Happy 4th of July from the Founding Fathers

On this 4th of July celebration, I pass on to you a few quotes from some of our most famous founding fathers. As evidenced by their words and actions, what they believed as evidenced below, helped them make America one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen.

Even Benjamin Franklin, who struggled mightily with his personal faith and Christian character chimed in to make a worthy contribution.

“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more I am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Lord’s notice, how is it possible that a nation can rise without His aid? For without the Lord building the house, all who labor, do so in vain.” 1 Ben Franklin

“O blessed Father, let thy Son’s blood wash me from all impurities, and cleanse me from the stains of sin that are upon me. Give me grace to lay hold of Your merits; that they may be my conciliation and atonement. May I know my sins are forgiven, by Your Son’s death and resurrection?” 2 President George Washington 

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, for I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.” 3 President John Adams

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended powers, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” 4 President Abraham Lincoln

“Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read, write, and above all let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.” 5 Benjamin Rush (Signer of Declaration of Independence)

 “Education is useless without the Bible.” 6 Daniel Webster

“Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” 7 President James Madison

Footnotes

  1. Thomas George [editor], God governs the Affairs of Men, Benjamin Franklin, (The Greatest Message of All time, Great-messages.com) (rbk)
  2. William J. Johnson, George Washington the Christian (New York, Forgotten Books/ Abingdon Press, 1919), pages 28-31.
  3. Natalie Nichols, Is America a Christian Nation? More Quotes From Our Founders: John Adams, (Internet, Americana, May 10, 2010) * Note- Two quotes combined together into one.
  4. Franklin Graham, Quote by Abraham Lincoln (Washington D.C., Inaugural Invocation of President George W. Bush, January 20th, 2001).
  5. L.H. Butterfield, editor, Letters of Benjamin Rush, (Princeton: The American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I page 414.
  6. Why-the-bible.com, Daniel Webster, (Internet, The Bible-Quotes from Famous Men).
  7. Christian Quotes, James Madison Christian Quote about Learning, (Published in Christian Education Quotes, (February, 12th, 2012).