Dare we look back?
As we celebrate Memorial Day, do we dare look back at the foundation of our nation? Without question our national experiment as penned by our founding fathers has produced the most powerful, wealthiest, influential, and greatest nation to ever exist. I want to first acknowledge and honor those who have paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom and nation. I want to say Thank You to all the families and the heroes themselves. I have many family members who have been involved in the struggle as well. As we honor them let us remember those who went before them to purchase our freedom at the start. More than 230 some years ago brave and resolute men and women risk their lives to promote the American freedom experiment.
Let’s look at just a few quotes from some of these men to see why they took some of the brave steps they took.
John Quincy Adams, was the sixth president of the United States and son of John Adams, the second president.
“Posterity…you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom, I hope you will make good use of it.“
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Attributed to Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia
“Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it: and my body I recommend to the earth… nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God.” John Hancock, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure… are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
“My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come Lord Jesus! Come quickly!” Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
“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 eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” John Adams Second President
We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! John Hancock and John Adams
Because our government is not founded on a dictator, king, or a communistic system, the men who framed this government understood one thing very well. Because our system of government is designed to give individuals freedom to express themselves and not be controlled by government, it is essential that the people govern themselves morally.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams
“Neither the wisest constitution not the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” Samuel Adams
Let’s dare to look back at the godly foundation our country was founded on and return to these principles. My God grant us resolve to return to Him.
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan
God restore America, You’ve already blessed us.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.