In American History we examine the history of America from a Christian perspective. Since God is the AUTHOR of history and He is carrying out His plan in the earth through history, any view of the history of America, or any country, that ignores God is not true history. He is Sovereign over His creation and “His Story” in the earth, and is at work in significant, and seemingly insignificant, events to accomplish His purposes for mankind. This is a providential view of history and was held by the vast majority of those people who founded this nation.
While we do not look at the events in America’s birth and growth, we do highlight the Providence and purposes of God, and the faith of our founders. Understanding this will provide a proper framework in which other historical information can be properly placed.
We begin the history of America with Creation, and Adam and Eve, because if one does not understand God’s plan and purpose for man from the beginning, he will not be able to understand how America fits into His overall plan. The history of America, or any country, cannot be studied as an isolated event.
I have designed my book to be easily studied and digested, yet we have included many excerpts from original sources to introduce modern Americans to the ideas, character, and literacy level of early Americans. Colonial Americans were educated far better by the home, church, and private sector than our youth today are by modern state schools, and at a fraction of the cost.
I have learned from America’s Providential History has tought me more than historical Christian facts. We need to teach the new generation the Biblical principles of education, law, government, and economics, the Christian idea of man and government, the Chain of Liberty moving westward — in short a Biblical world view — are imparted through this book. While all of founders were not Christians (though a great majority were,) almost every one has a Biblical Biblical world-view, even the non-Christians.
Most of our founders were Christians, but this does not mean they were without fault. Providential history does not mean “sinless” or “sugarcoated” history. Like the Bible, it introduces people God has used for His purposes, even though they had shortcomings and sins not to be emulated. God is glorified even more when we see fallible, finite men used by Him. Since most modern secular texts tend to provide plenty of criticism of America’s leader (much of which is unfounded), our text has chosen to provide what you cannot find there in order to provide a balance. America’s early leaders did sin, like all men, but their heart was to obey God. Today most of our leaders have a much different heart and mind.
Most Americans today, including most Christians, have a humanistic (man – centered) world-view. This is one great difference in early and present-day America and is a primary reason why our nation is experiencing great problems. Ideas have consequences. The internal beliefs and ideas of a people are expressed in their external actions. Today, we are experiencing the fruit of sectarianism. To see Godly change occur in America we must renew our minds to view the world from God’s perspective as revealed in the Bible — we must infuse the Faith of our Fathers into the life of our country.
In other words, we as Christians must learn what it means to disciples a nation. The study of America’s history provides the best example of this, because colonial Christians discipled their nation. Part of the goal of the Providence Foundation, and our vision as its directors, is to accomplish this task. There will many books and study resources and information at the end of this article. Christians are not only working to help God’s nation from a Biblical perspective to make disciples of all the world.
Providence is a word that signifies the Bible doctrine of the overruling power of God that governs in the affairs of men. The foundation is working to establish such an understanding in the hearts and minds of all humankind. Providence Foundation urge Pastors, Christian leaders, Christian schools, and home schoolers to use this text for regular class to help disciples people in a Biblical world-view.
The people of this free nation should have a foundation that will support liberty, for without it, that nation will surely fall. The great nineteenth century statesman and politician Daniel Webster declared:
“If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments,