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The American conviction of Truth

I have always enjoyed American history… really, history in general. One of my favorite classes in High School was South Dakota history, and I loved every history course in college. My passion for history has thrust me into the category of fascination with historic facts often ignored or intentionally overlooked. My TV remote is seldom used to navigate from channels like History or the Military channel. However, I am bothered by the once subtle rewriting of history which has recently transcended into an aggressive and intentionally biased presentation of history against Christian faith.

Statue of Liberty under colorful sky

It has always been interesting to observe the tactics of such critics, which have become so predictable. Challenge the event or present doubt in its authenticity. Then, if this does not provide the desired results, turn against the figure of history or the authors involved in preserving the account. Recently, charges have been made against Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and even Abraham Lincoln. Everything from sexual immorality, drunkenness and slave ownership have been thrown out against them… even purporting that Lincoln was homosexual. And there’s no shortage of “history experts” who share this taint of bias to exploit their claims and sell books in the shadow of their fleeting 15 seconds in the limelight.

As mentioned, one of the tactics of the “higher critics” of history is to attack the character of historic figures. It must be noted with no doubt such character bears impact upon the event, however, even if a historic person’s moral fiber is not of highest quality it does not remove their place in history. To attack the moral character of prominent figures in American history is almost always a smoke screen tactic employed to distract the common public from the moral standards these same figures embraced as a whole. I suggest it is entirely possible to have moral failings and, yet, not embrace those moral downfalls or try to justify them. Certainly, every leader in human history (with the only exception being Jesus) have had personal flaws. The current trend of culture is to exploit those failures or flaws into something they are not, to wield them as leverage against such individuals in an attempt to excuse modern moral failings or suggest such leaders would support these same behaviors.

Perhaps no greater charge has been made against American history than that against the influence of Christian faith on the founding and structure of this Republic.

Many have falsely claimed America as a “melting pot” of religious expression, and yet, our founders never intended such. In fact, our founders were quite unabashed about their contempt against other religions.

1796 Farewell Address of President George Washington:

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.

Washington’s Farewell Address

Notice Mr. Washington’s statement toward the end of the above quote:

With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.

He is, of course, speaking of the Christian faith. How is it possible our founding fathers could have “intended a culture embracing a melting pot of religious expression” while Mr. Washington celebrates the common faith? You see, American history nor the writings of our founders do not support the melting pot concept. In fact, they condemn other religions by pointing out the highest moral value of Christianity. Those who would suggest the melting pot concept have also twisted the “Church and State” concept presented by Mr. Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association to mean absolutely no Christian influence in American politics. The hypocrisy of such a position is easily shown in the climate of “political correctness” toward our “friendly Islamic” neighbors.

Modern social commentators love to call America a “melting pot” or “mosaic” of cultural and religious expression. However, such a description is not fitting America’s founding principles, nor is it supported in her history.

Simple put, America has the unique founding principles of a nation defined by Christian faith. Our model for justice comes directly from the pages of Christian Scripture, as is so prominently evidenced in the engravings upon nearly every federal building and monument in our nation’s capitol. Our founding fathers provide a wealth of material in support of their entire support of Christian faith, and the establishment of a wall of separation which prevented the government from imposing a particular form of religious expression upon the people. Even founders who have been redefined by history as “unbelieving” or “deist” have printed works which impress their support of Christian faith.

One need not look very far to realize the undercurrent of such a trend. To “dumb down” or remove faith from the pages of history simply opens the door wider for immoral living.

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Redefining a nation

President Obama, while on a recent international “good will” tour, called into question the Christian heritage of the USA.

Do not misunderstand the purpose of this posting. My intent is not to debate whether or not the United states is a “Christian” nation. In my reference to the spiritual make-up of these United States, I would classify her as many things, but, cannot with confidence refer to her as a Christian Nation. To do so is to generalize, a dangerous thing for anyone to do. In much the same way, it is irresponsible of our president to whitewash the national heritage of the United States, removing a large percentage of the population by alluding to the USA as having one of the highest populations of Muslims in the world. His statements were slanted & inaccurate at best.

Dated June 2nd, 2009:
Interview with french newscaster, Laura Haim on Canal Plus
(Note final paragraph in response to question #4)

Yet, the math doesn’t add up:
Obama’s “fuzzy” math
America doesn’t even fall within the top 50 nation by % of population.

Many have trodden down the well worn trail of debating whether the USA is a “Christian Nation”. To me, the trail of that debate is heading in the wrong direction from the beginning.

The true question is not whether the United States is currently a Christian Nation, rather, it is whether the Christian faith bore influence upon our founders, or served to provide the foundation upon which our civil structure of liberty, laws and government as a republic was established. Clearly, as is evident to any visitor to our nation’s capital, the Christian faith provided the general basis for the structure of our nation.

To ignore, or erase, the influence of any culture in the development of our nation would be wrong, and should be viewed as “intolerant”. I would go so far as to say that if any other religious group were written out of American History to the degree that Christianity has been, there would be a large & justified outcry against such irresponsibility. Christian influence, when mentioned, is painted as being ignorant, uninformed, superstitious & outdated in an overwhelming percentage of the references. Not all of the founding fathers were Christian… some were Deists, and others were agnostic. However, even the unbelieving among our founders recognized the only just means of establishing civil government… through the establishment, rather, the agreement, of established & eternal moral standards.

To ignore, or erase, the influence of any culture in the development of our nation would be wrong, and should be viewed as “intolerant”.

Some have referred to “legislating morality” and plea for a “Separation of Church & State”, seemingly ignorant of the lack of logic in such an argument. Typically, this is a knee jerk response from the liberal crowd when any just restriction is placed upon the action of a citizen. I’ll not go into the fallacy of the “Legislating morality” argument, other than to say that nearly every civil code is established upon a moral standard ingrained upon the hearts of mankind from their birth. (I’ll elaborate further on this subject in another posting.)

The fundamental problem is not cultural, but spiritual.

First Century Christians did not live in a culture which was friendly to their endeavor to spread the Gospel of Christ. Untold numbers of Christians lost their lives in an “enlightened” culture of Roman paganism. All gods were welcome in the empire, except the “Christian God”. Sound familiar? It should! America is rapidly traveling on a downhill course of “multi-culturalism” and “enlightenment”, which are simply the fancy terms used to mask what is actually occurring… an embracing of all perceptions of truth as legitimate. Simple logic tells us that everyone cannot be “right”, and every argument cannot be valid. Make no mistake… there is a “Right & Wrong”.

Obama’s speech manuscript

Obama's "World Apology Tour" claims USA as an Islamic Nation

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