Jerry Newcombe: Some Reflections from U.S. Presidents on Christmas

In the last few decades, we have somehow been conned into the idea that there is a strict separation of God and state in the public square of America. But that is so clearly out of step with our traditions, including our Christmas traditions.

Some past presidents have made interesting Christmas observations worth sharing. I acknowledge my thanks to author/speaker Bill Federer and his book, America’s God and Country, which has been quoted by the Supreme Court (Greece v. Galloway, 2014).

When he was very young, George Washington wrote out the following Christmas poem in his own handwriting, apparently copied out from the February 1743 issue of Gentleman’s Magazine (London). It reflects the orthodox understanding of the incarnation—God becoming man in the Person of Jesus—who is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Washington wrote out:


Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn,

On which the Savior of mankind was born;

But oh! what numbers to the theme can rise?

Unless kind angels aid me from the skies?

Methinks I see the tunefull Host descend,

Hark, by their hymns directed on the road,

The gladsome Shepherds find the nascent God!

And view the infant conscious of his birth,

Smiling bespeak salvation to the earth!

For when the important era first drew near

In which the great Messiah should appear

And to accomplish His redeeming love

Resign a while his glorious throne above.

Beneath our form every woe sustain

And by triumphant suffering fix His reign

Should for lost man in tortures yield his breath,

Dying to save us from eternal death!

Oh mystic Union! Salutary grace!

Incarnate God our nature should embrace!

That Deity should stoop to our disguise!

That man recovered should regain the skies!

Dejected Adam! From thy Grave ascend

And view the Serpent’s Deadly Malice end,

Adoring bless the Almighty’s boundless grace

That gave his son a ransom for thy race!

There are people who claim Washington was a Deist, but Dr. Peter Lillback and I document that our first president was clearly a devout Trinitarian Christian in our book, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (2006), and this poem is but an example. The documented evidence shows that Washington worshiped Jesus as the divine Savior and Lord all his life.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jerry Newcombe