One nation under God. Which God? I’ve heard a lot of people make the argument that a majority of the founding fathers were deists and not Christians. I however was taught that America was founded as a Christian nation. Here are some quotes from some very influential founding fathers:
From John Hancock – Signer of the Declaration of Independence:
Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it; and my body I recommend to the earth… nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God.
The doctrine of a general resurrection would have come from a Biblical, Christian worldview for Mr. Hancock.
It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wow! Partrick Henry claims that America was founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ! That isn’t generic deism by any stretch of the imagination. If Patrick Henry was wrong in this statement, other early prominent American leaders would have corrected him. Do we have any such corrections?
Benjamin Rush – Signer of the Declaration of Independence:
My only hope of salvation is the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!
Benjamin Rush definitely wasn’t Jewish or Islamic, or simply believing that there was some unknown Creator directing the course of history from afar without any direct revelation of himself to mankind.
John Adams – Second President:
The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.
John Hancock and John Adams:
We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!
All quotes were pulled from In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard G. Lee.