The Congress And Supreme Court Speak - Insights from Bill Bright - Dec. 7
The Congress And Supreme Court Speak
What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen for his own (Psalms 33:12).
In a previous message, I said that our national Christian and Bible-based heritage was occasionally challenged by agnostics and atheists, but after careful study, the challenges were always dismissed.
One challenge prompted an extensive study by the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. The 1854 report could not have been more clear: "At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged.... It must be considered as the foundation on which the whole structure rests.... That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants." This report distilled the collective organic utterances of the Founding Fathers, the Congress, the courts and the states.
Also, in 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court faced a similar challenge and concluded, "This is a religious people... we are a Christian people... These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation." (The Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States).
What is amazing is that in this 1892 conclusion, the Court cited 87 different historical and legal precedents from the Founding Fathers, the Congresses and the state governments, saying, "There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation." The Court said it clearly: "This is a Christian nation."
The Court's decision was ruled by facts, and legal precedent, as it is supposed to be. Compare 87 precedents with virtually zero precedents in the 1962 case removing prayer from schools, and the 1963 case removing the Bible.
We are not talking about ancient history. In as recent as 1931, in United States v. Macintosh (1931), the Supreme Court declared, "We are a Christian people.... according to one another the equal right of religious freedom, and acknowledging with the reverence the duty of obedience to God."
Although it is not politically correct today to say so, without question America was a Christian nation. God was involved in the founding of our great nation. He has blessed America, and shed His grace on us as with no other nation in history.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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