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The Declaration of Dependence Our Presidents Have Voiced.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 18, 2005

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In God They Trusted_Greg Asimakoupoulos-The Declaration of Dependence Our Presidents Have Voiced We honor former Presidents
who steered our Ship of State.
In powdered wig or blow-dried hair,
each made our nation great.

Each took an oath acknowledging
a Higher Power's aid.
And in an office oval-shaped,
each squared his knees and prayed.

Each understood America's
uniquely servant role
in planting freedom's seeds abroad
no matter what the toll.

Those living and those long-since dead
found strength in one short phrase.
"In God We Trust" was grounds for hope
on good (and stressful) days.

And so we think of George and Abe,
of Gerald, Jimmy, Bill
and all the others in the list
who sought God for His will.

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Everett from Chetek, WI writes:
February 19, 2005
Greg A. and I are friends and colleagues of long standing. I am not telling him anything he doesn't know. I am writing this for his readers, not to inform him.

Prayer is almost universal in times of trial, and the Presidency is always in a time of trial. It is easy to find evidence of prayer among the presidents, but rarer to find evidence of true, evangelical faith in the words of most of them. The idea of God as Providence is much more prevalent than that of God as the Father who offered his Son on the cross so that those who believe in him should not perish.

The world does not know this distinction. The church is supposed to.

This is not a judgment on the eternal destiny of anybody. It's the acknowledgment of the line that has always existed on earth between those, like Pascal, who said that God is known only in the way found in the gospel, and those who have a more general view, like the Masons: the religion of all good men and true.

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