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Dan's Thoughts On Independence Day
In this time of year when we celebrate independence Day, I'd like to share some quotations and have us think a little bit deeper than we usually do about who we are as a nation, who God is to us, and to give thanks.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness...
They knew it was of central importance for the new nation to protect religious liberty, making it the first of the five freedoms in the very first amendment to the Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
General George Washington, in one of his General Orders, in 1778, said:
"To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good."
President Abraham Lincoln, in his proclamation for national day of fasting and prayer, 30 Mar 1863, said:
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
Benjamin Franklin summed it up very well when he said:
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
Do you know the last verse of the Star-Spangled Banner? I'd like to dedicate it now to all the brave men and women defending and protecting our homes and families...whether in the military, or serving as first responders (police, fire, medical).
O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand