It behooves everyone who calls himself or herself an American, to consider deeply the words of the following hymn. As we consider the words, shall we not bring to remembrance the indisputable fact that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and that the God of this land is Jesus Christ? Oh, of that, we must not forget! Let us bring to mind once again, and so declare, that the founders of this great country were men inspired of God to great thought, and not by coincidence. Can it be mere coincidence that they penned words such as those found in the Declaration of Independence? “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…” How profound! How lofty the thought! How elevating! Where, in all the world, can one find words so liberating and meaningful in any document directed by the leadership of a free people towards their constituents? Further, within the parameters of such lofty thought comes the conviction that in the perilous times ahead, our liberty will never survive except we return, as a nation, to a dependence upon God. “In God we trust” must become more than words spouted about by pretend Christians, who “with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me.” Is it not time for us to repent of our sins, and return unto Christ, and to a love of this great land, America? Is it not time to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of heroes? Yes, this must be a time of remembrance, and not forgetfulness of a glorious past, for we must never forget the terrible sacrifices of those American heroes “who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!”
“Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee!
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!
Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness.
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw.
Confirm thy soul in self control thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness and ev’ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea”