Happy July 4th!
Sometimes quotes are powerful things. You remember some of them often and easily. The following is just such a one. It was attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political philosopher and historian. It speaks to why America is great.
I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there…in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there… in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there…in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
The quote dates back to 1835 and has found its way into presidential speeches from Eisenhower to Clinton. I SO much agree with what he says.
Minister Tom Barnard writes it well:
“What makes America great? Our flag? Our Constitution? Our laws? Our history? Our capital markets system? Our innovation and ingenuity? Our support of free trade? Our schools and colleges? Our people? Our diversity? Our wealth? Our highway system? Our state parks? Our sports teams? Our military superiority? Our unlimited opportunities? Our freedoms? Our government? Our hospitals and doctors? Our mountains and streams? Yes to all of these, and more!
Marilyn vos Savant, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for possessing the highest I.Q. score on record at 228, observed, ‘What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom to and freedom from.’ Is that what makes a nation great—striking a balance between expressions of freedom? Not exactly. I prefer the quote attributed to de Tocqueville – America will continue to be great, as long as America strives to be good. Let freedom ring!”
How will you celebrate today? Fireworks? Parties? Enjoy your family, your freedom, and your faith. We indeed are blessed. As you celebrate, though, remember The One who gives us ultimate freedom. And declare your freedom from those old ways that are putting you in bondage.
See you this weekend. We will share some truth that truly will set you free!