My country was built by men with courage, leadership skills, and a belief in a higher power. The infancy of our government was created by men who regularly spoke about God in public assembly. It may not seem like that now, but Biblical principles fed the underlying belief system that our forefathers operated under for many years.
Our First President
Today we recognize the birth of our first President. George Washington, commonly called one of the founding fathers of our country, was known for chopping down a cherry tree as a child and was not able to hide the truth from his dad. He was elected as our first President in 1789, the only President to receive 100 percent of the electoral votes. And he spoke on a regular basis about hope, integrity, and wisdom.
He spoke about God
Here are some quotes accredited to GW
- Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
- It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
- Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do – then do it with all your strength.
- If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God.
George and the dollar bill
The most common paper currency in America is the $1 bill. It features George’s profile on the front and the words “In God We Trust” in the back. What is interesting is that those words were not printed on the original pressings of the currency. E pluribus unum, Latin for “Out of many, one”, was the common phrase until 1956 – over 150 years after his death! It is encouraging to think that more recent administrations found it important enough to add “In God We Trust” to all current currency.
Thank you for your service and living your life with integrity, Mr. Washington. Happy Birthday