From the very beginning, any efforts to build a new republic in the new world, included God and Jesus Christ. The original dream was of a self-governing or a democratic republic built around the principles of Christianity, not to the exclusion of God. July 4, 2011, we celebrated the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fifty-six patriots were willing to sacrifice their worldly possession, even their lives, to give future generations these freedoms, by laying down their own lives and fortunes. I fear that today there are fewer than this number in all of Congress who are willing to sacrifice their all to perpetrate our amazing freedoms to future generations. In fact we need a seventy-five percent majority vote of both Houses of Congress to oppose the current threats to our freedoms.

                                               CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS


     Even Christopher Columbus, who considered himself a Christian, when he mounted a Spanish flag, dedicated the new world to Jesus Christ. It was his desire to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the inhabitants of the new world. Enters into history the occupants of the Mayflower, who being disgruntled with the British King for dictating how they worshipped, left for the new world, seeking the right to worship God after the dictates of their own heart and understand.


                                     SIGNING OF MAYFLOWER COMPACT 

     On November 11, 1620, as their ship, the Mayflower, waited to land near present-day Cape Cod, the Colonists signed the Mayflower Compact, agreeing on their purpose. The Compact stated they had “undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the Christian Faith, and the honour of our King and country . . . . “.
According to their own words, evangelism and furtherance of the Christian faith were clearly stated goals of the group.


     Over 100 years later, having survived the raging Revolutionary War, 56 men courageously drafted the Declaration of Independence and presented it to Congress on June 28, 1776. They signed it several days later. 
     At least 50 of these brave men professed Christianity.

     JOHN WITHERSPOON was an  ordained minister of the  gospel of Jesus Christ and published several  books of Gospel sermons. He played major roles in two American editions of the Bible. One was from 1791, that is considered America's first "Family Bible". Reverend John Witherspoon was of Scottish birth and the President of Princeton College. His emphasis of biblical principles impacted government tremendously in the Colonies during the foundation of America. His influence continued through his students, who included: a President, Vice-President, three Supreme Court Justices, ten cabinet members, twelve governors, twenty-one Senators, thirty-nine Representatives, as well as numerous delegates to the Constitutional Convention and state leaders.    There is not room to list all 50 of the Signers who were Christian. I will list only a few and the reader will understand that the Bible and Christianity played a major role in the founding of America.

     BENJAMIN RUSH is rated along with George Washington and Ben Franklin. He started America's first Bible society and the Bible Society of Philadelphia. He maintained that with a Bible, every individual could discover how to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and that crime would diminish.

     CHARLES CARROLL died at the age of 95. On his 89th birthday he declared, "On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation . . ." Carroll personally founded a Christian house of worship.

     FRANCIS HOPKINSON was a church music director, a choir leader and editor of one of the first hymnals printed in America. Hopkins also set all 150 psalms to music.

     SAMUEL ADAMS has been called "the Father of the American Revolution". As governor of Massachusetts, he also issued strong proclamations, one of which closed with a request to pray "that the peaceful and glorious reign of our Divine Redeemer may be known and enjoyed throughout the whole family of mankind". Adams often repeated such requests, as in 1797, which asked that the people pray for "speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."

     I tremble for my country when I stop to think about how far we have fallen from where
we once were. All Americans, especially we who are Christian, must pray for the day
our country returns to where it once was. As long as we had free access to God America
was invincible - but no longer is this the case.

                                          Continental Congress in Prayer 

     The Continental Congress of the United States bowed before God in prayer. Now, at this moment as our Congress and the president are wrangling over debt limits and spending, both the Congress and our nation need to bow in contrite confession of wrong doing and repentance, seeking God's forgiveness and guidance.The Holy Bible declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalms 33:12 - (NKJV). God's dire warning is
clear, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The Watchman stays awake in vain." Psalms 127:1 (NKJV). 

     In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared, "Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience .... without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure .... If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."  


Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 


NOTE: All of the quotes I have used can be found on the Internet by typing in appropriate words. Also most quotes can be found in "America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations" by William J. Federer. 


Updated July 21, 2011
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