Is America a "Christian" Nation?


History disputes the idea that this is a nation under covenant with God.

Were it so, the Founding Fathers would have all been Christians in the

true sense. And they would have established belief in and obedience to

Jesus Christ as the primary criterion for holding elective or appointed


But what about the Mayflower Compact? We cannot dispute that some of the

early settlers in this country were Christians, at least nominally. And

the Mayflower Compact did form a body politic, one of the purposes to

honor the king of England. Just because they had as one purpose to

advance the Christian faith does not mean they meant to do so by

establishing an independent Christian government. On the contrary, the

Mayflower Compact specifically reaffirmed their loyalty to the king of


Nor were these all religious refugees on the Mayflower. True, some of

these aboard the Mayflower were Protestant Separatists who had fled

England to Holland to escape persecution from the Reformed Anglican

Church prelates, but the principals were men commissioned to further the

business of the Virginia Company. The Mayflower Compact was an

afterthought designed to keep the colony intact after they were blown

off course from their intended landing at the mouth of the Hudson River,

having landed instead at what later became Massachusetts. When they set

sail, it was not part of their original intent to draft the Mayflower

Compact and form a Christian colony under its terms.

Although the document that the Mayflower passengers drew up did have

some influence on the charters of a few colonies prior to the

Revolutionary War, it had no official bearing on the federal government

or on any of the colonies or states created either prior to or after the

American Revolution. If we are going to call America a Christian nation

we must see if its founding body, the Continental Congress, purposed to

establish it as such. Did that body, in fact, covenant with God to form

this nation?

When the Continental Congress drafted the Declaration of Independence

and later, the Congress formed under the Articles of Confederation

drafted the Constitution of the United States of America, no mention was

made of Jesus Christ. Rather, the only references to deity in the

Declaration of Independence were to "God"; none are in the Constitution.

(See note at end of article.) In fact, many of the framers of these

documents were anti-Christian, being comprised of Masons and deists of

many persuasions.

God does not enter into covenants that do not invoke the name of His

Son, so there exists no covenant between the Father and the federal

government of the United States, or with any state government. Had the

constitutions of all these governments, including the federal

government, named faith in Jesus Christ as the principle criterion for

holding any elective or appointed office, this would have had to be done

in the name of Jesus Christ with full understanding of the true Biblical

character of His role as Savior and Lord. This the founders of this

nation of sovereign states failed to do.

It is apparent that the Western European influences that shaped America

were part of what had become known as "Christendom." But a culture based

on the idea of "Christendom" does not of itself constitute a culture

based on Scripture or an inviolable covenant with God. The history of

Christendom is an ugly history fraught with tyranny and the enslavement

of those who are less "enlightened." If God gave the knowledge and means

to subdue the earth and take dominion in the name of Jesus Christ, then

that privilege has been terribly abused. If, on the other hand, Satan

gave that knowledge and means, his purposes have certainly been

accomplished. The fruit of Western Civilization, in spite of its

enlightened accomplishments, demonstrates that no attempt to institute

the Kingdom of God on earth before Jesus returns can succeed. So the

idea of a covenant between America and God is pure fantasy.


[This article was adapted and/or excerpted from Vengeance Is Ours: The

Church in Dominion, by Albert James Dager, pp. 220-221; Sword

Publishers, P.O. Box 290, Redmond, WA 98073.]

[Editor's Note: Think about the "Christian America" myth for a moment:

If America was truly founded as an explicitly Christian nation (as is

continually proclaimed by "Christian" activists such as James Dobson,

Pat Robertson, D. James Kennedy, Chuck Colson, Tim and Beverly LaHaye,

Jerry Falwell, Bill Gothard, etc.), then why do we find no mention

whatsoever of Jesus Christ in America's founding documents?--not in the

Declaration of Independence nor in the Constitution of the United

States! In fact, the Constitution does not even make a single reference

to God! And the reference to God in the Declaration of Independence is

merely "Nature's God," a God that is vague and subordinated to natural

laws that everyone should know through common sense, i.e.,

"self-evident" truths. Moreover, the Bible is never mentioned nor

alluded to in either document! Nor is God or Jesus Christ mentioned in

the hundreds of pages of the Federalist Papers (the "working documents"

of the Founding Fathers). Strange stuff for a nation that some like to

say was founded as "Christian." But myths die hard, if ever.]


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