Sunday we will celebrate the birth of our nation, the day we announced our intention to be independent from Britain. The following are some familiar quotes:
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.” – Patrick Henry
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with those of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” – John Jay, first Supreme Court Justice
“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the redeemer of mankind… It is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” – Supreme Court, 1892 Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” – George Washington
They almost sound strange today. What happened? There are interesting parallels between our personal spiritual lives and the life of our nation. What happens when we become spiritually lazy? Hebrews 5:11-14 gives us some insight.