With the Museum of the Bible’s opening, we have seen an influx of Christians coming to Washington who yearn to learn how religion has influenced our city. How presidents relied on their faith. So we’re also offering Christian tours when visiting many of our iconic memorials and monuments on how their namesakes factored religion in their public and personal lives.
• Why Thomas Jefferson was so adamant about separation of church and state.
• George Washington and Jefferson were deists who believed in God, but not the Holy Trinity.
• Abraham Lincoln never officially joined a religion after growing up under strict Baptist parents, but quoted the Bible more than any other president.
• Franklin D. Roosevelt considered the New Deal as “applied Christianity.”
• Many founding fathers were also masons.
After the North lost the Second Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War, Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” Certainly, we can all relate to his need to connect with God.
Our tours are not sermons, but a chance to talk frankly over how religion by past presidents influences today’s America. Guide Rick Snider is not a theologian, but is a man of Christian faith and author of the “Guardian Angel Series” on how angels watch over us. “I wanted people to know that we are not alone in troubled times, but that God and his angels protect us in our daily lives. Certainly, I have felt them in mine.”
Tours are tailored to each group’s interest, but often include the city’s monuments and memorials. For more information, contact Rick at MonumentalThoughts@gmail.com.