Reflections on Faith: Independence Day an occasion for heavenly thanks
by Chaplain Jim Bush / For the Tracy Press
Jul 03, 2013 | 1373 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lord, God:

This Thursday, America celebrated the signing of the declaration of our independence from Great Britain, July 4, 1776 — 227 years ago.

As we celebrate this historic anniversary, we are reminded of the role that you, Father, played both in the writing of this historic document and in the wisdom and the courage that you instilled in those brave men who drafted it.

They wrote that you, our “Lord, had created us with certain unalienable rights … life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Credit was given openly to you for taking our forefathers to the point of war with England in order to right the wrongs of suppression.

Your presence, your wisdom, your motivation and your relationship with so many of our countrymen — and especially those in political office at the time — all worked together to motivate the action that needed to be taken in order to break the chains of virtual slavery that bound America to the corrupt British monarchy. You, Lord, strongly influenced the lives and hearts of many of our Founding Fathers.

Help us, Father, to regain the mindset that you and you alone are behind all good things we Americans receive as a nation.

Help us to recapture the spiritual side of government (on all levels) and to once again seek your wisdom in all of the laws and regulations you move us as leaders to make. We need your leadership and the blessings you will pour out upon our nation once again.

Thank you, Lord.

• Jim Bush, a chaplain, is a Tracy resident.

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DelilahD
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July 16, 2013
There are a lot of offended people in America who do not believe in creation by a God. Some believe we were planted here by aliens and others believe in beginnings of a sort of a primordial swamp where our ancestors crawled out of bacteria that organized itself into the type of creatures who nailed their creator to the cross. The founding fathers read the story in Genesis an prayed to their creator. Not just a creator, but a God who goes by many more names.

Even Satan knows who the creator is. When he tempted Jesus, he said if you will bow down to me. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God. He wasn't just talking about the story of Genesis. If you read all the way to Revelation you begin to see the Alpha and the Omega.

For some people, it's easier just to pretend that a creator came along and then left us to our own devices. But Christ said he would be with us always. The founding fathers knew that God was more than just a creator, or they would not say that we were created with rights. It means they believed in a God who gave us the right to choose him or reject him. And that's exactly what many want our nation to do to itself.
backinblack
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July 05, 2013
This letter should have been edited or a disclaimer attached stating the writer is not properly quoting the text of The Declaration of Independence. Religious beliefs aside, the document clearly states "Creator" so changing it to Lord to me is an insult to those who wrote the Declaration.

Also, it is widely accepted the DOI was actually signed on August 2, at least by the greater portion of the signors, so on the 4th we are not celebrating it's signing but rather it's adoption by Congress.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 06, 2013
These complaints seem ta be rather petty ta me in that it seems plain ta me th Chaplin is simply writin his prayer ta his Lord an everyone else that believes th same way can participate in it or not ta thair choosin.

As far as th th addoption ta th DOI by Congress or it's actual signature, given thair were no wide open violent hostilities takin place I am often wonderin why we celebrate th historical event with fireworks ta memorialize somethang that didn't actually occur at that specific moment in time?
midwestgirl
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July 05, 2013
"They wrote that you, our “Lord, had created us with certain unalienable rights … life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Sorry but this guy is wrong the BARTON revision of history is what this is.

HERE are the exact words and this was in THE DECLARATION not the Constitution which gives us our laws The Declaration was just a letter to the King of England telling him, as the English like to say piss off.

THIS IS THE EXACT WORDS not revised by BARTON followers

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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.--

Does not say "LORD" and there are hundreds of gods out there that people worship in this county and not just yours and why they said CREATOR

Which could be any number of them.

There are male ones, female ones, and multi ones the people worship.

THEY SAID CREATOR NOT LORD!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creator_deity

Thanks to the men and woman who help make us FREE and those that EXPOSE the lies.

IS PATRIOTISM!



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