Vail Daily letter: Christianity is our foundation
Eagle, CO Colorado
This letter is in reply to Mr. Bornstein’s letter on Dec. 20.
Twenty years ago, I saw what was happening in this country, spiritually, politically and economically. I was being told by some Christians the problem was that this country had been founded by Christians to promote the salvation of mankind by faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ. Our state and U.S. Constitutions and early court decisions supported this philosophy.
Was Christianity really the foundation of this country? What is a Christian? Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 that many will say they are Christians but few are. In the Bible, Galatians 3:26 says we are only children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. In Ephesians 2: 8-9 and Acts 16: 30-31, it says our salvation comes by faith in Jesus and not by any kind of works. In John 9:31 it says God does not hear the prayer of the unsaved, unless it is a prayer for salvation.
Our founders believed this, and it shows up in their constitutions, and court decisions.
Mr. Bornstein made a reference to our Constitution being Godless. The Declaration of Independence is the charter of this country, and it mentioned God in one form or another several times. The Constitution is the by-laws of this country and the by-laws always agree with the charter. The Constitution did not have to mention Jesus, although it did twice.
As a Christian, I understand what Article I, Section 7, Paragraph 2 means. In the 1846 court case City of Charleston vs. S.A. Benjamin, a Jewish glove maker was told not to sell his gloves on Sunday, because in this country Sunday is the Christian Sabbath. This idea of the Sundays excepted clause was supported by this court.
Why did the article mentioned above even have a Sundays excepted clause? Why not Saturday – that was a Jewish Sabbath? I think that might be a Muslim and Roman Catholic Sabbath. Why was not Tuesday or any other day chosen?
In our U.S. Constitution, Article VII, Paragraph 2, the Constitution says, “done in Convention by the unanimous consent present the 17th day of September in the year of our Lord 1787.” The Lord is Jesus Christ.
Our founders knew that someone’s belief system would run this country. They had just come out of a state-supported religious system and did not want a U.S. federal church like the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church or Islam.
As Mr. Bornstein pointed out, even after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, 11 of 13 states constitutions contained religious tests for public offices, despite approval of Article I Clause 3 (no religious test). They had some form or combination of belief in the Trinity or to be a Protestant. A belief in God, Jesus, Holy Ghost or the Bible as the Word of God. None required a belief in Islam, the Roman Catholic Church or just the Old Testament.
In the 1796 Tennessee Constitution Article VIII, Section II it says: “No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.” Article XI, Section IV says “that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state.”
The no religious test was not for which Christian denomination you were a member of like the state religions did. As Mr. Bornstein pointed out in “The Godless Constitution” the founders did not want Roman Catholics, Mohomatan (Muslims), Jews, Deist or Atheist running the government. This idea would agree with Galatians 3:26 and John 9:31. They wanted leaders whose prayers would be heard by God.
In Runkle vs. Winemiller 1799, the Supreme Court of Maryland said: “By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion.”
In People vs. Ruggles 1811, the Supreme Court of New York found a man guilty of blasphemy for publicly calling Mary a whore and Jesus a bastard.
In Updegraph vs. The Commonwealth 1824, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Abner Updegraph said “that the Holy Scriptures were a mere fable, that they were a contradiction and that although they contained a number of good things, yet they contained a great many lies.” He was found guilty of blasphemy.
In Commonwealth vs. Abner Kneeland, 1838 Supreme Court of Massachusetts, a publisher printed similar statements and was found guilty of libel against God.
The above four court cases all used First Amendment rights, Christianity not law of the land, and freedom of the press as a defense, and they all lost their cases.
Was Christianity really the foundation of this country? Yes! It is not a gray area. When you look at the record, it is as plain as day. In fact, our constitutional government has done more to protect Christian liberty than any governing document ever devised by man.
I have read a lot of opinions of people who agree with Mr. Bornstein. How can we read the same constitutions and court cases and not agree that this was Christian nation, not a Muslim, Jewish or Roman Catholic nation? Our greatness comes from Jesus Christ.
Maybe the problem with people like Mr. Bornstein is not just their problem with understanding the truth about Christian foundation, maybe their problem is with Jesus Christ.
In my next letter I will go into more detail about the court cases I have used.
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