Thursday, March 5, 2009

America's Christian Heritage

In my first post I must acknowledge my belief that the foundation of America’s greatness is her Christian heritage. I learned in second grade that one of the first acts of the men of the Virginia Company upon their arrival at Cape Henry was to erect a wooden cross in the sand. As an adult I understand more fully that they recognized the necessity of thanking God for his faithfulness and protection.
These first Americans were committed to the advancement of the Christian faith.

In the first charter of Virginia they proclaimed their desire to “propagate the Christian Religion to such people as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God.”

The Second Charter of Virginia stated that their principal purpose was “the Conversion . . . of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian religion.”

The Mayflower compact stated their purpose to be the “advancement of the Christian faith.”

The charter of the New England Confederation stated their purpose as “… namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ...” and George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

There is an attempt today to ignore, even rewrite, the religious underpinnings of America. My conservative convictions are based on these underpinnings. I value and adhere to the beliefs that all men are created equal, that we are one nation under God, that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We cannot improve on the brilliance of our Constitution and Bill of Rights for equality and freedom, nor can we remain free if we forget that all life and freedom is first given by God.

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