• Dathan Belanger

America’s Pre-Christian Roots. Part 2

Samuel Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, ratifier of our Constitution, and Governor of Massachusetts. He was a man of liberty, who had endured misfortunes that would have broken an ordinary man. His wife and four of his children died before the war began. At Bunker Hill, the British beheaded Adam's dear friend Joseph Warren and displayed it as a trophy. The vengeful British vandalized his home making it uninhabitable. If the revolution failed it may have been his head presented as a trophy.

Adams believed God was intervening on the side of the Colonists.

He compared the Colonies breaking away from Britain to the Israelites that had left the bondage of slavery out of Egypt. In a fast day proclamation, he proclaimed,

“I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace. 1*

Adams was a steadfast Christian to the end and publicly displayed it. During my research, I found many false references to his last will and testament, New York County Probate Records, Volume Eight (1705-53).

Many quote his last will and testament:

"Principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my soul into the Hands of God that gave it, hopeing thro' the Merits, death and Passion of my saviour Jesus Christ, to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Enherit Eternal life.”

This is in fact from his son John Adams last will and testament according to Papers of John Adams, volume 1, Massachusetts Historical Society, Digital Edition.

I have used Washington and Adams, as two incredible authors of our country, to show Christian roots in the establishment of our nation. Naysayers would state America's Founders were guided by atheist beliefs, class, or state interests. They don't deny that the Founders were strict, yet they battle that they were for the most part deists, people who reject numerous Christian principles, and who figure God doesn't meddle in the undertakings of men and countries.

Based on their own words and writings of the founders, I contend that not only did America have Christian roots in our founding, but virtually all of the Founders were devout, Christians who believed political and religious goals were fundamentally intertwined. We can not ignore the truth that our nation's Founders’ believed that democracy required liberty but also faith.

1* From a Fast Day Proclamation issued by Governor Samuel Adams, Massachusetts, March 20, 1797, in our possession; see also Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1908), Vol. IV, p. 407, from his proclamation of March 20, 1797.

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