Monday, January 5, 2009

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

If you enjoy biographies, read this work about Andrew Jackson. It tells of his years attempting to gain and finally ascending to the presidency. This was my first real look at our seventh president, and I was pleased by some things I found—memorizing the shorter Westminster Catechism and faithfully reading three chapters of the Bible each day. Jackson never fully trusted in the God he knew through the Scriptures until after leaving office. Who knows how events may have turned out if he had. What struck me most about his religious life occurred close to his death when he related the following as he lay dying:

When I have suffered sufficiently, the Lord will then take me to himself, but what are all my sufferings compared to those of the blessed Savior, who died upon the crossed tree for me. Mine are nothing—not a murmur was ever heard from him—all was borne with amazing fortitude.

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