Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 15, 2013

God with U.S. since the beginning

— It’s no coincidence that virtually every state constitution honors God in their preambles and mentions God in sections that refer to religious freedom. Several of the religious freedom sections mention Christianity specifically.

Most of you know that our country was founded on three documents: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

America’s Declaration of Independence, which is our nation’s birth certificate, invokes God’s name four times: As a lawgiver, the author of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God;” as a maker, the ”Creator” who endowed us with our unalienable rights; as a judge, “the Supreme Judge of the world;” and as a protector, “Divine Providence” to whom we look for protection.

The purpose of the B.C./A.D. dating system was to make the birth of Jesus Christ the dividing point of world history — BC (“before Christ”) AD (Anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of the Lord,” otherwise, Jesus).

So when the founders had finished our U.S. Constitution, they didn’t just put down the numbers “1787 AD.” They spelled it out in detail and made sure they said that this document, was properly related to the God that they worshiped by declaring that it was done “in the Year of our Lord.”

Our first president and “Father Of Our Country” George Washington said on Oct. 3, 1789, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful to his benefits, and to humbly implore his protection and favor.”

Our founding fathers firmly believed that they prevailed because God had a hand in establishing America. America’s founders knew that freedom was first the gift of God, not the accomplishment of men. They further understood that man’s law must be subordinate to the natural laws of God.

— Ken Blinco