Almost every adult American has a basic understanding of the 4th of July. But the meaning is deeper than we see on the surface. The real reason of America’s foundation is nothing like what is being taught today; it is being taught separate from our godly beginning.

America’s founding is based on God. The Pilgrims left England so they could worship God freely. Our nation was founded on God and the Bible. The first documents of our country declared that God gave us rights that cannot be taken away by man. I wrote the following in my book “God In Schools.”

“On July 4th, we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which was based upon Biblical truths. America was established as a truly Christian nation; a fact seems to have been lost today. After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it is documented: John Hancock echoed the reliance upon God and the belief that the destiny of nations is in the hand of God as he said: ‘Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe…let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as he pleases.’

This firm reliance upon God was so universally adhered to among those in America that the First Continental Congress insisted it be included in the Declaration of Independence. While reviewing Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration, the committee assigned to the task added the words, ‘they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’… Most of the revisions of Jefferson’s original work had to do with the Lord. Thus we see the Continental Congress declaring to all the world their Christian convictions” (Beliles and McDowell 149). (Van Horn, 19-20).

The Declaration of Independence is the document that declared America was a free country, separate from England. It was founded on the teachings of God. The principles in the Bible were used in writing this document. It says that all people are created equal by God. The U.S. Constitution set forth rules for America’s new government with principles were inspired by God.
As declared by President Eisenhower in 1956, “In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States. This is written on all US money since then.

I would like to recommend two books for you that explain the true Christian origins of the United States. They are:
• “American’s Providential History” by Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell
• “Original Intent” by David Barton (Wallbuilders, Inc.).

These are a must-read for all adults who want to know the true origins of the founding of the United States and what our Founding Fathers fought to obtain for us. We must continue on their pathway.

I want to close this blog series with a quote from President Ronald Reagan. This should give every adult pause if you are truly concerned for our country. Heed his words, please.

“But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free” (President Ronald Reagan).

Thank you for loving America. Reflect on it this holiday patriotic season.
Wishing you and your family a beautiful and blessed 4th of July!

Dr. Christine Van Horn