Re: “U.S. based on Christian principles” (letter, 9-30).
The writer fails to provide any real proof other than his religious convictions to make his point.
The document that defines Christianity is the New Testament, which represents the essence of Christ’s teachings as recorded by the Apostles. According to Apostle Paul (Romans), government is empowered by God whose powers go directly to the king. These powers are then passed down the social order. Rebellion against the king or emperor represents a direct violation against God – a deathly sin.
Since the American Revolution was a rebellion against King George and, thus, a violation against God, it could obviously not have been based on Christian principles. Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution defines a government where the power comes from the people, not from a Christian God.
The most notable personalities who drew up the Declaration of Independence were Deists and Masons who wisely chose to separate religion from politics. Had they been Christians there could have never been an American Revolution.