteenth
century, the era of the French Revolution.
The French democracy turned into mob rule because the nation
suppressed Biblical Christianity. And
too many men exercised their own rights at the expense of others as
may Frenchmen were concerned about the “rights of man.”
Furthermore, according to a new report by the human rights group
Freedom House, more than 50 percent of the nations governed by authoritarian
rulers have Muslim majorities. The
liberty that Americans enjoy today will continue to turn into license
as America’s spiritual condition declines.
By preserving the moral values upon which this republic was founded
is the only way to keep it. This
is best expressed by America’s famed orator Daniel Webster:
If we abide by the
Bible our country will go on prospering and to prosper, but if we or
our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell
how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound
It is because of our
Founding Fathers’ belief in Biblical Christianity that religions of
all beliefs can co-exist together and practice their faith peacefully
in the U.S. However, the same cannot be said for other nations of the
world. For example, to name just a few, Christians
have been persecuted or murdered in Sudan, China, Pakistan, India and
This nation became
the leader of the free world because of its Christian faith. And if it is to once again hold morality and
righteousness above all, it must once again embolden its Christian faith. According to a poll of forty-four nations released
on December 19, 2002, the U.S. is the most religious of the world’s
wealthy nations. The survey
by the Pew Global Attitudes Project said, “Wealthier nations tend to
place less importance on religion with the U.S. as the exception.”
The U.S. public is about twice as religious as Canadians and
far more inclined to faith than people in Western Europe or Japan as
six in ten Americans say religion plays a “very important” role in their
lives. If religion is so important to so many Americans,
it is time to stand up and stop the assault on our Christian heritage.
When parents become aware of a school discriminating against
their child’s constitutional guaranteed right to profess their Christian
faith, they should call the school and complain. If the discrimination does not stop, it might
be necessary to bring a lawsuit against the individuals that are denying
this right. Furthermore, make
others aware of this discrimination by complaining to the school board
and writing editorial letters to the local newspaper.
Also, try calling your local talk radio shows and start a dialogue
on how Christians are being discriminated in public forums. Christians display respect for people of other
faiths, yet it is not reciprocated to them in public forums. If we do not stand united as Christians and
stop this assault on America’s Christian heritage, these principles
that we live by will soon be eliminated from our society totally.
So often many nonchalantly
say, “God Bless America.” But
how can God bless America when it continues to turn its back on Him. The Founding Fathers made a convent with God
when they developed a governmental system that has as its foundation
Christian principles. As a result,
God blessed America. To once
again regain God’s blessing upon this nation, we must turn away from
our immorality and unrighteousness and embrace the God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob. As we spend this holiday season remembering the birth of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ with our family and friends, we should take
some time to reflect on the past and ask ourselves, “Was America a better
nation when it openly promoted Christian principles throughout its society?” With history as our guide, the answer is simply
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