Under God

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I don’t agree with everything at www.alliance4lifemin.org, which I credit with all the following information, but they recently reminded me again, as they did six years ago when I shared similar information with our Citizen readers, of the very important connection between our Christian faith and the start of our country. As we near the celebration of the Fourth of July, I ask again that we not forget this wonderful connection!

Most people don’t realize what our nation was like at its beginning. Even as late as 1776 — 150 years after a Christian group we refer to as the Pilgrims moved their church to America — statistics indicate that 99.8 percent of the people in America professed to be Christians.

Reverend Jonas Clark was the “parson” of a church in a small town called Lexington. In his church parking lot, only a few feet from the church parsonage, the “shot heard around the world” was fired. The people that were killed were members of his congregation. Clark looked down with great anguish at the bodies of those who had died and made this statement: “From this day will be dated the liberty of the world.” It began in a church. It began with a pastor that was part of the “Black Regiment” because of the black robes they wore. These pastors preached resounding sermons that resonated throughout New England about the evils of tyranny and the importance of liberty.

Revolutionary leaders were devout men who could not have been more empathic in their determination that our national policy rested on Scriptural foundation. Of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 52 were Orthodox Christians.

After signing the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, who was called the firebrand of the American Revolution, affirmed his obedience to God by stating, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. From the rising to the setting of the sun may His kingdom come.”

Benjamin Franklin, who signed the Declaration and was often identified as a deist in his younger years, delivered his most famous speech on June 28, 1787, at the age of eighty-one. He said, “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.”

John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, said, “Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe.”

Governor Morris, who wrote the Constitution in 1787, and wrote in 1790 and in 1791, two commentaries on the Constitution said, “Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.”

George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights, exclaimed, “My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator, whose tender mercies are all over His works . . .”

Nathan Hale, called the “Martyr Spy,” came from a solid Christian foundation and upbringing. He is best remembered for his last words, prior to laying down his life for God and country at the young age of twenty-one, “I only regret that I have but one life to loose for my country.”

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote, “Unto Him who is the Author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son.”

Patrick Henry, a Christian patriot, golden tongued orator of the Revolutionary period, and the only U.S. Governor to be elected and reelected five times said in a celebrated speech before the Revolutionary War, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Henry also said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospels of Jesus Christ.”

One of the great slogans of the American Revolution was “No King but King Jesus!”

Now, I don’t propose we wash out the lines between church and state, but neither do I propose we wash out the reality of our history. We are truly one nation under God!

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth!

Kollmeyer is Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Hwy. 314 in Fayetteville, between Lowe’s and The Pavilion. He invites anyone without a church right now, or anyone “seeking God” to come to Sunday worship at 9:30 (Contemporary), or 11 a.m.(Pipe Organ). For more information log on at www.princeofpeacefayett.com or call 770-461-3403.

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4th of July

Happy 4th of July.

Happy, happy I am to learn that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not products of the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. Instead they were apparently born again Christians, sort of the Southern fundamentalist pursuasion. What a relief because what Rev Kollmeyer writes is contrary to what almost all American historians have concluded for many years.

Cherry-picking random quotes as done by alliance4lifemin is not serious history.

Being such strong Christians, I am sure it just an oversight that the authors of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution forgot to include references to God, Jesus, Ten Commandments, Moses, abortion, gay marriage, strict construction,creationism, capitalism, etc in these founding documents. Perhaps they were all enjoying too many evenings in pubs with Jefferson who would laugh if he knew how Rev. Kollmeyer and the alliance4lifemin would distort this important time in our history.

I suggest that Rev Kollmeyer look to serious academic historians to understand the context of our founding documents.

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Don't get too carried away, Lion

The Declaration of Independence states the following "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" and "We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world..."

HOLY CRAP LION! You stated "Being such strong Christians, I am sure it just an oversight that the authors of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution forgot to include references to God" As far as the Declaration of Independence is concerned, YOU ARE WRONG. I am so totally shocked.

S. Lindsey
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Wedge.. Lion IS NOT wrong

It what passes for History being taught in Schools today.

Of course Lion is wrong he obviously has no clue what a part God played with our Founders and the Writing of the Constitution. More than likely lion has never read it..

More Godless reminders of the foundation of America:

"Proclaim Liberty thro' all the Land to all the Inhabitants Thereof -- Levit. XXV 10."

Quote is from Moses and it is on the Liberty Bell.

“May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, planted them in the promised land, whose
providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these
United States as an independent nation, still continue to water them
with the dews of Heaven.” Exodus, on George Washington’s pen in the first weeks of the presidency.

Thomas Paine, in Common Sense,compared King George to the pharaoh in the Story of Moses.

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, in the summer of 1776, proposed that Moses be on the seal of the United States.

The Statue of Liberty was molded in Moses’ honor.

And on and on and on..

America was founded on Religion.

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Lindsey and nonsense

It is probably silly to continue a conversation over the founding of our country with those who chose to believe what they want to believe in spite of historical facts.

But let me make a couple points on the eve of the celebration of American Independence.

Lindsey's statement that "the Statue of liberty was molded in Moses' honor" is very strange. First, the Statue of Liberty has nothing to do with the laws governing our country. Second, the statue has nothing, as far I know, with Moses. The Statue of Liberty is a woman--more likely a statement by the French in favor of the Rights of Women.

And Moses is not a great example of law making for our democracy (whoops--I am sure Lindsey considers the United States a republic instead of a democracy). Moses did not ask for a vote of the people on the Ten Commandments. He simply said here they are because God has spoken to me. Actually this sounds a lot like our current Supreme Court majority. Oh well.

In any case, let's celebrate our freedom and liberty on July 4th. And not confuse fantasy with historical facts.

S. Lindsey
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Lion your ignorance of our history is amazing

but then again knowing the state of public education in America maybe not so amazing.

Read a little will ya??

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/29/feiler.moses.easter.passover/

You state no facts and refute nothing. Prove me wrong check me why don't you? What are you afraid of being proved wrong?

Just because you believe in no God does not mean others believe as you..

Freedom of Religion is not Freedom from Religion.