Pastor Jason Murphy
What Made America Great, to Begin With?
Updated: Jun 7, 2021
The United States is in an election year. Now, as we all know, this election cycle has been unusual. It is unusual because the GOP is rallying behind their current President, Donald Trump. The Democrats are trying everything they can to get rid of President Donald Trump because they fear him. They know that they cannot defeat him, so they are using their allies, the media, to wage an all-out war on the President. However, nothing seems to be working in their favor. The more they lie, the more the President’s approval ratings go up. Not only are the Democrats trying to unseat the current President, but they are also engaged in an “inner-party” battle. The current leader on the way to securing the Democratic nomination is Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, and a self-proclaimed socialist. The next leader is an open homosexual who claims to be “married” to a man, and current mayor of South Bend, IN, Pete Buttigieg. The Democrats are not happy with these two leaders, because they want Joe Biden as their man. So, it has been interesting to watch the Democrats fight Trump, while at the same time fighting their own party which is becoming more and more anti-God and anti-American.
Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Keep America Great”. It is a playoff of his 2016 campaign slogan which was “Make America Great Again”. The two campaign slogans are well worded, and they really resonate with the average God-fearing, America-loving, and patriotic people of these United States.
I have a question for you. What made America great, to begin with? If people are endeavoring to make America great again and to keep America great, then we must know what made America great, to begin with. Was it her capitalistic approach to a free market economy? Was it her Constitution? Was it her Bill of Rights? What was it? What made America great, to begin with?
Christianity made America great. All of the freedoms that we enjoy, and all of the blessings that we have partaken of.
The answer to the question, “What made America great, to begin with?”, is Christianity. Christianity made America great. All of the freedoms that we enjoy, and all of the blessings that we have partaken of, are due to Christianity being the unifying element that shaped our land in everything from government to economics to education to foreign policy. Christianity made America great.
Now, I realize that some people will have an issue with what I am writing primarily because they have been “educated”, or rather “indoctrinated”, by modern educators who teach history from a revisionist viewpoint. As such, the revisionist has re-written history to remove any reference to God, the Bible, and Christianity to be the key factors that made America great. It would take me months to present all the evidence that proves that Christianity made America great. Therefore, I will more than likely write on this topic throughout the year.
Psalm 33:12 from the ESV reads, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” Nations that were founded upon Christianity and Christian principles, or embraced Christianity when the Gospel reached them, have been blessed. The nations that have rejected Jesus Christ and Christianity are not blessed. Those nations that reject the Gospel, or turn their back on God and Christian principles, will not be blessed and will eventually be punished. America quickly rose to greatness because she was founded upon Christianity, and she embraced Christianity in every aspect of her life. Therefore, God blessed America and favored her above other nations.
To prove that Christianity made America great, let us take an extremely brief look at the first governing document written by those who intended on settling here in America. You guessed it. I am referring to the Mayflower Compact. The story begins with the Pilgrims.
The Pilgrims had lost hope that the church could be purified from within. So, they chose to break off from the Church of England and search for a place to practice what they believed to be true Christianity. They secured the backing of the Virginia company and intended on coming to Virginia. However, storms blew them off track and they ended up north of Virginia and landed on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since they did not land in Virginia, their contract with the Virginia Company was no longer valid. This caused conflict among the pilgrims and the non-pilgrims on the Mayflower.
To solve the conflict and to secure social, civil, and religious coherence, William Bradford wrote a document that all the passengers agreed to and signed to follow as their compact, or covenant, with each other. The document is called “The Mayflower Compact”, and it is the first governing political document written in America.
The following is an excerpt from the Mayflower Compact. The words have been changed to its modern English form. The content was not changed. The change was done to make it easier for a modern audience to read this most important document.
“In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James by the grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King defender of the faith, et cetera, having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.” (Mayflower Compact 1620 emphasis added)
The Mayflower Compact is an important document in understanding the reason for so many coming to the New World to form what would become the United States of America. The Mayflower Compact clearly reveals that the driving, motivating force to come to America was to advance the Kingdom of God. In fact, the reason for forming America was to secure a place where Christians were free to worship God and to express the Kingdom of God in the unique tradition of each particular Christian sect or denomination. As the founding father, and great orator, Patrick Henry once said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ...”.
To keep America great, we must know what made America great, to begin with. What made America great? It was Christianity.