Some two hundred years ago, and a few more added, our founding fathers forged out a system of government that would ensure their progeny to have the right to serve God without interference from the government. These strong devout men and women, regardless of their religious background, made sure that their children were taught values, respect for their country, and love for their almighty God. They were made aware of a standard of life that enabled them to endure the trials and tribulations that it took to enhance the growth of their new nation.
These values and standards of living that our forefathers esteemed important, very much played and important role in the public and private schools of that day. These gallant people knew where their forefathers came from and why they were forced to flee from Europe. Sure, there were various religious denominations scattered throughout the thirteen colonies, but one thing the majority of the population had in common was that they all esteemed their theological belief of major importance, and they agreed that personal values, conduct, and integrity stood for one’s character.
According to some historians, when taking the oath as president of the United States in 1789, George Washington placed his hand on the Bible to take the oath, and then on his own initiative added the words, “So help me God,” then he stooped and reverently kissed the Bible which was being held by the Secretary of the senate.
In 1789, Thomas Jefferson described President Washington’s character in a letter to a member of Congress, saying, “Our intercourse was daily, confidential and cordial. …I think I knew General Washington intimately and thoroughly.”… “He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but, when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motive of interest of consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.”
President Washington, himself, spoke of God’s (Yahweh) protection on his own life. After the battle of Monongahela, he tells of God’s protective care as he rode through a hail of bullets, four of which tore through the coat of his uniform, and two horses were shot out from under him. Washington told about the miraculous care of Providence that protected him beyond all human expectations. In another example, Washington wrote, “There was never a people who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God, who is alone able to protect them.”
Another of our founding fathers, the second President of the United States, John Adams, felt religious convictions, integrity and morals to be highly important for the growth of family and nation. Mr. Adams wrote in his diary, “I am resolved not to waste my time as I did last year. I am resolved to rise with the sun and to study the Scriptures on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.” In another instance President Adams made his religious conviction apparent in the passages of his inaugural address, saying, “I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land planted them in a country flowing with all the necessities and comforts of life, and who has covered our infancy with this providence and our ripe years with his wisdom and power.”
If these great men felt that the belief in the almighty God was so important, why do so many of our leaders of today forbid even the mention of our Creator in our public schools? Why do they allow immoral ideas and activities to be expressed boldly in the presence of our innocent children? Have our leaders forgotten, or have they intentionally done away with the only positive nucleus of the establishment of this country? I believe they have. What do you think?
In my estimation, considering today’s morals and the modern trend of thought, I imagine our first President, if he were alive, would be mighty pained. For the system of Government that he and men like him, such as: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin established, has definitely been altered to suit the whims and desires of those who are in direct contrast of the principles and sovereignty of our almighty God.