Faith, prayer, conviction, courage, justice and action go hand-in-hand. The people’s delegates who framed America’s governing charters exemplify this, coming from several different Bible-believing religious denominations. This statement by President John Quincy Adams reflects the values of virtually all of the delegates, “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets.”
It was Bible-believing denominations, Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists and others, who insisted the First Amendment morality-based education freedom be adopted for all religions, NOT JUST THEIR OWN.
To quote John Jay, who served as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and was author of many of the Federalist Papers, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precept.”
Noah Webster (1758–1843), a contributor to the Constitution, is widely acknowledged as the most influential educator for over a hundred years. Webster, a devout Christian, was fluent in seven languages and in 1781 became a member of the Bar. It was 1828 before the famous American Dictionary of the English Language was published. He included Bible verses with many of the definitions.*
Those claiming that Benjamin Franklin and other Constitutional Fathers were irreligious are practicing Genesis 3:4-5 revisionism. Franklin was a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Second Continental Congress and signer of the Constitution of the United States. He wrote about this First Principle in his Articles of Belief, “I believe there is One Supreme, most perfect Being. Also when I stretch my imagination through and beyond our system of planets, beyond the visible fixed stars themselves, into that space that is [in] every way infinite, and conceive it filled with suns like ours, each with a chorus of worlds forever moving round him; nothing, and myself less than nothing, and of no sort of consequence, that I may be preserved from atheism. Help me, O Father! For all thy innumerable benefits; for life, and reason…My good God, I thank thee!”
* David Barton, Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young, WallBuilder Press, Aledo, Texas, 1993.
~ D. Norris