The Ghostfighters

November 10, 2010

THE UNITED STATES FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION

Filed under: THE UNITED STATES FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION — prowlland @ 6:48 am

 

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the three men most responsible for the writing of the Constitution declared:

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty-as well as privilege and interest- of our Christian nation

to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

Still sounds like the Founding Fathers knew this was a Christian nation.

Laus Deo!

 

 

 

 

LAUS DEO

Do you know what it means?

One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C.
there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument
..

With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc.,
this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this
amazing historical information.
On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington,
D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument
are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably
couldn’t care less.


Once you know Laus Deo’s history , you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years;
they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument,
facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square
miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United
States of America

Laus Deo!
Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight
and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at
the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most
successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables
and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say
‘ Praise
be to God!’

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in
1848, when James
Polk was President of the United States , it was not until
1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-
five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of
our nation,
Laus Deo ‘Praise be to God!’

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors
may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division
into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also
easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l’Enfant….
a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House
to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to
the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.


A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and
state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not,
in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt,
intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.

Praise be to God!
Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings.. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the
memorial stones share a message.

 

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    • On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore;
    • on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
    • on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from
      New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7 , Luke 18:16
      and Proverbs 22:6 .. Praise be to God!


When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July
4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy
Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the
founder and first President of our unique democracy
‘One Nation,
Under God.’

I am awed by Washington ‘s prayer for America .
Have you ever read
it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

‘Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the
United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts
of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one
another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us
all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that
charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the
characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and
without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we
can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we
beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’


Laus Deo!



When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all
over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God,
as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look.. You may forget
the width and height of ‘Laus Deo ‘, its location, or the architects but
no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words:
‘Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the
Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain’
(Psalm 127: 1)It is hoped you will send this to every one you know. They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they
probably never learned in school.Recently, many authors have debated whether or not the United States of America was founded as a Christian nation. I wish to provide a few historical quotes from our Founding Era that lend credence to the supposition that we indeed were founded as a Christian nation.Granted, God is not mentioned in the Constitution, but He is mentioned in every major document leading up to the final wording of the Constitution. For example, Connecticut is still known as the “Constitution State” because its colonial constitution was used as a model for the United States Constitution. Its first words were: “For as much as it has pleased the almighty God by the wise disposition of His Divine Providence…”

Most of the fifty-five Founding Fathers who worked on the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches and many were even evangelical Christians. The first official act in the First Continental Congress was to open in Christian prayer, which ended in these words: “…the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Savior. Amen”. Sounds Christian to me.

Ben Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention, said: “…God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

John Adams stated so eloquently during this period of time that; “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 the general principles of Christianity are as etemal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

Later, John Quincy Adams answered the question as to why, next to Christmas, was the Fourth of July this most joyous and venerated day in the United States. He answered: “…Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” Sounds like the founding of a Christian nation to me. John Quincy Adams went on to say that the biggest victory won in the American Revolution was that Christian principles and civil government would be tied together In what he called an “indissoluble” bond. The Founding Fathers understood that religion was inextricably part of our nation and government. The practice of the Christian religion in our government was not only welcomed but encouraged.

The intent of the First Amendment was well understood during the founding of our country. The First Amendment was not to keep religion out of government. It was to keep Government from establishing a ‘National Denomination” (like the Church of England). As early as 1799 a court declared: “By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same equal footing.” Even in the letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Baptists of Danbury Connecticut (from which we derive the term “separation of Church and State”) he made it quite clear that the wall of separation was to insure that Government would never interfere with religious activities because religious freedom came from God, not from Government.

Even George Washington who certainly knew the intent of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, since he presided over their formation, said in his “Farewell Address”: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” Sure doesn’t sound like Washington was trying to separate religion and politics.

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the three men most responsible for the writing of the Constitution declared:

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty-as well as privilege and interest- of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Still sounds like the Founding Fathers knew this was a Christian nation.

This view, that we were a Christian nation, was hold for almost 150 years until the Everson v. Board of Education ruling in 1947. Before that momentous ruling, even the Supreme Court knew that we were a Christian nation. In 1892 the Court stated:

“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people…This is a Christian nation.” There it is again! From the Supreme Court of the United States. This court went on to cite 87 precedents (prior actions, words, and rulings) to conclude that this was a “Christian nation”.

In 1854, the House Judiciary Committee said: “in this age, there is no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.’

It should be noted here that even as late as 1958 a dissenting judge warned in Baer v. Kolmorgen that if the court did not stop talking about the “separation of Church and State”, people were going to start thinking it was part of the Constitution.

It has been demonstrated in their own words: Ben Franklin, George Washington and John Adams, to the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court, how our founding fathers felt about the mix of politics and religion.

When we read articles such as “What’s God got to do with it?” (Primack, 5/4) and “The wall between state and church must not be breached” (Tager, 5/7) it just reaffirms how little, even intelligent people, understand about the founding of our great Republic. To say that this nation was not founded as a Christian nation or that the Constitution was not founded on Christian principles is totally at odds with the facts of history.

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