Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quotes from the Founding Fathers

God's intentions for America are clearly seen through the words of our previous leaders. We often mention the "founding fathers" when discussing politics. But in order to truly discover what they intended for this nation, we can only turn to their own words.
You could probably search on google and find many of these quotes. But my goal is to provide quick access for anyone who wants to know what the founders had to say about something. Check back to this post often - I plan on updating it frequently. But for now, here's a good start on what some founders had to say about God and America.

John Adams said...

"We have no government armed with a power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion....Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence."

"It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure value."

Samuel Adams said...

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote...that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

Benjamin Franklin said...

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who where engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.... And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that 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, Sir, 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; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to the future ages...."

Thomas Jefferson said...

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, and conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."

George Washington said...

"The federal government...can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, and oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.

Noah Webster said...

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect this duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted."

John Witherspoon said...

"He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion and who sets Himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind...God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to support the establishment of both."

Robert Winthrop said...

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the World of God or they the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

San Jacinto Day

Do you know who John C. Hays was? That he was a Texas Ranger? That his dying words were, "It's San Jacinto Day?"
What is San Jacinto Day? Do you know?

Most people have heard of the Alamo. They're probably all familiar with the iconic cry, "Remember the Alamo!" But they're probably less familiar with the Battle of San Jacinto, and the origin of that famous saying.
I'm Texan through and through, and I'm proud of my heritage, as every Texan should be (and probably is.) But there are gems in the many folds of our remarkable history that are easily lost and overlooked; pricless gems. I think San Jacinto is one of those.
A great friend and mentor of mine has composed an inspiring essay about the Battle of San Jacinto. This is enough to stir up pride in anyone, Texan or otherwise. This isn't just Texas' history. It's America's history too. Texas is just one of the states that makes this nation. Texas' legacy of courage and determination can and should be an inspiration to all of the U.S.A.

Today is April 21, San Jacinto Day. This date should be marked on every Texas calendar.
On this day in 1836, General Sam Houston led the outnumbered remains of the Army of Texas against the forces of Mexican Dictator Santa Anna in an all-or-nothing battle for liberty. And won.
We cannot today fully appreciate this miracle. In the two preceding months, the Texas army had suffered staggering losses: Fannin and 350 men at Goliad; Johnson and 50 men; Grant and 50 men; King and 30 men;
Ward and 150 men; and, of course, the gallant defenders of the Alamo. The provisional government had abandoned Washington on the Brazos, some returning home to defend or remove families, some joining Houston, who was desperately gathering all able-bodied men. Texian women gathered their children and their elderly and fled before Santa Anna's advancing army, slogging through mire and floodwaters to the safety of Louisiana. At the US border, General Edmond Pendleton Gaines (for whom Gainesville is named) waited with troops to defend American interests in Texas. But it was left to Houston and his men -- Texians and American inspired by freedom's call -- to wrestle liberty from the hands of the dictator.
Creed Taylor, a 16-year-old resident of the DeWitt Colony who already had taken part in the Gonzales "fracas," helped oust Cos and his army from Bexar, and ridden as a messenger for Col. Fannin of Goliad, recalled years later the origins of the famous San Jacinto battle cry:

"... The first time I remember to have heard these expressions was during Houston's short talk to the men on the eve of the battle. Of course the boys were continually talking about the butchery at the Alamo and the slaughter at Goliad: and avowing to avenge the cold-blooded murder of their countrymen. But the manner in which the expression became the battle cry at San Jacinto has never been given in a published history.
"The honor of coining the slogan belongs to William F. Young, who fought as a private in Lamar's cavalry corps; and in this way: As the Texans charged and the Mexicans fired their first and most effective volley, killing three Americans and wounding several, the undisciplined Texan force seemed to waver for a moment; and it was at this critical juncture that Private Young dashed forward, crying at the top of his voice, 'Boys, come on! Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!'
"At once the cry was taken up and spread from man to man until the whole force was crying 'Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!' and it certainly carried consternation to the ranks of the Mexicans....
"Instantly the appeal was caught up and repeated with more and more feeling. It seemed to nerve every Texan to fight with greater desperation and to fire with deadlier effect. It is little wonder that Santa Anna, attempting to excuse himself for his inglorious flight from the field, afterwards wrote: 'So sudden and fierce was the enemy's charge that the earth seemed to move and tremble.'"

Taylor went on to note that "During the progress of the struggle, many acts of individual heroism and gallantry were displayed; and for one thing, it can be said that not one gesture of cowardice was displayed by a San Jacinto man."

Remember the Alamo.
Remember Goliad.
Remember San Jacinto.
Remember price of liberty, and the debt we owe to those who went before us. And praise be to the God who raised them up.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Day Tea Party 2010

It's April 15 - Tax Day - TEA Party day!
Exactly one year ago began the movement that has swept America like wild fire. Besides the geographical spread of this wild fire, this wild fire is sweeping the hearts of America, igniting our spirits with patriotism and resolve.
It's the same spark that lit the hearts of the colonials when their king became a tyrant. They resolved to stand up for the country God had given their ancestors; to fight for liberty, even if it meant death.
It's the same spark that lit the hearts of the Americans in WWII, when the rulers of other nations threatened to subject the world to tyranny. They resolved to risk their own lives to help defend their allies and defend their own soil.
It's the same spark that I remember, when on September 11, 2001, terrorists killed thousands of innocent Americans in the name of their religion. Then, we weren't afraid to call the murderers what they were - Terrorists. We weren't afraid to fight terrorism. On that day, we resolved to stand up for our nation and defend it from terrorism - just another form of tyranny.
But just a few years later, it seemed as if the spark disappeared. During the Presidential Campaign of 2008, I often wondered where the patriotism in America had gone to. Where was the ignition? How can people forget their history so quickly...even the history that is a part of their own lives?
But suddenly there was a wake-up call. Things started happening to our country that we never really wanted, and we were able to recognize other things that had been happening for a long time.
Consider the Stimulus Package. The majority of Americans did not want a bill that would increase our national debt by trillions! It was supposed to stimulate the economy. But anyone in their right mind knows that you don't get out of debt by spending trillions of dollars you don't have.
Then the President proclaimed to the world that we no longer consider ourselves a Christian nation. Maybe you don't consider the U.S.A. a Christian nation anymore, Mr. President, but if you'll take a look at the people you were elected to represent, you'll see that most of us DO consider the U.S.A. to be a Christian nation still! That's how we were founded, and that's how we'll stay.
And what about the "I Pledge" video? Famous Hollywood stars actually made a video and pledged their service to Barack Obama! When have we ever pledged our service to one man in America? That is exactly what the founding fathers wanted to break free of, and they carefully sought ways to prevent one man from ruling the whole nation ever again. As for me, the only One I'll ever pledge my service to is my Savior, Jesus Christ. Then, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
As much as we'd like to, we can't forget about the recently passed Health Care Bill - that we did not want. The President and the liberals in Congress have been trying to ram this through unconstitutionally for months. Americans protested this. Many even went to the White House to protest it. Remember the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts? The most liberal state in the Union elected a Republican senator, because he opposed government run health care!
Never in America have we tolerated tyranny from without our borders. And we definitely won't tolerate it from within. That is why, on April 15, 2009, the TEA Party movement began. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. But there are other issues - more important issues than high taxation, that are being protested and addressed at TEA Parties.
If anyone says that the TEA Parties are not making a difference, they are wrong. Many lies and rumors have been spread about "TEA Partiers," to try to convince people that those who participate in TEA Parties are dangerous, violent, extremists, and even terrorists. If they think that will stop peaceful, honest, loyal, patriotic Americans from exercising their rights, they are seriously mistaken. The TEA Party movement continues to grow!
This is truly an historic movement. We are making a difference. The very fact that the liberals are so concerned with making up lies about the TEA Parties proves that they are afraid of what will come of them!
Don't tolerate tyranny. Stand up for the nation God has gifted us with!
To find a TEA Party near you, visit The Tea Party Express (

Stand fast therefore in the freedom by which Christ has made you free, and do not submit again to a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or the bayonet." - Robert Winthrop, Founding Father

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Kenyan President

Maybe this is just an unrealistic fantasy I have, but I like to imagine that when asked who the most patriotic person in the United States of America is, I would be able to respond, "The President, of course!"
Doesn't it make sense that the President ought to love the country he leads more than anyone else? Even if he's not the most patriotic man in the whole country, it would be nice if he at least acknowledged the USA as his homeland.
On Friday, April 2, Michelle Obama spoke at a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Luncheon. I have not watched the entire speech, but from what I have seen, she spoke on the progress of attaining "equality" for everyone, despite their sexual orientation or gender identity. The event itself is bad enough, but the First Lady also mentioned something else, that has probably caused even more controversy.
"Barack has led by example. When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test, for the very point of showing folks in Kenya that there is nothing to be embarrassed about in getting tested."
Watch the video on Youtube here. The quote above can be found 40 seconds into the clip.
How does that make you feel, to know that the President of YOUR country considers Kenya to be HIS home country? I believe that the President of the United States should be born in the US, and raised in the US. I know there are immigrants who come to America who are very patriotic, but it's not the same as someone who was born and bred here.
Now, I know it's true that Obama did not say this himself. But I do not believe his own wife would have said that Kenya is his "home country," if those feelings did not run strongly through the Obama family. This just leads me to wonder how strong Barack Obama's patriotism can actually be, if he considers Kenya to be his home.
There are other instances that point to an apparent lack of patriotism in Barack Obama. In fact, everything he's doing as President goes against everything this country stands for!
"Discrimination has no place in a nation founded on the promise of equality," Michelle Obama said in her speech. But what she didn't mention is that America was founded on Christian morals.
I want equality in America as much as anyone. But what I don't want is the endorsement of sin. I don't want the government to support vile activities, such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and drug dealing. God tells us those things are wrong! Surely He won't continue to lavish blessings upon a nation that legalizes and endorses those things!
Since America was founded on Christian morals, the things I mentioned above are un-American.
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams.
Clearly, President Obama does not understand what America truly is. This is proven even further by the recent words of his wife.
I would like your opinion. Are you comfortable with Michelle Obama admitting that Kenya is the President's home country?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Life

Today makes seventeen Easter Sundays for me. About fourteen Easters ago, I gave my heart to Jesus. At that moment, I became a completely new creation. Jesus gave me new life!

Three days ago, we began the Easter holiday by watching the Passion of the Christ. While watching that movie, I was able to better understand what Jesus suffered for us. And I'm not only talking about physical pain. Yes - the physical pain He suffered is too much for us to imagine. But the spiritual burden He carried was even worse.
When Jesus prayed in the garden, He asked, "Father, if it is possible, let this cup be taken from me." (Matthew 26:39). I always thought He was talking about the crucifixion. But He was speaking of the burden of all the sins in the world.

All the sins in the world.

In Guatemala, one of our mission leaders explained to us what that might have been like. Remember that guilty feeling you get when you've done something bad? You know, the empty pit in your stomach when you know you should apologize for something, or when you know you've hurt someone...or the constant gnawing at your mind when you've gone against your conscience. It's a bad feeling, isn't it?
When I was younger and I had been naughty, I would feel miserable until I confessed. Sometimes it was really scary to confess, because I knew I'd probably get a good spanking. But I'd much rather get a spanking and have my conscience cleared than carry that guilt around in secret. It's a heavy burden! Often, guilt and sins stored up inside can actually cause physical sickness.
So imagine Jesus - the only human who had never committed a single sin of His own - willingly taking on the guilt of the entire world. All the guilt from all the sins you've ever committed...all the sins I've ever committed...all the sins of the people from the beginning of the world, to sins of the people who haven't yet been born.
He carried that burden so that we wouldn't have to! And He destroyed it!
Jesus was crucified. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, He rose from the dead! He is alive today, and will live forever.
Easter is all about celebrating Jesus' new life. But Jesus died so all of us could have new life. You don't have to carry the guilt of all your sins. All you have to do is accept Jesus' gift of salvation. Believe that he carried your sins once so you wouldn't have to ever again. Believe that He died and rose from the dead, and entrust Him with your heart! Then you - and anyone - can have new life!
"If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
But according to the Bible, "new life" doesn't happen just once. It can happen everyday.
"So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new everyday." 2 Corinthians 4:16
Easter is more than going to church, eating a big dinner, and hunting eggs. It's all about new life. But as 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, our spirits are made new every day. So we can celebrate life every single day.

Thank you, Jesus, for dying for all of us. Thank you for coming back to life! I'm so glad you took all my guilt and shame so that I won't have to be burdened with it anymore. Thank you for giving me new life, and giving it to me every day. I love you Lord.