I read this tiny article yesterday and it got me thinking about the religious roots in the US. For those too lazy to read the article, it is very short and sweet. The author claims that the US is not a Christian nation, but a nation where many Christians reside. Furthermore, our forefathers did not think too highly of Christianity or any other specific religion for that matter.
I’d imagine, some Christian readers would beg to differ, but the Constitution speaks for itself. There is no mention of Jesus or Christianity in it for good reason. The founders of the US possesed far more wisdom than the leaders of today. They designed the Constitution to be wholly secular because they knew of the difficulties with religion and faith.
I’m not a huge fan of throwing down quotes, but there are a few from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams that I found interesting…
"Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effects of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites." –Thomas Jefferson
"I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another." –Thomas Jefferson
"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity." –John Adams
"This nation of ours was not founded on Christian principles." –John Adams
There’s plenty more to read online, but the point I’m making is that the brilliant fathers of this nation were religious. However, they were not Christian, nor did they believe in mandating one specific religion, especially Christianity. Also, from reading more about them, it appears that they saw religion as a very personal and private affair.
I look at this country now, and I wonder where those beliefs and principles went. Would our forefathers approve of the 10 Commandments being on display in federal buildings? How would they feel about teaching the Christian version of creation in public schools?
I want everyone, especially Christians, to chime in on this one.
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