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“Who was the first around the moon? An atheist Russian or God-fearing Americans?” — Don Carpenter.

“Double — no triple — our troubles and we’d still be better off than any other people on earth.” — Ronald Reagan.


“America is a mistake, a giant mistake.” — Sigmund Freud.

“True. There is government harassment, but there still is that relative freedom to fight. I can attack my government, try to organize to change it. That’s more than I can do in Moscow, Peking or Havana.” — Saul Alinsky.

“(America is) still the best country for the common man — white or black ... if he can’t make it here he won’t make it anywhere else.” — Eric Hoffer.

“Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character: It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.” — Teddy Roosevelt.

“America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Jesus asked His disciples who He was to them. I’ll ask you, what is America to you? I believe we’re past the crossroads but at least if God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for 10 righteous, America still has a remnant dedicated to Christ our Lord. God’s still watching over and protecting America. But Mr. Jefferson’s words still come to mind: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” And well we should!

Pray the last stanza of “America:”

Our father’s God to Thee, author of liberty, to Thee we sing:

Long may our land be bright

with freedom’s holy light

Protect us by Thy might,

Great God, our King.

God’s blessings on America this Independence Day, at home and abroad. Amen.

Stephen Heinecke