Four: What If Jesus Had Never Been Born

“A slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” –John 8:35-36

The United States has been profoundly influenced and shaped by Christianity. The first settlers of the colonies came to the new world from Christian nations seeking religious freedom to worship God according to the dictates of one’s own conscience. Eventually, the principle of religious freedom became the bases of other liberties we enjoy today. The Pilgrims, who wrote the Mayflower Compact, affirmed their Christian motivation for coming to America:

“We…have undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politick…”

The Pilgrims’ Mayflower Compact became a foundational document for the framing of almost a hundred other Biblically-based constitutions in the colonies by the year 1776 and laid the groundwork for a uniquely free and Christian America. The idea of a constitutional form of government comes from the Biblical idea of God’s covenant with Israel, “You (Israel) will be my people and I will be your God.” –Exodus 6:7

After the Revolutionary War victory, George Washington (the father of our country), addressed the governors of all the states in a letter:

“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would…most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things (Christ’s sacrifice), we can never hope to be a happy nation.”

Afterwards, Washington and the other Founding Fathers, who were more than 95 percent Trinitarian Christians, formed a distinctly Christian form of government that were based on Biblical principles. They had lived through the horrors of the secular enlightenment that culminated in the French Revolution and did not intend to form a godless or secular government in America.

The Declaration of Independence, which forms the bases for our Constitution, mentions and acknowledges God four times. In fact, it makes it clear that our rights and freedoms as citizens do not come from mankind or government, but from God Himself. If they are God-given, then they cannot be taken away by tyrants. Two professors from the University of Houston, Hyneman and Lutz, collected 15,000 writings from the founding era and by analyzing every quote found that 34 percent of all political quotes came directly from the Bible.

From its settling to its founding, America was influenced by the Christian faith. Today, our country and its individual rights and freedoms are the envy of the world. If Jesus would never have been born, our country would look very different today.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel