I came a quote today on Greg Laurie’s blog. It’s from a french guy named Alexis de Tocquevill who travelled our country back in the early days. He said this:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Interesting eh? For all the talk these days about how God is irrelevant or just plain non existent, here’s a guy, an outsider no less, who says He’s not only relevant, He’s our only source of prosperity.
Let’s also look at some quotes from the greatest men in our country’s history:
“The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.” – Andrew Jackson
“Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” – Samuel Adams
“Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me Thy servant, who humbly prostrates myself before Thee…” – George Washington
“We recognize no Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!” – John Adams and John Hancock
“ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” – Benjamin Franklin
I could go on and on. The quotes are endless. My point of today’s post is that it is undeniable that this country was built on Christian values and strong faith in God. We are here and able to celebrate this Memorial Day and all that is good for the sole reason that God has blessed us. Let’s not forget that.