by Rob Dunfey
“It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” – John Jay
John Jay, a co-author of the Federalist Papers, led the Continental Congress from 1774 through 1779. Jay used his status to be an outspoken proponent for the Constitution and was appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. John Jay said, “It is the duty…of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
The founders understood the freedom granted by Christian values. The founders also knew the government was more prone to corruption when religion was theirs to control. After all, they had recalled the horrid motivations of Henry VIII, when he took control of the church to be able to divorce his wife. Because of this, separation of church and state was a cornerstone of the Constitution.
The principle was “freedom of religion,” not “from religion.” The founders knew the dangers of silencing religion. In fact, pilgrims came to America for that reason.
Unlike Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany, the crafters of the constitution never declared Christianity the official religion of United States.
USA posessed no official religion, although it was clearly crafted by Christians.
If you look for signs in Washington DC, they are not hard to find.
Moses’ ten commandments reside on the exterior of the Supreme Court in DC. Not just there, in the National Library, stands a giant sculpture of Moses holding the ten commandments. The same building, verses from the books of Psalms and Micah are engraved. Across the street, the National Mall lies in the shape of a Christian cross. At one end, the Washington Monument contains over 200 Bible verses. At the very top tip of the monument, the highest point in our nation’s capitol, it reads, “Praise be to God.”
The city on the Potomac is full of Biblical references. At the Jefferson Memorial, Jefferson is quoted, “God who gave us life. Gave us liberty.” Across the river at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it reads in bold letters, “The Tomb Unknown but to God.”
While this post could be lengthier, highlighting every detail of God in government, let’s only highlight the most significant ties to Christianity.
-All 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christian at some point in their life.
-The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia displays a scripture about liberty from Leviticus.
-All 50 states have a constitution which mentions God.
-Even our constitution’s separation of church and state concept was born out of verses from Matthew and Mark and based on the Biblical concept of “free will.”
-Our constitution is longest surviving constitution in the world.
-Our three branches of government come from inspiration in the book of Isaiah.
It’s not just our currency that mentions God. Every time Congress passes a law, it does so under a large sign that reads, “In God We Trust.”
So the next time a friend is complaining about a cross on a hill, remind them of the above ties to Christianity. They will soon realize they have a lot more to complain about!