Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What you can do to make your country better



  1. Pray. Unceasingly. For the country. For the leaders. Spend less time whining about the nation and more time praying for it.
  2. Live righteously. Live a quiet, peaceable life full of godliness and holy living. (1 Timothy 2:1-6). Live the Jesus life. Live in such a way that pagans are drawn to Him. (1 Peter 2:12)
  3. Evangelize fervently. God wants all people to be saved. No one is excluded. We have a wonderful freedom in the United States to be able to share the gospel freely.

Have a wonderful and blessed Independence Day!

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-6











Many thanks to our pastor for this excellent sermon last Sunday.






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7 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this. I firmly believe we cannot pray too much.

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    1. Perhaps we need to make it a regular part of any Independence Day celebration. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Three great tips. Sometimes we think that political action is the only way to change America, but it really has to do with hearts...and you've hit every important area on the head. Thanks for sharing this brief but profound post. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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    1. Thanks, Gail. It's really just a summary of Sunday's sermon. I didn't think many would be online today so I tried to keep it brief.

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  3. I hate to burst your bubble, but I'm a history buff with access to the Library of Congress, and Washington never said this. Over 500 websites are publishing a total falsehood. False quotes like this make it very hard for other people to take devout Christians seriously because it looks ignorant and uneducated. According to Wikipedia:

    "Washington is known to have made some official statements of public piety, but this is not one of them. Though this assertion is very widely reported to have been said in Washington's Farewell Address (17 September 1796), this is not actually the case, as any search of the documents would reveal."

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

    http://fakehistory.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/fake-quotations-washington-and-governing-without-god/

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/badquotes.htm

    However Washington is on public record for saying: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”

    and
    "There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness." [George Washington, address to Congress, 8 January, 1790]

    and
    "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause." [George Washington, letter to Sir Edward Newenham, June 22, 1792] http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=WasFi32.xml&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=69&division=div1

    and
    ...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. [George Washington, 1789, responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of God, Christianity or Jesus Christ, from The Godless Constitution: The Case Against Religious Correctness, Isacc Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore W.W. Norton and Company 101-102]

    and
    ...I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. [George Washington, to United Baptists Churches of Virginia, May, 1789 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover]

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    1. Dawn, I must admit that my first impulse was simply to delete your comment. I mean, who likes to be called ignorant and uneducated, especially when you have a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University? But, after more thought, I decided to address it. (And I do wonder if this was scripted and you are on a campaign to leave your comment on as many blogs as possible?)

      I’m sorry that you are so anti-Christian, and I’m sorry that you rely on inaccurate websites to prove your point. Wikipedia is interesting but notoriously unreliable, to the point where it is unaccepted as a source in university papers. My source for that is Indiana University, whose Ph.D. professors do not allow their graduate students to cite Wikipedia. Also, your link to the Fake History blog would not be allowed in a scholarly article. There is no author listed and no credentials given. Why should we believe him?

      As far as the Washington quotes you listed, I do not know their context so I cannot be sure of their meaning, if, in fact, they are accurate. However, in Washington’s time, the “path of piety” was certainly more clear, and more widely accepted, than it is now. As far as “effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution,” since you are a history buff, then I’m sure you know the stranglehold that the Church of England had on believers. This is the same Church of England that the pilgrims sought to escape by risking their lives to come to The New World.

      In the United States, we have freedom of religion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (First Amendment to the United State Constitution) This is not only for your protection in your rejection of religion but also for my protection in my devotion to the Creator and the Almighty God to whom the Founding Fathers prayed before every session of the Constitutional Convention. My family and I visited Washington, D.C., and saw the Library of Congress two years ago. God is clearly evident in all of the structures and the documents, including the display of two large Gutenberg Bibles in the large common area.

      It grieves me to think that my patriotism and faith cause you such angst. I do thank you for your comment and giving me the opportunity to add more value to my readers.

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    2. Amen, Amen, and Amen! Three excellent points Meghan! I cannot agree more. Thank you so much for posting. And thank you for linking up with NOBH! Smiles -

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