Few remember George Whitfield (1714-1770) but the expression “One Nation Under God” is his quote as he, as a young British preacher and missionary travelled from England to America in the 1740s. At the time a sea travel across the Atlantic ocean was a long and dangerous trip in small boats. He wished to unite the new colonies and a huge revival or “great awakening” broke out. The original settlers had been very eager in their Christian faith and had suffered great sacrifices to build up the new colonies. The next generations had become more and more worldly in their lifestyles.
The original settlers had been very eager in their Christian faith and had suffered great sacrifices to build up the new colonies. The next generations had become more and more worldly in their lifestyles.
Today we are in the same situation. So many are far from believing in God as the creator and sending His son Jesus as our Savior. The people behind Wikipedia are eager to erase all documentation of Christianity on i.g. the founding of the United States of America.
During his many travels to America, he became very close friends with Benjamin Franklin. He was not a believer in Christianity from the start of their friendship but Franklin became so influenced by the character of George Whitefield that he became a believer.
In his book “Pilgrims and Patriots” Eddie L. Hyatt says:
The preaching of Whitefield and Edwards and others thus paved the way for nationhood. This is why Harvard professor, William Perry, said, “The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was a direct result of the evangelical preaching of the evangelists of “the Great Awakening”
Whitfield wore himself out and died young of collapsing lungs and exhaustion before the war of Independence was won and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence became reality. Read more about him in this document.
The preamble from the Declaration of Independence includes its most famous passage (taken from a historical site) History.com :
“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”