Recently, I wrote a letter to the Naples Daily News about how the Bible influenced the political thought of our national leaders. In America, there is no denying that the Bible is one of the greatest influences to our nation’s success. It has been said a nation’s rise or demise directly falls on its leadership.
President Teddy Roosevelt stated: “In the formative days of the Republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident….We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a Nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.”
President Ronald Reagan stated: “Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible….The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual-rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.”
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2 NKJV
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12
Thomas Hughes, Naples
Guided by more than Constitution
The Bible without question has been the best-selling book in the world and was recognized during the founding era as the key factor for America to succeed.
More recently, President Harry Truman stated, “The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.”
Nor do we emphasize today, as the founders did, the fact that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy)
To further substantiate the Bible’s influence on the political thought of our founders, in 1974, political scientists Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman embarked on a 10-year project to examine 15,000 political writings from the founding era (1760-1805). Their goal was to examine, isolate and identify the political sources of the quotes that influenced the founders in establishing America’s government. Researchers isolated 3,154 quotations of 15,000 political writings and then documented the original source of those isolated quotes. In 1984, the end result of their research showed that 34 percent of those documented quotes came from the Bible.
Many historians today have conveyed that the Bible, more than our Constitution, is our founding document.
Blessings – Thomas Hughes
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