July 4: Liberty

July 4
Liberty

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You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
–Galatians 5:13-14

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
–2 Corinthians 3:17-18

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DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER TEN

DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER TEN

1 At that same time the Lord said to me, “Carve

Out two stone tablets for yourself like ones

At first and climb the mountain me; and

Make for yourself a wooden ark. 2 I will

Write on the tablets the same words that were

On the first tablets that you broke, and you

Must put them in the ark,” 3 and so I made

An ark out of acacia wood and carved

out two stone tablets like the first ones, then

I climbed the mountain holding the two tablets.

4 The Lord then wrote on tablets the same words,

The ten commandments, which he had told you

Beside the mountain from the middle of

The fire of that assembly then, and he

Gave them to me. 5 Then I turned and descended

The mountain, and I placed the tablets in

The ark I made—they are still there, just as

The Lord commanded me, 6 and in those days

The Israelites went from Beeroth Bene

Jaakan to Moserah, which is where

Aaron died and was buried, and his son

Eleazar became the priest instead.

7 From there they traveled to Gudgodah; from

Gudgodah down to Jotbathah, a place

Of flowing streams. 8 The Lord then set apart

The Levi tribe to bear the ark of God’s

Covenant, to stand up before the Lord

To serve him, and create some blessings in

His name, as they do to this very day.

9 So Levi will have no allotment or

Inheritance among his brothers; God

Is his inheritance just as the Lord

Your God told him, 10 and as for me, I stayed

Right at the mountain as I did at first,          

For forty days and nights. The Lord heard me

That time as well and he decided not

To wipe you out, 11 then he told me, “Get up,

Set out and lead the people so that they

May go possess the land I promised I

Would give their ancestors.” 12 Now, Israel,

What does the Lord your God require of you

But to revere him, to obey all his

Commandments, to love him, to serve him with

Your entire mind and being, 13 and to keep

The Lord’s commandments and his statutes that

I’m giving you today for your own good?

14 The heavens—certainly the highest heavens—

Belong to God, as does the earth and all

In it, 15 but only to your ancestors

Did the Lord show his loving favor, and

He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples—

As is apparent on this day, 16 so cleanse

Your heart and stop your stubbornness! 17 Because

The Lord your God is God of gods and Lord

Of lords, the great and awesome God who is

Unbiased and who takes no bribe, 18 who treats

Justly the orphan and the widow, and

Who loves the foreigners who live with you,

Giving them food and clothing, 19 so you must

Love foreigners who live with you, for you

Were foreigners in Egypt’s land. 20 Revere

The Lord your God, serve him, be loyal to

Him and take your oaths only in his name.

21 He is the one whom you should praise; he is

Your God, who’s done these great and awesome things

For you that you’ve seen. 22 When your ancestors

Went down to Egypt, they were seventy

In all, but now the Lord your God with love

Made you as numerous as stars above.

July 4: “The Constitution,” poem by Day Williams

 

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” (1787)

The Constitution

When We the People formed this government,
We emphasized the people’s right to rule,
Not Kings and Queens, with ways we could amend
The Constitution, the foundation, tool

In People’s hands not to be lightly changed,
A tool requiring constant vigilance
To keep the Union and establish Justice,
Keep peace at home, provide for our defense,

Promote the common Welfare, and secure
Liberty’s Blessings to ourselves and our
Posterity; and as no man is pure,
We formed three branches to check and balance power.

Stand for free speech, free press, the right to teach
Your child of lovingkindness and God’s kingdom;
The right to use your guns, so Tyranny
Won’t march you to a grave as a naked thing.

The power structure can’t infringe on rights
Of people to petition Government
To redress grievances, or to assemble
Peaceably to declare their discontent.

You can’t be forced to house a soldier, or,
If you are jailed, to pay excessive bail,
Or to relinquish worship of the Lord,
Or to lose work because you read in Braille.

Don’t let the government inside your home
Unless police have warrants in their hands;
You need not testify against your own
Self; Government must pay to take your lands.

You have the right to have a lawyer plea
Your case, protect your rights, and keep you free;
You have the rights to jury trial and
To counsel even if you can’t pay fees.

The warden cannot punish you with cruel,
Strange punishment–you’re not his chump or fool,
And you retain your right to worship God
And freely speak, within a prison’s rules.

The Feds must honor rights of fifty States
To legislate for citizens as they
Deem best, and people and the States retain
More rights than what the Bill of Rights contains.

The Government must honor equal rights
And Law’s due process for the citizens,
And courts interpret laws with oversight,
Enforcing rights of women, children, and men.

Keep this Republic, which is based upon
The Holy Bible and the Constitution,
And disregard connivers, cranks and cons
Who peddle hollow claims of new solutions.

The Founders knew about deceitful hearts,
How men and women mean well but go wrong,
And they relied on people to give thanks,
Seek wisdom, and obey the Lord, who’s strong.

~Day Williams

July 4: Christian Quotes of the Founding Fathers

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“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

~President George Washington

Christian Quotes of Founding Fathers

“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 [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”

“We have this day [Fourth of July] restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His Kingdom come.”

~Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution

“And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”
~As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797

James Madison
4th U.S. President

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
~Written to William Bradford on November 9, 1772, Faith of Our Founding Fathers by Tim LaHaye, pp. 130-131; Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe, p. 98.

Notice of Correction: I wish to acknowledge that the following quotation, previously attributed to James Madison, has been found to be the actual declaration of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of Princeton University where James Madison studied. In researching this correction, I discovered as well that some sources wrongly attribute the quote to Rev. John Witherspoon, the president of Princeton University when James Madison graduated.

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”
~America’s Providential History by Stephen K. McDowell, p. 93.

James Monroe
5th U.S. President

“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
~Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

“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).”
Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

William Penn
Founder of Pennsylvania

“I do declare to the whole world that we believe the Scriptures to contain a declaration of the mind and will of God in and to those ages in which they were written; being given forth by the Holy Ghost moving in the hearts of holy men of God; that they ought also to be read, believed, and fulfilled in our day; being used for reproof and instruction, that the man of God may be perfect. They are a declaration and testimony of heavenly things themselves, and, as such, we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words of God Himself.”
–Treatise of the Religion of the Quakers, p. 355.

Roger Sherman
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution

“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.

“I believe that God having elected some of mankind to eternal life, did send his own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the gospel offer: also by his special grace and spirit, to regenerate, sanctify and enable to persevere in holiness, all who shall be saved; and to procure in consequence of their repentance and faith in himself their justification by virtue of his atonement as the only meritorious cause.

“I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him, joined by the bond of the covenant.

“I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
–The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.

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