I realize that this is not a popular topic, even among Christians. Opinions differ not only to whether the good ol' USA was birthed a Christian nation, but even whether it had Christian influence at all. Many history books today bear little claim that, other than the Puritans with difficult religious views, God or Christians made a mark on America's beginnings at all.
One may argue that this was never a Christian nation, but merely a nation for anyone, in any religion, to come and express their beliefs and worship whoever they please; to worship freely without repercussions in other words. Another may say that there was no evidence of a Christian influence at all, that our founding fathers were agnostic and were clearly leaving a country behind where religion was oppressive. They would die fighting, if necessary, to gain their freedom from religion in the new world. But there are still others that would claim that out of duty and obligation to the God of the Holy Scriptures, America was birthed from a direct desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That the majority of the founding fathers themselves were Christian and wanted to establish a people, a nation, a government, a way of life that reflected the Judeo-Christian beliefs that they put their faith in.
History has been under an onslaught for years. It's actually no surprise if you consider that by definition it is a record of events that have occurred in the past, good and bad. The past tells us something about ourselves; many events that tell us that we were a wicked and perverse people. It's similar to exposing a sinner to his/her depravity. No one feels good when faced with their own sin, particularly an unrepentant sinner not wanting to come face to face with the very thing that burns their conscience or adds to their guilt. As evidence to this, here are a few quotes from well-known people on their thoughts on history:
"The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles" [Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels The Communist Manifesto]
"History is philosophy from examples" [Dionysius of Halicarnassus Ars Rhetorica]
"There is properly no history; only biography" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays]
"History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today" [Henry Ford]
"History is past politics, and politics is present history" [E.A. Freeman Methods of Historical Study]
"What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it" [G.W.F. Hegel Philosophy of History]
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake" [James Joyce Ulysses]
"The world's history is the world's judgement" [Friedrich von Schiller]
"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes" [Voltaire L'Ingénu]
"That great dust-heap called history'" [Augustine Birrell Obiter Dicta]
"History [is] a distillation of rumour" [Thomas Carlyle History of the French Revolution]
"History gets thicker as it approaches recent times" [A.J.P. Taylor English History 1914-45]
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce" [Karl Marx]
But take a closer look at what history represents. If...and I stress if...one looks at what history is from the perspective of a Holy God then you might look at it differently. Think about it, God is the Beginning and the
End, or the Alpha and the Omega. He's been writing His story (history) from the beginning. And is still
writing it on peoples' hearts.
History tells us something about where we've been, who we are, and where we're going. But like science and
other studies in academia, if we leave out God, then we're no closer to understanding anything as the rich man was when Jesus told him to give away all his wealth and follow Him.
So why is history so important in taking our country back? Because it's the foundation. Just like when Jesus was teaching about one "who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." So it is about the founding of our nation.
Depending on who you choose to listen to on the subject, you may end up with a plethora of explanations on the US's founding. But there is so much evidence, written down in books and even part of our founding documents, that it's hard to ignore God's Word that is infused and penned into the heart of our nation.
Check out the founding documents and see for yourself whether you can sense God's providential hand sovereignly guiding our nation. God's principles are surely outlined in the vast majority of those pages. Even if the names Jehovah, or Almighty God, or the Lord God Almighty is not spelled out, His principles surely are. His divine nature and qualities seep from the pages with references to a Divine Author or Supreme Being, which now give to protest because the name God wasn't directly mentioned.
Check out the quotes from Eads Home Ministries and Our Founding Fathers and you can see that there's plenty of evidence to support God's guidance, direction, and involvement. And you'll also notice that many founding fathers were indeed believers or at least acknowledged God's sovereignty on many occasions.
But what if, as crazy as it sounds, you're thinking to yourself that everything is going along just fine. That there's no need to panic. Perhaps that our Christian heritage is not in peril or under attack. I would probably suggest that you're hiding your head in the sand then. Even the President of the United States was so bold to declare that we're not a Christian nation. It wasn't a mistake or a slip of the tongue. He has not backed down from this statement and he completely agrees ideologically, along with other extreme liberals, that Christianity has no place in America. Google this very thing (type in "why we're not a Christian nation") and you can see the many various opinions from liberals who are adamantly opposed to anything Christian or having God in any part of our heritage.
Part of the problem stems from a takeover of our major communication outlets (i.e. the main stream media). The liberals believed back in the 60's and 70's that if they could control the source where people get their information, they could also control, or perhaps dictate, public perception. It's no secret that their goals are to sway public opinion. But what isn't so clear is who the main players are behind this takeover. Check out the Media Research Center and you get a general sense of who they are and their agenda. The main culprits, though, can arguably be the radical left liberals whose objective is to control America. One who stands out among the most radical, and that's saying something, is Saul Alinsky with his book Rules for Radicals.
We know there's a problem, but what can we do about it? How can we take America back? I think Christians and conservatives, for one, need to be united. Together they need to recognize the main issue, that the liberals and the socialists are trying to gain power, and together find solutions to counter it. If we can manage that much, we might be able to adopt some of the liberals' own strategies and begin to take back what was once ours. Already, we are seeing a difference with conservative talk radio, blogs, and other media sources. But we need to be vigilant and not let our guard down because even now the Fairness Doctrine is being used to try to circumvent conservatives efforts.
There are other concerns, other reasons that our country has been on a downward trend. We've been diverting ourselves from the principles that our forefathers held and haven't been doing much to deter it. We have been allowing sin to fester and saying nothing in regards to our culture. However, if we decide to hold onto the principles that our forefathers did, and engage our culture with our faith and the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we might see a turn around. We need to be engaged, and that includes our involvement in government policy and voting when we have the chance. Whether we like it or not, it makes a difference in the direction our nation takes in regards to social policy. And above everything else, we need to pray and look to God that He would forgive us of our sins and once again turn us back to those principles that our nation once held so dear, the very same principles that come straight from the Bible...God's Word.