Every nation that ever existed was founded on either theistic or atheistic principles. To be historically accurate, America was founded upon Christian values. Unfortunately our Christian founding has been blotted out by secularism.
In 1954, the Governor of California who would later become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren said “I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Saviour have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses. . .Whether we look at the first Charter of Virginia. . .or to the Charter of New England. . .or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay. . .or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. . .the same objective is present; a Christian land governed by Christian perspectives.”
The Mayflower Compact was written by the first settlers of Plymouth before even setting foot on American soil. It affirmed that they had set out in this great undertaking “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” The Pilgrims were a single congregation formed in 1606 as a Separatist movement against the Church of England. The 1991 World Almanac listed the Mayflower Compact as “America’s first Constitution.”
In 1628 the first contingent of Puritans arrived on our shores. And, in 1643 for mutual protection, delegates from the colonies joined together and signed the New England Confederation where they stated their single reason for coming to America: “We all came into these parts of America, with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Historian Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe wrote: “under their Biblical-type covenant, the Pilgrims experienced religious, political and economic freedom. Then in 1636, they used that covenant as the foundation on which they framed a complete, detailed constitution. This led to the framing of almost a hundred other Biblically based covenants, compacts and constitutions by the year 1776, and laid the groundwork for a uniquely free and Christian America.”
During the 1730’s and 1740’s a major revival swept through many of the colonies, helping to bond and unite them in one spirit. It reinforced the vital importance of the Bible in the life of the Americans of that era. Dr. Ellis Sandoz, head of the Eric Voegelin Institute at Louisiana State University wrote: “The denominational differences were minimized partly as a result of the homogenizing and democratizing effects of decades of revivalism from the Great Awakening and its rumbling of echoes and aftershocks. That the leading lights of the Revolutionary Congresses and the Federal Convention were generally men of faith can no longer be doubted.”
John Calvin is considered by some to be one of the greatest thinkers of all times and the virtual founder of America. George Bancroft, one of America’s greatest historians often referred to Calvin as the father of America. “He who will not honor the memory and respect the influence of Calvin knows but little of the origin of American liberty.”
Calvin’s influence was far broader than just the Presbyterian Church. The Pilgrims, the Anglicans, the Congregationalists, the Baptists, the Puritans, the Reformed Church of Holland, Germany, and Switzerland, and the Huguenots of France were all Calvinists.
In England, The American Revolution was referred to as the “Presbyterian Rebellion.” Prime Minister Horace Walpole, when speaking to Parliament about America’s bid for independence said: “Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson.” Of course he was referring to Pastor Jon Witherspoon, the president of Princeton and the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. At the time of the American Revolution, over half of the soldiers and officers were Presbyterians and everywhere Presbyterianism gained dominion, it produced a republic.
For those of you who do not know – America is a Republic – we are a nation of laws by elected representatives. Today’s secularist would have us to believe that by the time of Independence, Christian influence had totally waned. They would have us believe that our Founding Fathers were by and large secularists and gave us a secular government – They argue that Christianity has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
In 1892, the Supreme Court examined literally thousands of documents that had anything to do with the founding of this country – every state constitution, all of the compacts that led up to 1776, all of the various decisions of the courts. They wrote: “This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery 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.”