'In God We Trust' quotes from July 4 ad are jewels

July 18, 2014 

With the many events offered over the July 4 weekend, maybe you missed a page in the Bradenton Herald that day -- a full-page ad headlined "In God We Trust," with Old Glory above and across the entire page.

The text contained categorized quotes from our early presidents, the Founding Fathers, Congress, Supreme Court justices, a university, Supreme Court rulings and

foreign opinion.

Each quote is a jewel of perfection, but with space limited, I'll use only three, to wit:

From George Washington: "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor".

From Harvard 1636 Student Guidelines: "Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider the main end of life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2,3). Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein."

From Alexis de Tocqueville, French observer of America in 1831, author of Democracy in America: "The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other".

All are a joy to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest and to share with friends near and far. Are we doing any better today?

Ruth M.Gill

Bradenton

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