Happy Birthday America!

All of my life I was raised to believe that America was a "choice land" and preserved by the hand of the Lord as a "promised land" where the "truth [and work] of God could go forth boldly, nobly, and independent" to all of His children. I also believe that America is great and remain free as long as her stewards (i.e. citizens) are righteous and remember that God made it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms that many of us take advantage of everyday.

The more I study the history of this great country, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights confirms my beliefs that there is no other way our nation became what it is today but only by the influence and plan of God.

On several occasions Columbus gave credit to the Almighty. In writing to the Spanish leaders, he said, “Our Lord unlocked my mind, sent me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed. Who heard of my enterprise, called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed. But who can doubt but that the Holy Ghost inspired me?” During the voyage, after weeks of sailing with no land in sight, mutiny raised its head. Finally Columbus promised the captains of the two other ships that they would turn back if land was not sighted in 48 hours. Then he went to his cabin and in his words “prayed mightily to the Lord.” The next day, October 12, they sighted land. A land of liberty and religious freedom was a necessary ingredient in the plan of God.

The success of the Constitution and other documents came about through men who were raised up by God for this special purpose. A group of fledgling colonies defeating the world’s most powerful nation stemmed from a force greater than man. Where else in the world do we find a group of men together in one place at one time who possessed not to their own abilities that they gave the credit? They acknowledged Almighty God and were certain of the impossibility of their success without their help.

Benjamin Franklin made an appeal for daily prayers in the Constitutional Convention. In that appeal he said, “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I believe without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the building of Babel.”

U.S. citizens should be familiar with the Constitution's great fundamentals: the separation of powers, the individual guarantees in the Bill of Rights, the structure of federalism, the sovereignty of the people, and the principles of the rule of the law. They should oppose any infringement of these inspired fundamentals.

So as we celebrate this day of Independence let us remember we are fortunate to live in a choice and promised land. It will remain free and blessed as long as its people remember the God who gave them life and this free land. We must remember that the family is the basic unit of a strong society. We are all part of God’s family; and as our Father, he expects us to build strong family unites. It is in the family that the basic morality and righteousness should be taught that will keep America free. Each member of every family plays an important role in America. For several thousand years throughout this land the great fathers and mothers, the noble sons, the patriot sons, the choice daughters have forged America into what we have today.

This is the time for you to be bold enough to stand up for what you believe, to let the world know that God still blesses this great land of America – if we will live righteously, according to that which he has commanded.

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