Fourth of July Reflections

 

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.    2 Corinthians 3:17

 

As we look to celebrate this Fourth of July this week, we cannot help but be frustrated over the state of politics. And that state of politics has gone awry from the beliefs of those who were courageous enough to seek independence and knew what was important to maintain that independence – maintaining a dependence upon Jesus as Lord and Savior. Here are some of their thoughts.  It would be good for all of us to remember what our forefathers believed in and trusted in. 

 “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”       John Adams

 “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?” “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity”?   John Quincy Adams

 “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”     George Washington

 “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”    George Washington

 “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”     George Washington

 “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”   Patrick Henry

” The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”   Congress, 1854

 “I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.”  Benjamin Rush

©2018 Charles A. Kalkomey

July 4, 2018