America has a unique and undeniable Christian influence from our inception. Similarly, Israel has influence of the Jewish faith, Iran from the Muslim faith, etc.

Those who came to America on the Mayflower, came for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, as recorded in the Mayflower Compact. Thanksgiving commemorates the blessing of the friendship between the Pilgrims and the Indians.

Our Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our Founders recognized these rights as coming from our Creator, not government.

Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

The three branches of our government: judicial, legislative, and executive, are based on Isaiah 33:22. The preamble to our Constitution is also based on Scripture.

In the 1830s, French political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, came searching for America’s greatness. He found it in “the churches of America…aflame with righteousness.” He said, “America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

Scriptural truth and Christian influence helped defeat the evils of slavery.

Throughout our history, Congress has declared about 200 National Days of Prayer and Fasting.

What about the separation of church and state?

Do you know that phrase is not even in our Constitution?

The First Amendment prohibits Congress from passing laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

We have been greatly blessed as a people. And many of the blessings and freedoms we enjoy today, are a result of Christian and biblical influence.

May we who are followers of Jesus, faithfully represent him in all our dealings.

May we be a Christian influence as flavorful salt, and a shining light, to a sin-darkened world (Matthew 5:13-16).