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;
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
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
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,
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).
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 America, America’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, and others, which are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.