Presidents and Prayer – Part 4

President James Polk As a result of a deadlocked convention, James Polk emerged as the democratic nominee facing Henry Clay, of the Whig Party, in the general election. Polk won. His Presidency was overshadowed by the Mexican War of 1846-1848. During his tenure, Texas became a state, and the areas constituting California, Nevada, Utah, New…

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

We continue our series on American Presidents and Prayer with John Adam and Thomas Jefferson. John Adams, the Second President issued a prayer proclamation in which he declared, “The safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God.” Adams called “the national acknowledgment of this truth…an indispensable…

The Joy of Fearing God

We have forgotten that it is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31 KJV). The idea doesn’t play well in our culture. It didn’t some 300 years ago, when Edwards preached on the theme – and the reality of ‘the fear of God’ sparked a Great Awakening. New…

Fear of God is Sovereign Respect

One of the unique features of Christianity and Judaism among world religions is the idea that God is to be feared. Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, considered the fear of the Lord to be among seven gifts of the Spirit, the others being – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety. The “Novena to the Holy…

Liberty in the Fear of God

The U.S. Constitution was the product of a constitution-making tradition that reached back to the charters of the original colonies as well as to the states, and from there, the tradition found roots in the biblical covenant itself. In Jamestown, the first representative government met in their church building, and opened with prayer. The guiding…