America as a Christian Nation Trey Welch

Historical Documents

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Prayer was written the day before his Presidental Inauguration. The prayer says, "Almighty God, As we stand here, at this moment, my associates in the Executive Branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who hold to differing political beliefs, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and for Thy glory. Amen."
The Philadelphia Bible Society, America's first Bible society, was officially organized on December 12, 1808. Rev. Dr. William White was president of the society and Declaration signer Benjamin Rush was a vice president. By 1816, 121 more Bible societies had been started across the nation.
In 1806, Noah began his work and studied about twenty different languages to translate and define words from their original languages into English. As a result of his efforts, Noah Webster’s Dictionary was published in 1828. The dictionary contained 70,000 words, with their spellings and definitions. Noah’s strong faith and belief in God is evident not only in this original dictionary, but also in his 1833 The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, in the Common Version, in which he updates outdated and unused words. He used Scripture to define words such as "Light" and "Help" to explain their meanings.

Historical Sermons

At the time of the Founders, it was a common practice for ministers to preach "Election Sermons," and it was very common for a clergyman to be invited to give a sermon before the newly-elected government officials. The 1790 election sermon by Rev. Daniel Foster was given before the John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and both houses of Legislature. Rev. Foster admonished these elected officials using Proverbs 8:16 (By My princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth), and encouraged them to govern according to God's ways.
Bishop Gerald Kennedy was a pastor and instructor in various colleges and churches in Connecticut, California, and Nebraska. He was the head of the United Methodist Church in southern California for 20 years. In the following sermon, Bishop Kennedy addresses the evils of Communism and how the Bible relates to this issue.
On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization made up of Union Veterans) set aside May 30th as Decoration Day to commemorate fallen soldiers by adorning their graves with flowers. "Comrades beloved, may the God of peace that brought from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

Historical Writings

Samuel Adams was the Father of the American Revolution and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. This was his will, "I . . . recommend my Soul to that Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins."
Robert Treat Paine was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. In his papers he wrote, "I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears."
John Witherspoon was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. In his works he wrote," I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for there is no salvation in any other. If you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."

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