Today we celebrate America’s Independence Day! Our country is blessed to have a heritage of faith–our foundations are uniquely Christian. Scriptural beliefs and principles are woven into all the foundational documents and events, which were undergirded by prayer, because of the Godly Christian men who sacrificed and moved to make this nation a reality. History has, unfortunately, been revised by many people in recent decades. There is one person, however, who is making it his aim to correct the misinformation, and declare the faith of our founding fathers, using their own words to convey their beliefs. If you ever have the opportunity to hear David Barton speak, don’t miss it. Sit up close, and listen carefully. (We have been privileged to hear him speak 2 or 3 times during our Homeschooling years.) His bio states,
“His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.”
No one can pack more information into a presentation in a given amount of time than he! How does he do it? He talks at the speed of light! Well, almost. But, more importantly, he has memorized a most impressive amount of facts, statistics, and quotes which come from an even more impressive personal collection of original documents from Founding Fathers and statesmen. His study and research earn him the title “expert” and I respect him greatly as a Christian historian. (Before our recent trip to Washington, DC, we watched once more his video, “The Spiritual Heritage Tour of the U.S. Capitol.”)
On the day we celebrate America’s Independence Day, I thought I’d include some links to Quotes from the Founding Fathers and Statesmen on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible, from David Barton’s site, Wallbuilders.
One example, which I especially like, is this one from John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and 2nd President of the United States:
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”1 (in a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813)
Also on this site you will find “Helpful Links”, which includes titles such as: Historical Documents, Writings and Papers of the Founders, Historical Prints and Products, Worldview, and Homes of the Founding Fathers.
Here is a website dedicated to the United States Flag, including patriotic writings where you will find these words from
“As you see me silhouetted
against the peaceful skies of my country,
remind yourself that I am the flag of your country,
that I stand for what you are – no more, no less.
Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.
Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: ‘One nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.’
I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.
God grant that I may spend eternity in my
‘land of the free and the home of the brave’
and that I shall ever be known as ‘Old Glory,’
the flag of the United States of America.”
Finally, I would like to leave you, my fellow Americans, and especially, my fellow Christian Americans, with these words found in the Bible:
“If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Happy Independence Day!!