As we approach the 4th of July weekend, I am reminded that we are still reaping blessings today because of seeds our forefathers planted. When you take time to look at the historical quotes, records, or even the architecture of our nations capital- it is clear that godly and yes, Christian values shaped our country. Below are 5 of my favorite quotes/facts from our nation’s past:
1. “O Most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ, my merciful and loving Father; I acknowledge and confess my guilt in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of my sins, but so coldly and carelessly that my prayers are become my sin, and they stand in need of pardon.” – George Washington, 1752 (first president of the United States)
2. “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 eterna and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” – John Adams (second president of the United States).
3. “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 (a leader of the American Revolution and one of the primary influencers responsible for adding the Bill of Rights to the Constitution)
4. “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government and the principles of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams (sixth president of the United States and son of President John Adams).
5. Fact: The phrase “wall of separation of church and state” is not found anywhere in the Constitution. The phrase came from Thomas Jefferson to Danbury, Connecticut Baptists that the First Amendment was established not to protect government from the church, but to protect the church from the government. (Remember, the Founding Fathers had heard horror stories from their parents and grandparents about state-established religion in England. Those who had refused to follow the dictates of the Church of England were subjected to imprisonment and torture. So they fled England not to be free from religion, but to have freedom of religious expression).
Have a GREAT Independence Day Weekend!