Quotes and Realities
- Trust In God - He Is Our Refuge
"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah [possibly meaning reflect or consider] Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you O Lord, are loving...."
- Psalm 62:7-11a (NIV)
- Samuel Adams
"[T]he only true basis of all government [is] the laws of God and nature. For government is an ordinance of Heaven, designed by the all benevolent Creator."
- Samuel Adams: signer of Declaration of Independence; member of Continental Congress; member of General Court of Massachusetts; formed Boston's Committee of Correspondence; helped draft the Articles of Confederation; signer of the Articles of Confederation; delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention; president of the Massachusetts senate; member of state convention to ratify the Federal Constitution; Lieutenant-Governor and Governor of Massachusetts.
Quoted From: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010) , 352: originally quoted from Adams, Samuel, The Writings of Samuel Adams, edited by Cushing, Harry Alonzo (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol I, 269, "Vindex", December 19 1768.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.