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