Despite our many national failings, it cannot be denied that our nation has deep Christian roots. And it is because of, not despite, these godly, Christian origins that America became a great nation and that our daring national experiment succeeded as wildly as it did.
After all, in the beginning, we were just a bunch of struggling, fragmented colonies, and it seemed like the height of folly to take on the might of the British homeland. How then did we become the greatest global superpower in world history?
It was our biblically based foundations that paved the way. To the extent that we have cast those off, we have deteriorated.
Consider the original charters of our first colonies. Stephen McDowell cites these representative examples.
The First Charter of Massachusetts (1629) states the desire that all the inhabitants would “be so religiously, peaceably and civilly governed, as their good life and orderly conversation may win and incite the natives of country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Savior of mankind, and the Christian faith, which in Our royal intention and the adventurers’ free profession, is the principal end of this plantation.”
Adopted January 14, 1639, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut began with the inhabitants covenanting together under God “to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess.”
In 1682, the Great Law of Pennsylvania was enacted, revealing the desire of Penn and the inhabitants of the colony to establish “laws as shall best preserve true Christian and civil liberty, in opposition to all unchristian, licentious and unjust practices, (whereby God may have his due, Caesar his due and the people their due).”
Not surprisingly, in some of these colonies, Sabbath (Sunday) laws were enforced, church attendance was mandatory, and biblical morality was required.
Obviously, we cannot return to those days, since America today is greatly diversified. And even among professing Christians, we are far from totally unified. Plus, we cannot expect tens of millions of non-Christians and non-believers to practice some form of Christianity.
To be quite frank, it would be dangerous to think that by passing certain laws, we could turn 21st-century America into 18th-century America.
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SOURCE: Charisma News