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Austin Grigg

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Founding Fathers

In honor of Independence Day, I thought I would post some provocative quotes from some of our founding fathers.
"Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God..."  {William Bradford} The Mayflower Compact
"We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel..."  {Benjamin Franklin}
"What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ." {George Washington}
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”  {George Washington}
"Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers 'just men who will rule in the fear of God... If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted"  {Noah Webster}
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."  {John Adams}
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. 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 a gift from God?" {Thomas Jefferson}
I think the founding fathers knew they could free themselves from British rule, but unless they were seated squarely in Christ, they would never really be free. The stability and success of America would depend on the foundation of faith.

The founding fathers were deeply devoted to God, but were also deeply devoted to a freedom of religion. Their faith and the oppression of Britain pushed them create freedom for every person to worship freely. I'm led to believe they did this because as God offered them to choose freedom, every man ought to have the ability to make the same choice.

I'm becoming less concerned with America as a Christian nation and more concerned with America being a nation of Christians. Maybe the second would result in the first, but the first is political and the second is the Gospel and a people who are truly free.

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." {Apostle Paul}
Well said.

Austin, that you for your thoughtful reflection on what our founding fathers wrote about the foundation of America's existence and purpose. I'm proud of you. Love Dad

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