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
There was a lot of talk in the media a few months ago about a couple who tried to attend a dinner at the White House, but they did not actually have an invitation. I was a little surprised at the uproar because I’m sure this has happened before. Perhaps with the necessity for heightened security in Washington, or the lack of it in this particular situation, helped generate public interest in the story. I was also surprised at how important it must be for some people to meet persons of position such as the President. It would be an honor to be invited to the White House for a dinner, but for any of us to try and present ourselves as important and sneak in the way they did was puzzling to me.
The closest I have come to attending a dinner by invitation would have been when I was in uniform and we had formal military dinners. This military tradition probably goes way back historically and strives to build esprit de corps while providing opportunity for social interaction. Dress up uniforms as you know display any medals individuals have achieved. I was not extremely high ranking so I was seldom going to be near the head table. I also did not have an abundance of medals. My wife and I were invited once to sit at the head table of a luncheon with three brigadier generals( one star), so that was a special occasion. I recall a few occasions where either a Lt. General( 3 stars), or a General(4 stars), were in attendance, but never one near the level of the President. The food was good and lots of toasting, so if you like to drink, you will have a good time. As for myself, I not much of a drinker; I was also seldom truly at ease. I’m sort of ashamed to admit this because I think it is for wise a person to basically be themselves wherever they are. Since I was a bit uncomfortable, it made me question myself. You know the feeling. When you are standing at the punch bowl and everyone else seems to be laughing and having a great time, except yourself. I find myself fidgeting with the cup in my hand as I search the room for a friend, anyone that I can talk with. At that moment I begin to convince myself I must not be that interesting to converse with.
A number of possibilities go through my mind. Maybe I am boring. Perhaps I present myself as not very approachable. I find myself wondering if I my face revealed the obvious fact that I was not that comfortable in those settings. Maybe they felt the same way. It helped when my wife was present, giving me someone to talk to, but even then I found myself worried if she was comfortable. If she was not, then I did not have a good time. I do not recall any outright negative experiences, so for the most part I think all was fine.
Every now and then I find myself reliving those feelings. Maybe at a wedding or a funeral, but for the most part I don’t worry as much about it now. When we were young I wanted to be invited to dinner parties and get-togethers. Now I Iook forward to being home alone with the wife. As a matter of fact she is just about to put something on the table to eat. Nothing much per say, just some soup and salad. We cannot eat as much as we used to. Oh, but it is quiet, and just the two of us ready to engage in meaningful conversation. We hold hands, offer a prayer of thanksgiving and genuinely enjoy our bounty and each other. I am quite content.
The phone rings. I wonder if it is the president: (yeah………….. right). No, just our usual dinner time telephone solicitor. They often invite themselves into our home at mealtime. I would like to make a suggestion to these evening intruders. If they will quite calling me, I promise I won’t intrude on the president during his dinners.