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…

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…

Let Freedom Ring

Charles baron de Montesquieu was an advocate of the separation of powers in government and one of the world’s foremost political thinkers. Of all the sources that the Founders could have cited, he is next to the Bible, quoted 8.3 percent of the time (1 of 12 quotes, came from him). He was not a…