The Christian’s goal is not power, but justice. We are to seek to make the institutions of power just, without being corrupted by the process necessary to do this.
~ Charles Colson
The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.
~ Calvin Coolidge
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievance.
~ Constitution of the United States, Amendment I
We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity; do for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.
~ Preamble to the North Carolina State Constitution, 1868
We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.
~ Justice William O. Douglas, in a Supreme Court decision, March 1952
One of the painful indictments of our savorlessness is that according to voting records, there are enough unregistered Christians to swing any election.
~ Bill Gothard
God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
~ Thomas Jefferson
Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And if a member of Civil Society, who enters into any subordinate association, he must always do it with a reservation of his duty to the General Authority; much more must every man who becomes a member of any particular Civil Society, do it with a saving of his final allegiance to the Universal Sovereign.
~ James Madison, in Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, no upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capability of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
~ James Madison
The Bible is the Constitution of Christian civilization.
~ Gordon Palmer, in By Freedom’s Holy Light (NY: Devin-Adair Co., 1964), page 4
Jesus said that we are to render to God the things that are God’s and to Caesar those that are Caesar’s. Our Caesar is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. In order for us to render to Caesar the things that are due him, we should indeed participate in our government. Our Lord would have it so.
~ Adrian Rogers
I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion. But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensible to the maintenance of public institutions.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville
There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men, than in America.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America (NY: Harper & Rowe, 1966. pages 303-304
It is impossible rightly to govern the world without God and the Bible.
~ George Washington
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly implore His protection and favor.
~ George Washington, his his Thanksgiving proclamation of October 3, 1789
While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.
~ George Washington
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution which was framed in our convention, where I had the honor of presiding, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly, I would never have placed my signature upon it.
~ George Washington, inauguration speech
I have often expressed my sentiment, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, out to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
~ George Washington, in a letter to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789
Whatever makes a person a good Christian makes him a good citizen.
~ Daniel Webster
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we or our prosperity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
~ Daniel Webster
Let us not forget the religious character of our origin.
~ Daniel Webster
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