Saturday, June 28, 2008

Presidential Quote

Theodore RooseveltWhen American troops were fighting in France and Belgium during World War I, President Theodore Roosevelt was asked to write an inscription for the American soldiers’ pocket New Testaments, given by the New York Bible Society in 1917. The following are his words, meant for soldiers facing battle:

“The teaching of the New Testament is foreshadowed in Micah’s verse: ‘What doth the Lord require of thee than to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.’ Do justice; and therefore fight valiantly against those that stand for the reign of Moloch and Beelzebub on this earth. Love mercy; treat your enemies well; succor the afflicted; treat every woman as if she were your sister; care for the little children; and be tender with the old and helpless. Walk humbly; you will do so if you study the life and teachings of the Savior, walking in His steps. And remember: the most perfect machinery of government will not keep us as a nation from destruction if there is not within us a soul. No abounding of material prosperity shall avail us if our spiritual senses atrophy.”

Theodore Roosevelt (taken from the Presidential Prayer Team website)

I hope that our next president will understand, believe, and live this while he is in office.

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