I often hear people argue America wasn’t founded on Christian principles and therefore Obama’s quote, “We (America) do not consider ourselves a Christian nation,” resonates with truth. For those who ascribe to this idea, they dig through the writings and quotations of the Founding Fathers to justify this belief. One such tidbit comes from the writings of our second President in a letter written to Thomas Jefferson. John Adams is often quoted as saying,
“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!”
I thumbed through my “God and Country” book of quotes and found that John Adams also said,
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
So which is it? What did he really believe?
Based upon biographical works of Adams, I chose to believe the former quote to be taken out of context. I researched the “no religion” quote and found that history revisionists extracted the quote from a greater body of work. In fact, here’s the complete quotation in an April 19, 1817, letter to Thomas Jefferson.
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity. . . . I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.
“Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion at all!!!” But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.”
Watching the happenings in the world today, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce our world’s going “to hell in a handbasket.” At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, participants enthusiastically booed the idea of recognizing God and the nation of Israel in the Democratic platform. When a nation chooses to shun God and His chosen people, judgment can’t be far behind.
Sadly, we’ve adopted the ideology of those referenced in Judges 21:25,
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”
I almost gag each time I hear Obama conclude a speech with,
“And God bless the United States of America.”
Will God bless a nation that continues to abort babies by the millions and champions gay marriage? It appears we’re living in an age where people identify evil as good and good as evil. The prophet Isaiah warned against such behavior,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20.)
In the New King James Version of the Bible, “woe” occurs 71 times in 69 verses in the Old Testament, most of them in the prophets. The New Testament chimes in with the word 40 times in 33 verses, and in 32 of those 40 times it comes from the mouth of Jesus! The word “woe” was used to express grief and lamentation and was associated with the grief of death. God used the word “woe” to warn of pending judgment.
Several times throughout the Scriptures the word “woe” also means the opposite of “giddy-up.” In other words, “halt, stop, or cease.” I can imagine the prophet Isaiah bellowing out God’s message of “woe” to America today. Imagine him preaching, exhorting Americans to,
“Stop your disobedience to the Word of God….halt your transgressions….cease your godless behavior….Repent!!!”
After spending time observing the abominations being committed by the masses today, he might side with Barack Obama.
Maybe this Country isn’t a Christian nation.