- Jonathan Kuperus
THANKFUL TO BE AN AMERICAN!
This weekend, we will be celebrating the 244th birthday of our great nation. While the celebration may look very different for us this year, we still have a lot to be thankful for and we must remember the importance of the day, celebrating our nation, and thanking God for it.
Let’s take a look at what a few of our Founding Fathers said about our freedom and liberty:
"The longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of men.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" - Benjamin Franklin
In The Declaration of Independence we read, "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."
General George Washington stated "It is impossible rightly to govern the world without God and the Bible.", and it was Thomas Jefferson who reminds us that "The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty."
Second President of The United States John Adams said “I am apt to believe that (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
Let us reflect this weekend on the work of our founding fathers, on the beliefs they held that became the cornerstone of America. Let's remember that all men are created equal by our Heavenly Father and that it is imperative that we keep God and His Word at the center of all things. Let's also remember to spend time in prayer for our country this weekend.
Pray for all of our leaders - as they make decisions and that they would remember the ideals and beliefs our nation was founded on (1 Timothy 2:1-4, Psalm 33:12)
Pray for all American believers - that we would all be strong and courageous, that we would continue to serve and obey the Lord, that we would not have a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind, and that we would be a good representation of Jesus (Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Titus 3:1-2)
Pray for all American nonbelievers - that through these difficult times, they would see the Lord's great power and know that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, that their eyes would be opened and that they would turn from darkness to light (Revelation 19:16, Acts 26:18)
We hope and pray that you will be able to take time this weekend to enjoy time with your friends and family, remember the truths on which this country was founded, and that you would lift our nation up in prayer to the Lord.
HAPPY 4th of JULY FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT SUSSEX CHRISTIAN SCHOOL!