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So often, I am blogging about something I am reading during my daily time with the Lord. One of the books I have been reading this year (a chapter a day) is my new friend, Robert J. Morgan’s book, 100 Bible Verses that Made America – Defining Moments that Shaped our Enduring Foundations of Faith.
In a day when so many people are trying to eradicate the history of our founding fathers, this read has been one to remind me of how so many of our early leaders were such godly men. God’s Word was a part of their daily life. They read it, studied it, memorized it, wrote books about it, and lived by the truth of God’s Word.
Morgan writes: Not every Founding Father was a Christian, a Bible-believer, or a paragon of virtue. Not every president has honored the Bible. Not every leader has appreciated its influence. Some of the Founding Fathers—Thomas Jefferson, Ethan Allen, Thomas Paine—were disciples of Enlightenment rationalism. But even they were intimately acquainted with the contents of the Bible. They vigorously studied Scripture and respected its ethical teachings.
Trying to explain American history without its Bible is like trying to understand the human body without its bloodstream. Had there been no Bible, there would be no America as we know it. The nation would not have been born as it was.
I think you will find the following fascinating. I sure did!
John Adams wrote, “The Bible contains the most profound philosophy, the most perfect morality, and the most refined policy that was ever conceived on earth. . . . I believe [it] to be the only system that ever did or ever will preserve a republic in the world.
John Jay, the first chief justice of the US Supreme Court, said, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”
“In regard to this Great Book,” wrote Abraham Lincoln in a letter dated September 7, 1864, “I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book.”
“Hold fast to the Bible,” wrote Ulysses S. Grant on June 6, 1872, “as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.”
Calvin Coolidge said, “The foundation of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, addressing the Long Island Bible Society just weeks before being thrust into the presidency by the assassination of William McKinley, said, “A very large number of people tend to forget that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally—I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally—impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.
President Franklin Roosevelt said, “We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.”
People have tried to burn it, ban it, and take away the right to read it. There are hundreds of verses carved into almost every national monument and historical building.
Patrick Henry said, The Bible … is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.
Our world is on the brink of World War III, it might be a good time to dust off the unopened Bible sitting on our shelves. God wants to speak to our hearts through His Word. Start with a chapter a day. Warning: It will change your life.
Undivided: By Christ, In Christ, for Christ,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Email Bill at: bwelte@americaskeswick
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: “Yet as truly man, Christ’s heart is not drained by our coming to him; his heart is filled up all the more by our coming to him.” ―