The Bible, The President, The Nation

English: Seal of the President of the United S...

English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I ran across some notes I had taken years ago from an old book, Profitable Bible Study by Wilbur M. Smith.   In my notes from this text, there were some quotes from selected U.S. presidents about the Bible.  These quotes are revealing and perhaps instructive during this election year.  The quotes indicate a good deal about the president’s relationship with God, their conception of their role as a spiritual leader, and their understanding of the importance of God’s Word in their own lives.  Here are a few for your review and consideration:

Abraham Lincoln:  “In regard to the Great Book, I have only to say, it is the best gift which God has given man.  All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”

John Quincy Adams:  “So great is my veneration for the Bible and so strong my belief, that when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, that which contributes most to make men good, wise, and happy.”

Andrew Jackson:  “The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests.”

Woodrow Wilson:  “I am sorry for the men who do not read the Bible daily.  I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and the pleasure.  I should be afraid to go forward if I did not believe that there lay at the foundation of all our schooling and all our thought this incomparable and unimpeachable Word of God.”

What would you say about the Bible?  Where are you in your assessment of the need for God’s Word in your own life?  Does it make a difference? Does it matter to you how the President views the Bible?  Does it matter to you if the Bible is valued among the population of this nation or any other nation?

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