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Myth 3: The Founding Fathers did not have a biblical worldview

Photo: Myth 3: The Founding Fathers did not have a biblical worldview</p><br /><br /><p>It is very clear-cut to determine that someone is not an orthodox Christian when they deny certain essential doctrines of the Christian faith, such as the trinity, for example. But it is not quite so clear-cut when we are evaluating a founding father for a biblical worldview. A biblical worldview is not measured by a few essential criteria but by how closely they think about every area of life to the Word of God. The trick is that we all have fallacies in our worldview. The best Christian men in history and even Bible times had inconsistencies in their worldview. If we were to thoroughly examine every great Christian’s life in history, we would find examples of inconsistencies in the worldview of virtually every single one of them (especially when we have a good historical documentation about them). So every single one of us could be found guilty of not having a biblical worldview at one point or another.</p><br /><br /><p>So, evaluating a “biblical worldview” is much more personal than evaluating orthodoxy. When we look at the founders, we find that compared to people in the today, nearly all of the founders had a much more biblical worldview. Even the unorthodox founders such as Jefferson and Franklin had a strong biblical worldview when compared to even many orthodox Christians living today. That is because they lived in a time and culture much more permeated with the Christianity inherited from the Puritans and Covenanters, and reawakened by the Great Awakening of the 1740’s.</p><br /><br /><p>There is much that could be written to document and demonstrate how the founding fathers fell short on several points in their applications of the biblical principles for civil government. That *does not* change the fact, however, that the extent to which the founders did faithfully apply the biblical principles of civil government cannot be surpassed by any other gathering since the Hebrew Republic.

It is very clear-cut to determine that someone is not an orthodox Christian when they deny certain essential doctrines of the Christian faith, such as the trinity, for example. But it is not quite so clear-cut when we are evaluating a founding father for a biblical worldview. A biblical worldview is not measured by a few essential criteria but by how closely they think about every area of life to the Word of God. The trick is that we all have fallacies in our worldview. The best Christian men in history and even Bible times had inconsistencies in their worldview. If we were to thoroughly examine every great Christian’s life in history, we would find examples of inconsistencies in the worldview of virtually every single one of them (especially when we have a good historical documentation about them). So every single one of us could be found guilty of not having a biblical worldview at one point or another.

So, evaluating a “biblical worldview” is much more personal than evaluating orthodoxy. When we look at the founders, we find that compared to people in the today, nearly all of the founders had a much more biblical worldview. Even the unorthodox founders such as Jefferson and Franklin had a strong biblical worldview when compared to even many orthodox Christians living today. That is because they lived in a time and culture much more permeated with the Christianity inherited from the Puritans and Covenanters, and reawakened by the Great Awakening of the 1740’s.

There is much that could be written to document and demonstrate how the founding fathers fell short on several points in their applications of the biblical principles for civil government. That *does not* change the fact, however, that the extent to which the founders did faithfully apply the biblical principles of civil government cannot be surpassed by any other gathering since the Hebrew Republic.

 

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