“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ …The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. …If government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” — Noah Webster — “History of the United States”, Chapter XIX (advice no.49 in his “Advice to the Young”); 1832.
Category Archives: The Founding Fathers & Christianity
“The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.” — James Wilson, 1804.
“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 in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” — John Jay, letter to Peter Augustus Jay, 1784
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?… Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?” – John Adams, July 4, 1837.
“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” – Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.
“I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.” – Benjamin Franklin, Request for Prayers at the Constitutional Convention (July 28, 1787)
“You have been instructed from your childhood in the knowledge of your lost state by nature; the absolute necessity of a change of heart, and an entire renovation of soul to the image of Jesus Christ; of salvation thro’ His meritorious righteousness only; and the indispensable necessity of personal holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” – Elias Boudinot (May 2, 1740 – October 24, 1821). Born in Philadelphia, he was descended from a French Huguenot family which left France to settle in New York in 1685, and his father, also Elias Boudinot, was a silversmith. Elias Boudinot was sent to a school established by Benjamin Franklin, who was also his next door neighbor until his father was appointed postmaster at Princeton. There he studied law in the office of Richard Stockton.
As a lawyer and a statesman from Elizabeth, New Jersey, he became a member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress and in 1777 was commissioned by George Washington as commissary-general of prisoners of war during the American Revolutionary War. He on the Continental Congress from 1777-1784 and was the second president elected under the Articles of Confederation, and the President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783 and also served as secretary for foreign affairs.
Elias Boudinot served 3 terms in congress, from 1789-1795, and chaired the committee to welcome Washington to New York for his inauguration. He was appointed by President John Adams as Director of the United States Mint, serving from 1795 until 1805. Among public organizations, he was president of the New Jersey Bible Society and a trustee of Princeton College. Elias Boudinot was elected president of the American Bible Society at its founding in 1816 and served until his death in 1821.