St Francis Q&A

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day!!

Happy 4th of July!!

I’m reading “Rediscovering God in America” by Newt Gingrich. The book has many quotes from our Founding Fathers which indicate how spiritually based they were, and, thus, how grounded in faith our country’s foundation is. Here are some of the quotes which are fitting today as we celebrate the birth of our great country but also as we reflect on where we are as a nation of faith:

“True religion affords government its surest support.” – George Washington

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” – George Washington

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.” - Samuel Adams

“God who gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” - Thomas Jefferson

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will.” - George Washington

“God governs in 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?” - Benjamin Franklin

“The highest story of the American Revolution is this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” - John Adams

“And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.” - James Madison


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