At the beginning of each civil year in conjunction wit the general election, legislative and executive officers would commonly request ministers to deliver public sermons to newly elected political bodies. The subject of these "election sermons" was the character and role of government.And I was there to witness it. It was a great day for Texas as nearly 30 legislators attended as well as David Barton of Wallbuilders (1790 Election Sermon) and other pastors. Lord - You are the foundation stone of our State!
Sermons were also preached when officers were elected to the local militia. These were designated "artillery sermons." They dealt with the the biblical basis for the defense of liberty and the manner and importance of being a godly soldier.
These facts demonstrate that the Colonial leaders, the founding fathers, and numerous statesmen in subsequent generations did not ban the influence of religion on civil government, as is commonly urged in our day. On the contrary, they invited it, encouraged it, and deemed it essential for the stability and preservation of good government and society.