Here is a great article and idea from Dr. Michael Brown. I like it. He is realistic about our history about not being a Christian nation but at least Godly. We definitely need God more in our culture.
Despite our many national problems and flaws and sins, America is still an amazing country. That’s why our universities are filled with the smartest students from the nations. That’s why our businesses and technologies help improve the quality of life around the globe. We remain the land of endless opportunity and we are a people of endless optimism.
But we have certainly seen better days, especially in terms of national unity and national morality.
Especially national morality.
Without a doubt, America in the past has been godlier, and that has been the key to our greatness. That means that, if we are to make America great again, we must make America godly again. Otherwise, we will continue to decline.
A Godly History
It is true that America has never been a totally Christian (or, perfectly Christian) nation. Far from it. But there is no denying our strong, biblical roots.
There is no denying the Christian principles that infused our nation in its earliest days, beginning with the colonies. These laid the foundation for our greatness. As Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
I was struck deeply by this when doing research for my book Saving a Sick America.
In the opening chapters of the book, I traced our deeply Christian roots from the 1600s through the early 1900s, beginning with the “Old Deluder Act,” passed in 1647. The act called for schools to be established in each community when it grew to a certain size. Why? To ensure that the children would be able to read — so they would be able to read the Bible!
The colonists were not about to allow that old deluder, Satan, to keep the Word from them.
Our Founding Fathers were quite aware of the importance of having a biblically-literate, morally-grounded populace.
As I noted in Saving a Sick America, “Similar sentiments were expressed in the New Haven Code of 1655, which stated that the purpose of education was to equip children to be ‘able duly to read the Scriptures … and in some competent measure to understand the main grounds and principles of Christian Religion necessary to salvation.’”
It was the same with the founding of our greatest universities, beginning with Harvard and Yale. They were Bible-based, Christian-based, mission-based schools.
And it was the same with children’s schooling from their very first lessons in the alphabet. Each letter corresponded to a scriptural truth. Textbooks like this were commonly used right through the 1800s.