This Independence Day, the US is fractured, deeply divided along political and social lines. Politicians, judges and special interest groups want to help (or cater to or placate) some citizens in ways that often infringe on or openly oppress the Constitutional rights of others. The only independence we see is the promotion of the idea that we can each be independent of any person or government entity having any control over our lives – which of course, is fiction. (The IRS, a boss, teachers/professors have control over portions of your life, just to name a few.) We have taken our cherished ideal of independence so far to the extreme that Americans are now having trouble living together.
Maybe it is time to look back at what the first Americans were fighting for, and what their concept of our new government looked like. There are many places where you can read quotes from our founding fathers*. Here are three that stood out to me as I read through many quotes today.
“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, US president
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys. . . . Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all the blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.”
Jedediah Morse, founding father
“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof 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. 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, founding father
Enjoy your Fourth of July activities! God bless the United States.