Christians have been criticized for referring to this country as a Christian nation. Now, while America wasn’t established for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, many of the original colonies were. It has been said that more than four million who founded this republic were not only Christian, they were Protestants. Even the great state of Maryland, which was founded in part, as a refuge for persecuted Catholics, welcomed very few non-Protestants before the Revolutionary War.
As one historian of that period wrote, “It is significant that most of the founding fathers grew up in a strong religious atmosphere. Not all the founders acknowledged a formal faith, but it was significant that their view of man had a deeply religious foundation. Rights were God-given. Man was endowed by his Creator. There is also strong spiritual content in the confidence of the American founders in the capacity of man to govern his own affairs, to hold the ultimate power in the operation of his society.”
You can look high and low and you will never find religious conviction maintained as it was during our founding. The pilgrims came to America for religious freedom and intended to keep it so. Even today Christianity prevails in our nation. A 2015 Gallup Poll indicates that 75% of the American people identify themselves as Christian. America is a Christian nation and while we may have our decay and deprivation, we are still a Christian nation. To disagree is to misunderstand the purpose of our founding fathers. Freedom to worship God by the dictates of one’s conscience – that’s America!
May we never forget in this free nation how we were freed, and may it be said of us as it was said of the church in Antioch, “They were called Christians first”.