Every time I post something along these lines I lose friends or people on my friend’s list. Some of them let me know why they are leaving and others do not, they just go. That is fine, everyone has the absolute right to associate with whoever is chosen and I defend that. From time to time, I will have professing Christians and even preachers tell me they cannot stay with me because what I’m saying is a violation of both the Constitution and the Bible. Obviously, I disagree but again, everyone has to decide for themselves what they believe and why they believe it. In last night’s presentation by the Democrats, their nominee declared that our national motto is “E Pluribus Unum” meaning: “out of many, we are one.” However, that is not our national motto and never has been. It is on our official seal. In 1956, “In God We Trust” became the official national motto of the United States of America. If you will check you will find that 36 U.S.C. – 302 confirms my assertion. Our official national motto is “In God We Trust.” Hillary, I do hope we stand by our national motto, the real one and out of that, we will have E Pluribus Unum.
That leads me to today and I will attempt to give you a few examples of what our Founding Fathers, former Presidents, and others have declared that on the subject. That, in my view, lends credibility and validity to my argument that America was a Bible Nation and the Founders never intended the modern idea of “Separation of Church and State” to mean that the nothing biblical or religious could gain access or involvement in anything government or public. The idea that religion is to be a private matter is foreign, in my view, to the view our founders and the Bible. Again, you will have to determine what you believe and why.
Stepping forward to one of our more notable presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who did not ascribe to the modern view of exclusion of the Bible and religion as can be detected in his words, “In the formative days of the republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the Fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident…This Book continues to hold its unchallenged place as the most loved, the most quoted, and the most universally read and pondered of all the volumes which our libraries contain…We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a Nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures… For a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.”
President Harry S. Truman echoed those sentiments saying, “The fundamental basis of this Nation’s laws was given to Moses on the mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah to St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.” (He spoke those words before the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference, February 15, 1950). President Teddy Roosevelt speaking to the American Bible Society in New York said, “The teaching of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally – I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally – impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals – all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves. Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud – of which our people are proud – almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible.”
Then, one of our founding fathers and a first attorney admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, Elias Boudinot said, “Were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive both to the wise and ignorant. Were you to ask me for one book affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat, it is the Bible. And should you renew the inquiry for the best philosophy, or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the alpha and omega of knowledge.”
President John Adams declared, “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited… What a Utopia – what a Paradise would this region be! The Bible is the best book in the world.”
But let me add one more tidbit which I believe speaks powerfully against the argument to eliminate the Bible and religion from all things government. In 1781, there was a plan advanced in the United States Congress to print America’s first English-language Bible. On September 12, 1782, the full Congress of the United States approved that Bible, and it was printed with a congressional endorsement which reads: “Resolved, that the United States Congress assembled… recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”
Therefore, I ask how can we ignore these and scores of other quotes, writings, and actions of the founding fathers and former presidents dating back to the inception of this nation and the writing of our Constitution? How can we somehow conclude that they rejected the Bible as a viable part of our nation, deliberations, and politics? We do so with disregard to what they said and did. They were adamantly against the State or Government imposing any religion on the citizenry or taking any actions to hinder or restrict Churches from the free exercise of their religion. They DID NOT consider the Bible anathema to government and an enemy of the State, nor did they want it eliminated from public proceedings or influencing the directions of our national or personal lives.
I believe that this nation was founded on biblical principles and our founding fathers desired the influence of God and the Bible on American life including politics. They even had the Bible as a part of the public school curriculum. Their words and actions cannot be squared with the modern pronouncement of “Separation of Church and State.” Churches, preachers, Christians I urge you, do not be forced into silence at a time when your nation needs you to STEP UP, STAND UP, and SPEAK UP. It is time that we return to our founding philosophy and become our national motto, “In God We Trust” and out of that we can become one out of many!
God bless you and God bless America!