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What A Mighty God We Serve!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1. Over 200 years, in a copy drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, this is what our forefathers pledged:
2. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
3. "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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
4. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
5. "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." 1
6. The first president of our country, George Washington, several years earlier wrote:
7. "I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion. For without an imitation, and example of these things, we can never hope to be a happy, and a blessed nation." 2
8. However, it is apparent that we, not long after, had quickly forgot the belief, and the conviction of our founding fathers.
9. In fact, as a nation, we are more divided today than at any time since the Reformation. We are divided over what is right and what is wrong.
10. We are divided over what is good and w ...
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