"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
-- Abraham Lincoln - Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting
"If We the People continue to fail to put God, and truth, and principle before personality, party, or process, the republic cannot possibly be saved. But once we begin to do what is right, without compromise, nothing on earth can stand in our way."
-- Tom Hoefling
"There are some things you must do no matter the apparent odds, because it is your God-ordained duty to do so, simply because it is right. You must seek peace and pursue it, even though you know that there will never be ultimate peace on this earthly plane, not until the Prince of Peace returns. You must fight for equality before the law, even though you know that in a fallen world such as this, all will not be justly treated. Though you see and know the great power and the constant working of the forces of disunity and dissolution, you must seek to form a more perfect Union, as the oath requires, because that is the purpose of our Constitution, and because our national unity is the security for our liberty. You must work to secure the Blessings of Liberty to Posterity, even though you will never yourself see or know that Posterity in this world. It's all an act of faith in the apparently impossible, and in the unseen, you see, because you believe that in the end God will bless all such righteous efforts abundantly as the good seed that they are, and that it will be of eternal value to Him."
-- Tom Hoefling, March 29, 2013
"In my public life I aspire to be naught but a figurehead, for the One Who made us, for self-evident truth, for principle, for right, for We the People, for Posterity, to be the truest representation of the foregoing I can be, in the land of the free, the home of the republican, constitutional form of representative self-government that our forebears sacrificed, and bled, and in some cases died, to give us."
-- Tom Hoefling, March 29, 2013
"Marriage is of a unique, sublime, ineffable nature. It is a God-breathed mystery. It is among His greatest gifts to mankind, the nexus of His eternal plan and all true, lasting, earthly riches. It is the foundational building block of all decent civic, governmental institutions. It is the basis of all true economics. It breeds peace and prosperity. It is the great stabilizer of civilizations. It is the well-spring and nursery of posterity. It must be protected, or America will fail and fall."
-- Tom Hoefling
"Love to God and love to man is the substance of religion. When these prevail, civil laws will have little to do."
-- John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
From Harlan Brown:
I recently finshed reading chapters 2 ("It's Always the Economy") and 3 ("That Which Is Legal Might Also Be Evil") of "When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons from Nazi Germany" by Erwin Lutzer. Page 58 of Chapter 3 says: "Laws reflect a nation's priorities, agenda, and values. In Nazi Germany, where religion was privitized and God was separated from government, not even natural law was recognized as having validity. When Hitler got the Reichstag to give him the power to make the laws, the laws he made were arbitrary, drafted to fulfill the goals of a totalitarian state. The Nazis proclaimed, 'Hitler is the law!' As Goering put it, 'The law and the will of the Fuehrer are one.' Right and wrong were determined by Hitler and his cronies."
Page 61 says: "Without a belief in God, nothing is unconditionally wrong. When God is separated from government we are forced to accept arbitrary laws. Either God is the lawgiver or man is; either we derive our laws from theistic universal values, or we say that the individual countries or cultures are the lawgivers. Either God is supreme the state is supreme."
Lutzer concludes on Page 74: "We must not permit the lawmakers or the courts of America to discourage us from doing what we must: representing Christ in our personal and corporate witness. As our freedoms are curtailed, our witness becomes more focused, more challenging. Let us be obedient to a higher law, the law given by the Supreme Court of the Universe."
From Siena Hoefling:
"Do we really think that we can have it both ways, that God will protect us in a time of crisis even as we turn away from him in our day-to-day life? ... Let us go forward with our conviction that there is in the American heart a deep spirit of love, of caring and willingness to work together, waiting to be tapped. And I want to ask you tonight, will you lead our crusade to restore our tradition of neighbor caring for neighbor?"
-- Ronald Reagan, February 9, 1982
"All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, 1826
"A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
-- Benjamin Franklin
"A people who have abandoned their allegiance to God, to self-evident truth, to the principles that make the rule of law, and even civilization itself, possible, are ripe for exactly the same sort of destruction that occurred in the last century in Germany and Russia. Go ahead, burn up your most precious inheritance on the altar of perceived political expediency. Just don't whine when you're destroyed. And don't expect those of us who are determined to maintain the old allegiances to like it, or to thank you."
-- Tom Hoefling, April 17, 2012
"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: 'Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.' Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.'”
-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, (Edward E. Ericson, Jr., “Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag,” Eternity, October 1985, pp. 23-4)
"It is my conviction that the fundamental trouble with the people of the United States is that they have gotten too far away from Almighty God. I am bound to believe that in a tumultuous age like ours the most important and imperative duty is the reconstruction of humanity to almighty God."
-- Warren G. Harding, 1921
America's Principles in Public Policy
“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
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