Our Fore-Fathers Were Christian Men

     Patrick Henry, a Christian patriot, golden tongued orator of the Revolutionary Period and the only U.S. Governor to be elected five times said in a celebrated speech before the Revolutionary War, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Henry also said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians: not on religions, but on the Gospels of Jesus Christ."

One of the great slogans of the American Revolution was "No King but King Jesus!"

     New Year's Proclamation

     We live in a Christian Nation! Our Founding Fathers were Christians and God fearing. Men who built our Government on the Word of God. Let us never deny Jesus Christ and God who made America a great Nation. The pledge of allegiance I said in school said "I believe in one Nation under God." Not many gods. On every American coin we see the words "In God we Trust." This is the Christian faith of our Fore-Fathers.

     Today with all the economic confusion and moral compromise, Americans need to reaffirm our love for Jesus Christ and our faith in God. When we stop putting Jesus and God first, we stop being a great Nation! My father, Arthur Studer, who worshiped the living God and served Christ, family and America in World War 2 risked his life for the Christian values he held dear. I am proud of my father and his Christian faith.

     I am proud to be called a Christian who loves America. I proclaim to all Americans that we live in a Christian Nation. Don't let anyone steal it away! Our Fore-Fathers fought and died to keep Americans free to love God and to build our future as a Christian Nation. An American patriot-

                                                                     Jonathan Studer                                                                   


Symbol of America

     In 1752 the Liberty Bell was cast with the Scripture Leviticus 25:10 into it which says: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."   This was done by the order of the Assembly of Pennsylvania for State House of Philadelphia. In God's eye's there is no separation between church and state.

     The Liberty Bell was cracked when it was first rung after it's arrival in Philadelphia. It hung in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House which is now Independence Hall.  

     In the 1760's the Pennsylvania House Assembly allowed a local Christian church to use the State House for worship. The Liberty Bell was then used to summon worshipers. The Liberty Bell was also rung to summon and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.

     Before 1799 the Liberty Bell was rung on the 4th of July, George Washington's birthday and on election days. In 1830 the Liberty Bell represented freedom from slavery. It was a symbol of the Abolitionist Movement. In 1853 President Franklin Pierce said that the Liberty Bell symbolized the American Revolution and American liberty.

     By 1885 the Liberty Bell was internationally recognized as a symbol of freedom. President Harrison made a proclamation about the Liberty Bell in 1893. He said "This old bell was made in England, but it was re-cast in America before it was attuned to proclaim the right of self government and the equal rights of men." Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (who became the first Prime Minister of Israel in 1948) said that the Liberty Bell symbolized the link between Israel and the United States.

     The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds. It is made up of 70% copper and 25% tin. The Liberty Bell was first used on currency in 1948. It is pictured on the reverse side of the Ben Franklin half dollar.