Christian Heritage Of America

Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and]
the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
{Psalms 33:12}

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U.S. Constitution was not written to separate Christianity from the state.
The fact that the United States is a Christian nation, founded on Christian principals,
has been assailed by secularists for years. Yet, the facts of our nation's Christian
roots remain unchanged. It has continually been reconfirmed over the years that our
foundation and roots are Christian. A Supreme Court Judge wrote, "Thus, the
whole power over the subject of religion was left exclusively to the State governments,
to be acted on according to their own sense of justice, and the State Constitutions."

Pledge of Allegiance Recognized by Congress
Did you know there have been five official versions of the United States Pledge
Allegiance since its inception in 1892? Each progressive version had changes
made in the language. The original 1892 version read as follows; "I pledge
allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible
with liberty and justice for all." The first immediate change was adding the word
'to' "the republic..." followed in 1923 by adding 'the' to the word flag followed by
'of the United States'. One year later 'of America' was added and in 1954 'under
God' was added.

1982 - Reaffirmation of the United States of America as a Christian nation.
Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the
United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people;

Whereas deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the
early settlement of our Nation;

Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in
our Declaration of Independence and the constitution of the United States;

Whereas many of our great national leaders ­among them Presidents Washington,
Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson­ paid tribute to the surpassing influence of the Bible in our
country's development, as the words of President Jackson that the Bible is “the rock on
which our Republic rests”;

Whereas the history of our Nation clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the
teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families, and societies;

Whereas this Nation now faces great challenges that will test this Nation as it has never
been tested before; and

Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can
strengthen us as a nation and a people: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America
in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983
as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible
has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the
Holy Scriptures.
Approved October 4, 1982

George Washington's Presidential Proclamation and Prayer
Newly elected as first President of the United States, George Washington devoted
over half of his Inaugural speech to proclaiming God's hand on the foundation of
the new republic and openly prayed for God's continued favor on our nation.

President Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in establishing weekly Sunday worship
services at the U. S. Capitol (a practice that continued through the 19th century)
and was himself a regular and faithful attendant at those church services,
He once explained to a friend while they were walking to church together: "No nation
has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion
is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation,
am bound to give it the sanction of my example." President Jefferson even closed
presidential documents with “In the year of our Lord Christ”

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,
establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves
and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America.

May the Lord richly bless you!

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