On this very special holiday we celebrate the independence of our country—a country founded by Christians. Here's a collection of powerful quotes to help support your sermon this weekend. Some of these will make you think; others will affirm and a few will create conversations around the meaning of patriotism in light of the Kingdom of God. We pray your message is filled with God's grace and affirms the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks so much for being a part of the SermonCentral community!
"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."
"America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side."
~ Ronald Reagan
“True patriotism is not worship of our nation but rather, in the light of our worship of the God of justice, to conform our nation's ways of justice.”
~ Robert McAfee Brown
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
~ Nelson Mandela
"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."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."
"We're not just a nation, we're not an ethnicity. We are a dream of justice that people have had for a thousand years.”
~ Craig Ferguson
"I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."
~Susan B. Anthony
"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty."
~ Abraham Lincoln
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
~ Clarence Darrow
“The Kingdom of God wasn't born on the Fourth of July.”
~ Matt Chandler
"Jesus' example of patriotism perfected can provide a guidepost to Christians. It's an example that's both pragmatic and romantic, shot through with justice, truth, and love. It's not a nationalistic patriotism—it's a love for nation that doesn't pit it against other nations. Instead, it's a recognition of love followed by a mournful recognition of shortcomings."
~ Ryan Hamm
"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained."
~ George Washington
"With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
~ John F. Kennedy
“America is the only country ever founded on a creed.”
~ G.K. Chesterton