President Grant And The Bible
( Originally Published 1902 )
THE editor of the Sunday School Times in Philadelphia was preparing a centennial number, and wrote to President Grant, asking him if he would send a message to the Sunday Schools of America. The editor received the following reply :
" WASHINGTON, June 6, 1876, "To the Editor of the Sunday School Times, Philadelphia:
" Your favor of yesterday, asking a message from me to the children and youth of the United States to accompany your Centennial Number, is this moment received. My advice to Sunday Schools, no matter what their denomination, is : Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties ; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation ; but sin is a reproach to any people.
" Yours respectfully, U. S. GRANT."
It is likely that this message of President Grant will be read to the school children and Sunday School children of the United States a thousand years from now, as one of the most terse and comprehensive expressions of the relation of the Bible to child life and national destiny.