By George Washington’s own words, what youths learned in America’s schools “above all” was “the religion of Jesus Christ.” The American Revolution and the Acts of the Continental Congress The seeds of separation between America and Great Britain had been sown as early as 1765 when Great Britain began to impose on the Colonies a number of tyrannical and, what the Colonists called, unlawful or “Intolerable Acts.” Although the Americans faithfully sought redress from these arbitrary and often capricious policies, the response from the Crown was frequently hard fisted. The fact that British troops had even fired on their own citizen’s in the 1770 “Boston Massacre” further deepened the rift.
As a result, some individuals understandably began to incite open insurrection; however, America’s patriot leaders remained firmly committed both to lawful procedure and to a peaceful resolution of their differences with Great Britain. Some today contend that the American Revolution represented a complete violation of basic Biblical principles. They argue from Romans that since government is of God, then all government decrees are to be obeyed as proceeding from God. Interestingly, it was this same theological argument which had resulted in the “Divine Right of Kings” philosophy which reasoned that since the King was divinely chosen by God, therefore God expected all citizens to obey the King in all cases; anything less, they reasoned, was rebellion against God.
The American Founding Fathers strenuously disagreed with this theological interpretation. For example, Founding Father James Otis a leader of the Sons of Liberty and the mentor of Samuel Adams openly struck against the “Divine Right of Kings” theology. In a 1766 work he argued that the only king who had any Divine right was God Himself; beyond that, God had ordained that the power was to rest with the people: Has it government any solid foundation? Any chief cornerstone? I think it has an everlasting foundation in the unchangeable will of God, the Author of Nature whose laws never vary. Government is by no means an arbitrary thing depending merely on compact or human will for its existence.
The power of God Almighty is the only power that can properly and strictly be called supreme and absolute. In the order of nature immediately under Him comes the power of a simple democracy or the power of the whole over the whole. God is the only monarch in the universe who has a clear and indisputable right to absolute power because He is the only one who is omniscient as well as omnipotent. The sum of my argument is that civil government is of God, that the administrators of it were originally the whole people.
David Barton also said, worship should be relevant. I like Matthew 13:34-35, the Living Bible translation. "Jesus constantly used these illustrations when speaking to the crowds...."