Thursday, July 4, 2013

Softening Hearts, Unclogging Ears, & Opening Eyes

Today is July 4th, 2013. We celebrate our national independence day with parades, cookouts and fireworks. We dress up festively in red, white and blue.
And somehow, it seems like every year so many people miss the whole point of this celebration.
We celebrate our freedoms, yet we ignore the ones who made us free.
This year, my Mom came up with the great idea to help remind all the people in our neighborhood about our Founders and the One that they believed in. We made signs with quotes from the Founding Fathers about their belief in God and in the Bible. Then we marched in our local parade. It was an awesome experience. Some people loved it, some clearly disliked us.....and then there were the ones who thought we were Jehovah's Witnesses. ;)
Yours Truly
 "Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His providence. That He ought to be worshipped."
~Benjamin Franklin

 "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible"
~George Washington
"The Bible is the best book in the world."
~John Adams
"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."
The Declaration of Independence
My fabulous Dad and Mom!!!!!
"The a book worth more than all other books that were ever printed."
~Patrick Henry

 Lil man Andrew
"God who gave us life, gave us liberty."
~Thomas Jefferson
 The Dad
"I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for there is salvation is no other."
~John Witherspoon
"I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins."
~Samuel Adams
As I was reading my devotions this morning, this verse stuck out to me.
Matthew 13:15
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
Our Nation needs God's healing. We have sadly drifted far from the foundations our Nation was planted on.  It is my prayer, and I hope yours too, that God would soften the hearts and open the eyes and ears of our Nation.
Happy 4th of July y'all!!!!!


Daughter of Eve said...

Hm, I find this interesting. While our nation was very obviously founded upon Christian principles - I mean, the very assumption that men are naturally corrupt and thus cannot be trusted with absolute power is obviously rooted in a Christian worldview - many of the men who founded it had worldviews shaped by Christianity, but were far from actually being Christian. Ben Franklin, for instance, was a deist, and from what I have read and heard, he was not always the most moral of men (not saying that defines your salvation, but still). Thomas Jefferson created, in essence, his own Bible, literally cutting out the parts he disliked (the miracles and such, in particular).
The western world was still grounded in Christianity, but many of its leading men were not truly Christians. They had, to a certain extent, a Christian view of the world and mankind. But they were also influenced by the Enlightenment, which was primarily an anti-religious revolution in thought, holding that man was, above all, a rational being, and that we could come to the truth on our own, without God.
So... basically, our founding was a mix of Christian principles and less-than-Christian ones, with about an even balance of Christians and non-Christians creating its government. The founders all believed in God to a certain extent, but many of them believed wrongly.

Okay, sorry, just needed to say that. =) It bothers me when people say our nation was founded on Christianity, because that isn't quite true. The founders weren't all Christians, and the Enlightenment was far from Christian. Yes, America was founded on lots of Christian principles. But it isn't true to say it was a "Christian nation."

Anyway... I'm glad you guys did that. =) It is a cool idea! And many of the men were indeed devout Christians. Praise God. And God bless these United States of America.

Grandma Cheryl said...

Wonderful pictures, wonderful signs, so very proud of all of you! God bless America!