God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...
Forged in Faith
In the First meeting of Congress, 1774, upon a call for opening with prayer, some delegates felt it might be seen as divisive, John Adams argued the opposite would be true, it would not be divisive, but rather "an excellent effect upon everybody here."
During our fight for freedom, while we fought to defeat tyranny, the Continental Congress called the people to be in prayer on at least fifteen separate occasions.
The Founding Fathers openly acknowledged God four times (could go with five, if you count “created” and “Creator” separately) in the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
"...and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them..."
"We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable 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..."
"We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge Of The World for the Rectitude of our Intentions..."
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge..."
- Twenty-nine of the original 56 Signers held Seminary degrees
- Alexander Hamilton was involved in the formation of the 'Christian Constitutional Society'
- Alexander Hamilton said, "the sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power"
- Benjamin Rush founded the Bible Society and began the Sunday School movement
- Judge Thomas McKean delivered the Gospel, in the Courtroom
- John Witherspoon was involved in Bible translations
There is so much more about the Framers that needs to be shared, I've barely touched the surface.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "In the formative days of the Republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the Fathers of this Nation is conspicuously evident. We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a Nation without reckoning with the place the Bible occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic."
"Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and People, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible." - Ronald W. Reagan
Designed for Sustainment
"All authority belongs to the people", words spoken by one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson.
What do you think when you see those words?
The first time I saw these words, I thought, no Mr. Thomas Jefferson, God is the ultimate authority...over all things!
Some will see these same words and their first thought will be, shame on you Mr. Thomas Jefferson...Government is the ultimate Authority.
Now that is scary!
Not scary as in, we do not need Government, we do need Government, but Government, limited in power. Our Founders knew this, not only due to "a firm reliance on divine Providence", they knew it through a study of History. Because they intently studied, they knew that in order for America to work, to be the exception, the people would have to hold all authority.
In order for America to be sustained throughout time...guidelines born out of the Law of Moses, would need to be enacted and so they were. Moses, the first freedom-fighter...one could say!
The Law handed down to Moses, granting us authority and granting us our rights.
Our Founding Fathers, utilizing their God-given wisdom, understood and through their wisdom, they worded the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, to reflect that basic truth.
We will soon be celebrating America's birthday; Independence Day, the 4th of July...(some have started celebrating early, I've been hearing fireworks here and there for over a week) That's okay, we should be celebrating this great Nation, every single day....minus daily fireworks!
As you go through your Independence Day festivities, as you reflect on our beginning, closing in on 250 years now, reflect on the Faith of our Fathers, that which cannot be disputed, no matter how many may try.
Some fun historical tidbits:
- The Aitken's Bible, also known as the 'Bible of the Revolution', was the first English version to be printed in America. Prior to the Revolution, the Bible...along with everything else...was regulated by the British Government. Mr. Robert Aitken petitioned Congress for this bible to be used in our schools. Congress approved this petition in 1782.
- After signing the Declaration of Independence, Congress asked Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to design our Seal. Benjamin Franklin proposed our Seal to be of Moses in all his glory parting the Red Sea. (sounds so Franklinish) Of course we all know, that over time...the Bald Eagle was chosen, (no Moses for Mr. Franklin) but...the Eye Of Providence very close by...is more than sufficient for me.
Happy Independence Day!
God Bless America!
Battle Hymn of the Republic Words (1862)
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2020:
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 05, 2018:
Very cool Nell Rose!
I have some information about my lineage, but I want to do Ancestry.com or something like that, to find out more.
I lived in England for a time, my Dad was stationed there, while in the U.S. Air Force. I was a baby...don't remember any of it, would love to return for a visit some day!
My Parents adored England and the people, during their time there!
Nell Rose from England on September 05, 2018:
I recently found out that my GGG's came from scotland to ireland then on to Massachusetts as some of the original settlers! how cool is that? living in England I don't know much about American politics and history, so this is really interesting.
Brad on July 05, 2018:
I am sorry about the technical difficulty in fireworks. The Macy Fireworks from NY was awesome. There were some new displays this year.
I think FDR was the Frugal Democrat Regime. Social Security is like a high interest credit card, and he stuck it to us. I have to tell people not to confuse dependency on SS with success of SS.
100 plus degrees today in the Red State:)
It will be a very hot weekend here. No pool, have to use the AC to keep cool:)
Hope that the weather is better for you:)
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 05, 2018:
Hi Brad -
Didn’t frugality in Government end with FDR? Definitely before our time.
Your Independence Day sounds like it was a real Blast....:)
We saw an awesome parade, ate too much good food, but we picked the wrong place for fireworks.....technical difficulties :(
Brad on July 05, 2018:
Great Day yesterday, Fireworks, legal and illegal were abundant through the night. Legal were good, illegal more like downtown Beruit.
Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Skewers, Ice Cream. And the Macy's day fireworks the best ever. Looking at all the people in the crowds it looked like that old time 4th of July.
Although I was questioning how they could blame president Trump today for something about yesterday.
Anyway, your hub.
"A wise and frugal Government which shall restrain men from injuring one another".
Did we ever have this during our lifetime?
What does a frugal government look like?
I enjoyed the few moments of at least seeing a United States yesterday.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 05, 2018:
Heartfelt, that's for sure!
We had a big, full All-American kind of day yesterday, I hope ya'll did as well!
breakfastpop on July 05, 2018:
This is a beautiful piece of writing on a very important day!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 04, 2018:
Thanks guys! I was planning on taking off a few days from my writing and this one just came right out of left field (or right field) or....was it from above..... :)
I hope that ya'll are having a wonderful Independence Day, surrounded by love and great food, in this Country that we so love!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 04, 2018:
Very cool. Thank you for this on this day.
The Logician from now on on July 04, 2018:
Well done AB!
The founders’ America was great because they gave the glory of it to God and that is what is meant when we say make America great again!