Because sole authorship of the Declaration of Independence is regularly attributed to deist Thomas Jefferson, its four “God” references are considered references to his decidedly ambiguous and non-Christian god. Therefore, many falsely teach that the identity of the God of the Declaration may be subjectively determined, or can be no God at all.
Few know that Jefferson’s draft was heavily edited by the Second Continental Congress — 30 percent deleted, 12 percent added (www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/congress. htm).
Jefferson authored the first two “God” references: to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” (acknowledging a transcendent, objective moral law); and to the self-evident truth that each American is endowed (blessed) by a providential Creator (providential isn’t Deist — see Strelow’s Sept. 7 letter) with the individual sovereignty from which our government, through the Constitution “... derives its just powers” (see Declaration).
That is Americanism’s “Chain of Delegated Authority” (God — man — government servants) which is the theory upon which our form of government, defined in the Constitution, is unalterably based, unalterable because it’s set in the Declaration’s “historical concrete.” Note: With the term “self-evident,” the Founders are politely saying any disagreement is objectively wrong.
The second two references to God (“the Supreme Judge of the world” and “divine Providence”) were added by Christians in Congress — clarifying that the creator who providentially blesses all Americans (even atheists) in the beginning of the Declaration is Jesus Christ. Our biblically literate Founders, including the few deists among them, knew that Jesus said of himself: “... the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” John 5:22-23. See also John 5:26-27; Matt. 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:11 through 21:8; 22:12-16.
For Bible-believing Christians, Jesus Christ is unquestionably “the Supreme Judge of the world” who the Founders explicitly honored by acknowledging him in America’s establishing document.
Imagine that, the Declaration and Constitution are linked politically and by the worldview of our predominately Christian Founders!