Chapter 1 Discovery and Founding 1492-1789

Archeological evidence from a specially cased engraved stone in the hands of a person in a burial mound shows native Americans had contact with Israel before Columbus [Glenn Beck]. Further ancient history is unknown but God operates all the time, even when no record is kept.

Original Intent

The original intent for America in the heart of Christopher (Christ-bearer) Columbus was to bring the light of Christ into undiscovered lands and bring the inhabitants of those lands into the faith of Jesus Christ which he began with the discovery of the new land in 1492 [The Light and the Glory]. Let's follow the light of Christ through American history and by His light see our future.
The next Godly intent was to develop the land of the free Christian, free from persecution by England's government, the home of the brave Christians who defended themselves from dominance by unjust powers with the protection of God's divine providence. Several church groups, meetings of Christian believers in disfavor with England, were persecuted and chose to migrate to America to live according to their beliefs.
Notable among the original members of the 13 colonies, the Plymouth colonists stayed in their ship after reaching the new land until they all agreed to and signed The Mayflower Compact. The U.S. Constitution gained much of its inspiration from the Mayflower Compact. It mentioned the name of God, the Grace of God, the Glory of God, advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Presence of God.

Blended Economy

According to historians the Pilgrims arrived eighty miles in the wrong place for their land patent as winter was approaching and the food was running low. Most got sick, and many died. The next year with peaceful Indian help went much better. Four hunters got enough to feed everyone for a week. In 1621, Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford, the father of Thanksgiving, made it an annual event to honor God. Pilgrims first tried community farming or government run socialism and found the laziness that system promoted resulted in food shortages and many deaths. Bradford abandoned community centered farming introducing privatized production where each family received land for personal use, making a form of capitalism in which the Pilgrims produced abundantly. An often ignored key to success was the government supply of land which gave everyone an equal start, thus blending social and self interest characteristics.
Compare the success of self interest capitalism with the Bible where in Matthew 6:30-34 material interests are discouraged in favor of seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Consider that God's righteousness includes simultaneously working in both the spiritual world and material world. We serve God and man, all the while seeking God's personal, interactive spiritual leadership to guide what we do and how we do so we grow toward His absolute perfection. This key behavior of seeking God while doing as He leads is often left out of discussions of both capitalism and socialism, which leads to their failures for nobody without divine help, whether self motivated or government managed can take care of everything correctly. Matthew 7:7 says we must “ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” As Jesus demonstrated with enough faith in God even prepared meals can be multiplied.

Double Heritage

It is intriguing to observe the spiritual interaction of England's Christian history and America's. Prayer warriors brought England success in defeating the Spanish Armada. Prayer helped build so many colonies around the world that it was said the sun never sets on the British Empire. It fell into secular evils such as the Jamestown settlement founded by an evil company that made tobacco a cash crop, producing plantations, the slave trade, the civil war, and social problems that continue today including racism and medical problems from self-polluted air.
England eventually lied to the Jews not allowing them to retake Israel after WWII. Going against God’s people brought God's judgment in the form of ending England's colonies. England should repent of glorifying atheism or disobedient Christianity and return to Jesus in truth and serious prayer.
So we have a double heritage, one superior economy based on God's providence blending government grant with individual effort and one bad economy based on selfish investments supporting the hand of man without God. Calling one capitalism and the other socialism is inaccurate because there are elements of each in both the Godly and Godless economies. The best economy is where decisions are guided by the invisible hand of Jesus Christ’s Love and visible Truth.

The Great Awakening - 1730–1755

Many in America fell asleep spiritually as they worked routine jobs, remote farms, or otherwise dropped out of traditional churches. Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennant, and others traveled along the Atlantic coast preaching which caught fire awakening the sleepers.
"Father Abraham, whom have you in heaven? Any Episcopalians? No! Any Presbyterians? No! Any Independents or Methodists? No, No No! Whom have you there? We don't know those names here. All who are here are Christians...Oh, is this the case? The God help us to forget your party names and to become Christians in deed and truth."

"My brethren, I would now warn you against this wretched, mischievous spirit of party...A Christian! a Christian! Let that be your highest distinction..." [George Whitefield].

Preachers prepared their people with greater enthusiasm for, interest in, and unity with Jesus Christ, helping them desire to be free from the shackles of England. It could be said they created the American Revolution from behind their pulpits [David Barton].

Stamp Act & Tea Parties - 1765-1774

The Stamp Act required colonies to use revenue stamped paper for legal documents, newspapers, and other printing. The act violated the right of Englishmen to be taxed only with their or their legislature's consent. This produced a joint colonial response as well as protests and demonstrations eventually ending the collection of the tax.
Three events, the Boston Tea Party, Edenton Tea Party, and Chestertown Tea Party helped stir people against the taxation of tea by England. The tax was to redistribute their wealth to bail-out the East India Company, which Parliament kept from failure. Notice how history repeats.
After the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed punitive laws closing Boston Port until the East India Company was reimbursed for the tea, putting Massachusetts government positions under appointment by the governor or king, and allowing trials of royals to be moved out of the colony, and more. These coercive acts further angered colonists especially the implication that all colonial governments could be reversed into appointees of the crown instead of elected by the people. The meddling got people further stirred up to resist.

War with England - 1775-1783

The American Revolutionary War started on April 18, 1775 when a British General sent men to seize Colonial Militia munitions. Although there were many battles, the most impressive were events of divine providence, prayed to victory including a rowboat with two guns taking two British ships with dozens - the boat is now at the Smithsonian museum. Other miracle events are recorded by David Barton [Wallbuilders: American Heritage Series] and Dave Stotts [Drive Thru History: American History Series].
George Washington was particularly skilled in depending on and cooperating with God. Washington was blessed by an Indian Chief who said, “the spirit of prophecy compels me to say you will be the leader of a great nation.” This came after a battle where the Chief brought twenty sharp shooters telling them to aim at nothing but George Washington. While several horses were shot out from under him and 4 bullet holes were found in his clothes, George himself was not hurt [The Light and the Glory].

Common Sense

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense may have inspired the Declaration of Independence. Paine wrote supporting Independence from England and a new, small government with checks and balances with his Common Sense pamphlet which got the colonists talking. The publication of the Third Edition was delayed to provide for countering any refutation of the Declaration that may have appeared. It included the Bible's account that asking God for a king was a rejection of God's reign. It says David was noticed not as a King but a man after God's own heart. Together the Great Awakening, Stamp Act, Tea Parties, Parliament's reaction, and Common Sense awoke people to independence from denominations, taxation without representation, and England; pre-sale support for a new nation under God.

Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776

The Declaration refers to Nature's God, the Creator, Deity, Divine Providence, and Supreme Judge of the World as the source of man's rights. Using the legal mechanism of including by reference, the text of the Bible was thus included in the Declaration of Independence.
Founded on Biblical precepts, the rights of man, including life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and forming new nations, are not removable by human government. American government was made subservient to the Creator, His Providence, Judgment, and Word, the Bible.
In 1782, the United States Congress voted passing the resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Bible for use in all schools,” [Maury Davis]. This resolution shows the founder’s intent was consistent with the original intent of Christopher Columbus. The Bible should be used in all schools.

U.S. Constitution - September 17, 1787

The U.S. Constitution defines the legitimate functions of the federal government allowing states their own legislative functions. The Constitution incorporates the text of the Declaration of Independence by reference to the year of Independence of the U.S.A. in Article 7, just above the signatures [Constitutional Lawyer Anne Coulter]. This legal mechanism also incorporates the text of the Bible by reference to the year of our Lord. As such the U.S. Constitution is doubly empowered by the unique God of Jews and Christians. Without submitting to divine power, the Constitution would have no power beyond the assertions and agreements of men which may explain why other nation's constitutions fail.

Federalists & Bill of Rights

Anti-Federalists fought against ratification of the Constitution because there was no bill of rights. They did not want a new federal government to take away the rights they had been fighting England to gain. The Federalists answered all the complaints but eventually realized their stand that “no list of rights was needed” was not going to get the Constitution ratified so Congress drafted a bill of rights then the Constitution was approved.
The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments written to get the states to adopt the Constitution. Several states had official Christian religions, which necessitated the first amendment to free them from federal control and prevent one from being in charge.
The Founders pioneered a unique form of federal government where the churches were separate institutions from the government, like reservations of independent nations with powers reserved unto themselves, willing and able to cooperate through their representatives in the forum of Congress, yet not allowing any one church to be in control of the federal government or the other churches.

Congress Bible Study

The first meeting of Congress had three hours of prayer and Bible study before they started the nation's business [David Barton]. Today we recognize three hours is what it naturally takes to have a church meeting of equals. Peers are all free to speak as they are led by the Spirit. As such the nation started with Congress as a church of equals, superior to the lecture format denominations the First Amendment protects. Thus, the Chaplain's role was facilitator rather than sole speaker of Bible text, empowering the oneness of Spirit and mind needed to produce agreements truly in God’s and the nation's best interests. This needs to be returned to service. Here are quotes from the Congressional Prayer Caucus website.
The First Prayer in Congress
"O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen."

Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

Peter Marshall, U.S. Senate Chaplain

“Lord Jesus, as Thou dost move amoung people and see what men are doing today, how sore must be Thy heart. Thou whose head was cradled in straw must often reflect that straw was not as coarse as man’s selfishness. Thou whose hands were spread upon a cross and fastened with nails much often reflect that nails were never so sharp as man’s ingratitude.
Hear us as we pray for this poor blundering world, in which the nations never seem to learn how to live as brothers. They resort again and again to methods that produce only more bitter tears, methods that only add to misery and subtract nothing from problems.
Heal them that need healing, make strong the wavering, guide the perplexed, befriend the lonely, give faith and courage to those whose spirits are low. Lift up our heads, put a new light in our eyes and a new song in our hearts, and we will do better and be better for the sake of Thy love. Amen.

Rev. Peter Marshall, D.D.
Chaplain of the U.S. Senate
Opening daily session of Congress, May 27, 1948

United States Supreme Court

The opening of sessions of legislative and other deliberative public bodies with prayer is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country. From colonial times through the founding of the Republic and ever since, the practice of legislative prayer has coexisted with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom… In light of the unambiguous and unbroken history of more than 200 years, there can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society.

Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783, 787, 792 (1983).
Had the whole vision of spiritual virtue been recognized it might never have fallen. The denominations helped create an unparalleled opportunity to maintain self control, governing themselves, while enabling them to cooperate by sending their representatives to the halls of Congress to create a superior church, better than the sum of their parts. The church of equals which was Congress, by faith inherited the place of God's nation on earth, until Israel again became a nation. We should work to help all nations be one with God's absolute perfection.

Proper Use Of Federal Property

After hours during weekends Congress and other federal buildings were used for church meetings [David Barton]. These uses of federal buildings and funds were seen as natural and proper without any problem violating the protection of denominations in the first amendment. Therefore, Congress should revoke all government actions that have impeded or will further hinder the spread of the Gospel.

Bibles For Indians

Congress also passed bills to print Bibles for Gospel efforts including converting the Indians [David Barton]. This fact is ignored by people emphasizing Indian wars. This pattern should also be restored, to offer to raise a nation’s people to our level of enlightenment first and only conducting war when they refuse and act against us. Conducting war first to disarm an enemy does not create true friends and violates the intent of the second amendment.

Hidden Heroes

History classes in both high school and college do not teach the contributions of many of America’s Christian founders including Blacks, Spanish, and most Whites because of the intention to rewrite history so progressives like President Woodrow Wilson could do what they want [Glenn Beck]. Reading the original documents is the best way to get a more accurate view of history. Reading the Pilgrim’s story revealed the blended economy hidden by those who promote conservative capitalism. Likewise, if you only pay attention to middleman Paul you will bypass the original, absolute perfection of Jesus Christ. A clear view of God’s providence acting through all the people He inspired is necessary to understand the foundations of America.
Providence:
“The care and superintendence which God exercises over creatures… Some persons admit a general providence, but deny a particular providence, not considering that a general providence consists of particulars. A brief in divine providence is a source of great consolation to good men. By divine providence is understood God Himself,” [Noah Webster 1828 quoted by Dr. Marshall Foster].

Unfortunately, later dictionaries are composed by recording popular opinions of definitions which naturally tend toward liberal ignorance with less substance in Truth.

The Godliest quotes of founder Thomas Jefferson are recorded in the Jefferson Memorial. The worst most godless ideas he ever wrote have been used in the Supreme Court. So the key founder, Jesus Christ is hidden from unjust judges and their opinions.

Obey God's Directions

Conservative means acting according to history including Bible history but it includes Godless history such as the tobacco trade and its consequences. Liberal and progressive often in politics mean acting without regard to history or God. America must turn from both types of godless behavior to pursuing God’s absolute perfection.
Congress should make greater positive steps in the direction of accomplishing the maximum conversion of this nation and the world. Congress should vote for the fulfillment of Jesus' prophetic requirement that the Gospel be preached to all nations so the end of Satan’s world will come. Today we need to redeem the opportunity lost when denominations took the easy way of taking care of themselves and ignoring government to recreate the superior church which fully obeys Jesus, improving every day.
The federal government started operation on March 4, 1789, about 2 years before the Bill of Rights was added in 1791. Jesus, we pray it returns to that size. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest continuously operating constitution on the planet. Is it the only one that incorporates the Bible by reference?

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