Thursday, August 3

Election Day Meditations

"Whatever makes a man a good Christian also makes a good citizen." Daniel Webster

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not by religions, but by the gospel of Jesus Christ." Patrick Henry

"And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington

"Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand." John Adams

"In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their Christian duties, is a community on the rapid down-grade." Theodore Roosevelt

"The foundations 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." Calvin Coolidge

"The hand of Divine Providence was never more plainly visible in the affairs of the men than in the framing and adopting of the Constitution." Andrew Johnson

"Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future." Ulysses S. Grant

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of the civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration the American people were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct." John Quincy Adams

"No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian Religion applied and accepted by all the classes. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance, men are certain to shed their responsibilities for licentiousness and this great experiment will then surely be doomed." John Jay

"Religion and liberty are the meat and the drink of the body politic. Withdraw one of them and it languishes, consumes, and dies. Without religion we may possibly retain the freedom of savages, bears, and wolves, but not the freedom of New England. If our religion were gone, our state of society would perish with it, and nothing would be left." Timothy Dwight

"Religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience. It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other." Patrick Henry
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

"The only sure and permanent foundation of virtue is religion. Let this important truth be engraven upon your heart." Abigail Adams

"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that their liberties are the gift of God?" Thomas Jefferson


Delmar Smith said...

These are very provocative reminders. Is it election day there in Tennessee? Is it just the primary elections?

Dr. Knox said...

And therein lie the differences between America and the social democracies of Europe.

Professor McConnell said...

What a wonderful set of quotations. May more people accept and echo these truths

Amber Benton said...

Dr. Grant,

How do you keep track of all your quotations...mine are either marked in the books themselves (gotta love those bookdarts) or somewhere in one of my journals or notebooks, or on a slip of paper tucked into some pigeonhole... Finding just the right one, or a group of them is always a challenge :)

Charlotte, NC (with new baby Joseph now in arm!)

gileskirk said...

Amber: I wish I could tell you that I have a fool-proof system. But, the fact is that my quotes are sorted into a haphazard collection of journals, paper files, e-files, index cards, and manuscripts. The disadvantage of this is that it gets harder and harder for me to find just the right quote with every passing year. The advantage of this is that it means I am constantly re-discovering old gems as I am searching through my years of reading flotsam and jetsam.