Happy July 4th

This lesson details our country’s history of Christians being involved in politics, featuring quotes from John Adams, and includes a call to action for all Christians to get involved with politics at all levels of government.


Quotes and Verses in this lesson:

Liberty Bell inscription: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Lev 25:10)

The general principles on which the father’s achieved independence… were the general principles of Christianity.” John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

This day will be the most memorable epic in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

 

President John Quincy Adams’ address in Newburyport, July 4th, 1837.

Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then the cherished associates of his youthful days? Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Saviour of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? — And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birthday of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birthday of the nation?

Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human “government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

 

Declaration of Independence, last line: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

John Peter Muhlenberg, in a Sermon Jan 21, 1776: “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.”

Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”

Mark 10:6 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Declaration of Independence, second paragraph: “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.”

President Andrew Jackson “[The bible] is the rock upon which this republic rests.”  (Jackson, pointing to a Bible, stated “That book, sir, is the rock up on which this republic rests.”)

 

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