An obscure settler who came to America on the Mayflower said of the Pilgrims who came:
They had a burning passion for freedom—freedom from religious persecution—and they sought to establish a society that would be as a shining city on a hill that would ring out the sweet notes of liberty from their God-centered and biblical compact as a people. They were more interested in building a government on biblical rather than on democratic principles.
Robert Flood, in his volume, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee, skillfully crafted these words:
No one in this life will ever fully know why it has pleased God to bless the United States of America with an abundance that is unprecedented in history and with freedoms that are the envy of the world. Half the world goes to bed hungry and half the world lives under the shadow of totalitarian rule where freedom, as Americans know it, does not exist.
As we observe our nation’s 237th birthday, we must acknowledge the invisible Hand of Providence that inspired the Puritans to come to these shores, that preserved the Atlantic coast line, that protected the early settlers, that confounded our enemies in that great War for Independence, that guided our forefathers in establishing a more perfect union. That Almighty Hand has sustained us through wars, the Great Depression, terrorist attacks, subversion, and challenges innumerable.
Daniel Roberts, in his immortal hymn, God of Our Fathers, said it best:
Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast;
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.
With humility and thanksgiving to the God of our fathers, let us pray that our nation will return to its founding principles and seek to be a nation whose God is the LORD . . . lest we be counted among all those nations that forget God.