The Paths of Our Founding Fathers

A total of 52 of our 55 founding fathers who had a role in producing the Constitution—most of whom also worked on the Bill of Rights—were committed members of either Orthodox or Evangelical Christian churches.

To understand their hearts and what they had in mind for America, let’s look at some of the things they said during this founding era. Let’s start with Patrick Henry. He said:

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians. Not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, said in a speech given on the Fourth of July in 1837:

What is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world (your most joyous and venerated festival,) returns on this day? Is it not that in the chain of human events the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?

John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court and one of the three men most responsible for our Constitution said this:

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.

George Washington’s farewell address is yet another example of the intent of our founding fathers. He said this:

Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars….

There are literally hundreds of such quotations from our founding fathers that make it seem as if they were all cut from the same spiritual cloth, but let’s also take a more secular look at the question of our origin as a nation.

For ten years, the University of Houston’s Political Science department researched over 15,000 writings from this nation’s founding era looking for the sources of the ideas, philosophies, and principles behind our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They uncovered 3,154 quotes used by our founding fathers for which they could find an identifiable source.

Baron Charles D. Montesque’s writings were quoted 8.3% of the time; Sir William Blackstone was quoted7.9% and 2.9% of the 3,154 quotes came from John Locke.

Guess how many of the quotations used by our founding fathers were directly from the Bible? 34%!

Not stopping there, Montesque’s, Blackstone’s, and Locke’s quotes were also traced back to their sources; 60% of those were derived from the Bible.

These particular scholars came face-to-face with the fact that nearly half of the source material used in the development of our Constitution and Bill of Rights came either directly or indirectly from the Bible.

This Independence Day, let’s remember that our nation was founded on the principles, standards, and truths of the Word of God. Let’s pray and agree together that America would return to her roots.

God bless America!

 

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

3 responses to “The Paths of Our Founding Fathers”

  1. Pam Hahn says :

    Happy Birthday America

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  2. Shirley Tuttle says :

    I really like the idea; ” prefer Christians for their rulers” this is a important day for America. I for one can say I am thankful that Gods roots are in the soil, so thankful that Gods people where directed to come to American Shores. My spirit is saying; we will not be defeated! let us be happy and celebrate what this all means, Gods truth never wavers and his word never returns void! The birth of Christianity is here and we will not be still! Suit up with the Armor of God and fight not by flesh but by Gods spirit. Happy Fourth to all my Christian Brothers and sister’s in Christ.

  3. Founding Fathers says :

    I think the battle about the actual religions of our Founding Fathers clouds the waters on the subject of Religion and the US. I think the most important thing to remember is that the Founding Fathers wanted everyone to be able to practice any religion they wish, as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others. They also wanted to make sure that the government did not have a state religion or force anyone from becoming a member of a specific religion or force them into being a member of a specific religion.

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