As we anticipate celebrating the 4thof July holiday this week, I thought I would pass along a few quotes from individuals who have had a big impact on our nation. They were not theologians or pastors. Yet they realized that they were not the center of anything, but that God alone belongs at the center. From God at the center flows real and lasting freedom. May God’s people lead the way in humility, genuine love and an unwavering conviction in the truth of God’s Word.
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to import His protection and favor.” – – George Washington
“ We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – – John Adams
“ 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 forever.” – – Thomas Jefferson
”I’ve lived, sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” – – Benjamin Franklin
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – – God (2 Ch. 7:14)
Live this week on purpose,