American Minute with Bill Federer NOVEMBER 18 - Importance of Godly Character
American Minute with Bill Federer
NOVEMBER 18 - Importance of Godly Character
On NOVEMBER 18, 1807, Thomas Jefferson replied to Captain John Thomas of the Newhope Baptist Church:
the most inestimable of our blessings is that...of liberty to worship
our Creator in the way we think most agreeable in His will;
a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."
On NOVEMBER 18, 1869, after the Civil War, the most popular preacher in America, Henry Ward Beecher, stated:
"In the unity of the nation...we hope much from religion; very little from sectarian churches;
much from the Spirit of God blessing the Truth of his Word to the hearts of individual men;
much from the individual men that are nobler than their sect;
much from free men whose adhesion to forms and ceremonies is the least part of their existence;
much from religion as it exists in its higher forms in individual nature and in public sentiment;
very little from dogmas; very little from theology as such...
us implore the God of our fathers, by his own wise providence, to save
us from our wanton passions, from impertinent egotism, from pride,
arrogance, cruelty, and sensual lusts, that as a nation we may show
forth his praise in all the earth."
NOVEMBER 18, 1886, President Chester Arthur died. The son of a Baptist
minister from Ireland, he was an abolitionist lawyer who defended the
rights of African Americans, and the Union's Inspector General during
the Civil War.
President Chester Arthur stated October 25, 1882:
"The blessings demanding our gratitude are numerous and varied...for...moral education of our youth;
the influence upon the conscience of a restraining and transforming
religion...for these and for many other blessings we should give
I do recommend...that the people, ceasing from their
daily labors...draw near to the throne of Almighty God, offering to Him
praise and gratitude for the manifold goodness which He has vouchsafed
On NOVEMBER 18, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in Savannah, Georgia, :
are celebrating the planting of the Colony of Georgia... which had its
roots in religious teachings and religious liberty, a State in which the
first Sunday School was established...
Let me...read to you a very short passage from...a great son of a great Georgia mother, Theodore Roosevelt. He said:
and ethically we must strive to bring about clean living and right
thinking. We appreciate that the things of the body are important; but
we appreciate also that the things of the soul are immeasurably more
On NOVEMBER 18, 1992, The New York Times printed Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice's statement: