Letter: What is moral leadership?
We have been blessed with former presidents who lived their belief in God and the morals learned from Him, and courageously applied them in their actions as president of the United States. One of these was James Madison.
During his presidency, Madison allowed no temptations of wealth, power or public esteem to lure him from the path of duty. He considered his popularity and prestige secondary to what was best for our nation. He dealt with the same problems all presidents have—a Congress that often opposes what he supports—but he approached members who he believed to be willing to initiate measures for national defense that he promoted, and made certain that these members of Congress were recognized for their bold legislative action! He wasn’t interested in being praised, only in doing what was best for America.
His morals were based on Christian beliefs, but he was never a bigot, as expressed in his gratitude and respect for Haym Salomon, a patriotic Jew who loaned money without interest to help Madison and other delegates to the Continental Congress continue their duties—without pay. Madison believed that nothing in life was more important than religion, that it could never be irrelevant. I agree with this belief due to our history as a new world that became a world leader.
When we are good, we are strong; when we ignore what is right and good, we are not strong. We cannot afford to forget this and how we managed to come this far. Read “The Faith of our Fathers.” You will learn so much more and, agree with them or not, our history reveals how important faith is to all of us. We often make our life so difficult when, if we used our faith in Him, we would find some peace even in the struggles.