America: A Christian Nation posted by jwatson on Jul 04, 2008
Dr. Kennedy’s devotion for the 4th of July is a classic. I’ve included it here. Just having been in Washington, speaking to this nation’s leadership, I can testify to the daily struggle to keep God’s name in our public arena. We need to pray diligently for our Christian leaders for vision, wisdom, and strength. Would you say a prayer today?
From D. James Kennedy’s New Every Morning:
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Do you ever wonder about the direction in which the United States is heading, worried that the fabric of our society is fraying around the edges? If you’re like me, you may read the newspaper headlines and shake your head in dismay at the choices our fellow citizens make.
Our country wasn’t always this way. Take an honest inventory of our history, and you can have no doubts that America began as a Christian nation. The early settlers of America clearly intended to advance the Christian faith when they came ashore in New England. Before stepping foot off the Mayflower, the Pilgrims drew up what became America’s first contract of government—the Mayflower Compact. This compact clearly states the Pilgrims’ purpose in making their historic voyage: “…undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith…”
Jumping ahead to the founding fathers of this country who framed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, we find that the book they quoted most often in their political writings was the Bible. And in 1892, after a thorough review of all of America’s foundational history, the Supreme Court declared this country a Christian nation.
America was founded upon Christ and His Word. But this foundation is under siege by those who would have our history otherwise. These people have rewritten our history books, erasing God from the pages. They’ve removed the Bible and prayer from the classrooms, only to replace any hint of Christianity with policemen and metal detectors!
Ah, my friends, Uncle Sam needs your prayers. I urge you to pray for the leaders of this nation—not only on the Fourth of July, but every day. Pray with me that we as a nation might return to Him. Pray and work as if our very future as a country depends on revival. After all, it does!
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS