After a recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America.
The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, with Masonic influence as well.
Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.
The biblical concept of covenants gave rise to the Puritan-type covenants. The Pilgrims began the process in the Mayflower Compact of 1620, which was done “in the name of God,” in which they declared their purpose was “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,” as they formed “a civil body politic.”
After this compact, there came about a hundred or so Bible-inspired covenants, frames of government and articles in America, leading all the way to the U.S. Constitution in 1787.