Tuesday, November 2, 2010

# 2 ~ One Nation Under God

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Our Nation Founded on Christian Values

Since today is the day for the mid-term election voting, I thought it was fitting to share my gratitude for our country and the Christian values our wonderful country was founded upon.

The painting pictured above was by a painter named Arnold Friberg called 'The Prayer at Valley Forge'. This painting depicts George Washington kneeling next to his horse saying a prayer. I have always loved this painting. For our first Christmas, I believe, Aaron gave me a framed copy of this painting because he knew how much I loved it. It hung in our home until I sold our home back in December and now the painting it is packed away for now.

Every day when I would see this painting hanging in our dining room, I was always grateful for the reminder
of what our founding fathers fought for. The freedoms, the liberties, the rights, the values, the principles that they fought for and then what other men and women have given their lives for throughout the years.

As a Christian, I am grateful that those amazing men who founded our nation were so in tune with the will of God and followed the promptings they received from our Creator while founding this great nation.

It saddens me as I watch so many people in our country and in our government stray from those Christian beliefs and values and morals that have kept our nation so strong and powerful and good. So many are being led astray and the moral fabric of our country is becoming thinner and weaker.

But, I am grateful to know that no matter what leaders are in charge at any given time, and no matter what havoc they try to wreak on our Constitution and on our country in general, the One who is ultimately in charge, God our Father, will never let this great nation fall. I am grateful to know that after all we can do to fight for what we know to be right, God is in charge and righteousness will prevail... because we are, in fact, 'one nation under God'.

In God We Trust.

"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation founded on principles laid down by men whom God raise up, will never fail. ... It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through." ~ President Harold B. Lee

I wanted to share some wonderful quotes about the connection between Christianity and our country from some of the amazing early leaders of our country. Enjoy...

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”

- George Washington

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
- George Washington

“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 implore His protection and favor.”
- George Washington

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.” - George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
- John Adams

“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.”

- John Adams and John Hancock

“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 implore His protection and favor.”

- George Washington

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian…This is a Christian nation”

- United States Supreme Court Decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.
Abraham Lincoln

“This nation under God”
- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg Address and inscribed on Lincoln Memorial

“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
- Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation…”
- Abraham Lincoln

“I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society. One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law … There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying its foundations.” -Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, Harvard Speech, 1829

Now... everyone get out and exercise your right and duty to vote! :)

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Lisa Carter said...

Thank you for all the quotes. John went to D.C. a few years ago, and I had him bring back a copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. I have yet to frame them, but I hold dear the freedoms that we love and enjoy.

I'm grateful for prayerful leaders who depend on our Father in Heaven for the decisions that affect our country and our lives. Which is why I always vote.

Anonymous said...

1) The phrase "under God" was not added to the pledge of allegiance until the 1950's as a response to the "Red Scare". The author of the Pledge, Francis Bellamy was a Baptist minister. Strangely enough, he didn't see the need to add that phrase to the pledge.

2) Pick up a Jeffersonian Bible one day. You'll be surprised at how our founding fathers were not as religious as you seem to think. Lincoln was not a founding father. Washington and Adams were, but Jefferson and Franklin also played huge roles in shaping our Constitution.

3) While the majority of the people in our country profess to follow some form of a Judeo-Christian region, do not forget that atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhits, etc. all live in this country and do not honor the Bible as an authoritative text. We are a country that does NOT endorse a nation wide religion. That means that the religious beliefs of some should not overrule the rights and freedoms of the minorities. That is also in our Constitution.

Leslie said...

it always cracks me up when someone comments on my blog in a conflicting way to what i wrote and then they are too scared to write their comment with their name attached to it. why not OWN it? anonymous is giving you NO credit. not to mention the fact that this is my blog, i can write what i want... your comment was a waste of your time and mine. if my posting rubbed you the wrong way, then don't read it... no one forced you to.

but, in response to what you wrote...
even though you wrote as though i didn't know... i DO know that 'under God' was added later. AND, by putting quotes in my posting from all of those different people, in no way did i claim they were ALL founding fathers. i am not an idiot, i know that lincoln was not a founding father. please don't comment on my blog and tell me things in such a way that make it seem like i didn't know what i was talking about.

i know there are people in our country who don't believe in God, BUT i also know that our country's values and morals and the overall condition of our nation has gone way down hill since the activists and atheists began actively fighting against religion AND since they began demanding even MORE rights than we Christians have in our country.

i am not sure if you will even read this, anonymous. and to be honest, i hope you don't. i hope you have better things to do than to see if i responded to your unnecessary comment. but if you do read this, please do not leave another comment unless you are willing to OWN it by using your name.

i wish you all the best in life.
may God bless you.