One Nation Under God

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."

Psalm 35:27  

Of the 56 original signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 graduated from seminary or bible colleges trained for ministry. Not deists but Christian men who sought to establish one nation under God. Believe it or not but their hope for our July 4th celebrations would be religious in nature. John Adams wrote his wife Abigail after signing the declaration and said, “I am apt to believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the Great Anniversary Festival.”

President John Quincy Adams said, “The birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior (Christmas). It forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation.” He went on to say, “The Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemers mission upon the earth and laid the cornerstone of human government on the precepts of Christianity.”  He believed that Independence Day ought to be celebrated as a religious holiday with solemn acts of devotion to God, and that Christmas and 4th of July are our two great religions holidays in the United States.

What President Adams understood was that Christmas (the celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world) brought Christian principles into the world, where as the 4th of July brought Christian principles into the formation of government. There is no reasonable argument against the fact that the Bible and the Christian faith is woven into the very fabric of our Constitution and articles of Incorporation of America.

Are you aware that the very first congregational meeting began with a 2 hour prayer meeting and a 4 hour study of the Bible, Psalm 35 to be exact. As you read Psalm 35 you get a feel for the tension the signers felt in seeking their independence from Great Britain. Upon the conclusion of the first congressional meeting it was determined that a call to prayer and fasting was needed for the entire country, imploring God’s forgiveness and asking for divine wisdom in moving forward.

By 1815 the government had called the nation to prayer some 1400 times, which debunks the notion that our founding fathers sought to establish a “separation of church and state.” John Hancock, one of the founding fathers, who was also the governor of Massachusetts called the state to prayer on 22 separate occasions. His request to the people as they prayed was, “that the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ would be established. That the whole earth would be filled with His glory.”

John Adams wrote to you and me today the following words, “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost this present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it! If not, I shall repent in Heaven that I took half the pains to preserve it.” The United States of America is not a happy accident, we are celebrating 243 years as One Nation Under God because of the foundation on which we built our country.  

Today is to be a day of celebration and dedication as well as re-dedication. Prayerfully consider rededicating yourself to passing on the Christian principles that made this country great to the next generation. That was the true hope of our Founding Father’s.

“And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.”

Psalm 35:28


Michael Osthimer





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