In 1947, President Harry Truman said bluntly, ‘This is a Christian nation’ and no one raised an eyebrow. However, since 1947, when the Supreme Court in its Everson Decision declared “there should be a wall of separation between Church and State,” secularists have used this decision to push for a secular nation, endeavoring to cut us off from our Christian roots.
America’s roots are planted in the Christian faith, first and foremost by virtue of those who came and settled here. In 1776, 98 percent of Americans were professing Protestant Christians; 1.8 percent declared they were Roman Catholics and 0.2 percent Jewish. In addition, those who founded our nation sought to root it deeply in the Christian faith. Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not upon religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”
We must recommit ourselves to the goals of the Pilgrims and return to our roots. They came determined to live all aspects of their lives for the glory of God and to give their energies to the advancement of the Christian faith. So must we.