My brother Ted points out that The Washington Monument was started in 1848, the Lincoln Memorial was constructed in 1922 and the Jefferson Memorial was built in 1939. So the Founding Fathers had nothing to do with choosing the inscriptions.
That is true (I hadn’t realized it) but it does indicate continuity of commitment to the Bible and prayer in this nation from the beginning well into the 20th century. My next two posts should make this clearer. (Thanks, Ted, for keeping me honest.)
Our nation was not only founded on the legal and moral bedrock of the Ten Commandments but on the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation as an infallible source of truth.
Here are examples of Bible verses and values engraved in just three of the public buildings in Washington, D.C.
Spiritual Heritage – The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial
In the Washington Monument not only are numerous Bible verses and religious acknowledgements carved on memorial blocks in the walls, including the phrases: “Holiness to the Lord” (Exodus 28:26; 30:30; Isaiah 23:18, Zechariah 14:20), “Search the Scriptures” (John 5:39), “The memory of the just is blessed” (Proverbs 10:7), “May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence,” and “In God We Trust”, but the Latin inscription Laus Deo – “Praise be to God” – is engraved on the monument’s capstone.
Of the five areas inside the Jefferson Memorial into which Jefferson’s words have been carved, four are God-centered, including Jefferson’s declaration that “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
The Lincoln Memorial contains numerous acknowledgments of God and citations of Bible verses, including the declarations that “we here highly resolve that . . . this nation under God . . . shall not perish from the earth”; “The Almighty has His own purposes. ‘Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh’ (Matthew 18:7)”; “as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether’ (Psalm 19:9)”; “one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh see it together” (Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, based on Isaiah 40:4-5).
These are taken from https://www.allabouthistory.org/spiritual-heritage-and-government-monuments-faq.htm which sums up, “The spiritual heritage of the United States of America is obvious. Numerous other of the most important American government leaders, institutions, monuments, buildings, and landmarks both openly acknowledge and incorporate religious words, symbols, and imagery into official venues. Such acknowledgments are even more frequent at the state and local level.”
(Back to Jessica) It’s hard, in fact it is absurd, to think the men who had so much of the Bible and its values inscribed into the very doors, walls, floors and pillars of our national monuments would mean by “the separation of church and state” that everything Christian was to be expunged from the pubic square and that personal religious convictions must be forbidden from conversations about and decisions related to the running of our government.