Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, was earlier the author of the Constitution of the United States. I have heard many argue that Jefferson was not really a believer, but these quotes of his should set that matter to rest:
"The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights."
--Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1819.
"Among the most inestimable of our blessings, also, is that... of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."
--Thomas Jefferson: Reply to John Thomas et al., 1807.
"In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object." --Thomas Jefferson to Baltimore Baptists, 1808.
But to the best of my knowledge, Thomas Jefferson only mentioned the name of Jesus Christ once:
"[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom... was finally passed,... a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word "Jesus Christ," so that it should read "a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion." The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination."
--Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821.
So, the matter of his eternal condition remains with him – and with God. One thing is for sure; today, Thomas Jefferson knows the truth.
And, a hundred years from today, each of us will know the truth also.
I pray that truth is not different than the truth each one accepted while in this world.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.