With One Free Voice

Dear Citizens of the United States,

The American experience cannot be understood without reference to the Judeo-Christian tradition. While the framers of the constitution were divided by a rich diversity of religious allegiances and personal convictions, virtually all of them were united by a common belief in the importance of religion as an aid and friend to the constitutional order. From devout church–goers to questioning deists, the founders spoke with one voice about the importance of religion in civic life. George Washington, a Virginia Episcopalian, warned in his farewell address, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” President John Adams agreed saying, "Our constitution was made only for moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to government of any other.” James Madison insisted, “ He who would be a citizen in civic society must first be considered a subject of the Divine Governor of nature.” Even Thomas Jefferson, the deist who was always skeptical of sectarianism in any form, asked,  "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure …when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?”

The great American patriot Daniel Webster once said, ” Whatever makes men (women) good Christians makes them good citizens.” This would be true also of the sincere and conscientious adherence of the other great time honored , time proven religions of the world. The obvious point is that religious values nurture and promote the virtue which is necessary to build and maintain civil and humane society.

Let us give thanks to God this Fourth of July for the religious freedoms we enjoy which allow for our spiritual growth. Thanks be to God!

Blessed Fourth of July,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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