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Did you know America is an idea?

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Most nations are formed on the basis of racial, linguistic or ethnic affinities. For example, England, France, Germany, and China are all nations established on shared genetic and and cultural bonds. America is the only nation that was birthed not by racial or ethnic necessities, not by aristocracy or oligarchy, but solely by the power of the idea of “living to God,” by subjecting civil and religious liberty to His revealed law.

It has been said that God chose Israel, but America chose God.

The heroic story of America began in ancient times in the mind of God who placed man at liberty in the Garden of Eden. Recorded history, beginning with the Bible, shows man’s resistance to God and the enslaving consequences of rule by various tyrants—kings, pharaohs, caesars, despots, emperors, dictators—often governing malevolently. The Bible teaches us God’s plan of redemption through the Gospel and man’s struggle to regain civil freedom. The Gospel not only frees man from sin but makes him wise in governing himself without oppression.

America’s story

Our story is the story of people and events, but ultimately the story of an idea—the capacity of mankind to govern himself, without a king or ruler, with liberty of conscience and with the right to life and property.

Those early colonial patriot-soldiers, who bled and died for the “idea of America,” teach us again several generations later, to cherish that Christian idea.

Adapted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Rosalie J. Slater and Verna M. Hall, edited by Carole G. Adams. Originally published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government.

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