The Pilgrims came to America to build a nation where people could practice their religion without being bothered by the government. And they said in the Mayflower Compact that they came here “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith.”
The Founding Fathers fulfilled this vision when they created a new kind of government, one that’s based on principles of the Bible. And the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees our freedom of religion. It says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . .”
Noah Webster is called the Father of American Scholarship and Education. He published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828. And his “Blue-backed Speller” was the most widely used textbook in America for over a hundred years. According to Webster, it is the Bible that has made America great:
“Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity. And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries.
Our liberty, growth, and prosperity is the result of a Biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity.”
America is exceptional because God has blessed us. That’s why we have more freedom and prosperity than any other nation in history. But we have run into a bit of a problem. Our enemies want to eliminate all traces of the Bible from our society. They want to “fundamentally transform America” into an atheistic, socialist state. They’ve been working on that goal for a long time. And they’ve enjoyed some success.
In 1962, the Supreme Court prohibited prayer in public schools. In June of 1963, they made it illegal to read the Bible in public schools. Since that time, ignorance of the Bible is at an all-time high. And that is threatening our freedom.
Ronald Reagan told us: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Fortunately, it’s not too late for us to solve this problem. All we have to do is study the Bible, learn its principles and teach them to our children.