In a few weeks, we anticipate having a living history lesson. A long-time friend and teacher, Pete Olson will come from Denver the last week of June to speak at several different places about the Christian heritage of America. For now, let us take heed again to an address from George Washington to representatives of the Baptist Churches of America right after his inauguration two hundred and eighteen years ago, May, 1789:
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the constitution framed in the convention where I had the honor to preside might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and, if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny and every species of religious persecution. For you doubtless remember, that I have often expressed my sentiments that every man conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
God grant us a love for Himself and His Word that we might always prove the benefits of self-government.
Source: George Washington the Christian (1919), William Johnson, pg. 165