This weekend hundreds of millions of Americans will celebrate the 240th anniversary of our nation’s birth. We should give thanks to God for our country by attending our church on Sunday and praying for our nation, our leaders, and the significant challenges we face.
Here are some inspiring quotes to help you think about our liberties, our freedoms, and our faith.
Happy Fourth of July!
(cross-posted at LeaderWorks)
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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience…without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure…If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.
— Ronald Reagan
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
—William J. Clinton
While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.
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.
I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.
Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.
–1 Peter 2:16
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”– but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”– but not everything is beneficial.
–1 Corinthians 10:23
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
— Mark Twain
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
We have have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.
–attrib. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.