We as Christians and Americans must never forget from whence we came. The occupants of the Mayflower who landed at Plymouth Rock, did not leave Europe seeking a hand-out and a free lunch. They left their home land for only one purpose: freedom to worship God after the dictates of their own hearts! The Revolutionary war was fought to secure such a freedom, not to be able to sit back waiting for a dole. The Declaration of Independence and our matchless Constitution were written to secure the freedoms that men fought and died for.

     Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and many of the early presidents poured out their hearts to express that which we now take for granted, much like a hog eating the acorns on the ground under a large Oak tree, but never looking up to see where they come from. Following are a few quotes from early famous Americans.

       JOHN ADAMS - Signer of the Declaration of Independence - Judge - Diplomat - Second president of the United States.

       "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.

      "The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.

        "I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world."

        JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - Sixth president of the United States, Diplomat - Secretary of State -   U. S. Senator.

        "The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'Bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.' [Isaiah 52:10]"

       "In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon its first precepts of Christianity."

        SAMUEL ADAMS - Signer of the Declaration of Independence - Father of the American Revolution - Ratifier of the U. S. Constitution - Governor of Massachusetts.

       "The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better."

     "I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."

       JOSIAH BARTLETT - Military Officer - Signer of the Declaration of Independence - Judge - Governor of New Hampshire

        Called on the people of New Hampshire . . . to confess before God their aggravated transgressions and to implore His pardon and forgiveness through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ . . . that the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be made known to all nations, pure and undefiled religion universally prevail, and the earth be filled with the glory of the Lord.


      These are only a few taken from 14 pages I read on the website of WALL BUILDERS. And those 14 pages is only a sampling of the many outstanding quotes that can be gleaned from our Founding Fathers and Bible loving presidents.

       These great American leaders were well aware that - 


       "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder labor in vain, Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."  Psalms 127:1 NIV

       God deals harshly with national leaders who do not act kindly towards His people. In Daniel 4 we see Nebuchadnezzar having to "eat grass like an ox for seven years", because he was unkind to Daniel and the Hebrews.

       King Herod, who had killed all the male babies of a certain age in an effort of kill the Baby Jesus, and beheaded John the Baptist and did not glorify God died a gruesome death.

         "On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.

         "They shouted, 'This is the voice of a god, not of a man.

         "Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died."  >> Acts 12: 21 - 23<< NIV

                                                                                                                                                   Even with a nation who honors God, He deals harshly with its leaders who do not work in faith with Him. Moses was commanded to speak to the rock the second time, but rather than speak to it, Moses, in his anger, struck the rock the second time also.

       See Numbers 20:9 - 11.

"But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you did not trust in Me enough to honor Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them". Numbers 20:12 NIV

       So because of the lack of faith of 10 of Israel's leaders, the nation had to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years, thus allowing time for the 10 faithless spies and those who believed them to die. Following the death of Moses, Joshua, who with Caleb had said "We are able to take the land" was allowed to be the one to actually lead the Israelites triumphantly into the Promised Land.

       This weekend and into next week, citizens of the United States will be celebrating its birthday. As we celebrate we must not take our nation and our freedoms for granted, assuming all is well. All is not well. We are living in vexing time where God and His Living Word are being grossly not only ignored, but trampled upon. Marriage, which was instituted by God Himself, is being desecrated, which is pure mockery toward God. Babies are being killed by the thousands annually. The first Bibles in America were imported from England by our own government. Later, Congress authorized and paid for the first Bibles printed in America in English. For decades the only text book in our schools was the Bible. In spite of all this God has been expelled from our schools and the Bible and prayer are not allowed in our schools and other public places.

       The ONE thing America needs now more than anything else is a return to our national and spiritual roots. We need a national spiritual revival as never before! Let us pray to that end!

        Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


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