By Victor Ochieng
The United States has had 45 presidents since the foundation of the nation. While all of the presidents have been Christians, at least nominally, there is a selection of them who evidently reckoned that besides their power and knowledge, they had to look up to God for guidance, showing hunger for God’s direction during times of personal or national crisis.
Below are 8 of these presidents;
George Washington – He was the founding president of the U.S. He had a very strong faith in God, something well recorded in “The Writings of George Washington.” In his speeches and writings, President Washington is known to have made several references to the Divine Authority of God.
John Adams – Interestingly, Adams took over the reigns after Washington and he indeed followed in his predecessor’s footsteps. He went down in history books as the president who asked that blessings be said over the White House. Adams was categorical that the nation was founded on Christian principles.
Abraham Lincoln – He’s one of the most noteworthy of all the U.S. presidents. Although he regularly sought God’s guidance, many historians claim he wasn’t a professed Christian, in spite of the available evidence proving otherwise. “When I left Springfield I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus,” said Washington, as documented in the biography of Abraham Lincoln, the Christian by William J. Johnstone.
James Madison – He was the 4th president of the U.S. and he’s said to have been “a faithful Episcopalian who signed a federal bill to appropriate funds for Bible distribution,” says an article by Religious News Service. Although he’s among the presidents who agitated for complete separation of religion from state, his presidency was characterized by a great reliance on God’s counsel.
Grover Cleveland – He served as U.S. president for two terms, albeit not consecutive. When he lost his 12-year-old daughter to diphtheria, he deeply grieved but trusted in God’s comfort. A passage from his diary says, “God has come to my help and I am able to adjust my thought to dear Ruth’s death with as much comfort as selfish humanity will permit.”
Jimmy Carter – Many conservatives have never been happy with the kind of politics Carter played. However, one irrefutable fact is that he has a strong faith in God. He served for a long time as Baptist Sunday school teacher, who also zealously participated in a door-to-door Christian ministry. Records say he consulted the scriptures on a daily basis and made prayer a key part of his personal and public life.
Ronald Reagan – He was a classic conservative, but was also strong in his faith. “I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living,” he is quoted as saying.
George W. Bush – One of the things that stood out from Bush was his frequent reference to God whenever he delivered speeches. He believed that his service to the country was God’s calling, saying, “I believe God wants me to be president.” Even at the height of the Iraqi war, Bush said, “As we continue to fight against terror, we ask the Almighty to protect all those who battle for freedom throughout the world.”