I enjoy quotes. These are some that I noticed in the newspaper that Hobby Lobby had taken out for a July 4th ad. In recent decades I have heard and read somediscussion questioning just how religious the founding fathers were. I have read a number were diests. That may some truth but revisionist historians continue to try and persuade us that most of them were indeed deists. I disagree. A deist is one that does not deny a supreme being, but may have serious doubt about the Creator intervening in the affairs of mankind. Miracles would be very suspect. From my understanding a deist would have trouble believing God works directly in the affairs of people or individuals, much less answer ones prayers. I have also read that many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were wealthy, which is true, but that they were mainly concerned with protecting their wealth as any good business person would do. I believe the following quotes reveal they had more of a relationship, and therefore faith, iin a Creator than recent historiacal revision will credit.
There has also been much debate about their view of seperation of church and state. They may have wanted to protect any new government from having to be under submission to one state religion such as the Anglican(Church of England) back in Britain, but there is no evidence they wanted a citizenry that denied the existence of God. I believe they wanted the land to be filled with God fearing people; a land where the people were free to pursue God. I hope we are not too quick to throw away our heritage that America was formed when indeed many or the people or at least the majority were believers in God. I hope we strive to keep it that way.
“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
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”- Thomas Jefferson
“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”- Benjamin Franklin
Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord Psalms 33:12