This post, the seventh in a nine-part series highlighting a specific topic from each chapter of Dr. Marshall Foster’s insightful book, The American Covenant – The Untold Story, documents the foundation of America based on Biblical principles. The background of America’s government as Biblically initiated by the Christian thinking of our founders is included throughout the book with the seventh chapter mentioning our founding documents.
Dr. Foster explains, “We have learned that self-government begins first with the individual aligning himself with the will of God, then caring for himself and others and applying Biblical principles to all areas of his life. A limited, representative civil government will not long survive without what George Washington called the pillars of America in his Farewell Address: ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.'”
The Christian thinking of the Pilgrims in 1620 – their covenant with God declared in the Mayflower Compact before stepping foot on American soil – is America’s first great constitutional contract.
Christian author Verna Hall, a woman who devoted her life to writing about the providence of God in America and co-founder of the Foundation for American Christian Education had this to say about America’s Biblical foundation:
“Each religion has a form of government, and Christianity astonished the world by establishing self-government. With the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620, Christian self-government became the foundation-stone of the United States of America. ‘The stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner.'” (Psalm 118:22; Matthew 21:42)The American Covenant – The Untold Story
America’s federal and state governments are founded on Biblical principles deeply studied by our Founders; they read Scripture. They founded America on a Christian view of man. Our Constitution is based on representation just as Moses used representation:
Exodus 18:21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
The Founders understood power should never be in the hands of one man or one group, that is why the Constitution includes separation of powers. The Founders understood all true power comes from above:
Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.
In studying God’s authority over man versus man’s authority over man the writers of the Declaration of Independence were also concerned to protect their certain “unalienable rights” given to man by God. And the Bill of Rights was also created to protect the individual’s rights.
Unless Christian Americans stand together, speak out, educate our children on the Christian history of this great nation, and position Christian men and women in political seats, the words of Dr. Jedediah Morse in 1799 will very soon ring true:
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoy. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom… Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”The American Covenant – The Untold Story
Read more about, The American Covenant – The Untold Story:
- Part 1 of 9 – Remember God’s History In America
- Part 2 of 9 – America Acknowledges God’s Providence
- Part 3 of 9 – Our Purpose In America
- Part 4 of 9 – America, Our Liberty Is Through Christ
- Part 5 of 9 – America’s Government Founded On Christian Principles
- Part 6 of 9 – God Has Property Ownership Of America
- Part 8 of 9 – America, Let Us Revive Christian Morals
- Part 9 of 9 – America’s Covenant With God – Lest We Forget
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
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