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[COMMENT: We can add to those below, these remarks from Margaret Thatcher: "
was born OCTOBER 13, 1925.
She was the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. While traveling
through New York City in 1996, Margaret Thatcher had an interview with Joseph A.
Cannon, which was printed in Human Events.
She stated: "The Decalogue-Ten Commandments-are addressed to each and every person. This is the origin of our common humanity and of the sanctity of the individual. Each one has a duty to try to carry out those commandments. You don't get that in any other political creed... It is personal liberty with personal responsibility."
Margaret Thatcher continued: "Responsibility to your parents, to your children, to your God. This really binds us together in a way that nothing else does. If you accept freedom, you've got to have principles about the responsibility. You can't do this without a biblical foundation."
Margaret Thatcher concluded regarding America: "Your Founding Fathers came over with that. They came over with the doctrines of the New Testament as well as the Old. They looked after one another, not only as a matter of necessity, but as a matter of duty to their God. There is no other country in the world which started that way."
See also what happened to those who signed the Declaration...
I cannot but weep reading these quotes, because America has
become so addled and self-centered that it can no longer sustain its own
freedom, let alone recommend it to others. Pray for a deep spiritual
renewal. And if that can come only through persecution, let it come.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
J. Michael Sharman, Editorial Columnist
Published: July 7, 2009
The Declaration of Independence was first read in public outside of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall July 8, 1776.
The Continental Congress had approved the wording of the Declaration almost a week earlier on July 2, a day John Adams said “ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
His son, John Quincy Adams, as a witness to that era and a U.S. president himself, spoke at many July Fourth commemorations. On July 4, 1821, he said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. ... From the day of Declaration, they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God.”
A quarter century later, in another Fourth of July speech, he continued that theme: “Why is that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior?
“Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”
The worship leader at our church’s early service, Lee Catherine Clayton, read those quotes to us and then read to us John Wycliffe’s prologue to the first English translation of the Bible in the year 1384: “The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.”
Lee Catherine punctuated those ancient remarks with some from a more recent past.
Carlos Peña Romulo, the Philippine ambassador to the United States, cautioned us in 1952, “Never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country. Yes, I know that you’re a practical people. Like others, I’ve marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers and your arsenals. But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshipping people.”
Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran minister who spent 14 years in a Romanian prison because of his faith, said in 1967, “Every freedom-loving man has two fatherlands: his own and America. Today, America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.
“I have seen fellow prisoners in communist prisons beaten, tortured with 50 pounds of chains on their legs — praying for America, that the dike will not crumble; that it will remain free.”
After reciting those quotes, Lee Catherine then asked us, “How will America remain free? Scripture says that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Where Jesus is proclaimed, exalted and made Master and Lord, there His Spirit will be.”
The Founders obviously knew that, and as our pastor, Jeff Light, pointed out, they wrote a sermon within the Declaration’s last paragraph, proclaiming they were “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our Intentions,” and, therefore, they could with confidence conclude, “with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor.”
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