John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the three men most responsible for the writing of the Constitution declared:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty-as well as privilege and interest- of our Christian nation
to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
Still sounds like the Founding Fathers knew this was a Christian nation.
Do you know what it means?
One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C.
there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument ..
this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this
amazing historical information.
D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo.
No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument
are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably
couldn’t care less.
Once you know Laus Deo’s history , you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years;
they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument,
facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square
miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United
States of America
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight
and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at
the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most
successful nation in the world.
So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables
and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say ‘ Praise
be to God!’
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James
Polk was President of the United States , it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-
five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of
our nation, Laus Deo ‘Praise be to God!’
From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors
may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division
into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also
easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l’Enfant….
a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House
to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to
the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and
state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not,
in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt,
intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.
Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings.. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the
memorial stones share a message.
- On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore;
- on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
- on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from
New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7 , Luke 18:16
and Proverbs 22:6 .. Praise be to God!