Yes, many observers have described the movement we celebrate on July 4 as a Presbyterian rebellion.
Looking for someone to blame for the demise of freedom in America? Perhaps you need look no further than your local Presbyterian elder who has completely neglected the application of God’s truth for the civil realm.
“John Calvin was the virtual founder of America” — influential German historian, Leopold Von Ranke (1795-1886)
Don’t like taking the word of an historian? Then consider the statement of a member of the British Parliament during America’s quest for independence, who complained at the time:
“Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson, and there’s an end of it” – Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford (1717-1797)
It’s not a stretch to say that without Presbyterians America never would have begun the Great Experiment in Liberty. You would be shocked and amazed at sermons of the time which explained Biblical wisdom for civil affairs in tremendous detail, and informed and inspired the populace.
“Two-thirds of the framers came from Calvinist backgrounds; a majority were Presbyterians. The Westminster Catechism for children saturated public education (it has been estimated that there were four million colonists in 1776 and five million copies of the catechism) and signing onto Reformation-based statements of faith was required for college study. One-third of the signers of the Constitution were members of the Presbyterian Church and many Anglican Church members were thoroughly influenced by it, since it had been written in England by a variety of Christian leaders to unite the country over one hundred years before.” – Leah Farish, Berkley Center at Georgetown University
So, find a local Presbyterian elder and ask him what it was about his fellowship’s understanding of Scripture and government and covenants that made America possible. If you don’t get a good answer, perhaps you’ll have your answer as to what happened to a once truly great land that—while far from perfect—was a “shining city on a hill”; a beacon of truth, justice, and righteousness, for all the world to see and admire.
We have forgotten who we are. We have turned from God. The entire world is—and will be—paying a great price for our neglect and amnesia. May it be that we pray for God to restore our minds, rekindle true faith, and re-light the flame of liberty.
Please pray for us Presbyterians… we desperately need God’s forgiveness, mercy, grace, and intervention.