Footsteps in Faith: Founding fathers inspire faith in creator

| February 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Brian Reed
U.S. Army-Pacific Plans and Operations Chaplain

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays we recently celebrated, are two of our country’s most famous and favorite presidents.

Their images grace our most common currency. We see their faces adorn walls of our schools, homes and institutions throughout the land. Their names are used for cities, capitals, banks, schools and universities. Their faces are carved in granite in the Black Hills of South Dakota at Mount Rushmore.

ReedIn a speech given to the Massachusetts Legislature on Lincoln’s birthday in 1909, Henry Cabot Lodge said, “The nation has not lived in vain which has given the world Washington and Lincoln, the best great men and the greatest good men whom history can show.”

Both fought and brought us through extreme times of crises that included two historic wars.

They believed in and stood by that most famous of documents, the Declaration of Independence.

The declaration resonates, “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.”

Creator. Now there’s an interesting concept.

Our founding fathers believed in one who governed all people. The founders also thought that all men were fallen morally and spiritually, and were in need of a superior governor who could direct them to freedom with responsibility. That governor was neither a human king, a president nor a government, but a supreme deity.

Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” (Thanksgiving proclamation, Oct. 3, 1789).

Lincoln echoed these sentiments as he acknowledged a Bible as a gift from supporters: “In regard to this great book, 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. But for it, we could not know right from wrong.”

Washington and Lincoln would most assuredly concur with this exact physically and spiritually centered verse in the Bible, Psalm 118:8, which reads, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”

 

 

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