WHO IS AMERICA'S GOD?     (Part 2 of 2)   


John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth U. S. President. He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role. On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principle of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the “Schoolmaster of the Nation.”

Hear these words of Mr. McGuffey: “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.”

It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith were foundational in our educational and judicial system. However in 1947, that was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court. Here is the prayer that was banished: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers and our country. Amen.”

Christianity and the Bible are the best friends any government, particularly our Congress, can ever have. For one to follow the Ten Commandments, makes the jobs of those in positions of authority easier, as also does living by Christ’s principles laid out in His Sermon on the Mount.

In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was unconstitutional in the schools and detrimental to children. Apparently they choose to ignore the fact that the Continental Congress had ordered 20,000 Bibles for the people of our nation. Further, they ignored that the McGuffey Reader, drawing heavily on the Bible, had been used for over 100 years, thus setting a precedent in the American life style.

The Supreme Court ignored another significant event in America. In 1769, Robert Aitken emigrated from Scotland to settle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He opened a book shop and also began publication of “THE PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE”. He was also the official printer of the Journals of Congress for the United States Congress. Aitken was greatly disturbed to see his country without copies of the scripture. In 1771, he produced the first English language New Testament printed in America. So eager was the reception to God’s Word, that he printed additional editions five times!

January 21, 1781, Robert Aitken asked the United States Congress to authorize and even pay for his printing of the complete Bible in English of the King James Version. On September 10, 1782, Aitken received that authorization. This session of Congress became known as “The Bible Congress”. In 1783 George Washington wrote a letter commending Aitken for his Bible. The Robert Aitken Bible is known as the “Bible of the American Revolution”, and remains today the most rare and valuable of early American Bibles. *

About half a century after the United States declared her independence a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the U.S. to find what made America great. In a two-part work titled DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, he wrote: “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country. I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors – but it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless forests – but it was not there; in her rich mines and vast world commerce – but it was not there; in her public school system and institutions of learning – but it was not there. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.” **

Americans, Christians in particular, would do well to remember this Godly counsel, “If My people who are called by MY name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV).

Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.



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