Summary: There is a growing debate among the Christian community, is America a Christian nation?
There is a growing debate among the Christian community, is America a Christian nation? As this argument develops we would like to offer a solution to the opposing view that America is no longer a Christian nation. Some may argue that America is not a Christian nation because the Constitution does not refer to or contain any reference to Christ or Christianity. Also to those who suggest that America was never a Christian nation based on the treatment of slaves. Furthermore, the people who desire to hurt Americans with fear and terrorism. This message will argue the supporting evidence that America is still a Christian nation based on the hearts of our founding fathers, our stance on slavery, and our response to terror.
The most obvious reason that America is a Christian nation is the founding fathers view of God and the Christian church. Gouverneur Morris represents the ideas contained in the constitution. It is noted that Morris spoke on the Convention floor 173 times, more than any other delegate. As head of the committee on style, he drafted and was them responsible for most of the wording of the Constitution. Gouverneur Morris had a deep abiding faith in a God who intervenes in world affairs. His faith distinguishes Morris from the deists with their belief in an absentee God. He expressed his faith in God in letters he wrote to George Washington. “I hope in God, my dear Sir that you may long continue to preside.” Morris’s view of Jesus Christ is not easily determined however, in light of his Episcopalian beliefs he had an orthodox view of the Trinity and Jesus Christ. Therefore we may assume that Morris agreed with the doctrine of the church to which he belonged.
An April 17, 1778, letter to his mother shows his faith in God and his willingness to be part of God’s plan:
I look forward serenely to the course of events, confident that the fountain of supreme wisdom and virtue will provide for the happiness of his creatures. Whenever the present storm subsides, I shall rush with eagerness into the bosom of private life, but while it continues, and while my country calls for the exertion of the little share of abilities, which it has pleased God to bestow on me, I hold it my indispensable duty to give myself to her
Late in life Morris declared that “The Almighty will work out his wise ends by means of
human folly,” recognizing that God uses the foolish things of this world for His glory
(1 Cor 1:18-31). He also thanked God for his blessings and concluded, “I descend towards the
grave full of gratitude to the Giver of all good.”
James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution.” He spent over a half century in
public service. Madison’s realization that government needs power to control the sinful urges
and actions of men were based on the biblical views of nature and man. He knew that rulers possess sinful natures and could not be trusted with too much power. Madison’s political philosophy is best summarized in his statement before the Constitutional Convention that “All men having power ought to be distrusted.”