It is startling that a professional journalist could be this clueless about America’s founding documents. But during an interview on MSNBC, Heidi Przybyla, a journalist for Politico, slammed Christians who believe that their rights come from God and not from government.

Przybyla declared that there is a difference between Christians and Christian Nationalists, whom she considers a threat to American democracy. One tenet Christian Nationalists hold in common, she asserted, is the belief that rights come from God, not from government.

After listening to Przybyla, one has to wonder if she has read the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration clearly states that human rights come from God and that governments exist to protect and secure those God-given rights. It reads;

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 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.

An Anti-Slavery Document

America’s founding generation considered the above statement to be an anti-slavery statement and abolitionist often quoted it in their fight against slavery. This is why Frederick Douglas, in a July 4th speech in 1852, praised the Declaration of Independence and said to his audience;

The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.

As documented in my book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, America’s founders had been impacted by the antislavery movement that emerged out of the Great Awakening. So powerful was this movement that by 1776 virtually every founding father, including those who owned slaves, had taken a public stand against slavery.

This is why America’s founding documents contain no classifications based on race or skin color. This is astounding when we realize that they were formulated at a time when slavery and inequality were accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and most of the world. This is why, in the same speech, Douglass extolled the founding fathers and said of them;

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too—great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition, 86).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also understood the significance of the Declaration of Independence. When he was accused of being an extremist, he replied, "Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist?” He then quoted Jefferson’s words from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition, 85-86).

They Were All Christian Nationalists

So, if we accept Przybyla’s definition of a Christian Nationalist as someone who believes rights come from God and not from government, we are led to the startling conclusion that every founding father was a Christian Nationalist.

We also have to conclude that the giants of Abolition and Civil Rights, such as Lincoln, Douglass, and King, were also Christian Nationalists, for they too believed that the rights for which they fought had been given by God, not by a human government.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is on a mission to "Save America" by documenting America's overt Christian origins out of the Great Awakening, and calling for prayer for another such National Awakening. He has documented this vital information in his books, 1726: The Year that Defined AmericaAmerica’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, and others, which are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



Monday February 22 is a national holiday in the U.S. known as “President’s Day,” honoring America’s two greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s birthday was February 12 and Washington’s is February 22. The following is an article with some amazing, little-known facts about Washington and America’s War for Independence. 

In May of 1775, Washington answered the call of the Continental Congress to be commander-in-chief of the American forces. It was a daunting challenge preparing the ragtag, colonial militia groups, made up of farmers and various townspeople, into an army that could face the mighty British war machine. He knew that apart from God’s intervention and help, there was no hope, leading Michael Novak to say,

Washington knew his only hope lay in a profound conviction in the hearts and daily actions of all his men that what they did they did for God, and under God’s protection (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 114).

Prayer Made a Priority in the Revolutionary Army

Washington, therefore, issued an order stating that each day was to begin with prayer led by the officers of each unit. He also ordered that, unless their duties required them to be elsewhere, every soldier was to observe “a punctual attendance of Divine services, to implore the blessing of heaven upon the means used for our safety and public defense.”

He also forbade profanity, swearing, gambling and drunkenness, explaining that, “We can have little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our arms if we insult it by our impiety and folly.” He went on to express his desire that, “Every officer and man will endeavor so as to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 114).

During a difficult period of the war when Washington and his army were quartering at Valley Forge, Rev. Henry Muhlenberg (1711–1787), pastor of a nearby Lutheran Church, observed Washington’s activities. He wrote, “Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each one to fear God.” Muhlenberg went on to say,

This gentleman does not belong to the so-called world of society, for he respects God’s word, believes in atonement through Christ, and bears himself in humility and gentleness. It appears that the Lord God has singularly, yea marvelously, preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils . . . and hath hitherto graciously held him in His hand as His chosen vessel (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 115).

Not only was there corporate prayer in the ranks of the Colonial Army, but Washington engaged in private prayer on a regular basis. This was confirmed by the Quaker, Isaac Potts, who lived near Valley Forge, and happened upon Washington alone at prayer in the forest. He said,

I heard a plaintive sound as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling and went quietly into the woods and to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching Him to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis, and the cause of the country, of humanity and of the world. Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 115).

Potts and his wife were Quakers and pacifists who believed that war was antithetical to Christianity. However, seeing and hearing Washington at prayer that day challenged his thinking, and he said, "We never thought a man could be a soldier and a Christian, but if there is one in the world, it is Washington." 

Not only did Washington and his troops pray, members of the Continental Congress opened each of their sessions with prayer. They also issued no less than fifteen proclamations for national days of repentance, prayer and fasting. Novak is thus correct in saying, “In all moments of imminent danger, as in the first Act of the First Continental Congress, the founding generation turned to prayer” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 109).

Amazing Answers to Prayer

Although it was a grueling seven years of war, numerous answers to prayer occurred protecting Washington and his troops and giving them victory when defeat seemed inevitable.

For example, in the early part of the war, Washington and his 12,000 troops were trapped on Long Island by a British army at least twice that size. The British took up positions and got ready to march forward and pin Washington and his troops against the East River. Confident of their position, the British decided to wait until morning to make their advance and put a quick end to this colonial rebellion.

During the night, however, the Americans prayed and scoured the area for boats of any kind that would take them, their cannon, and their armaments across the East River to Manhattan. As dawn approached, it was obvious they had not achieved their goal.

However, at that point a heavy fog rolled in wherein a person could only see a few feet in front of themselves. It remained for several hours until the entire army and all its cannons had been moved across the river to Manhattan. The fog then lifted, and the British were amazed to see that the colonial army with its armaments had disappeared, as if into thin air.

God is Acknowledged and Praised

After the British General Cornwallis ended the war by surrendering to Washington on October 19, 1783, Washington appointed Israel Evans, a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army, to deliver a Thanksgiving sermon to the troops that same day.

A massive crowd from the surrounding region gathered with the troops to hear this sermon. Evans exhorted them to give thanks to God, knowing that their victory was not the result of their own strength and prowess. He also declared that the same God that fought for Israel in days of old had fought for them. In poetic verse, he declared,

To Him who led in ancient days,

the Hebrew tribes, your anthems raise.

The God who spoke from Sinai’s hill,

Protects His chosen people still,

Not in ourselves success we owe,

By Divine help we crushed the foe.

Can We Recover Washington’s Secret Weapon?

Yes, Washington’s secret weapon for defeating the British was prayer, both private and corporate. His example highlights just how far America has departed from the character and vision of her founders. But all is not lost. Ever since 2010, when I experienced a 7-hour visitation from God, I have known that America can be saved.

Her salvation, however, is not in a political party or political process. America will be saved when the bold witness and sincere prayers of God’s people reach a “tipping point” and another Great Awakening is unleashed across the land.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is a historian, Bible teacher, and revivalist. This article is derived from his book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



One of America’s Founding Fathers, Dr. Benjamin Rush, helped launch one of the most successful Black denominations in America today. Rush (1745-1813) was a Philadelphia physician, member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and served as Surgeon General during the Revolutionary War at George Washington’s request.

Rush was a passionate abolitionist who helped form the first Abolition society in America in his hometown of Philadelphia. He called slavery a “hydra sin” and called on the pastors and minsters of America to take a public stand against it. He wrote,

But chiefly—ye ministers of the gospel, whose dominion over the principles and actions of men is so universally acknowledged and felt, - Ye who estimate the worth of your fellow creatures by their immortality, and therefore must look upon all mankind as equal; - let your zeal keep pace with your opportunities to put a stop to slavery. While you enforce the duties of “tithe and cumin,” neglect not the weightier laws of justice and humanity. Slavery is a Hydra sin and includes in it every violation of the precepts of the Laws and the Gospels (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 100-01).

Rush was a supporter of the Great Awakening, which ignited a powerful anti-slavery movement in 18th century Colonial America. He was very influential in turning many against slavery including other Founding Fathers. As the esteemed Black scholar, Dr. Thomas Sowell, has said,

Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 9).

Rush became friends with the former slave and successful evangelist, Richard Allen, who settled in Philadelphia after a time of successful ministry to both Black and White audiences. In fact, his ministry was so successful in bridging racial and cultural divides that Paul Strand, former Washington D.C. correspondent for CBN, called Allen “America’s black Founding Father.”

Being a Methodist preacher, Allen became a member of the Methodist Church in Philadelphia. However, as the Great Awakening, which had ignited the interracial currents in Colonial America, waned, the elders of the Methodist Church in Philadelphia decided to segregate their seating based on race. At this point, Allen and other Blacks walked out.

Rush, a Presbyterian, came to their aid with both moral and financial support. He assisted them in obtaining property and erecting their own building in which to worship. They established Bethel Methodist Church out of which came the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination. Allen later wrote,

We had waited on Dr. Rush and Mr. Robert Ralston, and told them of our distressing situation. We considered it a blessing that the Lord had put it into our hearts to wait upon those gentlemen. They pitied our situation, and subscribed largely towards the church, and were very friendly towards us and advised us how to go on . . . Dr. Rush did much for us in public by his influence. I hope the name of Dr. Benjamin Rush and Mr. Robert Ralston will never be forgotten among us. They were the two first gentlemen who espoused the cause of the oppressed and aided us in building the house of the Lord for the poor Africans to worship in. Here was the beginning and rise of the first African church in America (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 27).

Think about it! One of America’s Founding Fathers helped launch one of the largest and most respected Black denominations in America. The idea that America's founders were a collection of evil, racist slaveowners is a blatant distortion of history. They were actually at the forefront of the battle to put an end to slavery at a time it was accepted and practiced in most of the world.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s books, Abolitionist Founding Fathers and 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and is website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



At the beginning of 2024, I asked God if He had something new for the coming year. I immediately heard the words, "Save America." I am  still praying and working through the ramifications of this, but I am convinced that one important aspect of "saving America" is to save her true history from the Marxists and secularists who are seeking to destroy it.

Why this is Important

The question of America's true heritage is of critical importance for her survival, for as George Orwell said, "Whoever controls the past, controls the future." The Marxists/socialists understand this, which is why they are hell-bent on convincing this generation that America was founded by power-hungry, racist slave owners who only wanted to protect their power and property. 

The goal of the secularist historian is to destroy America's Christian heritage and thereby prepare this generation for radical political change. Karl Marx was referring to this when he said, "People without a heritage are easily persuaded." If they are successful in destroying our heritage, it will be the end of America as we have known her. Carl Sandburg, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, warned, 

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 11).

The Truth About America's Heritage

It was the most radical elements of the Protestant Reformation that provided the philosophical and theological principles on which America was founded. They were called called Dissenting Protestants, Nonconformists, and Radical Reformers, and they were the ones who emphasized religious liberty and freedom of conscience and insisted that governmental force should never be used in matters of faith.

In this, they differed from the Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans of that era who held to the Constantinian merger of the church with the state. This merger had led to an imperial church that used the power of the state to enforce its doctrines and advance its cause. This use of political power in matters of faith became characteristic of the medieval Roman Catholic Church.

The reforms of Martin Luther were very important, but in the area of church-state relations, he miserably failed for he retained this Constantinian idea of a state-sanctioned church. These state-churches became oppressive and persecuted those Christians who refused to conform. Laws were passed in England and other European nations outlawing so-called “clandestine” religious gatherings. 

These “clandestine” religious groups included the Pilgrims and Separatist Puritans who settled New England, Quakers who settled Pennsylvania, Baptists who settled Rhode Island, and other freedom-minded groups scattered throughout the colonies. Back in the Old World, they had been hounded and oppressed by the state churches. One historian has said,

The Separatists were hounded, bullied, forced to pay assessments to the Church of England, clapped into prison on trumped-up charges, and driven underground. They met in private homes, to which they came at staggered intervals and by different routes, because they were constantly being spied upon (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 16).\

According to Benjamin Franklin, his father was a “Dissenting Protestant” who fled England in 1685 to escape persecution from the state-sanctioned Church of England, also known as the Anglican Church. Although influenced by Deism in his teenage years, Franklin’s mature thinking was primarily shaped by his "Dissenting Protestant" upbringing and his friendship with George Whitefield, the most famous preacher of the Great Awakening.

Not the Catholic Church, nor the Anglican Church, nor the Lutheran Church could provide the philosophical and theological constructs for the founding of America, for their approach to faith and church was based on power, not faith and freedom. This is why the historian, Benjamin Hart, wrote,

It was Protestants of the most radical stripe, most zealous in their religious convictions (those whom the American Civil Liberties Union would like to see outlawed from the public discourse) who were in fact the greatest proponents of religious liberty as codified in America’s governing charter (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 42).

This Historical Context Sheds Light on America's Founding Documents

Understanding this historical context gives understanding to the first clause of the First Amendment, which reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion nor hindering the free exercise thereof.” This was not an embrace of secularism; this was a rejection of the use of governmental force in matters of conscience and faith.

The First Amendment was written to keep the government out of the church, not the other way around. This becomes even more obvious when we consider that the day after ratifying this Amendment, those same Founders proclaimed a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.

America was Christian in its origins, but not by political, legislative action or judicial decree. America was Christian in its origins because the Dissenting Protestants stood strong for individual and religious liberty by rejecting the Constantinian concept of a politicized church and insisting on a free church that changes hearts and minds by the preaching of the Gospel.

America was Christian in its origins because a Great Awakening (1726-70) had turned the masses to faith in Jesus Christ and impacted every Founding Father, as I document in my book, 1726: The Year that Defined America. This is why John Marshall, America’s 2nd Supreme Court Chief Justice, who served in that capacity for 34 years, from 1801 to 1835, could say,

The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange, indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity, and did not refer to it, and exhibit relations with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year thatDefined America, 169).

Christian Revivalism Played a Pivotal Role in America's Founding

It was Christian revivalism that emphasized a personal, living faith that could be known, not only “in the head,” but also experienced “in the heart,” that transformed colonial America and prepared her for statehood. This was expressed in the Great Awakening in which entire towns along the eastern seaboard were transformed through the preaching of the evangelists of that Awakening.

As documented in my book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, it was the Great Awakening that ignited moral outrage against slavery that eventually led to its abolition on this continent. America's history has been far from perfect, but it is obvious that it has been the influence of Christianity that has enabled her to defeat slavery and Jim Crow and provide a stability and prosperity that has attracted immigrants from all over the world.

America's Founders believed the Bible, and especially the teachings of Jesus, to contain the moral basis for a stable society. This is why Benjamin Franklin shut down Thomas Paine and refused to print his manuscript in which he attacked Biblical Christianity. With his typical wit, Franklin said to Paine, "If men are this wicked with Christianity, what would they be if without it," Dr. Michael Novak was right when he said, 

Far from having a hostility toward religion, the Founders counted on religion [Christianity] for the underlying philosophy of the republic, its supporting ethic, and its reliable source of rejuvenation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 171).

If we are to save America, we must save her from the secularist revisionists who are hell-bent on changing her past. The evidence is on our side. To cite just one example: In the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs The United States, the U.S. Supreme Court, after examining thousands of historical documents, declared,

From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 170),

 This article was derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com



There is only one remaining bulwark that can save America from the tsunami wave of godless secularism, anarchy, and falsehood that is engulfing the land, and it is not a politician or a political party. Only the Church can save America from total ruin. The Church, however, must awaken to its God-given role in this hour. It is not here to be liked, accepted, or applauded by contemporary culture.

The Church is here to proclaim Jesus Christ as the epitome and personification of all Truth. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the Beginning and the End. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:4).

Paul understood this centrality of Christ as the essence of the Gospel and he reminded the Corinthian believers that when he first came to their pagan, idolatrous city, he did not seek acceptance from them, For I determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified (I Cor. 2:2).

His Christ-centered message was foundational for in I Corinthians 3:10 he says, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. What was the foundation Paul the apostle laid for the Church in Corinth? He says, For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid which is Jesus Christ.

In I Corinthians 1:17, Paul says that Christ did not send him to baptize, but to preach the Gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power (NIV). Paul seems to be saying that if we go too far in trying to make the gospel more hip, cool, and attractive to contemporary culture, we run the risk of preaching a gospel that has been "emptied of its power." Has there emerged an American Gospel that is empty of power?

It is the undiluted Christ-centered Gospel message that possesses the inherent power to transform lives and society. The early Church conquered ancient Rome, not with swords and spears, but with a Message. As Paul said in Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek

The Church must call this generation, not to herself, but to Christ. This is her rai·son d'ê·tre. Only when the Church returns to its reason for being can she be the bulwark against the ungodly forces that are out to destroy this land. C.S. Lewis said it well when he wrote,

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men to Christ, to make them little christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.

This Christmas season, I pray that the we all will receive a fresh revelation and understanding of who Jesus really is and proclaim Him unashamedly.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is a historian, Bible teacher, and revivalist. This article was derived from his new book, Discovering the Real Jesus, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com/



"The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations."

These are the words of John Adams, America’s 2nd president. His words are expressive of the pro-Jewish sentiment that prevailed among America’s Founding Fathers and throughout the nation at the time of its founding. This respect was rooted in their view of history and the positive role they believed the Jews had played in world history.

The Hebrew Influence on Early America

Many of the early immigrants to America considered themselves a Second Israel and England as their Egypt from which they had fled to the New England wilderness to find freedom. It is, therefore, not surprising that they looked to the story of Israel in the Old Testament for guidance and inspiration. 

This respect for Old Testament Israel, led to colonial colleges such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton all offering courses in Hebrew. Several students at Yale delivered their commencement speeches in Hebrew. At the time, Hebrew was not offered in any university in England. 

In his excellent book, On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding, the late Michal Novak documents this influence of the Old Testament on America’s founding generation. He says,

Practically all American Christians erected their main arguments about political life from materials in the Jewish Testament. Early American Protestants loved the stories  of the Jewish Testament, and from them took many names for their children . . .. For all these reasons the language of Judaism came to be the language of the American metaphysic—the unspoken background to a special American vision of nature, history, and the destiny of the human race.

This love for the Jewish Old Testament was confirmed by a ten-year study to determine where the Founders got their ideas for nation building. The study discovered that they quoted the Bible far more than any other source, and they quoted Deuteronomy more than any other biblical book. 

It is then not surprising that Jews were welcomed in July 4th celebrations from the very beginning. Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was delighted to see a Jewish rabbi given such open acceptance in a July 4th parade in Philadelphia. Rush, who was a devout Christian, wrote,

The rabbi of the Jews locked in the arms of two ministers of the Gospel was a most delightful sight. There could not have been a more happy emblem of that section of the Constitution, which opens all its power and offices alike, not only to every sect of Christians, but to worthy men of every religion.

George Washington’s Pro-Jewish Stance

In 1790, George Washington visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island where he was warmly received by this Hebrew congregation. In his official welcome, Moses Seixas  compared the Revolutionary War to the struggles of ancient Israel and Washington to King David and to Daniel, saying,

With pleasure we reflect on those days—those days of difficulty, & danger when the God of Israel, who delivered David from the peril of the sword, shielded your head in the day of battle: and we rejoice to think, that the same Spirit who rested in the Bosom of the greatly beloved Daniel enabling him to preside over the Provinces of the Babylonish Empire. rests and ever will rest upon you, enabling you to discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States.

Washington was obviously moved by these sentiments and responded that same day with a letter in which he addressed the members of this congregation as “children of the stock of Abraham.” He assured them that life would be different in the new nation for all who had fled religious tyranny. They would not experience mere toleration, he said, for religious toleration would give way to religious liberty.

He reassured them that because of America’s commitment to religious liberty they could expect to experience the words of the Old Testament prophet, who in Micah 4:4 said, Each one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree and there shall be none to make him afraid. Washington went on to say,

For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

Yaari Taal, of George Washington University, says that Washington’s remarks to this congregation established a precedent for protecting religious liberty and pluralism in the United States that persists to this day.

Antisemitism is Anti-American

Early America’s embrace of the Jewish people resulted in America becoming a haven for persecuted Jews from all over the world. This resulted in America becoming home to the largest Jewish population in the world. This remained true until 2003 when the Jewish population in Israel finally surpassed that in America,

It is, therefore, disheartening to see the antisemitism that has erupted on college campuses and in the large cities of America. Such antisemitism is completely out of sync with America’s Founding Fathers. Such Jewish hatred had no place at America’s founding and should be given no place in America today. Antisemitism is truly Anti-American.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt's books on America's overt Christian origins, 1726: The Year that Defined AmericaAmerica's Revival Heritage, and others are being widely distributed and are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com



Many were surprised when the well-known former Muslim, turned atheist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, recently announced that she has become a Christian. I was not surprised for I have prayed for that very thing. I also wrote about her, without mentioning her name, in the Foreword of Susan Hyatt's latest book, In the Spirit We're Equal, Second Edition. Ali ties her decision to become a Christian with her concern about the decline of Western Civilization.

Only a Judeo-Christian Worldview Can Produce a Free and Civil Society

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently described the war with Hamas as a war between “good and evil” and between “civilization and barbarism.” I agree with him but with a very important clarification. A just war may protect a good and civil society from a barbaric attack, but war can never produce a good and civil society. Such a society will only emerge from the moral commitment and worldview of its inhabitants.  

This is the insight that led to Ayaan's conversion. The civilization of the West has produced the safest and freest societies in human history, and this has been the direct result of the teachings of the Bible, especially those of Jesus. The noted Yale University historian, Jaroslav Pelikan, has said, “Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about Him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries” (Hyatt, Discovering the Real Jesus, 9).

The Morals of Jesus Urged by America's Founders

America’s founders urged the populace of the new nation to make Jesus their role model for life. In a 1783 letter to the governors of the various states, George Washington exhorted them to make Jesus their pattern for civility and morality, saying, “Without a humble imitation of His example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation” (Hyatt, 1726: TheYear that Defined America, 172). Thomas Jefferson agreed with Washington, and wrote, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 150).

It was a moral system based on the Bible, and particularly the teachings of Jesus, that provided the moral basis for ending slavery in America and the Western world. This occurred at a time when slavery was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and most of the world. The distinguished historians, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene Genovese, wrote,

Europeans [and Americans] did not outdo others in enslaving others or treating slaves viciously. They outdid others by creating a Christian civilization that eventually stirred moral condemnation of slavery and roused mass movements against it (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 2nd Edition, 57).

The brilliant Black scholar, Dr. Thomas Sowell, has also written about the unique contribution of Western civilization in ending slavery. He wrote, “Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century–and then it was an issue only in Western civilization.” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 90). In my book, 1726, I have documented how this movement against slavery was ignited by the Great Awakening that swept Colonial America in the early 18th century.

Ayaan Sees Christianity as the Only Hope for Western Civilization

Ayaan became a Christian because she came to the realization that only Christianity embodies the moral truths and philosophical structure that can save the freedoms that Western civilization gave to the world. She points out that cherished Western freedoms of speech, of the press, and of conscience, all have their roots in Christianity. She also sees these freedoms being undermined and threatened by woke ideology, Islamism, and authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia. She writes,

We endeavor to fend off these threats with modern, secular tools: military, economic, diplomatic, and technological efforts to defeat, bribe, persuade, appease or surveil . . . But we can’t fight off these formidable forces unless we can answer the question: what is it that unites us? The only credible answer, I believe, lies in our desire to uphold the legacy of the Judeo-Christian tradition . . . Christianity has it all.

Yet I would not be truthful if I attributed my embrace of Christianity solely to the realization that atheism is too weak and divisive a doctrine to fortify us against our menacing foes. I have also turned to Christianity because I ultimately found life without any spiritual solace unendurable — indeed very nearly self-destructive. Atheism failed to answer a simple question: what is the meaning and purpose of life  (UnHerd, Nov. 11, 2023)?

Only a Christian Awakening Will Preserve Our Freedoms

When we as evangelical Christians talk about praying for revival or a Great Awakening, we must realize what is at stake. It is not just the success of our individual churches or personal ministries that are at stake. Western civilization itself is at stake. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of conscience to worship as one chooses are all by-products of Western civilization, and only a true “Christian Awakening” will preserve these freedoms for the next generation.

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is a Bible teacher, church historian and ordained minister. This article was derived from his books, 1726: The Year that Defined America and America’s Revival Heritage, 2nd Edition, both available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.