Biblical Scholars: The Founding Fathers, the Bible, and the United States of America.
The United States of America is the freest nation this world has ever seen. Our great country was founded on the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. In this article, I want to illustrate the ways the United States of America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, that catapulted our country into a world superpower and the most prosperous nation on Earth. Our Founding Fathers were Christian men, who designed a nation so free that the only way that something so magnificent could be built is the direct influence of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
The United States of America has been blessed by God. The Declaration of Independence declares that our Creator gave us God-given rights. We are the freest nation and we have rights that no other country could even dream of. The Bill of Rights is pivotal in human existence on this planet, and it was created by the influence of God. These God-given rights shall not be infringed upon by any tyrant, either. These rights were granted by our Creator, as the Founding Fathers understood and proclaimed it in eloquent fashion. The Declaration of Independence states,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible tells the story of our Creator, creating the heavens and the Earth, as well as mankind in His own image. The Founding Fathers respected the fact that a divine God created us, and sent His only Son, the Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ. Written by the prophet Moses, the Book of Genesis lays out how God created the universe. It reads,
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
The Founding Fathers were in fact, Christians, but they agreed on a nation that would be tolerant of all people, regardless of religion. This alone created something never seen before on this Earth. Total tolerance of religion was laid out in the first amendment, even though it was still founded on biblical principles and the Lord Jesus Christ. It says clearly in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The Founding Fathers understood fully that in order for man to be truly free, he must have these inalienable rights that should not be infringed upon by any tyrannical government. They also knew a free society must be armed in order to solidify this freedom, just as Jesus said in the Book of Luke,
“But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”
The Founding Fathers believed that every man must be armed and be able to defend themselves and their families. Too many times throughout history, tyrants from monarchies, oligarchies, communists, socialists, and other types, have disarmed their citizens. Jesus Christ and the Founding Fathers knew that this was a key factor in achieving true human freedom, and in order to establish the United States.
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Ten Commandments were another crucial asset to the basis of our country. The moral compass that comes along with these Commandments established this nation. Our fourth President, James Madison said,
“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments of God.”
The Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, was adamant about his soldiers coming to Christ. In order to beat the most powerful force in the world, Great Britain, they all had to be in the same mindset and to pray together each day.
“The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.”
Some may argue that the Founding Fathers were deists, and they may be partly true, but their quotations from primary sources indicate they all had the same respect for the religion of Jesus Christ, no matter what denomination. Washington even preached the Word of God to Indian tribes he was aligning himself with. Most interestingly, he professed his faith in the Lord to the Delaware Indian tribe,
“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.”
George Washington was destined to win the war with the spirit of Jesus Christ in him and his Continental Army. He preached the Word of God to his men and made sure that prayer was a part of their lives. In order to win this war, they knew that they all must commit themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the professor of such civil liberty. Our Founders were not in fact perfect, but they exclaimed their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew that Christianity was the key to the foundational success of a new nation and that it is the prime works of civil society. Personal liberty was given to us by God, and earned by these brave men. They all understood that even though we had separation of church and state, it was essential for the men to adopt Christianity to live well and prosper.
The term, “liberty” is the basis of all civil society and the foundation of the United States of America. Liberty is the act of free will a man has on this planet, given to him by God. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the result of our Founding Fathers understanding this. Liberty is the life we as Americans live without the dominant force of governmental tyrants, like other countries in the world. We are free to do what we please, have the freedom to have private property, and the ability to protect ourselves and our families given to us in our Bill of Rights. Liberty first appears in Leviticus:
“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”
In conclusion, the Founding Fathers of the United States of America were incredibly inspired by Jesus and lived their lives in His name. They set out to form a nation that was the freest that no other country has been able to do. The freedom to worship, speak, work, raise their families, and protect them in this New World was a revolutionary idea. Without the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ, our Founding Fathers would not have had the tools equipped to build the best nation in the world, called the United States of America. It is essential that we as Americans understand this and get back to our Christian values in order to sustain not just our own country, but all of Western Civilization. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Adams, and others all had great respect for the Bible and knew the only way to build and keep this nation free, was to build it on the moral principles of Christianity. We would not have the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence without the Holy Bible and the Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Madison, James, 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia.
- The Constitution of the United States of America.
- The Declaration of Independence, 1776.
- The Holy Bible, The Old and New Testaments.
- Washington, George. The Last Official Address of His Excellency George Washington to the Legislature of the United States (Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1783), p. 12; see also The New Annual Register or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1783 (London: G. Robinson, 1784), p. 150.
- Washington, George, The Writings of Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1932), Vol. XV, p. 55, from his speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs on May 12, 1779.