Monday, September 7, 2009

Caleb Strong, Founder, Christian

Have you ever heard of Caleb Strong? I had not, until about 15 years ago when I started doing research on our nation's founding. Caleb was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, a ratifier of the Constitution, a U.S. Senator, and Governor of Massachusetts. That certainly qualifies him as one of our Founding Fathers.

Being in that group also means that he is one of those who some voices today will say was either an atheist or a deist. Our founders were said to be non-religious men. This "non-religious" man declared a day of fasting and prayer in Massachusetts as Governor. He called on the people to pray that "...all nations may know and be obedient to that grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ."

Source: Caleb Strong, Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation for a Day of Fasting, Prayer and Humiliation, February 13, 1813, from a proclamation currently held by Wallbuilders.

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