The 'most Christian' president?


Author/blogger Rick Marschal names the American president he thinks was "most Christian." Do you agree or disagree?

Comments:

That question can be ambiguous, Ellen. Guess how General Sherman handled his logistics problems while enforcing Lincoln's forbidding of the confiscation of persons?
The taunting didn't completely cease. The stupid remarks happened again from another boy: I raised my fist, he flinched and the teacher rebuked me - the rebuke was much to my astonishment. Then I remembered that the principal meant what he said when he coached me not to take punishment into my own hands - or fists as the case may be. After that, the boys quit taunting me; perhaps they realized that the teacher's quick voice was the only thing that stopped me from giving another shiner. And perhaps not. Well, I guess I didn't grow up with brothers for nothing.

These days, my reprisals tend to accomplished with dead pixels rather than pummeling fists. However, my cast iron pans stand ready if anyone ever tries to mess with this mama bear's cubs. One of this country's founding principals, one that the executive branch and therefore the President is commissioned to maintain, was the right to defend and protect one's own. So, which President has best maintained the Biblical mandate that persons and private property are not to be confiscated by others?

(Lee, how'd I do at getting back to the thread topic?)
Ah...yes, I recognize that kind of teacher well.
C'mon, everybody - let's help Gina out.

To get warmed up, let's try an extreme hypothetical example: would you rather have a president who never entered a house of worship and never had a Presidential Prayer breakfast, but who became known as "the American William Wilberforce" for, say, ending abortion or sex trafficing; or, would you rather have one who faithfully attended church (pastored by Jeremiah Wright, perhaps) but who curtailed religious freedom?

(OK, not **completely** hypothetical...)

Moving closer to the topic: the piety of George Washington is renowned, but has come to be doubted. John Adams was quite devout, but was a Unitarian. Jefferson famously took scissors to his Bible to remove the miraculous parts.

And, for that matter, the debate still rages over whether or not Lincoln was a Christian at all.

But if you could elect another Washington, or Lincoln, would you?

Imagine something as significant as another Emancipation Proclamation. I'd vote for a guy who would do that,... even if he were a Mormon or an atheist. (A pity we can't know for certain what they'll do before they're elected.)

So I'd have to say that Lincoln was our "most Christian" president, in all measures except personal piety. TR might have been pious, but his policies mostly were not. (I need to read more about him, but what I've heard so far is not very comforting.)

(Ellen, you clearly needed an anti-bullying celebrity telethon. But I digress.

...except to ask: after you punched him, did the taunting cease? "Walk softly, but carry [...]")
The chief problem with "President's Day" is not the inclusiveness that the writer fears, but the fact that President's day is dedicated to Presidents. Presidency is theoretically an office; to dedicate a special day to "presidents" implies monarchialism.
I was under the impression that James Madison was pretty solid (and Patrick Henry, though he wasn't a President), but I admit to not having read much at all about the subject.
I quite like the story I once heard of Teddy Roosevelt paying a boy in his Sunday School class a dollar for having punched another boy who was being mean to a girl. There were times in my childhood that I would have appreciated such an heroic boy to come to my aid. However, while TR rewarded this boy for protecting a girl, TR got fired for encouraging violence...

Since no boys ever came to my aid in such a way, I once popped a taunter in the eye; he developed a nice shiner. But I got sent to the principal's office, too.
I for one would need more info, G. Does this mean the one whose personal life exhibited the most devotion to Christ, or the one whose actions while in office conform best to Christian ideals for public policy? Reagan rarely went to church, while Carter taught Sunday School, but most Christians I know (and yes, this is shameless Ben-baiting) prefer Reagan's accomplishments.




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