From Jim O'Brien
March 10, 2017

Hi Friend,

Influence of Christianity

The contention that America is not a Christian nation will exist in some circles as long as we are a nation. But one wonders how much evidence must exist to convince even a blind skeptic.

Maybe our Christian foundation became so familiar to Americans we overlook it like we forget the color of eyes of our best friend. Or maybe some people just don't bother to look. I thought of that when I pulled a dollar out of my wallet recently and saw the statement, "In God We Trust". How many countries print that on their currency? A few have a similar expression but no nation has a statement on its currency with the same force and meaning as what is printed on U.S. money.

The phrase resulted from the belief that an "unseen hand" described by Adam Smith controlled the flow of the American economy. Ours is not a government-controlled economy-we trust God. No other nation on earth has an economy based on such a concept.

If you've ever served on a jury, or been required to testify at a trial, you know the court requires an oath. In other words, the foundation of our judicial system is not man; we look UP to God as the source of justice. Even the President and most elected officials must place their hand on a Bible to take the oath of office.

Did you know that God is mentioned in all 50 state constitutions? Even more, the Declaration of Independence, considered the founding document of this nation, mentions God four times?

The Supreme Court opens each session verbally declaring, "God save the United States of America." And there is a frieze of Moses holding the Ten Commandments above the East entrance to the building.

Why is that?

Well, six of the Ten Commandments specifically define civil law. The western concept of murder, manslaughter, theft, assault, marriage, birth, and other civil and criminal matters are defined and ascribed punishment by Mosaic Law.

In fact, the very structure of our government was taken from the Bible. The Founding Fathers were inspired by Isaiah's statement, "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king." (Isaiah 33:22) Isaiah's words formed the basis for the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government.

All schools in America used to begin, and some still do, with the Pledge of Allegiance, which contains the phrase "under God". So every young person in the country began the day recognizing that God is above the nation. It is the foundation for the nation's commitment to freedom. The Founding Fathers read Paul's statement that "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Gal. 5:1 NIV)

They understood that the very existence of freedom requires that citizens see their rights as coming from a source beyond man. Otherwise they could not have rejected the rule of the English King. God is the ultimate source of justice and therefore supersedes any rule of mankind.

Christianity has influenced the western world more than any other faith or religion. May it always be.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien