“Power always thinks . . . that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
John Adams, Letter to Jefferson, 1816
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On January 30, 1835, outside the U.S. Capitol Building, a would-be assassin, Richard Lawrence, fired a pistol at President Andrew Jackson at point blank range. The gun misfired. Lawrence then pulled out a second pistol and again fired at the president. Miraculously, the second pistol also misfired, and Andrew Jackson walked away unharmed. The pistols were later examined, tested, and re-tested, and they were found to be in perfect working order. You may agree or disagree with Jackson’s performance as president, however, clearly it was not yet time for him to leave office!
“Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever.
You are all-powerful, and you know everything.
You control human events—You give rulers their power and take it away,
and you are the Source of wisdom and knowledge.”
Daniel 2:20-21 (CEV)
“ . . . God Most High is in control of all earthly kingdoms and . . . He is the one who chooses their rulers.”
Daniel 4:32 (CEV)
I was enjoying a cappuccino with my friend and her teenage daughter when the discussion turned to history and politics. As her eyes glazed over, my friend’s daughter said, “History is sooo boring. Who cares about politics? It doesn’t affect me!”
Here’s my perspective on history: STORIES are the key. History becomes fascinating and relevant when I learn about people from the past who had the same desires and conflicts I have today. Americans have had disagreements over the same political issues for over 200 years.
History also reveals that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction:
How much of an impact does a presidential candidate’s religion have on your decision to vote for that candidate?
It probably is of little or no surprise to you that every U.S. President to date has either professed to be a Christian, attended church, and/or been a member of a Christian church. Yes, even Thomas Jefferson, who has been accused of being an atheist or deist by many, did profess to be a follower of Christ.1 read more…
(The following is an excerpt from Exploring the Faith of America’s Presidents)
It is said that in April of 1775, when British Major Pitcairn demanded that a group of colonial Minutemen lay down their arms “in the name of George the Sovereign King of England,” one of the rebel fighters proclaimed, “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!” The battle cry of America’s revolutionaries became, “No King but King Jesus!”1
Does that mean all of America’s Founding Fathers were Christians or even believed in God? Does it mean that all American presidents proclaimed Jesus as Lord and Savior? Only God knows. Not only is it impossible for us to judge anyone else’s heart, it’s irrelevant. The important point is that the foundation of American government is clearly based on the biblical principles of freedom, equality, justice, and the moral laws found in the Ten Commandments.
Why is it that the center for other world religions has basically stayed the same–Islam which started in Arabia is still centered in the Middle East, Buddhism started in the Far East and is still there today, and India, where Hinduism began, is still believed to be its center today–while the center of Christianity has migrated from the Mediterranean countries to Europe and then to the United States and now seems to be migrating away from the U.S.? In his book, “King’s Cross”, Timothy Keller writes that “when Christianity is in a place of power and wealth for a long period, the radical message of sin and grace and the cross can become muted or even lost. Then Christianity starts to transmute into a nice, safe religion, one that’s for respectable people who try to be good. And eventually it becomes virtually dormant in those places and the center moves somewhere else.” (p. 124)
This struck a chord with me because it is what I see happening in America today. The challenge we Christians face is how do we keep Christianity in our country from becoming just a nice, safe, religion? How do we keep it from going dormant?
When Kendra and I wrote our book, “Common Sense and an Uncommon God”, this was one of the driving forces behind it. With God’s blessing on our country, all Americans will benefit–no matter what their belief system because we will remain a country based on the God-given rights of freedom, liberty, and justice.