July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Our founding fathers knew that our country and it's freedoms were a God-given gift. Do we still acknowledge that? Take a look at just a little of what they had to say about this country and God's guiding hand.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety."

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."

James Madison, Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788
"It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men, more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."

John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813
The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity…I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and the attributes of God.”

And now for a little 4th of July trivia - Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826, within a few hours of each other. It just happened to be the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Talk about Patriots!

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