Quote of the Week by Francis Bellamy
This week we didn’t actually choose a single quote but instead a pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance.
Today represents the day we first became The United States of America. Our Founding Father’s and our countrymen had laid it all on the line. They risked not only their freedom, but their property, their safety, their homes, and even their lives to see this dream of a free nation come to life. The courage it took goes beyond what words can express.
The reasons they had for daring to pursue our liberty are best found in their own words. Their vision is clear. Let’s focus on these as we celebrate Independence Day and let our hearts be grateful for their sacrifice.
What Did The First American’s Have To Say…
They knew everyone would have to do their part to make our country truly great.
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. Abraham Lincoln
In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility. Norman Cousins
Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants? Benjamin Rush
A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?
They warned us not to let government get too big or too powerful.
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; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” The Declaration of Independence
They knew they needed God.
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?
We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.
If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy, If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.
If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.
God has blessed America. On this Independence Day, I pray that we honor each and every American who has fought or fallen so that the rest of us may stand. I pray we heed the advice of those who made this great country into a reality. I pray that our thoughts, actions, and behaviors, are the kind that would bring our Founding Father’s peace.
I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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Have a wonderful Fourth of July Weekend!
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