Thomas Jefferson and Christians

Thomas Jefferson was a true Christian as he said himself. He was so interested in the teachings of Christ that he used his language skills to cut out and place the 4 books of the New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) side by side in 4 different languages (in which Tom himself was proficient, of course) so that he could see for himself the minute differences rendered in each language.

Incidentally that is why some history writers deemed Tom to be an anti-Christian, because some copies of the Bible in different languages was found upon Jefferson’s death. These Bibles were, of course mutilated and destroyed by cutting words out of pages—lots of them! Thomas was thorough in his studies, and serious in his findings. read more

Thomas Jefferson and Money

It’s hard for me to write anything negative about Thomas Jefferson, I love him so much and admire him for what he has given us. Jefferson taught others not to spend your money before you have it, to save and be frugal. Yet he didn’t seem to listen to his own advice in that regard.

But he did warn the government against debt and overspending. And his presidential administration was done with such business like efforts, he cut the federal debt and lowered taxes.

And to be sure, here’s what he said about government spending: “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution; I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of the Constitution; I mean an additional article taking from the government the power of borrowing. read more

Founding Fathers as Christians

Some have said that the Founding Fathers were not Christian. They haven’t read the words of these men themselves. They all left quotes and references that would convince most anyone otherwise..

Read George Washington’s Farewell address. Read Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Read James Madison’s notes on the Constitutional Convention. Give yourself time to read Benjamin Franklin’s speeches at that same Convention.

Patrick Henry summed it up well in his last will and testament. “This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed. read more

Founding Fathers’ Light

Here’s a quote from a recent religious gathering. It caught my attention because it seemed to me to teach just what our Founding Fathers believed according to their own writings.

“Each of us was given a portion of God’s light, called ‘the Light of Christ,’ to help us distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong. This is why even those who live with little or no knowledge of the Father’s plan can still sense, in their hearts, that certain actions are just and moral while others are not. read more

The Founding Fathers and Language

When you read the writings of most of those who were considered to be Founding Fathers of our nation, you may be surprised at the wonderful use of the English language, the expressionism, the wisdom repeated in beautiful prose.

But not all the Colonists spoke or wrote that way. Sam Adams for one, used some course language to get his points across. Jefferson was at his finest in his writings, as we see from The Declaration of Independence, which he wrote without books or reference materials.

John Adams was creative and artistic in his use of words. He once explained to Abigail that he wanted to write a book to express his feelings and knowledge about the new Constitution which was being written while he was a diplomat to Great Britain. read more

John Adams Keeps Working

In his elder years John Adams and Thomas Jefferson rekindled their friendship. They carried on a correspondence that covered every known topic. They were both very learned gentlemen and together they had accomplished more than anyone could have expected. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence without books or reference materials. John Adams carried the day at the convention by his forceful power of speaking.

They continued their association in letters and wished they could actually spend some quality time together, but never were able to. John Adams’ wisdom on this friendship is contained in these words of his: “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” read more

Our Founding Fathers and Moral Virtues

Benjamin Franklin created his “Project for Moral Perfection” in order to become as perfect as he could in his chosen principles.

George Washington was taught at the request of his father in Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour.

Thomas Jefferson sometimes recited the Lord’s 10 Commandments out behind the barn to help his school go faster.

John Adams’ father wanted him to become a minister and that’s the main reason he was sent to The College of New Jersey to study.

Patrick Henry had a tradition of spending each evening with his family to read scriptures together. read more

The Founding Fathers’ Homes

The original Founding Fathers didn’t seem to move around too much. You know, sell their homes and find another. George Washington loved Mount Vernon so much that he wanted to return there instead of serving another term as President.

Thomas Jefferson loved Monticello and continued rebuilding and remodeling all his life. James Madison, his close friend, likewise loved Montpelier. That’s where he grew up, lived after marriage and after he served as President. That’s where he eventually passed away. read more

The Founding Fathers and Faith

I’ve read a lot about our Founding Fathers. They were men of great faith, and great action on that faith. I read the following quote and it reminded me of our Founding Fathers, especially George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and James Madison. Yes, and others. Here’s the quote:

“God blesses us according to our faith. Faith is the source of living with divine purpose and eternal perspective. Faith is a practical principle that inspires diligence. It is a vital, living force manifest in our positive attitude and desire to willingly do everything that God and Jesus Christ ask of us. It takes us to our knees to implore the Lord for guidance and to arise and act with confidence to achieve things consistent with His will.” (Ulisses Soares, Ensign magazine, May, 2017, page 34.) read more

Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Most have forgotten that Thomas Jefferson refused to make blackmail payments to the Barbary Pirates for protection in the Mediterranean Sea. Our merchant ships were threatened with destruction or capture. Other nations had complied to their extortion demands. “But not the United States” Tom declared.

He sent his fairly new navy to remedy things. They did. They knocked the Barbary Pirates out of existence essentially. Well, he didn’t go quite far enough. The Barbary Pirates were what we today call extreme Islam. Well, some of us do. read more