Ever since America officially became an independent nation on September 3, 1783, the leaders acknowledged that we were a Christian nation. Many of the laws and even parts of the Constitution were based upon biblical teachings.
“The researchers assembled 15,000 writings from the Founding Era—no small sample—and searched those writings. That project spanned ten years; but at the end of that time, the researchers had isolated 3,154 direct quotes made by the Founders and had identified the source of those quotes.”
“The researchers discovered that Baron Charles de Montesquieu was the man quoted most often by the Founding Fathers, with 8.3 percent of the Founders’ quotes being taken from his writings. Sir William Blackstone was the second most-quoted individual with 7.9 percent of the Founders’ quotes, and John Locke was third with 2.9 percent. Surprisingly, the researchers discovered that … Thirty-four percent of the Founders’ quotes came directly out of the Bible.” [David Barton, America’s Godly Heritage, WallBuilder Press, Aledo, TX, 1993, pp. 9-10.]
In 1982, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States. In that decision, Justice Josiah Brewer wrote:
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“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation.” (465)
“There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people.” (470)
“If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find every where a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters, note the following: the form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, “In the name of God, amen;” the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing every where under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” (471)
Today, America is no longer a Christian nation despite the fact that many Americans still identify as Christian.
Therefore, as Christians, how should we react or deal with Democrats and Republicans that are quarrelsome, like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D- ), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and many others?
Turning to Scripture, consider the following verses:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,”
“A fool’s anger is known at once,”
These verses clearly define many of today’s members of Congress, but what does Scripture say about how we should treat them?
“Leave the presence of a fool,
Or you will not discern words of knowledge.”
“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”
This doesn’t mean that as Christians we ignore politics or what’s going on in our nation. It does mean that you don’t vote for them or have anything to do with those individuals. The best way to remove such fools from Congress is for good Christian men and women to get involved in politics and run against the fools. If we filled Congress with Christians and then fill our courts with Christian judges, American could become a Christian nation once again. If not, the only future our nation has is one of darkness and judgement from God.
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