Christianity in Early State Constitutions

Best to you  and your families.  I pray God’s peace to you.

I want to comment on the influence of Biblical Christianity on the early development of this country.   Much of what follows is not known to most Americans.  It is not really the fault of most that they  are not aware of these facts.  In 1947 there was a landmark Supreme Court case known as Everson v Board of Education.  It involved the principle of selective incorporation which means the statutes of the Bill of Rights can selectively be applied to the States.  This case involved the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and the State of  New Jersey.  It also involved the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  The decision was the turning point in the interpretation and application of disestablishment law in the modern era.  It greatly limited the influence of Christianity in America.  The result of this decision is that the information below is no longer included in the textbooks that are approved by the school boards across the nation.

Let us consider the states of Delaware, North Carolina, and New Hampshire and  what their state constitutions had to say at the time of the Constitutional Convention that took place in Philadelphia in 1787.

Delaware 1776  –  Everyone appointed to  public office must say: “I do profess faith in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ his only Son, and  in the  Holy Ghost, one God and  blessed forevermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.”

North Carolina 1776 – “No person who should deny the being of a God, or the truth of the Christian religion or the divine authority of either the Old  or  New Testaments, or who should hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, should be capable  of holding any office or place of trust in the civil government of this  state.”

New Hampshire – 1776 “That morality and  piety, rightly grounded or evangelical principles, would give the best and greatest security to government, . . . therefore the legislature is empowered to adopt measures ‘for the support and maintenance of public {Christian) teachers of piety, religion, and morality.”

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  Psalm 33:12




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