Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy 4th of July (a little early)

I wanted to share with you an article by Thomas Sowell called "July 4th".  In it, he reminds us that July 4th is the day that the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read.  Here are some quotes from it to encourage you to read the whole thing.

Some clever people today ask whether the United States has really been "exceptional." You couldn't be more exceptional in the 18th century than to create your fundamental document -- the Constitution of the United States -- by opening with the momentous words, "We the people..."

More than a hundred years ago, so-called "Progressives" began a campaign to undermine the Constitution's strict limitations on government, which stood in the way of self-anointed political crusaders imposing their grand schemes on all the rest of us. That effort to discredit the Constitution continues to this day, and the arguments haven't really changed much in a hundred years.

I think that people who find the Bible irrelevant because it is old also find the Constitution irrelevant because it is old.  I also think that God never changes, human nature hasn't changed, and limited government is still a good idea. 

But we have gone far from our roots in this country.  We used to be a people governed by the Holy Spirit from within or at least by common sense rooted in His Word.  We used to know that God set up various governments (family, church, civil) and that each had its own authority.  I encourage us all to fall before the Lord and confess the sins of our nation.  If you would like to join others in doing this, you can go here to see congregations across the country that will be having a special time of prayer on July 3rd called Call2Fall.

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