If he had identified himself as a transgender, bisexual, socialist Democrat, the mainstream media would have showered him with accolades and commendations. But when the new Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, described himself as a "Bible-believing Christian," the Left had a total meltdown,
MSNBC host Jen Psaki called Johnson a "religious fundamentalist" and mocked his faith. The Daily Beast compared Johnson to the "Taliban and the mullahs in Iran." Hakeem Jeffries, the Minority leader in the House, ripped into Johnson, calling him an “extreme, right-wing idealogue.” Others referred to him as "dangerous" and a "threat to democracy."
These attacks, however, merely reveal just how clueless the Left is about America's history, Johnson’s Bible-based faith and Christian worldview are eerily similar to that of Washington, Adams, Madison, and the entire founding generation. These attacks on Johnson are, therefore, attacks on the very principles that made America the most free and prosperous nation in human history, Consider the following.
The Bible in the Lives of the Founders
The Bible was, in fact, the most read book in America at the time of its founding. America’s founding generation found in the pages of the Bible its moral compass, its guide for ethics, and its Christian worldview.
This was confirmed by a 10-year study to determine where America’s Founders got their ideas for her founding documents. This study, which included the examination of thousands of historical documents, concluded that the Founders quoted the Bible far more than any other source (Hyatt, 5 Pillars of the American Republic, 13).
It is, therefore, not surprising that when the First Continental Congress opened on September 5, 1774, it opened with an extended time of Bible reading and prayer. Rev. Jacob Duche read the entire 35th Psalm and it had a powerful impact on everyone present, John Adams, who became America’s second president, wrote to his wife, Abigail,
Every succeeding session of the Congress was then opened with Bible reading and prayer.
The Founders’ respect for the Bible was also highlighted by their endorsement of the first English Bible printed in America in 1782. The producer of the Bible, Robert Aitken, called this Bible, “a neat Edition of the Scriptures for the use in schools.” Congress enthusiastically recommended the Bible, saying,
Resolved: That the United States in Congress assembled, highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken . . . and being satisfied from the above report, of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper (Hyatt, 5 Pillars of the American Republic, 15).
George Washington daily prayed and read his Bible. Robert Lewis, Washington’s nephew, lived with him and served as his secretary while Washington was president. Lewis said he accidentally witnessed Washington’s devotions morning and evening and that he was kneeling before an open Bible. Lewis believed that praying with an open Bible in front of him was a daily practice for Washington.
It, therefore, was neither strange or unexpected when Washington insisted on taking the first presidential oath of office with his hand on a Bible. A person swears by that which is greater than himself, and for Washington, the Bible was the greatest tangible authority by which he could swear to uphold and defend the Constitution.
James Madison, America’s 4th president and chief architect of the U.S Constitution, respected the Bible as a revelation from God. He studied at the College of New Jersey under the president, Rev. John Knox Witherspoon, who once said, “Cursed is all education that is contrary to Christ.” After graduation Madison remained at the college where he worked on a project translating the Old Testament from Hebrew into English and the New Testament from Greek into English. The late Dr. D. James Kennedy said, “Madison’s political worldview was one shaped by the Bible more than any other source” (Hyatt, 1726: The Yearthat Defined America, 143).
Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th president, once gestured toward a Bible and said to the person with whom he was conversing, “That book, sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests.”
In a December 1982 article in Newsweek entitled “How the Bible Made America,” the authors declared,
For centuries [the Bible] has exerted an unrivaled influence on American culture, politics and social life. Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 7).
It is the modern Democrat Party and their accomplices in the media, not Speaker Johnson, who have departed from the faith and vision of America’s founding generation. Their attacks on Speaker Johnson are attacks on America's founding principles. Speaker Johnson's simple, yet profound, faith in God and biblical principles are refreshing and offer hope for America's future.
This article was derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s groundbreaking book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, which documents the direct bearing of the First Great Awakening on both the founding of America and the ending of slavery on the American continent.