Letters to the Editor

Letter: Scripture

Evidence contradicts McCreedy’s July 3 article that claims George Washington didn’t mention Jesus or Christianity in his writings. In a written, signed speech to Delaware Indians, he said, “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.” In 1778, by written order, Washington directed all troops to attend Sunday services at a brigade with a chaplain. “It is expected officers of all rank will by their attendance set an example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion — To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest return of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all Good.”

Ignoring Jesus, Christianity, Scripture as guiding principles violates Benjamin Franklin’s Constitutional Convention scriptural warning: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”

Craig Marcus, Boise

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