In honor of Independence Day, let’s reflect upon the American ideals which have guided us thus far toward becoming the greatest nation on earth:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-From The Declaration of Independence
“We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support”.
– George Washington
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us, a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
– From the American National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key
Lift ev’ry voice and sing,
‘til earth and heaven rings;
Rings with the harmonies of liberty.
– From “The Negro National Anthem,” James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts: not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution”.
– Abraham Lincoln
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right”.
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day”.
-From “I Have A Dream,” the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My country ‘tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty; of thee I sing.
Land where our fathers died; land of the Pilgrim’s pride;
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
-From “America,” Samuel Francis Smith
America, America, God sheds His grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
-From “America The Beautiful,” Katharine Lee Bates
“Our trials and triumphs became at once unique and universal…In chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a means to reclaim memories that we didn’t feel ashamed about; memories more accessible than those of ancient Egypt, memories that all people might study and cherish – and with which we could start to rebuild”.
-From “Dreams From My Father,” President Barack Obama
Have a Blessed Independence Day, From West Angeles Church of God In Christ!