By Hannah Huffman
Presidential candidate John McCain drew severe criticism for describing the United States as a "Christian nation" and a "nation founded on Christian principles."
While some misguided souls may be offended by McCain’s comments, MFC agrees; the United States is a "nation founded on Christian principles." The historical evidence is insurmountable.
The Founding Fathers always intended for the free expression of religion in the public square even in the arena of government. Their writings, public statements and actions consistently affirmed their belief that America would only survive on a solidly biblical and Christian foundation.
John Adams blatantly stated that, “the general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity.”
Thomas Jefferson, writer of the constitution and third U.S. president said, “ [The] liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will [is] a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”
George Washington, in his Farewell Speech, beseeched his fellow countrymen to ensure that religious teachings and values never be removed from politics and public policy, saying: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
Even President Harry Truman openly acknowledged our Christian heritage: “In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of Christianity and democracy.”
McCain is drawing attention to the historical evidence of our Founding Fathers and presidents. While respecting other religions, he is right to assert that America was founded on Christian principles. McCain’s commitment to our Christian heritage should be applauded.