From the beginning, our nation had a solid foundation. Individuals like George Washington and John Adams honored God and revered Biblical principles. Many of the founding fathers were Christians, in fact, of the 56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half held seminary or Bible school degrees. They were unapologetic about their faith in God and it provided our country with a firm foundation.

George Washington, 1st President of the USA said, “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

John Adams, 2nd President of the USA said, “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. Every member would be obligated in conscience, to temperance, frugality and industry; to justice, kindness and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence towards the Almighty God.

James Monroe, 5th President of the USA said, “When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down impaired to our posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of all good.”

Patrick Henry, 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

The foundation of our country is one that we can be proud of. Our nation was established with a belief in God. We were established with a belief in freedom and in the rights of the individual. We have stumbled along the way, but the foundation created in the Constitution rests on Godly principles. We should not forget that. The United States of America began as a God-fearing nation, seeking the Jesus of the Bible. Let’s keep nurturing our roots.

Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis