Is America A Christian Nation?

Do you consider America to be a Christian Nation?  Let’s consider the historical evidence.

Is America a Christian Nation

Mayflower Compact, is the first colonial agreement that formed a government by the consent of the governed. The Mayflower Compact was signed in 1620 by Pilgrims, English people hoping to establish a settlement in North America. The agreement was completed on the ship Mayflower, which was anchored off the coast of Massachusetts. The compact gave the settlers the power to frame and enact laws for the general good of the planned settlement.

Most of the Pilgrims were members of the Separatist congregation that had split from the Church of England. However, some were not, and these people sought independence from the Separatists. To prevent this, Separatist leaders wrote the compact, which was modeled after the covenant that had established their Separatist faith. Each male adult signed the document. The signers agreed to follow all “just and equal” laws that the settlers enacted and to be ruled by the will of the majority. Plymouth Colony did not receive an English royal charter, and so the compact determined governmental authority in the colony until it became part of the Massachusetts colony in 1691.

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.

*The ‘dread sovereign’ referred to in the document used the archaic definition of dread; meaning awe and reverence (for the King), not fear.

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Signatories

America was indeed begun by men who honored God and set their founding principles by the words of the Bible. They lived their lives with honesty, reliability, and fairness toward establishing this country “for the sake of its survival.” A great many of America’s Founding Fathers have been quoted in regard to living by Biblical values.

Edmund Burke (1729-1794), outstanding orator, author, and leader in Great Britain, defended the colonies in Parliament. “There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator.”

Patrick Henry (1736-1799), five-time Governor of Virginia, whose “Give me liberty or give me death” speech has made him immortal, said: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly, nor too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. . . .”

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. President, chosen to write the Declaration of Independence, said: “I have little doubt that the whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also.” He proclaimed that it was the God of the Bible who founded America in his 1805 inaugural address: “I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in this country.”

When each of our 50 state constitutions were written, God was included in each one:

Alabama 1901 Preamble: We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.

Alaska 1956 Preamble: We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911 Preamble: We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…

California 1879 Preamble: We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.

Colorado 1876 Preamble: We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.

Connecticut 1818 Preamble: The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897 Preamble: Through Divine Goodness all men have, bynature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of Florida,  grateful to Almighty God for our  constitutional liberty, establish  this Constitution….

Georgia 1777 Preamble: We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance  of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…

Hawaii 1959 Preamble:  We, the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance .  Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889 Preamble:  We, the people of the  State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its  blessings..

Illinois 1870 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of  Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil law, political and  religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to  Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851 Preamble: We, the People of the State of Indiana,  grateful to Almighty God for the free  exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857 Preamble:  We, the People of the State of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being  for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a  continuation of these blessings establish  this Constitution . . .

Kansas 1859 Preamble:  We, the people of Kansas , grateful to  Almighty God for our  civil and religious privileges establish this  Constitution.

Kentucky 1891 Preamble:  We, the people of the Commonwealth are  grateful to Almighty  God for the civil, political and religious liberties…

Louisiana 1921  Preamble:  We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God  for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820 Preamble:  We the People of Maine acknowledging with  grateful hearts the  goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in  affording us an  opportunity … And imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776 Preamble:  We, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God  for our civil and religious liberty…

Massachusetts 1780 Preamble:  We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe . . . In the course of His  Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction  .

Michigan 1908 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of Michigan,  grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish  this Constitution.

Minnesota 1857 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of Minnesota,  grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and  desiring to perpetuate its blessings:

Mississippi 1890 Preamble:  We,  the people of Mississippi in  convention assembled, grateful to Al mighty God,  and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845 Preamble:  We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . . . Establish this Constitution.

Montana 1889 Preamble:  We, the people of Montana, grateful to  Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution  ..

Nebraska 1875 Preamble:  We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, Establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864 Preamble:  We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom  establish this Constitution

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V:  Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty  God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to  enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911 Preamble:  We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for  the blessings of liberty

New York 1846, Preamble:  We, the people of the  State of New York , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to  secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868 Preamble:  We the people of  the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of  Nations,  for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging  our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those

North Dakota 1889 Preamble: We, the people of North Dakota,  grateful to Almighty God  for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…

Ohio 1852 Preamble:  We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty  God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common

Oklahoma 1907 Preamble:  Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty …  establish this ..

Oregon 1857 Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2:  All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences…

Pennsylvania 1776 Preamble:  We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance

Rhode Island 1842 Preamble:  We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which  He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a  blessing

South Carolina 1778 Preamble:  We, the people of he State of  South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889 Preamble:  We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties

Tennessee 1796 Art. XI.III:  That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…

Texas 1845 Preamble:  We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896 Preamble:  Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777,Preamble:  Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to  enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence  has bestowed on man

Virginia 1776 Bill of Rights, XVI:  Religion, or the  Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is  the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889 Preamble:  We the People of the  State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our  liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872 Preamble:
  Since through Divine Providence we  enjoy the blessings of civil, political  and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia, reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God

Wisconsin 1848 Preamble:  We, the  people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic  tranquility

Wyoming 1890 Preamble:  We, the people of the State of  Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties . . . establish this Constitution.

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