Happy Birthday, America!

July 3, 2011

The writers of the Constitution were very aware that God had ordained and ordered the amazing document that had been written.  Here are some of their thoughts concerning the founding of our nation and the God who ordered their steps.

James Madison

“The great objects which presented themselves [to the Constitutional Convention] . . . formed a task more difficult than can be well conceived by those who were not concerned in the execution of it . . . it is impossible to consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle.”

Benjamin Rush

“Doctor Rush then proceeded to consider the origin of the proposed [Constitution], and fairly deduced it [was] from heaven, asserting that he as much believed the hand of God was employed in this work as that God had divided the Red Sea to give a passage to the children of Israel, or had culminated the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.”

Charles Pinckney

“When the general convention met, no citizen of the United States could expect less from it than I did, so many jarring interests and prejudices to reconcile! The variety of pressing dangers at our doors, even during the war, were barely sufficient to force us to act in concert and necessarily give way at times to each other. But when the great work was done and published, I was not only most agreeably disappointed, but struck with amazement. Nothing less than that superintending hand of Providence that so miraculously carried us through the war. . . could have brought it about.”

James Madison:

“The happy union of these states is a wonder; their Constitution is a miracle; their example the hope of liberty throughout the world. Woe to the ambition that would meditate the destruction of either!”

Benjamin Franklin summarized those which he felt were the “fundamental points in all sound religion.”

“Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion.”

The “Fundamental Points” to Be Taught in Schools

  • There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.
  • The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living and distinguishes right from wrong.
  • The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
  • All mankind live beyond this life.
  • In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.

These are the beliefs which the Founders sometimes referred to as the “religion of America,” and they felt these fundamentals were so important in providing “good government and the happiness of mankind” that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge.

President George Washington in his Farewell Address:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principal. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”

May God bless America, may He gracious on us and reveal His glory once again.

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