The Myth of Separation; The Decline of a Nation

The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.

This statement was made by the Supreme Court in the 1947 case Everson v Board of Education.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This was the first time in the history of our nation that the Court had declared there to be a separation of church and state in the First Amendment. The court made this judgment without historical or judicial precedent.

The First Amendment to the Constitution reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof:

Nowhere in that statement do you find the words separation, church or state. The first amendment is a prohibition against the actions of congress, not the people or the church. “Congress shall make no law…”

During debate in the House of Representatives over the wording for the first amendment there were twelve different versions presented before the final one was approved. Following is one of those versions.

Congress shall make no law establishing any particular denomination of religion in preference to another.

The heart and intent of the first amendment was to keep congress from establishing a state religion such as existed in England at the time, to keep government from interfering with the free exercise of religion in America. It was not to separate biblical principles from civil government. In fact, as we will see from the writings of the framers of the constitution, their goal was to create a nation founded on those principles. One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Let’s take a look at what they had to say on the subject. We’ll start with George Washington, the president of the constitutional convention, first president of the United States and father of our country. He said:

” It is impossible to rightly govern..without God and the Bible.”

“Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”

” If I should have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it.” 

“Do not let anyone claim to be a true American, don’t let them claim the tribute of American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics.”

“True religion affords government its surest support.”

It’s obvious that George Washington had a totally different view of the role of religion in civil government than we do today.

James Madison, who was known as the “Chief Architect of the Constitution,” said it this way,“Religion is the basis and foundation of government.” He said, ” We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” He also said, “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources…”

Thomas Jefferson who is credited with giving us the term “separation of church and state”, had these thoughts on the subject.

” Religion is deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.” 

“God, who gives us life, gives us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” 

“No power over the freedom of religion is delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”

Do these statements really sound like his intention was to separate religion from politics?

Benjamin Franklin made this statement to the French. “Whoever will introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world.”

John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this..it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

It’s obvious from the writings of our founding fathers that they had a radically different view of the role of religion in politics that we ascribe to them today.

I challenge you to find the teaching of these foundational principles of government in American History or US Government curriculum in our public schools today.

Since that historic 1947 case and the 1962 case Engel v Vitale removing prayer from our schools the United States has become:

#1 in the world in violent crime.
#1 in the world in divorce.
#1 in the western world in teenage pregnancies.
#1 in the world in voluntary abortions.
#1 in the world in illegal drug use.
#1 in the western world in illiteracy (of all the industrial nations, we have the highest illiteracy rate).

We have gone from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation in the world. (Most of these statements are gleaned from official US government statistics).

Teddy Roosevelt in 1901 made this statement:

“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally–I do not mean figuratively, but literally–impossible for us to figure what that loss would be it these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals.” 

Our Creator, the source of all of our liberties, said it this way. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” He also said, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

America’s moral decline had been slow, gradual but steady since the removal of religious principle from the political and educational institutions of the land. Let’s get radical; let’s get back to our roots; and, as the framers of our constitution so eloquently said, “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” 

Christians for America is an organization founded for the express purpose of returning America to her Christian heritage. Our mission is threefold.

To educate American’s about America’s Christian heritage and the responsibility it carries with it.

To equip Christians to possess our land through the application of Biblical principles in the political and educational institutions of America.

To encourage all who are involved in the political process to use the Bible and its principles as the standard of conduct both privately and publicly, both personally and professionally.

Our goal is to establish Liberty Centers throughout the land. They will be Centers of prayer and action, dedicated to educating, equipping and encouraging the people, empowering them to reestablish and maintain our God given liberties.“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

David said, “Is there not a cause?” The Lord is looking for volunteers for His army. Psalm 110:3 states, “Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power.”

You are encouraged to join with us as we work together to return America to her Christian heritage, to that place where her leaders and her institutions are emphatically declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our land. To that place where we can again say, with our founding fathers, no king but King Jesus!

To join Christians for America, schedule a seminar in your church or civic organization, or to obtain information on how to establish a Liberty Center in your city or church, e-mail info@cfatrustgod.org.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

To God Be The Glory Great Things He Will Do.

Keith Easterly
Christians for America
Founder