America is celebrating her 236th birthday! Our unprecedented freedom was the result of specific ideas, many of which were drawn directly from the Bible. In fact, at the 150th anniversary celebration of the Declaration of Independence, President Calvin Coolidge affirmed:
No one can examine this record and escape the conclusion that in the great outline of its principles the Declaration was the result of the religious teachings of the preceding period… They are found in the texts, the sermons, and the writings of the early colonial clergy who were earnestly undertaking to instruct their congregations in the great mystery of how to live…Placing every man on a plane where he acknowledged no superiors, where no one possessed any right to rule over him, he must inevitably choose his own rulers through a system of self-government.
On the 200th anniversary, President Gerald Ford also affirmed its Biblical roots:
Our Bicentennial is the happy birthday of all fifty States, a commonwealth, and self-governing territories. It is not just a celebration for the original Thirteen Colonies…The earliest English settlers carried the Bible and Blackstone’s Commentary…[and] American families in prairie schooners like these took with them on the overland trails the principles of equality and the God-given rights of the Declaration of Independence.
As we celebrate our 236th birthday, let’s make sure we preserve our memory of these unique governing principles. Here are three simple things you and your family can do:
Happy Birthday America! May God continue to shed His grace on Thee!
David Barton, WallBuilders.com
Is America’s Constitution truly a Godless Constitution? The Founding Fathers who wrote and ratified it certainly didn’t think so! Not only did several of the delegates openly acknowledge God’s hand in its formation, but numerous of them acknowledged specific Biblical passages that directly affected its formation. For example, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams all credited Jeremiah 17:9 for providing the principle undergirding the separation of powers. The principles in several other Biblical passages were directly incorporated into the Constitution, including Deuteronomy 17:15 and the Article II, Section 1 provision that a president must be a natural-born citizen. Then compare the Article III, Section 3 constitutional provision regarding witnesses and capital punishment with Deuteronomy 17:6. Or the Article III, Section 3 constitutional prohibition against attainder (that is, against punishing the whole family for the acts of one of its members) with Ezekiel 18:20. And several Founders cited Exodus 18:21 as the basis of republicanism, found in Article IV, Section 4. Ezra 7:24 establishes the type of tax exemptions that the Founders gave to our churches, and there are many other passages that provide a direct influence on the Constitution.
We have produced a new CD or MP3, God in the Constitution, that points out the many reasons from our Founding Fathers themselves demonstrating that the Constitution is definitely not Godless. Hear what they say not only about Bible verses such as those above but also about how the Bible shaped the “Sundays Excepted” Clause; the Oath Clauses; the Attestation Clause; the Common Law; and many other specific parts of the Constitution.