So America's Founders Weren't Christian?
by J. Grant
President George Washington wrote a prayer addressed to "O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ"
and ended it with this: "Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word.
Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Bless O Lord all the people of this land."
President Thomas Jefferson: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought
secure when we have removed their only firm basis — a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are
of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that
God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."
President James Madison: "Religion is the basis
and foundation of government. We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far
from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government;
upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten
Commandments of God."
President Andrew Jackson: "I nightly offer up my prayers to the throne of grace
for the health and safety of you all, and that we ought all to rely with confidence on the promise of our dear Redeemer, and
give Him our hearts. This is all He requires and all that we can do, and if we sincerely do this, we are sure of salvation
through His atonement."
Patrick Henry: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great
nation was founded, not religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very
reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, property, and freedom of worship here."
Abraham Lincoln: "The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension. 'Who by searching can find Him
out?' God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless,
my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their
power, and the mercy of God alone can save us."
President Grover Cleveland: "All must admit that the
reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purist patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and
in the best type of citizenship."
President Woodrow Wilson: "America was born a Christian nation. America
was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scriptures."
President Dwight Eisenhower: "Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way
of life. Recognition of the Supreme Begin is the first — the most basic — _expression of Americanism. Thus, the
founding fathers of America saw it, and thus With God's help, it will continue to be."
2008 by J. Grant Swank, Jr. - Pastor, author and independent columnist